Tag Archive: Historic Site

May 09

 Fort Phantom Hill – Abilene, Texas

Lines of chimney stacks is what greeted us as we took in some Texas state history at Fort Phantom Hill.  There was something ghostly about the ruins there.  A sort of uneasy feeling about walking around the grounds of the abandoned fort.  I imagine the soldiers stationed there had a similar feeling.  Kind of out …

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Jan 09

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site: Topeka, Kansas

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic site showcases a pivotal point in American History.  On the grounds of what used to be Monroe Elementary School.  One of the four segregated elementary schools for African Americans in Topeka in the early 1950s.  This historic site helps explain the background for the Supreme Court’s landmark decision …

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Dec 06

Lava Flow Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

The best hike in the Sunset Crater National Monument in Arizona is the Lava Flow Trail.  A short mile long loop that explores the volcanic landscape.  Overlooked by the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater the Lava Flow Trail offers the best scenery in the park.   The Lava Flow Trail is an interpretive loop hike with …

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Dec 04

Lennox Crater Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

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In a land of scenic views the Lennox Crater Trail offers yet once again another one.  A steep short trail that once I gathered my breath I was able to enjoy the fine sight of the San Francisco Peaks and the Bonito Lava Flow below.  A nice workout.  Worth doing if you have the time …

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Nov 30

Rim Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Scenic, short, and flat, top three things that make for a “hey everybody can do this one” hike.  The Rim Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument is an easy .7-mile trail that offers some wonderful views of the canyon below.  Home to over 300 cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people.  Walnut Canyon National Monument offers …

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Nov 28

Island Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Easy to visualize but hard to fathom how any group of people would not only live on a cliff side rim but thrive.  The Island Trail provides a close up look at this historical site.  The trail drops 185 feet over a series of steps.  Once down to the “island” part of the trail the …

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Nov 12

Wupatki National Monument: Arizona

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In the rain shadow of the San Francisco Peaks sits the wondrous Wupatki National Monument.  The 1500-year-old ruins of the Hisatsinom or ancient ones.  Incredibly preserved in the desert landscape a visit to the Wupatki ruins was like taking a step back in time.  Close to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument making a visit to …

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May 05

Fort Negley: Bastion of Nashville

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Fort Negley is a nice stop to escape the car.  Free, nice path to stretch the legs on, a little Civil War history, and an informative visitor center.  Not the greatest attraction in Nashville. However, if you are in a pinch to get the kids out and about Fort Negley will get the job done. …

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Feb 23

Spruce Tree House: Mesa Verde National Park

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Spruce Tree House offers a window to the pre-Columbian times of the desert southwest.  The third largest cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park. Situated in a deep overhang. Spruce Tree House has 114 rooms and eight kivas. Due to its protective shelter the Spruce Tree House is the best preserved cliff dwelling area in …

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Feb 20

Fort Larned: National Historic Site

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Fort Larned is the nation’s best-preserved fort from the Plains Indian War Era.  Established in 1859 to protect people traveling on the Santa Fe Trail.  Fort Larned became one of the more important posts in the west during its 20-year operation.  Today the fort looks much the same as it did back then.  A visit …

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