Inside A Titan II Missle Silo

FJ Alaska Banner AdIn the 1980s there were 54 Titan II missile silos across the U.S.  Those missile carried the largest land-based nuclear warhead ever developed.  Today, this is the only one of those site you can visit…

Standing Alert

FJ Alaska Banner AdThey were some of the largest and most devastating weapons ever developed and today we visit with a lady who stood on watch in case those armaments needed to be used…

An Interview Underground

FJ Alaska Banner AdOver the year’s we’ve done some of our interviews underground.  That’s the case for today’s feature…situated on “level seven” of one of the most important sites of the late 20th century…

San Marcos Resort

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Phoenix, Arizona has plenty of golf resorts that attract thousands of visitors, but ask someone who established the first course in the state and they’ll be hard pressed to tell you it was actually a Midwestern veterinarian who had more grazing land than he could manage…..

Stone Spires Rising Into the Sky

FJ Alaska Banner AdIt’s a place of amazing natural beauty, with stone spires rising high into the sky.  It’s also a place of history, where two cultures collided…

A Place of Respect

FJ Alaska Banner AdMany would consider this cemetery to be a tourist attraction.  Yet it doesn’t charge admission and is a place of respect.  It’s a place with a steady stream of visitors…

A Place Called Boot Hill

FJ Alaska Banner AdThere are several cemeteries in the west called “Boot Hill.”  That’s because many of the dead died with their boots on…

A Cemetery With Different Markers

FJ Alaska Banner AdMost cemeteries have markers with a person’s name, date of birth and death, and little else.  Not so for many of the markers in this well-known burying ground…

A Trip to Joe & Aggie’s Cafe

Today we’re at Joe & Aggie’s café, a restaurant that’s been serving up great meals for over 70 years now in Holbrook, Arizona…

The Wigwam Hotel

If you, your kids or even your grand kids have seen the movie Cars, then you probably remember the Cozy Cones.  They’re patterned after a real-life motel of concrete wigwams…

Oceanfront Property in Arizona

George Strait once sang that he had some oceanfront property in Arizona and if you’d buy that he’d throw the Golden Gate in free. This Arizona town isn’t exactly on the ocean, but much of its existence depended on it…

A Bridge in the Desert

Before bridges crossed rivers, communities often relied upon ferries to carry people and supplies. In some cases, those ferry operators were able to build thriving businesses. Two such men lived in the middle of a vast desert…

A Trip to Yuma, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona is in the Sonora dessert. The annual average rainfall is about three inches per year. So it is a bit ironic that it is a river here that made the outpost a city and made those who stayed some of the wealthiest in the pioneering southwest…

Pigs in the Middle of a City

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014You don’t expect to see 400 hogs in the middle of a city, but that’s what’s happening in the Phoenix metro area. And there’s a very good reason for the animals to be there. It may just be one of the best ways to help students learn skills for life…

An Unbreakable Code

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Roy Hawthorne had three brothers who had already volunteered for the Army.  So when Roy was 17, he too joined the battles of World War II, entering the Navy.  His role would be to use his native Navajo language to send message unbreakable by the Japanese…

Navajo Codetalker Roy Hawthorne

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Our series with Navajo codetalker, Roy Hawthorne continues today.  Remember, you can hear the full interview on the Scenic Route at AmericanCountryside.com and on American Countryside tv as a part of this weekend’s U.S. Farm Report broadcasts…

Using Your Native Language for Coded Messages

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014When World War II began, many men here in Navajo country volunteered for the armed forces.  Some of those men were asked to use their native language to send coded messages that were unbreakable by the enemy…

A Codetalker for World War II

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014This week you’ll be hearing a series of programs with World War II Navajo codetalker, Roy Hawthorne.  You can also see our American Countryside television special with him this weekend on U.S. Farm Report.  It’s an amazing piece of history…

Scenic Route – Navajo Code Talker

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Beginning in 1942, Navajo men began using their native language to send coded messages in combat during World War II.  The role they played in those battles in the Pacific was not known until 26 years after the conclusion of the war.  Today we know them as codetalkers, and on this edition of the Scenic Route, Andrew McCrea visits with one of them…Roy Hawthorne who lives near Lupton, Arizona…

Hidden Cove Petroglyph Park

I’ve always enjoyed the chance to view Native American petroglyphs.  The ancient rock writing is fascinating, but it’s hard to find but a handful of the shapes are pictures scattered at sites in the western U.S. But then I discovered the Hidden Cove Petroglyph Park. It’s a newly opened, yet rarely seen look an hundreds of such writings…