The Historic Chicago Fire

Bells rang the warning.  Prison cells were opened to allow inmates to save their own lives ahead of the coming disaster.  No one had see anything like it, and hopefully we never will again.

A Fast Moving Fire

It was a fast moving fire. In fact, it was moving so quickly that people could not find aware to avoid it.  Some thought the river would offer protection, but when the first jumped that barrier, it was clear, this would be a destructive and deadly tragedy

The Most Famous Cow in History

No doubt, she is one of the most famous cows in history…but is she really to blame for the problems she caused?  This is the story of a cow that caused quite the disaster…

Sheep with a Right of Way

Today the number of snow skiers to this valley outnumbers the sheep that graze the summer mountainsides.  However, the sheep still get the right of way…and this autumn’s festival proves it…

Silver Ran Out and Sheep Moved In

When the silver ran out, the sheep moved in…thousands of them in fact.  This place became one of the largest sheep exporting cities in the world.  You’ll be surprised by the location and the real-life festival that is held every autumn…

The Story Behind Custer’s Last Stand

You’ve probably heard of Custer’s last stand at the Little Bighorn, but do you know the real story of what happened there?  We’ll uncover some of the truths…

General Custer

You probably know his name because of his famous last stand.  But before that battle in today’s state of Montana, there was much more to a man known by his men as General Custer…

Permission to Get Married

For an enlisted man at Fort Hays, it wasn’t enough to win a woman’s heart and ask her hand in marriage.  You needed the permission of your commanding officer and a few other key logistics to make the wedding take shape…

Reasons for Enlisting

The army certainly needs strong, upstanding young men and women to fill its ranks…but in the late 19th century, the reasons folks enlisted may have been for reasons far from defending one’s nation…

A Remaining Fort

As Americans moved from east to west, a network of forts sprang up on the high plains to protect travel and commerce.  A few of those outposts remain, not as military installations, but rather a testament to the communities that thrived around them…

General Washington’s Fight

The battle George Washington waged against this invisible enemy may not seem that glamorous and it certainly doesn’t get much space in any history book.  Yet the decision he made here in central New Jersey saved hundreds and perhaps thousands of lives…

Washington’s Delaware River Crossing Destination

When Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776, he was of course headed somewhere.  That “where” was right here…

More Than An Old Military Barracks

On the surface this place might not seem that important.  It’s just an old military barracks.  Yet it is the groups of men who lived here and the time period in which they did so, that makes this an important historic site in the nation…

A Casino With A Great History

Ask someone to name a casino in Vegas and they can rattle off names like the Belagio, Stratosphere, MGM and others.  But ask someone about the casinos that built Vegas into the gaming center it is today…and this one will certainly rise to the top…

A Place Called Hildene

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky and lived most of his adult years in Illinois.  But where did future generations of the Lincolns reside.  Most people don’t know it was in this beautiful stretch of mountains far from Abraham’s Midwestern roots…

The Son of a President

Being the son of a U.S. president has its perks.  However, it does provide a very high bar of achievement for that second generation.  Which presidential child did the best?  It might just be the son of one of the nation’s greatest presidents…

Who Was Vice President of the Confederacy?

You’ve heard of Jefferson Davis, president of the confederacy. But who was his vice president?

The Confederacy on the Move

As Union troops advanced on Richmond, Virginia, the president of the Confederacy was on the move.  The story of the Union and the pursuit of Jefferson Davis…

The Story of a Cup of Coffee (and much more…)

Today someone might drive through Starbucks to get a cup of coffee.  During the Civil War…this group instead brought the coffee to you.  This is the story of a cup of coffee and much more…

The Organization That Grew to the YMCA

When a soldier heads to battle, there are many organizations that volunteer their services to help he or she and their families.  During the Civil War, this organization grew from the YMCA to fill those needs.  It’s a piece of history that few know…