Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fort Ticonderoga

Photos taken October 2011

Fort Ticonderoga, if even mentioned in any of your US History textbooks, was probably briefly brought up for a sentence or two in a chapter about the American Revolution.  The fort was actually built by the French during the French & Indian War (or The Seven Years’ War for you non-Americans) and [...]

Walt’s Filling Station

Photos taken October 2011

Another discovery through geocaching.  We stopped here on the way home from our Quebec/New York trip.  This may look like a gas station from the 1950’s, but this is really the side yard of someone’s home in Hallstead.  Vintage soda machines, signs, and gas pumps… someone went to great lengths to collect [...]

Lausanne

Photos taken June ‘12 via camera & camera phone, hence different photo sizes

Another find via geocaching.  Seriously, if you’ve never geocached, get a GPS or smartphone and go play already.
I was surprised to read that a ghost town was only 20 minutes or so from me.  Lausanne, near present-day Jim Thorpe, has very little written [...]

East Village Rock n’ Roll Tour

Photos from November 2011

I laugh whenever anyone says history classes are boring, because I’ve taken some really cool and unusual ones, case in point The History of Rock n’ Roll.  Yes, I swear that was a real class, and an excellent one at that.  For a class trip, we took a guided “Rock n’ Roll [...]

Mighty Joe

Anyone driving on Route 206 in Shamong has surely seen the gorilla in the parking lot of Mighty Joe’s, a gas station and convenience store.  Formerly found along the Wildwood boardwalk and more recently serving as a decoration at a go-kart track, the gorilla, now known as Mighty Joe, has since been fixed up and [...]

Mars Bluff Bomb Crater

Photos from June 2011

Another find due to geocaching.  I wanted to make a day trip out of our visit to South of the Border, and I happened to notice this oddity was just outside Florence.
On March 11, 1958, an Air Force pilot heading to England accidentally dropped a bomb on the community of Mars Bluff.  [...]

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