History I Didn’t Know

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I love History. I really love learning about historical things I didn’t know about. Especially if it is about something I thought I knew. I get a kick out of learning the obscure and not so obscure.  Enjoy these three historical vignettes: MARK TWAIN We all know who Mark Twain was, right?  Most folks know Mark Twain as Samuel Langhorne…

Election and Dirty Campaign

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The papers ran with the headline.  One of the candidates hoping to be elected president had had an affair. In fact some of his children were the result of that affair. There were many rumors about the affair.  It had supposedly took place in France, but after the article ran how such a man could be running for president have that kind…

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…

Noyo River Redwoods

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

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

  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…