Category Archives: History

I miss you to death

 

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Talk about dumbass politicians…

Clement Vallandigham always believed in predestination. “I may, however, be mistaken,” he said even on his deathbed, “but I am a firm believer in that good old Presbyterian doctrine of predestination.” Of course, the reason that he was on his … Continue reading

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“Smile, it’s Friday!”

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Dangerous Dan Tucker

Lawman and gunfighter, Dan Tucker, was born in Canada in 1849, but somewhere along the line, made his way to the American West, where he would eventually earn the nickname “Dangerous Dan,” for his deadly shooting skills. He first appeared … Continue reading

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One of the World’s Largest Steam Locomotives Is About to Make a Triumphant Return

SEVENTY YEARS AFTER THE FIRST Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, the steep Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Utah were still giving the Union Pacific Railroad trouble. Despite having massive steam engines, the Union Pacific, one of the biggest railroads … Continue reading

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And you thought you were having a bad day…

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George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as … Continue reading

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Three proud Civil War Vets

Mr Buchanan, W. L. Drake, and Uncle Lewis Nelson in Tennessee, 1920.

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Death Scenes of Desperadoes

There is always a grim sort of curiosity regarding the way in which notoriously desperate men meet their end; and perhaps this is as natural as is the curiosity regarding the manner in which they lived. “Did he die game?” … Continue reading

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Ghost town for sale

Nestled between two national parks, Sequoia and Death Valley, there is a ghost town for sale. For a little under a million dollars, you could own a piece of the American West: an abandoned silver mining town founded in 1867 … Continue reading

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Death castles? How about flak towers?

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The Good Ol’ Days

Living in Germany, we only had one TV station so about half the time we listened to stories on the radio for entertainment.

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Retro hotties

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Dr. Carver’s Diving Horse Act

The diving horse act was allegedly started by Dr. W.F. Carver in the late 1880’s while crossing a partially collapsed bridge on horseback. As both rider and horse plummeted, the horse dove straight into the waters below, inspiring Carver to … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment on the Overland Trails

Given the extremes which tested overland trail emigrants to their limits, the evidence of crime among the travelers was low, but it did happen. The pioneer families that headed west on the Oregon–California Trail were essentially small, mobile, self-contained communities … Continue reading

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San Francisco opium den, early 1900s

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The strange story of the Devon man they could not hang

Do you know about the Devon man they could not hang? This is the story of the attempted execution of John Henry Lee notorious in Devon and later turned into an American TV show. John Lee was born in Abbotskerswell, … Continue reading

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D-Day The Sixth of June

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion … Continue reading

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Set Stubby’s Trench Raid

A century ago, millions of young Americans fought in the Great War, a conflict many today have nearly forgotten. More than a hundred thousand died, either from combat or from the influenza plague that accompanied the war, and more than … Continue reading

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Harvesting walnuts in California, 1900

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