Where Thousands Come to Pay Respect

This Washington D.C. memorial is just a kid when compared to monuments to Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson that are nearby.  But in it’s short life, this has become a place where thousand come to pay respects and remember the price of freedom…

Not “Just” a Wall

A few years ago I sat on a park bench and visited with a man about a wall he helped build.  This isn’t any ordinary man and this is far from “just” a wall..

Leaving Your Hospital Bed to Fight

By 1864 the situation the situation in Macon, Georgia was so dire that men in the hospital were asked to leave their beds and defend the city.  The marks of that battle can still be seen on some of the buildings here…

The Cannonball House

The city of Macon, Georgia is still a place where you can find elegant plantation mansions…homes of some of the wealthiest southerners built in the years before the Civil War. There’s one nicknamed the Cannonball House…

The Importance of a Cesium Atom

If I said I’d be back in a second…I’d literally be back in 9,192, 631,770 cycles of a cesium atom.  Why is that important…well, the cycles of that cesium atom have a lot more to do with life that you ever imagined…

Measuring Time

For most of human history…the movement of the sun, moon and planets has been used to measure time.  But even the ancients knew that the rotating earth was not 100 percent accurate.  That’s where Tom O’Brien comes in…

The Most Accurate Clock on Earth

It’s the most accurate clock on earth…and it doesn’t even have hands to tell the time.  It’s an unusual but very important clock…

A Motel With a Radio in Every Room

This motel advertisers a “radio in every room.”  Perhaps it doesn’t sound too elegant, but it’s doing a nice business on the same spot for the last 80 years or so…

Movie Stars on Wide-Open Roads

There was a time when the movie stars of the day did not fly to their destination, but rather drove their own expensive cars on the wide-open roads.  This story is about one such star on a trip…

Searching for the Crossroads of the Nation

He was a man in search of the crossroads of the nation.  For of course, that would be the best place to build a business – a site where traffic from all directions would meet…

A Book That Took 13 Years to Complete

It was a massive book, both in cost and sheer size…yet it’s pages are some of the most recognized yet today.  This is the story of the book that took 13 years to complete…

Drawing Birds

Frankly, he had the makings of a man who would squander his family’s money and accomplish little in life.  But his passion for walking the forest and drawing the birds he saw would make him a well-known name in America…

The Homestead of Lawrence Welk

His music entertained millions of listeners both over the radio and later via TV.  Today we head to his homestead on the plains of North Dakota…

A Cemetery With a Guidebook

Most cemeteries don’t offer a guidebook with brief stories of those you’ll find buried there, but this one does.  And while this is a respectful place, it’s also a site where you may be amazed at those tales surrounding the life in the wild west…

A Cemetery Opposite Arlington National

This cemetery perhaps looks the exact opposite of Arlington National in D.C.  The dusty landscape is mostly barren of lush grass and tall trees.  The shallow graves here are marked with piles of stones.  Yet, this place, like Arlington, is a well visited cemetery…

A Place Named Tombstone

It’s a town named for what others thought would happen to its founder.  It may sound like a strange way to title a place, but today that city it synonymous with the wildest of the wild west…

Man’s Best Friend

We’ve all heard of man’s best friend…but it was this dog that probably gave us the phrase so common today.  We’ll go to a county courthouse where a dog, his owner and a famous lawyer made history…

A Famous Canine

In the courthouse square in Warrensburg, Missouri you will find a statue in tribute to a dog named Old Drum.  He’s one famous canine who had a case go all the way to the state supreme court…

Defending the Fertile Farm Valley of Virginia

There was nothing left to do.  A group of 15-21 year old students would be forced  into battle if there was any hope of defending this fertile farm valley in Virginia.  What resulted is an event still commemorated annually…

A Clash Over the Nation’s Breadbasket

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is one of the most scenic farming regions in the world.  The fertile valley is flanked by tree-lined ridges nears the states border with West Virginia.  It’s also the place where northern and southern soldiers clashed over control of what was then the nation’s breadbasket…