Tag Archives: American History

Smallwood Store: Chokoloskee, Florida

American history is relatively young.   But even in the U.S., we tend to think of “pioneers” as belonging to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  However, pioneers were eking out a living in Florida as late as the twentieth … Continue reading

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Joplin’s murals reflect history, good and bad.

Heading east  last April, we were chased by tornado-producing storms.  We left a late snow storm in Colorado.  We left rain in Dodge City, Kansas and shot across the state. At Greensburg, we turned off the main road to drive down … Continue reading

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The toughest mining camp in the West.

Last spring we visited what was called the toughest mining camp in the West.  One report said in Frisco’s heyday there were 12 men killed a night.  That might be an exaggeration, but it is agreed there were killings most … Continue reading

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Mining for tourists in Tonopah.

A billboard in Tonopah, Nevada said “McDonald’s just ahead in Hawthorne.” It says more about Tonopah than it does about the restaurant — “just ahead” Hawthorne is 104 miles away. We were in Tonopah because  Alie wanted to drive up through … Continue reading

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Cultural wars and environmental destruction: Pipe Spring National Monument

Benn Pikyavit, a Paiute, was our guide through Wisor Castle, home to Mormon polygamists, now owned by the U.S. Park Service.  All three represent cultural conflict. Alie and I love the desert Southwest, but we often wondered why pioneers chose … Continue reading

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The misnamed Navajo National Monument

A sign says “Navajo National Monument.” It is barely twenty miles out of your way. Stop! Even though things appear similar to everything else you see in that area, you learn some things are different. The canyons along the way … Continue reading

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Trader not traitor

Frank, a very distant relative, was an 1800s Indian Agent.  Towns in Utah and Oklahoma bear his name. “Western” movies often had a villainous trader selling whiskey and guns to the natives.  I don’t recall seeing the Indians pay for … Continue reading

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