Dreams of Playing Professional Sports05/27/15
Many young boys have dreams of playing pro sports. This man had many sports from which to choose which left him with a tough choice to make…
West of the Mississippi to Illinois
Today we head west of the Mississippi to the State of Illinois. Yes,west of the Mississippi to the State of Illinois…
A Man of Legend
He is a man of legend…a man whose story may be larger than life…a renegade who history now looks upon as a catalyst to the civil war and the gaining of civil rights for all Americans. It’s been about a century and a half now since his raid, but this...
One of the Busiest and Important Towns in the Nation
Today the place is almost a ghost town. But over a century ago it was one of the busiest and most important towns in the nation
How a Sixteen Year Old Saved the United States
Where did the American Revolution end? Why Wheeling, West Virginia of course–when a sixteen year old girl saved the newly founded United States…
A String A Battles on the Western Frontier
It’s a chapter of the American Revolution that few know today–a string of battles fought on what was then the western frontier…
Facing What Seemed to be a Lose-Lose Decision
Samuel McCulluck faced what seemed to be a lose-lose decision. Either surrender to his enemy and face certain death…or plunge over a three hundred foot tall cliff in an effort to escape…
The Wedding Capitol of the South
It’s billed as the wedding capital of the south. The scenic beauty draws couples here and perhaps some legislation initially helped people tie the know as well.
A Drug Store Soda Fountain Reopens
When this drug store soda fountain reopened, they began charging 1950s prices. What’s unusual is they’re still using prices from decades ago…
Back from the Past
Once upon a time, just about every town had at least one drug store soda fountain. Today we head to such a place that vanished but then came back to life…
It’s been nearly half a millennium since Coronado’s exploration party marched through what is today’s Arizona. We head to a mountain pass to recall that history…
The 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe
Melvin Alper fought an entire year in Europe during WW II, but it was the last two months of the war that produced two stops he will long remember. We look back on this 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe…
Trained to Face the Enemy
Melvin Alper had trained to face the enemy, but nothing could have prepared him for the scene he would face in southern Germany in 1945. We look back on this 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe…
The Second-Most Visited Cemetery in the United States
Arlington National Cemetery is the most visited cemetery is the nation. Which one ranks second? Well a stop here honors a president who was buried 150 years ago this week…
One Bookend of the Lincoln Presidency
On the surface, this old train station in Springfield, Illinois may not seem to be that important. However, when you consider the bookends it represented to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, you see why so many people travel here…
A Quick-Draw Shootout
John Sellers says the key to winning an old-west shootout was not quickness, but accuracy. And when you take into account how difficult it was to hit a distant target, well, that changes the reality behind how those duels were conducted…
Gambling Over a Pocketwatch
In a movie “western” you might see two gunslingers fire their pistols at each other in the town square. That’s exactly what happened here. It was all over a small gambling debt and a stolen pocketwatch. What resulted was a first of its kind...
When the Civil War ended, there were still many unsettled scores of course. Towns along the border with North and South were especially prone to violence between individuals supporting one side or the other. That was the case here in Springfield,...
Don’t Break Down Here
If your car breaks down you probably call for help, or walk if needed. Here, if your car breaks down it could likely mean your life, for there is no one to call and there’s a good chance no one will be driving by for many days. It’s a beautiful yet...
Laying Out the Streets from Afar
The folks back in Europe were only trying to help lay out the streets of a fledgling town. Too bad they couldn’t actually see the terrain to know how their plans would need to be interpreted. What resulted is a unique piece of history…
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