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U.S. May Lose Friendship Monument to Mexico

Monday, February 28th, 2011

In what would turn out to be a small victory for our southern neighbor, the U.S. may soon abandon its border-straddling “Friendship Monument” to Mexico in Border Field State Park, San Diego. The obelisk was raised by the U.S. in 1851 to celebrate Mexico’s loss of California in the Mexican-American War. It wasn’t until 1971 […]

Casa Bonita: He Dove To Forget

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Since it opened in 1974, Casa Bonita in Lakeland, Colorado, has entertained its fajita-eating patrons with indoor cliff divers.

Big Ike Moves To North Texas

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Blank expression. Pale complexion. 16-foot tall cement head that looks a little like Lex Luthor, a little like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. Of course… it’s Dwight Eisenhower!

Memorial For Middlegate Shoe Tree

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

A memorial service was held this weekend at the murdered shoe tree of Middlegate, Nevada. Hundreds of people attended, some driving many hours and miles. The Lahontan Valley News reported that a prominent local Indian named Adam Fortunate Eagle (he helped other Indians occupy Alcatraz in 1970) called the tree “our fallen brother.” Fredda Stevenson, […]

Pancho Villa Is Gone, His Finger Lives On

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Pancho Villa, notorious Mexican bandit and revolutionary, died in a hail of gunfire in 1923. According to legend, his corpse was later dug up and dismembered, with his body parts going to relic collectors in the U.S. and Pancho Villa fans in Mexico.

Sarah Winchester: No Sane, No Shame

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A book written by a California history professor claims to set the record straight on Sarah Winchester, the reclusive millionaire whose Winchester Mystery House continues to baffle the rest of us.

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