Tag Archive: Historical Site

Oct 18

Pea Ridge National Military Park

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Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves one of the more important battle sites of the Civil War.  The ground there decided the fate of Missouri and set the stage for the Union to conquer the Confederate land west of the Mississippi.  While not as famous as the battles that came later and farther to the …

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Sep 29

Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Fort Smith National Historic Site was where the law and the West first met up.  This is the home to the famous or infamous Hanging Judge Parker and the setting for the great book and movie True Grit.  Fort Smith National Historic Site is a history buff’s paradise but as my wife could attest it …

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Feb 16

Montezuma Well: Red Rock Country

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Montezuma Well is natural limestone surrounded spring which has been used for irrigation for over 1,000 years.  It is unique environment where history and tranquility meet. The Sinagua cliff dwellings perch above the well gives a small glimpse of what life here was like in this southwest desert climate hundreds of years ago.A quick visit …

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Jan 25

Montezuma Castle: National Monument in Arizona

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Montezuma Castle in Arizona is a great place to visit past civilizations.  Being a history major in college seeing anything over 100 years old is a real treat for me and getting to see a 20 room high-rise apartment building that is over 800 years old was something that I could not pass up.  Montezuma …

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Dec 15

Tuzigoot National Monument

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Tuzigoot National Monument is an historic pueblo ruin from the 1100s and worth the effort if you are in the Red Rock area of Arizona.  Located about a 30 minute drive southwest of Sedona, Arizona Tuzigoot was once home to the Sinaqua Indians who inhabited the area for over 250 years.  The ruin was orginially …

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Jun 10

Cahokia Mounds: Native American Ghost Town

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I was so excited to finally go to the Cahokia Mounds during our most recent trip to Saint Louis.  Karen and I have gone to St. Louis a few times but up until this point have not made the effort to go see this historically important Native American site.  Once there we were plesantly surpised at …

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May 18

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: An Architectural Treasure

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As Karen and I were traveling through Baton Rouge we decided to take some time and stretch our legs and see the USS Kidd, a destroyer that appears exactly like it did during World War II.  As we were driving looking for parking to visit the USS Kidd we stumbled across Louisiana’s Old State Capitol …

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May 07

Vicksburg National Military Park: Vicksburg is the Key

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Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates one of the key battles of the American Civil War.  Vicksburg was the South’s last strong point along the Mississippi River and with its fall to the Union forces the United States once again had control of the Mississippi River splitting the south into two. The Siege of Vicksburg along …

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Apr 16

Chalmette Battlefield: The Battle for New Orleans

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As a history teacher it is always exciting to visit places I talk about in my class.  I got that opportunity recently on vacation when Karen and I visited the Chalmette Battlefield near New Orleans.  The Chalmette Battlefield is a National Historical Site and a part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.  …

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Mar 07

Sixth Floor Museum: Walking in the Footsteps of Tragedy

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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas Texas tells the story of how President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on that tragic day on November 22nd 1963.  The museum is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building which at the time of the assassination was the Texas School Book …

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