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…

Bodie

The other day someone mentioned to me that they wanted to see Bodie. Bodie is a well-preserved Ghost town in California. Bodie is located 12 miles east-southeast of Bridgeport and is a National Historic landmark.   As part of our Off-Roading trips, I have been to Bodie several times. Although we come through the back way with the four-wheeled drive, Bodie…

Duels Can Be Funny

Duels were a common practice among the upper class throughout history, from the Medieval period up until the 20th century.  At first, they were fought with rapiers or swords then later fought with specialized dueling pistols. Most duels, if not all, were the result of a perceived affront to the honor of a gentleman.  When one party felt dishonored, he…