The Adamantine Guard

It was called the Adamantine Guard…a military unit formed in one Pennsylvania County with over a century of service to the country.  But when it came time to preserve their history, the most important artifact was missing…or at…it just hadn’t yet been found…

Inside the Dickson Mounds

Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago…these giant cities were scattered across the nation.  Today we try to uncover their link and learn about those who live there…

An Early City of a Thousand Years Ago

Havana, Illinois is located on the Illinois River but is far from the first city that’s stood here.  In fact, we know of a large city here about 1000 years ago…

The Little Red House in Western Kansas

The first building in this town didn’t begin its life here.  In fact i’s route to this city is a story in itself.  This is the tale of the little red house in western Kansas…

The Superhighway of the 1800s

It was a superhighway of the 1800s…a thruway carrying people and cargo from two ends of the country.  It may not have been here though if it wasn’t for one country’s attempt to thrwart Lewis and Clark’s journey to the Pacific…

Unearthing the Bones of an Unknown Animal

Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up a tale about the creature and traveling the nation to tell its story. That’s exactly what happened just south of St. Louis…

The History of a Popular Apple

It’s one of the world’s most popular varieties of fruit and we have it because one farmer couldn’t get a nasty spout to go away.  It’s a story that will take us to two state fairs  before a delicious taste is discovered…

An Unusual Herd

Farms come in many shapes and sizes, raising crops, livestock and many other combinations.  But in central Arkansas, there is a centuries-old farm that has been raising an unusual herd that people just keep coming back to see…

Aboard A Luxury Ship

The Queen Mary II, the largest and most luxurious ship to ever sail, recently left Britain for Ft. Lauderdale.  That voyage had ironically increased the passenger list on her predecessor that hasn’t left the dock in over thirty years…

The Story of Daddy Bryson

His name was Daddy Bryson…and he became one of the best-known train engineers in the Smoky Mountains…not because of his skill on the rails, but instead for the unfortunate accident that cost him his life…

Logging to Create A Park

Visitors to Smoky Mountain National Park can wander miles of trails that meander through endless forests.  It wasn’t that long ago many of these forests had been cut.  This is the story of the man who logged much of that timber and then gave the land to create a park…

A Bell That Took Time to Become Famous

July 4th, 1776.  It’s Indpendence Day in the United States and one of the symbols of our freedom is the Liberty Bell.  But most folks don’t know the real story behind that bell…a bell that really was not famous at all until more than a half century after that famous July 4th in Philadelphia…

When George Washington Surrendered

It was the only time General Washington ever surrendered an army…and that just may have everything to do with July 4th being our Independence Day…

Shaping Independence

It’s a war most American know little about, yet it’s a conflict that shaped America’s war for Independence just a few years later…Please update now

Naturalist John Muir

Over a century ago, President Roosevelt was so interested in preserving natural wonders, he traveled all the way to California to take a camping trip with this well known naturalist.  The result of that outing would be the protection of some of this nation’s most loved landmarks…

Nature Closer to Home

When this man’s trip to the Amazon fell through, he instead began to travel this country to see all that nature held closer to home.  It was his vision of protecting a portion of that beauty that led him to become the father of the national park system…

A Place Known As Traveler’s Rest

It was a meeting place, a point were Lewis and Clark twice stopped during very important points in their journey…

The Lolo Trail

It was the most difficult climb in their journey west–the Rocky mountains of Montana and Idaho.  We hit the Lolo trail…

Alibates Flint

It’s called Alibates flint…and this spot in the panhandle of Texas is the only place in the world where you can find it.  Not only was it valuable as a tool, but it was so important that it was even used as currency in a sense…

One of the First Oil Boom Towns

In a moment we head to oil country in the U.S…but this isn’t a trip to Oklahoma, Texas or even Alaska…but a journey rather to one of the first oil boom towns in the country…