Oquawka, Illinois is a village on the Mississippi River fairly close to Burlington, Iowa. It most interesting attraction is a monument dedicated to a circus elephant which was killed by lightening.
A logger in the later part of the 19th Century wants to better understand american Culture. He meets a girl with similar ideas and they set about to learn about american ways and the language.
Trading post owner, Gater Flint, tells about John's experience in refusing a drink to a mountain man. John is then challenged to arm wrestling the bigger and tougher man.
Rendezvous was a gathering of trappers, Indians, traders and anyone else involved in trapping and selling furs. The gathering was developed to save having to go to the big cities to sell furs.
John Cassidy, not yet a priest, has taken a trip to the frontier where his sister has a trading post. It is a reunion with family and a man searching his faith and the new land he is observing.
Bakersfield, California is near the southern edge of the San Joaquin valley in Kern County California. Where the city now stands was swampland but the vision of Colonel Thomas Baker turned it into valuable property and...
Known as a courageous dog the Irish terrier got the nickname of "the daredevil." Although developed in Ireland nobody knows where the breed originated from. It is one of the oldest terrier breeds.
Laramie, Wyoming was named for a fur trapper, started as a railroad town, became a wild west outlaw town, was tamed by vigilantes. It is now a peaceful city and has been recommended as a top retirement community.
Saluki dogs are sight hounds that were originally used for hunting game. They are fast as evidenced by the use of them in hunting Gazelles. They originated in the east and are one of the oldest breeds in existence....
The early history of the telephone from tin can and string until the 20th Century. Along with the technical and legal matters that entered into where we have come, a few personal observations.
An ancient Spitz breed of dog that was developed in Japan. It is a somewhat small dog noted for having a catlike appearance. Like most dogs of this type they are stubborn, willful, intelligent and great companions if...
Sighthounds are hunting dogs who are adept at using their vision to hunt game, as opposed to dogs that hunt by their sense of smell. To the non hunter the most common sighthound is the greyhound.
An ancient dog breed from Russia's Siberia, the Samoyed is a mong the many sled dogs that developed in the colder regions of the world. They are among the dogs believed to be close descendants ot the grey wolf. They...
It has long been debated which dogs are most closely related to wolves. DNA evidence of the 21st century indicates fourteen breeds of dogs that are closly related to the grey wolf.
Some American Indian tribes have names that they are known as by other people and names they know by. This is true of tribes known in Wisconsin as the Winnebago but call themselves Ho-Chunk.
Australian Kelpies are primarily a working dog for livestock.They were one of the breeds that developed from the Scottish collie breeds. They are dogs used for work and not so much for show.
Norwegian elkhounds were originally bred to help hunt both large and small game. They bark more than most dogs of this type as the barking was the way they signaled their owners about the game. They are an ancient breed.
German Shepherd has been extremely popular because of its work as service dogs, police work and in war. Its offspring, the White Shepherd, is lesser known but has its own following.
They came from upper Alaska where they were working companions to a native tribe.. They are a Nordic sled dog that descended from the arctic wolf and are often mistaken for wolves.
Alaskan Klee Kai was bred for people who love the looks of a Siberian husky but want a small dog.These little dogs come in three sizes, the smallest being the toy. It is, indeed, a miniature Husky.
Dingoes are one of the oldest dog breeds dating to prehistory. They have been somewhat isolated because of being in the outback of Australia. Only recently has there been breeding of them as pets.
A winter thunderstorm changes the plans of young immigrants going to the Saturday night dance. A winter storm,enhanced by the effect of Lake Superior, causes lightening, thunder and danger to all.
First occupied by Paleo Indians in prehistorical times to becoming a popular tourist place now. Duluth has had its days as a fut trading post, lumber town, mining town, resort town.
Two immigrants from Sweden go to Duluth, Minnesota in 1894. One to work, another to find easy money.Are they friends or enemies. Not even they know that for sure.
History of American Towns:Muscatine, Iowa, named for Mascouten American Indian Tribe, City known for pearl buttons
Every town has a story of its founding and usually how it came to have the name it has. Muscatine has a name from and Indian tribe that no longer exists as an independent group. This is a rivertown with some...
A minister turned soldier may have been responsible for one of the worst war atrocities in the wars with the plains Indians.Colonel Chivington may have loved his religion, and he fought for freedom of slaves, but he...
Brook farm was a transcendentalist experiment in Utopian living. It became a experiment in socialism.It was one of many societies in the 19th Century United States and involved many prominent persons
Frederick Jackson Turner and the frontier in American history. The significance of the frontier was the subject of this historians study which influenced the field of History for a long time.
Photography was a new art at the time of the Civil War in America. Timothy O'Sullivan was one of the best photographers to record images of the war. He was a protege of Mathew Brady,
Everyone has heard of Tom Sawyer and the cave incident in the Mark Twain's book about him. The Mark Twain cave has been popular since the publication of that book. The cave was spooky in the book.
African Americans have been conspicuously absent from histories of the west. They are not much represented in fiction either. Many people think they ere not there, but they were.
Cattle drives of the 1800's were a rather short but romantic period in Western American History. As railroads expanded out and rail heads were more available the drives became less important.
