A Landmark With a Name07/21/14
As Lewis and Clark headed west and north in 1803 to explore the newly acquire Louisiana Purchase, another explorer headed to the southwestern reaches of that territory. One of the landmarks he found still bears his name today…
Going to Hell
We go to great lengths to gather the stories you here on this program…and this time we literally went to hell and back to get the feature you’ll hear…
The Inventor of the First Automobile
Who invented the first automobile? You might be surprised that it wasn’t Henry Ford…but this man from Kokomo, Indiana…
A Landmark Burned to the Ground
It was perhaps the most important stop on the entire length of the Santa Fe Trail. However, under two decades after its establishment, it was burned to the ground…
800 Miles and One Stop
Today you can travel down just about any interstate highway in America and find plenty of truck stops. Now turn back the clock nearly two centuries and imagine an 800 mile long interstate with just one such stop…
An Enterprising Fort
When you think of forts in the western U.S., you may remember military fortresses built to keep the peace and secure the routes of settlers. That’s what makes this early fort unique, for it was not built by the government, but rather an enterprising...
President Lincoln at the Gettysburg Depot
There was a mix of emotions when President Lincoln stepped onto the platform at this Gettysburg, Pennsylvania railroad depot. There were feelings of sadness and loss, represented by the coffins awaiting shipment to loved ones. Yet there was hope,...
A Historic Railroad Depot
Many communities have saved and then restored their old rail depots. That’s the case for this small Pennsylvania town. However, the depot here has more history than most, for it had connections to a famous battle and a favorite president…
A Collection That Went Viral
Lots of people collect things. Sometimes the story of how and why they began collecting is more interesting than the collection itself. That may be the case for Ed Gotwald. His collection is unique, but the story of a wedding gift that went viral is...
A Famous Inventor
His first invention involved a kite–and perhaps his most famous discovery involved one too…
Honoring America’s Heroes
Every independence day we celebrate our freedom. This soldier is reminded of the cost of that freedom as he protects the resting place of America’s heroes…
A Chaplain in the Civil War
In the fall of 1861, Father William Corby, a Notre Dame educated priest, not yet 30 years old, joined the 88th New York and the Irish Brigade as their chaplain. The regiment was a part of many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. But it’s Corby’s...
A Small Rock Marking a Big Impact
There are hundreds of monuments here at Gettysburg National Battlefield. Many times it’s difficult to know the story behind each one…there are simply so many. That’s why one statue placed upon a small rock may not draw that much attention. But when...
The Role of Chaplains in the Civil War
If you are a student of the Civil War, you probably know some of the important names like Generals Lee and Grant, or battles like Antietam and Gettysburg. It’s easy to overlook important aspects of the war that often go unnoticed. Today we take a look...
The Importance of Faith in Battle
A soldier needs many resources in battle. One of those items is perhaps most important, yet intangible. It’s the importance of one’s faith…and today we take a look at the role of an army chaplain…a position that helps one minister to the needs of...
The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
It’s difficult for many of us to name many specific battles or events in World War I. We may have learned the war began when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. That is somewhat true, however the story of what happened to the assassin and the...
The Beginning of World War I
Some say the event that began the first World War occurred on June 28, 1914…a century ago. Today we take a look back and what happened that day – events of chance that helped ignite a worldwide conflict…
100 Years Since The World’s First Global Conflict
This week marks 100 years since the world faced its first global conflict. It was a war that would engulf countries on multiple continents. Yet, ask someone why it began and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and there’s a good change all of the answers...
The Center of the Hemisphere
Headwest on highway 29 from Wausau, Wisconsin, then turned north, back west, then back north…and then, find yourself next to a sign on the edge of a large farm field. Many would say you’re in the middle of nowhere. Not so fast…if you stand here…you’re...
A Recognizable Last Name
It all began with Albert, Otto, Alfred, Charles, and John. Without their last names, those first names might not mean anything to you. Put together with the phrase “prepare to be amazed,” and you’ll definitely recognize the names…
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