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America’s Oldest Road Sign To Get Back On A Road

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

In the 1750s a British General, Edward Braddock, marched 2,000 troops through the Allegheny Mountains toward what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Along the way a 2000-pound rock was set up near Frostburg, Maryland, engraved with distances and directions to places such as Captain Smyth’s Inn and Redstone Old Fort. People came to call it “The […]

Governor Uses Convention Cover To Ax Lincoln Cabin

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Strange news from the Land of Lincoln. The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reported that Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, a democrat, flew home on the climactic day of the Democratic National Convention. And then he immediately cut hundreds of state jobs and closed nearly two dozen historic sites and parks — including the Lincoln Log Cabin […]

To The Fish of Linesville: “Let Them Eat Bread!”

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

The battle for the Presidency may be heating up, but it’s tepid compared to the fish fry that’s underway in Linesville, Pennsylvania. That’s where the state has announced that, as of January 1, 2009, visitors to the Pymatuning Spillway will no longer be able to hurl bread at the local carp — which produces the […]

Take That, Mound-Builders Of Yore

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

For reasons currently unknown, the People Who Were Here Before Us built mounds all over the United States. Building a big mound is more complicated than it may seem, and only in recent years have the People Who Are Here Now been able to pile up mounds of similar grandeur — and turn them into […]

Old Nuke Reactor To Delight New Visitors

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Richland, Washington, has always been proud of its “Hanford Site,” a formerly top secret military area where most of America’s nuclear bomb plutonium was made. But there was never much for tourists to see, since much of Hanford is still radioactive and off-limits. That changed on August 25, when Hanford’s B Reactor — which made […]

Spacey New Home For UFO Museum

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

An article in Architectural Record offers the first peek at the proposed new digs for the International UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico. Two separate Massachusetts design firms will be creating the look of the building and its exhibits. The exterior resembles a melty, 1950s SF cover ala Richard Powers, while the interior looks like […]

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