Category Archives: transportation

History near the blossoms

  Here’s an excerpt from my new book “A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History.” One evening a few days ago I left work, turned into the setting sun, and walked west toward the Jefferson Memorial. … Continue reading

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Boeing’s red barn

In a red barn was born the largest airplane manufacturer in the world, the Boeing Company. The barn was built in 1909 (just six years after the Wright Brothers’ first controlled flight) as part of Edward Heath’s shipyard on the … Continue reading

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An unexpected Lincoln house

Most people associate Lincoln with Illinois. They do not expect to find Lincoln history in Vermont. On a recent trip to the Green Mountain state, my family visited Hildene, the home of the Lincoln family for 70 years… Robert Todd … Continue reading

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Canada’s Capital Canal

I attended a conference in Ottawa, Canada recently and was completely enamored with this capital city which consistently ranks very high on quality of life polls. Its history as a city goes back only to 1826 when a village called … Continue reading

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The allure of covered bridges

I have taken covered bridges for granted my entire life. I grew up riding my bike on a 5-mile loop through two covered bridges. In the summer I’d put the canoe into the river at one bridge and float down … Continue reading

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Forget the witches – Salem, MA

I first visited Salem, Massachusetts several years ago. All of the guidebooks warned that it was a commercial mess, focused on the witches in American history, specifically the Salem witch trials of 1692. Admittedly, I had absolutely no interest in … Continue reading

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The golden spike at last

On several ski trips to Utah I had picked up a brochure about the Golden Spike national historic site. I’m not a train foamer (enthusiast) by any means, but as a history geek I felt a small obligation to see … Continue reading

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History near the blossoms

One evening a few days ago I left work, turned into the setting sun, and walked west toward the Jefferson Memorial. More and more people crowded the sidewalk, all heading the same direction. The swarm was headed toward the cherry … Continue reading

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A historic train station

I like to travel by train and have memories of a few fun train trips, but sadly my main modes of tranport are not trains. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate historic train stations, with or without trains. Though the … Continue reading

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Life on the Canal

One of my favorite places in the Washington D.C. area is the Great Falls of the Potomac just fourteen or so miles upriver from the city. There, at the fall line of the Potomac, the river drops nearly eighty feet in less than … Continue reading

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