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Iolani Palace: Oahu, Hawaii

There are many larger and grander homes in the United States, but there is only one royal palace.  It is the Iolani Palace in Honolulu on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawai`i, the home of a king … Continue reading

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Walking beneath the walls of old San Juan

Arriving early in San Juan, Puerto Rico with no plan in mind, I  went to get a map from tourism office but it wasn’t open.  So I walked across the street where the old wall that once surrounded Old San … Continue reading

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The U.S. road network is less than one hundred years old.

Click on photos to enlarge. We strongly advocate driving across the U.S. sometime.  So much is missed travelling only by plane.  But imagine if there were no paved roads. The modern American road system is less than one hundred years … Continue reading

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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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