Bordello Lights in the Courthouse

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“Do  you know how I know I’m old?” my father is fond of asking.  “Wyatt Earp was alive when I was born.”  My father was born in 1926.  Earp died in 1929.  (Do you know how I know I’m old? … Continue reading

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Flee the British at Congressional Cemetery

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On August 25, 1814, British forces marched into Washington DC and set fire to the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal buildings.  Whatever you may think of the current occupants of those buildings, this was not a good thing. … Continue reading

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Tumacacori National Historical Park is the site of a mission founded in 1691 by Jesuit Eusebio Francisco Kino to minister to a community of farmers native to the area, called the O’odam.  The Jesuits were chased out of the area … Continue reading

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The Crater

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“What are you doing here, General?” I asked Ulysses S. Grant — at least, the guy playing Ulysses S. Grant — at Petersburg National Battlefield‘s 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Crater.  I knew that Grant hadn’t come … Continue reading

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Hillwood Part II: The Fabulous

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Everything cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post collected had to have a royal connection (an effort to overcome her industrial origins, perhaps, a docent suggested). She started in the 1920s with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture — the kind that actually … Continue reading

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Hillwood Part I: French Don’t Hop

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I have a fear of parking.  Or rather, I have a fear of a lack of parking.  Last year, when I knew I’d be one of thousands of tourists converging on Gettysburg National Military Park for the 150th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Camp Sites, Picnic Tables and Open Graves

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I rode with Robert E. Lee, For three years, thereabout. Got wounded in four places, And I starved at Point Lookout. From I’m a Good Old Rebel (authorship disputed) The lighthouse at Point Lookout State Park is surrounded by a … Continue reading

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