Tag Archives: First Americans

Medicine Wheel / Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark, Wyoming

I first read about the Medicine Wheel in the 1970s.  It was around then we began to occasionally read novels by Louis L’Amour, simple “westerns” without much literary value that provided relief from the daily grind.  They were better than … Continue reading

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

We were heading down U.S. 212 to I-90 in Montana on our way to Sheridan. I am sure readers of this blog tire from repeated statements that we avoid Interstate highways because they are boring.  But we take them occasionally. … 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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A stop at Dominica, not the Domenican Republic

Dominica is not The Dominican Republic. I admit I confused them before our visit.  The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island with a population of about 80,000.  The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and has about ten … 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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Goulding, Ford and the Navajos: Monument Valley

Even the best artist sometimes needs a good public relations agent.  Mother Nature had Harry Goulding. Born in 1897 on a Colorado sheep ranch, Goulding came to Monument Valley in 1921 after serving in World War I.  He took his … 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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