If we acknowledge the United states government has grown too large and expensive than we need practical solutions.The citizens have to get involved in the process.
This is a fictional western short story told by an anonymous narrator about the publisher of the town newspaper. It starts with a local business being vandalized and she investigates.
The diner is an iconic American restaurant, although they also enjoy popularity in some other countries. They are modeled after the dining cars on trains.
Myths and legends are often based on reality. Paul Bunyan stories about the year of the blue snow relates to historical events of volcanic action which led to summers that were abnormally cold.
Rock Island is a Ghost town situated in Door County, Wisconsin in Lake Michigan. It has a history of very early European exploration and Native American inhabitants.
The Winnebago War was primarily about attacks on some civilians. It was brief and took place in the Upper Mississippi River region, in what is now Wisconsin.
Prior to the twentieth century consumers had little way of knowing if medications were useful. Prior to the 20th Century, patent medicines provided questionable cures for everything.
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin was something of an icon during World War 2. His cartoons were irreverent but loved by the GI's. He even had a run in with a general.
Dalmatian, horses, and fire trucks.The dog we know by its spots has been around for several hundred years.They have been guard dogs,fire engine dogs and good pets.They have a special affinity with horses.
The U.S Marine Corps has a Bulldog as mascot. Many other services have animals as mascots.This article tells about mascots and their meaning.
Greenland Dog is an article about a breed of dogs used by the Inuit as sled dogs and hunting Polar bear.They are powerfulk dogs and quite beautiful.
Wolf, dog hybrids are somewhat controversial. I have tried to relate an objective view about them. In some places they are banned.
A powerful dog for pulling Eskimo dogs may be the oldest and rarest of indigenous canines.sled it it as a Spitz breed.A great dog for adults but not for children.
An early explorer explained that the Hare Dog was fond of being caressed and rubbed on the back against you like a cat. They loved everyone they met. This was a way to identify the Hare dog years ago.
Benjamin Franklin was accomplished in a variety of fields,from writing and printing to diplomacy and science. He also had a number of inventions.He has contributed greatly to our history.
Because of his wise saying in Poor Richards almanac, Ben Franklin is thought of as a dreary drudge. However, he had a wicked sense of humor. Humor was expressed in satires and hoaxes.
Daylight savings time has a long history.Does it really result in saving or is it just an annoyance?
This hub is about an Indian tribe and a city in Maine. Penobscot are a tribe of Algonquin Indians belonging to Canada and northeastern United states.
Invention of safety matches was a simple, but important innovation.It is often simple things that have made a bigger impact on our lives than we realize. What would we do without the simple match?
Butter substitute, Oleo Margarine over the years has been controversial and sometimes regulated. Color was regulated in some places.
There are cowboy boots for men,womwen and children.Some are working boots and some for show but they are highly popular.
Slinkys are based on physics and were a unique toy when first introduced.They are a spring like device that will "walk" down a flight of stairs. they are fun to watch and very simple.
The American mind is very influenced by the image of the small farmer.Todays reality is a far cry from the image.
John Locke was a prime intellectual contribute to the start of the Untied States, especially the founding documents.
There was a gold rush in Montana about the time of the civil war.Some gold finds were made by Confederate soldiers who were paroled during the war.
Hee Haw was a Take off of the Rowan and Martin Show of the 1960's. It seemed to last longer than theirs.It is based on corney, country humor and country music with a very tqanlented crew.
Alexis de Tocqueville Political and Social Observations on America and American Democracy in the 19th Century
.De Tocqueville is one of the most important people in American history. These quotes, reflect much of the political issues today.Schooling in the U.S. fails to address these political questions.
Give until it hurts. That is the basis of real charity.To just give what you will not miss is not true charity.
Walt Kelly was a great cartoonist. As the creator of POGO, both the strip and the character, he had one of the best satirical comic strips ever.In my school days I couldn't wait for the next Pogo book to come out.
Alfred Jacob Miller-Western Artist and Painter and his oil paintings of the American Indians, Western and Fur Trade
Western painting, Indians pictures and paintings of Indians was the contribution of this artist to American culture.HIs paintigs showed us what Indians were like in their own environment.
Bodmer was a suburb draftsman, with sharp, minute, exquisite and laborious detail. His figure studies are better than Catlin’s as documents and artistically their equal.
Everyone has heard of Nome even if they no nothing of Alaska. Gold, dog sled, Huskies , and snow.Like so many other things, there is controversy over how Nome got it's name.
OLd cowboy songs and country music are a specialty of this singer.An enthusiastic performer he has done a stage show of classic cowboy songs.
George Catlin: Native American paintings -related to Frederick Remington, illustrations plains Indians
George Catlin's Native American paintings did contribute to understanding the plains Indians who made impressive subjects for painters.The country is improved by his pictures of the plains Indians..
Indian chiefs were the subject matter of this historical artist.He let a legacy of paintings and maybe one of the few authentic representation of Native Americans.
The Turtle is a children's story based on our own children and dogs that we had at at one time.
This is a true life story about the excavation of the Town of Timbucktoo, in NJ.It is a story of the underground railroad in the times of slavery.Artifacts have recently been found there to show that there was a town of...
