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…

Noyo River Redwoods

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I would have been wholeheartedly disappointed if I went on the Skunk train only to go through deforested land. Lucky for me, the  Redwoods League out of San Francisco, did much fundraising n order to buy 462 acres of old growth redwoods.  It cost them 7.5 million dollars but it ensures the trees will not be harvested.  The acreage is flanked…

Ivanhoe’s Black Balls

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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…

Con Man Movies and The Real Guys Who Inspired Them

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  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

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(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

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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…