Category Archives: History

The Victorian Way of Death

Posted in History, Videos | 1 Comment

Reaction Ferries

This is how some of the ferries along the San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers in the Central Valley worked. It had to be a part time proposition there – those rivers just aren’t that wide and during the late … Continue reading

Posted in History, Videos | 10 Comments

Oktoberfest – oh yeah

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates … Continue reading

Posted in Babes, History | 7 Comments

N.K. Boswell

Resembling more a biblical prophet than a frontier lawman, Nathaniel Kimball Boswell did not fit the popular image exemplified by his more celebrated badge-toting Western contemporaries “Wild Bill” Hickok, Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp, with their handlebar or waterfall mustaches. … Continue reading

Posted in History | 1 Comment

San Francisco’s Barbary Coast

1849: Badly drawn paintings of nude women adorn the walls of the best cafes in the city. Prostitutes begin to arrive from the east. They are frequently auctioned off from the decks of the arriving ships. Cafe owners often hire … Continue reading

Posted in California, History | 1 Comment

“Hell’s Belle” Gunness – Black Widow of the Midwest

“Hell’s Belle” Gunness – (1859-??) – America’s most degenerate female serial killers in history, Gunness likely killed both her husbands and all of her children. What is certain is that she murdered most of her boyfriends and her two daughters, … Continue reading

Posted in History | 3 Comments

Amid outcry over Confederate markers, new ones are going up

ATLANTA (AP) — While Confederate statues and monuments around the nation get removed, defaced, covered up or toppled, some new memorials are being erected, by people who insist their only purpose is to honor Civil War soldiers who died for … Continue reading

Posted in History | 5 Comments

Barbed Wire Telephones

AMERICAN PATENT CLERKS IN THE 1870s could scarcely have imagined how two inventions, filed two years apart, would together change the lonely lives of frontier Americans. In 1874, there was barbed wire, and in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary telephone. … Continue reading

Posted in History | 9 Comments

One if by land, doo-doo if by sea

BOSTON (CBS) — Workers digging at the Paul Revere house in the city’s North End believe they may have found an archaeological jackpot that could give them a unique window into history–the Revere family outhouse. The possible privy site was … Continue reading

Posted in History | 8 Comments

Colonial Gunsmith


Posted in History, Videos | 11 Comments

Eight Irishmen and a mess of heathen Chinee

From an article dated May of 1928 Fifty nine years ago a squad of eight Irishmen and a small army of Chinese coolies made a record in track laying that has never been equalled. In one day, on April 28, … Continue reading

Posted in History | 13 Comments

Oriental Saloon Gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona

A gunfight in front of the Oriental Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona, this event took place between Luke Short and Charlie Storms, both of whom were professional gamblers and known gunfighters on February 25, 1881. The Oriental Saloon, which opened in … Continue reading

Posted in History | 1 Comment

Rebel Soldier

Posted in History, Music, Videos | 1 Comment

German Post WWII resistance

I had no idea it was this widespread.

Posted in History, Videos | 11 Comments

Logging railroads of the Sierras


Posted in History, Videos | 7 Comments

The Good Ol’ Days


Posted in History | 8 Comments

Tom Quick

In 1733 Thomas Quick arrived near what is now Milford, Pennsylvania and pitched a tent. His ancestral ties are somewhat vague—some sources state his homeland as County Ulster, some say Holland and some even cover all the bases and claim … Continue reading

Posted in History | 12 Comments


Wolves used to follow the great herds of bison that inhabited the plains. With the replacement of the bison with cattle, ranchmen discovered their herds being ravaged by the gray wolf. Thus, trappers, known as “wolfers,” would be employed by … Continue reading

Posted in History | 1 Comment

The Sherman Tank

Posted in History, Videos | 17 Comments

Alabama’s most notorious

Finding the most notorious person from each of Alabama’s 67 counties was no easy task. It’s not like notorious people are publicized like famous people or celebrities. But like every state, Alabama’s history was created by plenty of colorful characters. … Continue reading

Posted in History | 4 Comments