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Posted in American Countryside Best of Kansas

John Brown: The Early Years

In the years just ahead of the Civil War, thousands of people came to Kansas ahead of a critical vote on whether the new state…

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Posted in American Countryside New York

The Elephant Hotel

When you run across a building named the “Elephant Hotel,” well, there’s probably going to be an interesting story behind the place.  That is the…

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Posted in American Countryside New York

A Time Before Zoos and Circuses

Just about everyone one of us has visited a zoo and seen a circus.  Now let me take you to a time when neither existed. …

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Posted in American Countryside New York

The Elephant That Changed the Course of American History

  It all began with a man who wanted to farm, not with a team of horses or mules, but rather with an elephant.  And…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Wyoming

Fort Bridger

This fort serviced the Pony Express, the Oregon Trail, and was around so long it even slept travelers by car.  It’s a big history in…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Wyoming

New Ownership of a Fort

You usually don’t think of a fort coming under new ownership.  But that’s what happened to this site that bears the name of a frontier…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Wyoming

One of the Best Known Mountain Men of the 1800s

He was one of the best known mountain men of the early 19th century.  A man who was skilled in the fur trade and later…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Missouri

Remembering Fred Mares

Image a man who speaks over ten languages, can play multiple musical instruments and serenade customers with his wonderful voice.  Today we remember the life…

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Best of 2018: The Hartsdale Pet Cemetary

Ed Martin Jr. has helped bury dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and he’s even heard of a lion cub on the grounds.  It’s just part…

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Best of 2018: Dan Meers

Dan Meers has nearly a dozen suits he wears to work.  The odd thing is, all the suites are alike.  It’s an odd suit for…

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Best of 2018: Wall Drug

What’s the first thing a father teaches his son about being a good businessman?  How to make donuts of course!  It’s one of the most…

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Best of 2018: Todd Syrup Farm

Lots of people enjoy pure maple syrup.  But if you ask this farmer what he thinks of it, well you’ll quickly find that he doesn’t…

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Best of 2018: Billy the Kid

When two different cities, in two different states claim to have the body of the same man, well, you know there’s going to be a…

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The Holiday Christmas Store

If Santa Claus needed a place to buy all of his decorations, this would be it. It’s big business in small town Michigan and it…

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Twas the Night

We know the words of “’twas the night before Christmas;” words that helped solidify the image of Santa over 200 years ago. Here’s the the…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Tennessee

The Scene of a Winter Battle

The Union army was defeated at Fredricksburg, Virginia in mid December 1862.  President Lincoln needed a victory to bolster the north and the Emancipation Proclamation…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

That Smell in the Air

The college president smelled something.  It was not a bad odor, but rather something pleasant.  And soon his nose led his mind to an idea…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

A Christmas Tradition

Many of us have Christmas traditions.  At this college there is a Christmas tradition that has raised money for these students and this campus for…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

A Business Totally Run By Volunteers

It’s a business that is run totally by volunteers.  What’s interesting is many of the volunteers are middle and high school students who give of…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

A Small Town Coffee House

Many towns have one or more coffee houses.  But in St. James, Missouri the local coffeehouse may have a familiar look, but those running it…

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