Spanish American War and Bad Meat

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  The Spanish American War was the results of the Cuban struggle for independence.  The newspapers of the time in the USA described in great detail Spain’s measures to halt the rebellion in Cuba. American sympathy was with the rebels.  The demand for intervention grew even louder when the battleship, the USS Maine, was sunk in Havana. The Maine had been…

Western Railway Museum Trains Pt 1

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This last weekend I was visited by  my grand daughter and since she has never been on a train ride,  we took her to the Western Railway Museum  off of  Highway 12 in Suisun City, Ca. It was quite the experience. I have been on steam trains and diesel, but this is the first for historical electric trains. Most of us…

Ivanhoe’s Black Balls

The Ivanhoe reservoir in In Los Angeles is actually a part of the Silver Lake reservoirs.  The Ivanhoe reservoir is separated from Silver Lake by a spillway. The lower lake was named after the 1906 Water Board Commissioner at the time, Herman Silver, and the upper bay was named after the Sir Walter Scott Novel, Ivan hoe.  Both of the…

Olympic Sports That Have Faded Away.

I have been watching the the 2016 Summer Olympics.  I have enjoyed them immensely , but eventually at some point my honey and I start to discuss events or rules. Then , because I am me, I have to look it up.  Its a weird little exercise. We were enjoying watching the sport before the discussion and  enjoyed them after.  I…

Con Man Movies and The Real Guys Who Inspired Them

  Chameleon Street What does a Houston Oilers wide receiver, a physician at Henry Ford Hospital, a lawyer in Saginaw, a first year medical student a Yale University, and an All-Star football player from the University of Michigan Have in common? Give up? I will tell you. They are same person. That’s right you heard me correctly they are all…

Fort Churchill

(Authors note: ws goign through someolderposts and cme across this one. I have to admit I still love Fort Churchill, but by golly it is usually hot there.) In my recent travels, I stopped at Fort Churchill Historic Park in Nevada. I had been there previously but always with others, in particular children, so taking my time and really enjoying…

The Mystery Of Sandy Island

Sandy Island. An Island the size of Manhattan,  discovered in 1876,  had disappeared.   During the  25  day  expedition led by Maria Seton, a young scientist from University of Sydney,  to the Coral Sea aboard the Australian research vessel,  the RV Southern Surveyor.They noticed several maps showed a long black island where the onboard map showed nothing, but open sea. Maria…