Extreme Conditions At the Top of the Mountain

The warmest temperature ever recorded here was 72 degrees.  It once got down to 47 below.  Brian Clark’s job is to be stranded here a week at a time every winter…

Clear For 130 Miles

This lookout sees an average of 237 days of fog each year…but on a clear day you can see up to 130 miles.  It’s a place that draws huge crowds in the summer and a place that sets some chilly records in the winter…

Pawnee Bill

It may have seemed this famous western showman had married the wrong woman.  After all, his bride was a city girl who didn’t grow up around horses and cowboy life.  It turned out that she might have been the better cowboy of the pair…

The Cowboy Named Gordon Lillie

Many of us had childhood heroes, and for Gordon it was the famous showman Buffalo Bill.  What he might never have imagined was how he would eclipse the fame of the legend…

The Indirect Transformation of a Florida Neighborhood

When U.S. soldiers crossed the Atlantic to fight in World War I, they not only preserved freedom, they also discovered something that transformed a working class neighborhood in Tampa…

The History of Ybor City

Mention Ybor City to someone in Tampa, FL and they will probably tell you about all the great restaurants and clubs. However this neighborhood began over a century ago thanks to a man avoiding a death sentence…

Best of 2017: A Store Named Pops

Most people travel Old Route 66 for the nostalgia.  So on the surface, this convenience store might not seem to fit in, because it was built well after the heyday of the Mother Road.  However, it’s a place that draws many locals and tourists alike…

Best of 2017: A Tribute to the Boll Weevil

Cotton was king in the southern U.S. in the early 20th century.  However it was one of the tiniest of creatures that dethroned the crop as supreme in the south…

Best of 2017: The Coon Dog Cemetery

It looks like many cemeteries in the U.S.  There are grave markers and flowers surrounding by many trees.  But this is not like any other cemetery in the U.S. And that’s because of who is buried here…

Best of 2017: Ishmpeming Skiing

Depending on where you live in the nation, certain sports may be more popular than others.  When you live in the upper peninsula of Michigan, there’s a good chance the sports you love have much to do with snow…

Best of 2017: A Place Called Iran

This land in southwest Texas appeared to be barren ranch country.  You could buy it for a relatively cheap price and the stock could roam for miles to graze on a little grass and water.  But Ira Yates noticed something that changed the area…

Christmas Day 1776

It was Christmas Day 1776…the first Christmas for the young United States of America.  If not for the bravery of General Washington and his men…it might have been the only Christmas the new nation celebrated…

A Pivotol Point in the Revolution

On Christmas Eve 1776…a general and his men did not prepare for a meal or gift giving…but rather they prepared ammunition, supplies and boats for a pivotal point in the Revolution…

Crossing An Icy River on Christmas

It’s one of the most famous battles of the American Revolution…and it all began with the crossing of an icy river at Christmas…

The Only Noel

At Christmas we may sing, “The First Noel.”  In the United States, this is the “Only Noel….”

Raising Corn In A Swamp

You might not think of a swamp as the best place to grow a corn crop.  But here is was the perfect place for a peculiar operation…

The Denver Sleigh Works

Santa needs a sleigh to make deliveries around the world. This man makes sure he will never run out of transportation…

Thanksgiving at Berkley Plantation

You may have thought Thanksgiving dates back to the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in today’s state of Massaschusettes.  But, in a moment we’ll travel to the farm that claims to have held that first feast many years prior…

Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock

Each Thanksgiving we are likely to remember the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock.  But is that rock really the spot they disembarked?

The Plantation of Belle Grove

Our history books tell us the south had many slave holding plantations in the years leading up to the Civil War. So it may be a little surprising to find such an operation here…