Timing Is Everything or The Story of Shorty, Ed And The Town Of Rhyolite

In 1904 Shorty Harris and Ed Cross, both prospectors, found gold near the town of Beatty.  The well liked and popular, Shorty Harris, was quite the character and it was said the 5’4” prospector could smell gold. Although shorty had several good claims he never worked or developed the claims, instead he preferred to drink at the saloon regaling the…

10 Things about George Washington

Everyone knows that George “I cannot tell a lie, cherry tree chopping” Washington was our first president. We all know of some the stories, that he could have been king, that he was a darn good general, that he wore a wig.  That is generally the extent of most of our knowledge about Washington, the basic school kid stuff. The…

CNN and Fox Epic Fail and Why I Hate the Media

Yesterdays United States Supreme Court ruling on the Healthcare Act in particular the individual mandate (is it a penalty, nope it is a tax, who’d of thunk)cause a flurry of media activity. All the major cable news networks gathered their panels, had their people on scene so they could be first in bringing you the news, had their “experts” ,all…

National Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day.       National Flag Day is not an official Federal holiday, although I think it should be. It is left…

The Golden Spike

The date was May 9, 1869, four years after the end of the civil war. The time was 2:47 PM. The place was promontory Summit, Utah.  Two trains faced each other a railroad tie apart.  A large crowd had gathered. Railroad Financier and California Governor Leland Stanford using a silver hammer drove a golden spike into the final tie with…

US Camel Corps

In 1856, Secretary of War (and future president of the Confederate Sates of America) Jefferson Davis, ordered 70 camels to brought to Texas in order to establish the United States Camel Corps.  Costing a whopping $30,000 dollars ( approximately worth $811,000 in today’s dollars), the concept was that Camels were better suited to desert terrain, could eat the plants, needed…

Earthquake

On this day in 1906, an estimated 7.9 earthquake hit San Francisco. Up to 3000 people were killed, however many were not killed in the initial earthquake but in the fires that erupted and burned for 3 days and nights.  Over 250,000 of the 400,000 residents were left homeless. It was widely felt throughout the Bay Area and as far…