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  • 10/03/18--09:43: The Queen Bee Mill
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    The Queen Bee Mill, a goliath among mills in early Dakota Territory, once stood tall and proud here on the bank of the Big Sioux River. A large quartzite deposit on the site was used to build an impressive seven-story flour . . .

    (Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--09:46: Town of Midland
  • Midland, South Dakota.
    (side 1) In 1889 South Dakota was admitted to the union and western South Dakota was opened for settlement. The next year surveying was conducted throughout the summer and the town of Midland, named for its location halfway . . .

    (Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--09:50: Tawas Lighthouse
  • East Tawas, Michigan.
    The point is a “making point.” Annual Report, U.S. Lighthouse Board, 1873 Throughout its recorded history, blowing, drifting sand has constantly extended Tawas Point. This lighthouse was built in 1876 because the end of the . . .

    (Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Ignace, Michigan.
    Erected by the Citizens of Mackinac County in honor of our Soldiers and Sailors and in appreciation of their sacrifice and service in the World War

    (War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II) Includes location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--10:14: The Keep
  • , United Kingdom.
    The Keep In the 13th century, the building high on the mound in front of you provided a lordly reception suite where the Earl could entertain on special occasions. The approach was deliberately formal and designed to . . .

    (Forts, Castles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--10:14: Shell Keep
  • , United Kingdom.
    Shell Keep c.12th century This circular stone wall had a wall walk on the top designed principally for use as a fighting platform. The High Tower was built inside this wall in the13th century and the gap spanned with a . . .

    (Forts, Castles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    , United Kingdom.
    The development of the Castle The first castle was built in the years immediately after the Norman Conquest — a military outpost in hostile country. The original timber defences were gradually replaced in stone and by the . . .

    (Forts, Castles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--10:57: Nonnebakken / "Nunnery Hill"
  • , Denmark.
    Here lay a Viking fortress - One of Denmark's five ring fortresses Odense's Viking fortress, Nonnebakken, is no more, but its location is still just visible where the Oddfellow lodge now stands. Nonnebakken was one of the . . .

    (Churches & Religion • Forts, Castles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--11:08: Beckman pH Meter
  • Pasadena, California.
    Arnold O. Beckman developed the first commercially successful electronic pH meter while a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. This rugged and portable “acidimeter,” which had all necessary . . .

    (Education • Science & Medicine) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--11:10: The Fort Pierre Plain
  • Fort Pierre, South Dakota.
    Joseph LaFramboise built Fort LaFramboise out of driftwood in 1817 near the mouth of the Bad River. This area is the oldest continually occupied Euro-American settlement in South Dakota. There were several fur outposts on . . .

    (Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    , Germany.
    (English:) What is the Danevirke? Over 1000 years ago in the Viking Age, Danes, Frisians, Saxons and Slavs came into contact in this border region between Scandinavia and Central Europe. Danish kings began to fortify the . . .

    (Forts, Castles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    Spearfish, South Dakota.
    "But how it is that I've heard so little of this miracle and we, toward the Atlantic, have heard so much of the Grand Canyon when this is even more miraculous? All the better eventually… (that the Dakotas are not on the . . .

    (Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    Hot Springs, South Dakota.
    (side 1) The site of Hot Springs was occupied before white men ever came to the area by tribal peoples for the “curative” benefits of the mineral springs. The constant 97-98 degree waters became the basis for the thriving . . .

    (Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 7 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--12:49: Kingsbury County, S.D.
  • De Smet, South Dakota.
    . . .

    (Political Subdivisions) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
    Wilson Dam and the TVA System From the very beginning, TVA knew how important Wilson Dam would be to their operations. In fact, the Wilson Dam area served as the headquarters for TVA's initial agricultural and chemical . . .

    (Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--12:53: Waters Land & Loan Company
  • De Smet, South Dakota.
    The Kingsbury Abstract Company was formed in 1887, with J.C. Gibson, A.W. Miller, C.L. Dawley, Al Thomas and A.N. Waters as members. The company built this building in 1888-89. Through the years the building has housed many . . .

    (Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--12:58: First Methodist Church
  • Oscoda, Michigan.
    Erected in 1865 A.D. by the pioneer lumberman, Henry Martin Loud, who in that year founded in this area one of the largest lumber operations in Michigan. The church burned in the fire which destroyed the town of Au Sable and . . .

    (Churches & Religion • Disasters) Includes complete text, location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    East Tawas, Michigan.
    The point has steadily made to the southward and westward, and the extremity of it is now more than a mile from the light. Report of the Light-House Board, 1873 Blowing, shifting sand on the point forced the construction . . .

    (Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--13:04: Oil House
  • East Tawas, Michigan.
    ”Put oil in new Oil House, cleaned same.” Lightkeeper Samuel Palmer, May 26, 1989 Fuel for the Tawas Point light was originally stored in an oil room in the keeper’s dwelling. During the 1870s the Lighthouse Service changed . . .

    (Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 5 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 10/03/18--13:07: Double Dwelling
  • East Tawas, Michigan.
    It is respectfully requested that the Board take under consideration the advisability of erecting a set of quarters at this station for the assistant keeper. Major Thomas Handbury Corps of Engineers to Light-House Board . . .

    (Architecture • Man-Made Features) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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