If You Build It, They Will Come–Two Grand Hotels09/12/14
In the movie “Field of Dreams”, a farmer builds a baseball field inthe middle of his corn field. Perhaps the people in this southernIndiana town feel a bit the same. Here it’s two grand hotels thatrose from the surrounding countryside over a century...
A Famous Front Porch
Many homes have a front porch. It can be a place to relax and simplyenjoy the outdoors. In this town, it’s the hotel that has the frontporch. The rockers are also a place to relax, but the folks that havesat here aren’t your run-of-the-mill crowd…
Trophies From the Game of Basketball
Most museums will put the artifacts behind glass, not to be touched. Sure it’s interesting to look, but it might seem a little stuffy. That’s not the case here. Do you want to see some of the biggest andmost important trophies from the game of...
The Birthplace of a Basketball Legend
Many of our towns and cities have people that we look up to. Perhapsthey aren’t known to the rest of the world…or just maybe they are aninternational superstar. The latter is the case for one small Indianatown that produced one of the greatest...
The Birthplace of Stephen Douglas
Abraham Lincoln led the country through the Civil War, but it was this man who defeated him for the Senate two years earlier. We’ll go to the home of the man known as the “little giant…”
Keep Your Clothes On! Inside Gadsby’s Tavern
Imagine staying in a hotel that encouraged you to sleep with yourclothes and shoes on so that you could make a quick escape in case ofa fire! Roll back the clock a couple of centuries and it wasperfectly normal here…
A Tavern With a Rich History
Many of the homes and businesses in Alexandria, Virginia can tracetheir history to the founding of the nation. That’s true of one veryimportant tavern. It was here that the notable names of the daygathered to conduct business in the newly founded...
Pueblo Dwellings in Kansas
In western Kansas you can find the foundations for an old NativeAmerican settlement. Perhaps that doesn’t seem too out of theordinary, until you dig a little deeper and find that this type ofdwelling doesn’t belong in Kansas, but instead belongs to...
A Natural Wonder of Kansas
It’s one of the natural wonders of Kansas. A place of white spiresrising from the prairie plains that have been a landmark forcenturies…
Cyrus McCormick and His Threshing Machine
For centuries, crops were cut and threshed by hand. That all changed with a young farmer in Virginia. This is the story of a birthday present that revolutionized agriculture…
Building a Utopian Society
In 1825, Robert Own of Wales, purchased an entire town in the state ofIndiana. His dream was to create a utopian society where morals wereupheld and people of all walks of life had a chance to succeed. Itremains both a dream and a reality here…
A Long-Established Community
There are many reasons people came from Europe to the newly founded United States. Some came to find freedom to practice their religion.That was the case for a community established in extreme southwesternIndiana…a community that remains today…
Developing the Self Scouring Plow
Although you may associate his name with tractors, he never saw one. Yet his name issynonymous with the equipment used in agriculture…
Burning the White House
It was an act that seemed unthinkable. Another nation’s army marchedinto the United States capital and burned its most importantgovernment buildings to the ground, with the president and othergovernment officials fleeing the advancing troops. It all...
The Most Famous Lady to Occupy the White House
Perhaps the most famous first lady to ever occupy the White House wasDolly Madison. She was known to host parties with lavish desserts,but she is also beloved for the heroism she showed in the face of theburning of Washington…
George Washington’s Influence on the White House Design
Although George Washington was the nation’s first president, he nevergot to live inside the presidential mansion that was being constructedin Washington, D.C. Our first presidents did have much influence overthe way that home and the surrounding...
The Affect of Farming on Building the White House and Capitol
It was a long and tedious process to build the U.S. Capitol and whatwe know as the White House. The hand labor, intricate carvings andmovement of materials were all time consumers. However, one of thebiggest delays in getting those buildings ready for...
The Fertile Farmland of Palmer, Alaska
When you think of fertile farmland, you perhaps think of a location with deep rich soil in the Midwest. But to find the land growing the largest vegetables in the nation, you have to travel far to the north…
A Trip to St. Genevieve, Missouri
We’ve all seen a log cabin. Such structures were the norm for many Americans early in the country’s history. But did you ever see a log cabin with the logs arranged vertically instead of horizontally? There are only a handful in the U.S?and most are...
Hot Zone Falconry
Farmers might contract with someone to spray for weeds, fertilize thesoil or harvest a crop. Some farmers even contract for a company tocome fly falcons around the field. We take flight with a unique agbusiness…
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