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Jacksonville, Florida.
The Civil War In Jacksonville Between 1861 and 1864, a long and bitter civil war divided our nation. Many of the most publicized events of this tragic conflict occurred in Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and . . .

(War, US Civil) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Sutro

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Dayton, Nevada.
Sutro was a town, a tunnel, and a man. The well-planned community was headquarters for the Sutro Drainage Tunnel. German-born Adolph Sutro came to the Comstock in 1860. He advocated a drainage tunnel, visualizing development . . .

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

Wilson Canyon

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near Yerington, Nevada.
Wilson Canyon and the Wilson Mining District were named for brothers David and “Uncle Billy” Wilson. David Wilson (born 1829) came west in 1850 during the California Gold Rush. He returned to the Midwest in 1853, married, . . .

(Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Malmstrom Air Force Base

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Great Falls, Montana.
Since 1942, Malmstrom Air Force Base has been on the frontline of America's national defense. Known locally as East Base during World War II. B-17 Flying Fortress pilots trained here and the base served as a staging area for . . .

(Air & Space • Military • War, Cold • War, World II) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

The Pomo

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Upper Lake, California.
Local Pomo groups fished and hunted waterfowl within marshes and adjacent waters. Hunting parties trapped waterfowl using large nets, while individual hunters used snares and slings. The Pomo used nets, brush dams, and . . .

(Native Americans) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Cornish Pump

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Iron Mountain, Michigan.
When the E. P. Allis Company of Milwaukee built this pump in 1890/91, it was heralded as the nation’s largest steam-driven pumping engine. On January 3, 1893, the massive engine, designed by Edwin C. Reynolds, began lifting . . .

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

Lewis & Clark Portage Route

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Great Falls, Montana.
To avoid the series of waterfalls along the Missouri River north of this point, the Expedition portaged their canoes and several tons of baggage, crossing the highway right here. At the lower camp, some 12 miles NE, the crew . . .

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The Experiment

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Great Falls, Montana.
Designed to be Portable In 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis led an expedition to map a water route west to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, the Lewis and Clark Expedition uses 26 different boats, but one deserves special . . .

(Exploration • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

William & Isabel Shea House

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Great Falls, Montana.
William and Isabel Shea built this cozy one-story brick home in 1929. With its distinctive low profile, clipped-gable shingle roof, stucco siding, exposed rafter tails, and multi-pane windows, the inviting residence is a . . .

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Cowboys Bar and Museum

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Great Falls, Montana.
Former Great Falls “cowhands” held a reunion in 1938. Now grown men, as boys they had earned money herding local milk cows in and out of town each day or driving range cattle through the city streets. Membership soon . . .

(Education • Entertainment) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Sherwood Cemetery

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near Sherwood, Texas.
Established circa 1860s Historic Texas Cemetery - 2008

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El Encanto

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Northridge, California.
Rural Vernacular Style. Henry F. Withey, Architect. Built 1941. Converted 1946. Declared 2004, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 782, City Of Los Angeles, Cultural Heritage Commission.

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Liberty Tree Memorial

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Loomis, California.
This American Liberty Elm was named after "The Liberty Tree: Our Country's first Symbol of Freedom.” On the morning of August 14, 1765, the people of Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in . . .

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The Army's Navy

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Great Falls, Montana.
Lewis and Clark Trail markers follow today's highways, but rivers actually determined most of their route. By the Great Falls, over 2500 miles of Missouri "roadway" had been navigated. Keeping the Expedition Afloat During . . .

(Exploration • Waterways & Vessels) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Turning Locomotives in Folsom

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Folsom, California.
Over time there have been five turntables used to turn locomotives, (like the one pictured above), around at the Folsom Rail Yard. The first turntable was put in place in 1856, with replacement turntables constructed in . . .

(Railroads & Streetcars) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

Great Falls West Bank Historic District

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Great Falls, Montana.
An eclectic cultural landscape has long characterized the West Bank. Separated from downtown Great Falls by the broad Missouri River, the larger neighborhood has hosted a varied mix of industrial, residential, and commercial . . .

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T.E. Collins Mansion

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Great Falls, Montana.
Irish-born Timothy Collins followed the gold stampedes to Montana but soon turned to law and politics. For a time in the 1870s he was the only attorney practicing in Meagher County. Elected to the territorial legislature . . .

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Bus Depot and Garage

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Great Falls, Montana.
Streamline Moderne architecture celebrated America’s engineering prowess. The style—which offered an optimistic response to the woes of the Great Depression—promised a better future through technology. Its celebration of . . .

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Arvon Block

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Great Falls, Montana.
During the busy 1890s, Great Falls’ business district swarmed with activity. City boosters such as pioneer rancher Robert Vaughn expressed confidence in the town’s future by investing in commercial real estate. Vaughn . . .

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Great Falls Civic Center

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Great Falls, Montana.
Clean lines, formal monumental openings, and restrained revival details mark the 1939 Great Falls Civic Center as a municipal Art Deco style building. The Works Projects Administration provided most of the funding for the . . .

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