Betty Boob is an American iconic cartoon character. She is sexy and a part of early cartoon history.One of her crators come from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
William Frederick Cody known as Buffalo Bill ,led an interesting life in many occupations, some authentic and some not so. His life is about frontier history and intertwines with Indian History
Neopope was Chief Blackhawks lietenat He possibly sent false reports to the chief His false reports may have contributed to the start of the black Hawk war.
Chief Blackhawk left a mark on places like Illinois and Iowa. Some of my first reading in grade school was blackhawk Indian tribe reading. The Blackhawk war was a significant time in Illinois history and was one of the...
Fort Armstrong was important in the Black Hawk war. It was built on the tip of Arsenal Island and is a landmark in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. It was part of the chain of frontier defenses.
Stone City Grant Wood and gran Wood art are the subjects of this hub.Grant Wood american Gothic is one of the most familiar works of art for most Americans.
This is one of the classic tv shows.Set in the southern United States at the time it was being racially integrated. This excellent police procedural had outstanding talent.
The Avengers was a British television series in the 1960's that is considered to be in the Spy genre. Later shows combined science fiction elements with the spy elements.
Chandler perfected an unusual writing style which seemed to be a combination of British and American English. He gave a literary touch to a kind of writing first attributed to Dashiell Hammett.
John Hartford was an unusual person. He wrote best selling songs. He rejected conventional living.Great performer who had unusual hoobies.
MIKE FINK:Half Horse-Half Alligator was his brag in a song a folk legend and real person and a ring-tailed roarer
Apparent bully,reckless and disagreeable. The makeup of a folk hero are often illogical.He was bigger than life.
Marie is a young Swedish woman who came to America traveling by herself. Although she was a real person this episode is speculation about problems getting to her brother,s farm by train.
It was just chance that I bought the old VW Van. I wanted a camper and I thought it would do. We had some fun with it and kept it for several years.
The Story of Marie, a 19th Century Swedish Immigrant to Minnesota in America-Part 6-She Meets a Friend
I have speculated that Marie will take the train to Chicago from Quebec. The following scene is further speculation that she meets a friend and is my own imagination. Whether such a scene might have...
Marie didn’t hesitate to share her mail with Christina, her older and only sister. They didn’t get much mail since they knew almost everyone in the village where the family had been four Centuries.
This is a part of the story about my family and migration to America in the1990's. It is a bit of Swedish genealogy and a bit of emigration. It is a story of Scandinavian immigration.
Ira Hayes--Interesting, tragic facts about aTragic Hero of Iwo Jima who was played by Tony Curtis in movie
Heroism was hard on a simple Yuma Indian, Ira Hayes. The government had him as a hero for public relations but he found it hard to be the person thqt he was portrayed to be.
Utopian Communities History in America, the New Eden In Society: Puritans, Swedish Immigrants, to Modern Dreamers
People have come to America seeking a renewal of the garden of eden. Several communities have tried to create a perfect society but few laasted very long.
Diabetes has had great strides in treatment. Although there is no known cure it is easier to cope with than in the past.Diet and exercise are essential.
McCurdy was a folksinger before folk music became popular. His songs were interesting and somewhat historical. He broke ground for musicians that came later.
One of the folk artists who was an authentic person who absorbed the traditions through her life and shared them with the world.There were many good musicians during the 1960's folk revival but she had learned through...
Old time music it is called by those who follow it. It is the folk dance music of the Polish,Germans and other northern Europeans.
Burl Ives was a unique name in popular American music in the 1950's as a folk and pop singer. He later made a big name as an actor but strangely was overlooked during the 1960's folk revival.
Singing and storytelling comprise the oral tradition. Some feel it is a lost tradition. It is most prevalent where small groups of people live in close proximity.
Towns all over the USA have unique histories. Large and small it is interesting to find the origins of how the got established.These are a few of them.
One of the oddest questions people have asked is "what kind of car would Jesus drive?" Do we speak for Jesus? Do we determine what mode of transportation he would use?
This article is about the history of the old west.Good men and badmen were part of the frontier in American history.Old west outlaws are part of the old west and American history.
The Bible uses a variety of writing genre, such as poetry,parable,history etc. In understanding the scriptures one has to approach it the as it is written and understand the intent of the authors.
Between the Civil War and the 1800's the cowboy was the national symbol.With the cowboy image came the gunslinger image.This is an attempt to explain the relationship.
Folk song is not really a genre. It is found in other genres, such as country or pop music.They are often songs belonging to ethnic groups. Oftenl they are the songs that contain a cultural heritage.
History of American Towns & Cities Many Named For American Indian Heroes, Historical Events or Tribe Names
Many towns have foreign names, many bear names of Indians and Indian tribes, and some are named for their founders. Whatever the names, I believe the names of towns all have a story behind them.
Heroes and Outlaws: folk hero in Folksong and Folklore Dick Turpin, John Hardy,Davy Crocket, folk heroes, highwaymen
Dick Turpin was an 18th Century highwayman and seems representative of the hero worship the English of the period gave to outlaws. and seems to me to be a part of a continuing legend of the outlaw.