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Col. Melvin Grigsby (1845 - 1917)

MCKENNAN PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT COL. MELVIN GRIGSBY (1845-1917) Submitted by @dwhitesock.

  • south dakota
  • sioux falls
  • civil war
  • 1872
  • smoked yank
  • andersonville

Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail Chinese Camp

MARK TWAIN BRET HARTE TRAIL CHINESE CAMP REPORTEDLY FOUNDED ABOUT 1849 BY GROUP OF ENGLISHMEN WHO EMPLOYED CHINESE AS MINERS. MUCH SURFACE GOLD FOUND ON HILLS AND FLATS. HEADQUARTERS FOR STAGE LINES ...

  • 1849
  • mark twain
  • bret harte
  • chinese camp
  • mining
  • st xavier

The Fire of 1872

In 1872 every building in this city block was leveled in what was called "the worst fire in Memphis history". The entire cost of the damage was $266,000 or about the cost of one large new house in ...

  • shelby county
  • tennessee

Marin County Civic Center

  • marin
  • california
  • frank lloyd wri...

Civil War Hospital

The Woolen Building was built with bricks made on- site in the 1840's. Federal troops later used its basement as a hospital during the Civil War. It is the oldest commercial building in ...

  • shelby county
  • tennessee

Hughes - College Hill Park

In January of 1884, the Memphis District High School opened its doors on this site. Built by the Memphis Conference of the Methodist Church, the school was acquired by the Shelby County Schools in ...

  • shelby county
  • tennessee

Cobblestones

The Cobblestones that line the river landing once stretched all the way to Front Street, from Beale Street north to Court Avenue. The cobblestones were installed between 1859-1881 and are ...

  • shelby county
  • tennessee

Lord Reith

ENGLISH HERITAGE  LORD REITH 1889-1971 First Director-General of the BBC lived here 1924 - 1930 Submitted by Mikepaws

  • london
  • england
  • bbc
  • 1924

Nate Thurmond

  • oakland
  • basketball
  • warriors

Casa de Tableta

CASA DE TABLETA  THIS STRUCTURE, BUILT BY FELIX BUELNA IN THE 1850S, SERVED AS A GAMBLING RETREAT AND MEETING PLACE FOR MEXICAN-CALIFORNIOS. IT WAS STRATEGI-CALLY LOCATED ON THE EARLIEST TRAIL ...

  • portola valley
  • california
  • gambling
  • rancheros
  • settlers

Beginning of the Internet Age

BEGINNING OF THE INTERNET AGE  On August 27, 1976, scientists from SRI International celebrated the successful completion of tests by sending an electronic message from a computer set up at a picnic ...

  • portola valley
  • california
  • sri
  • alpine inn
  • arpanet
  • boston
  • 1976 email
  • internet age

Jim Otto

  • oakland
  • coliseum

Fred Biletnikoff

  • oakland
  • raiders

Rick Barry

  • oakland

Ernest Natali Lombardi

  • oakland

Paul J. Finnegan

PAUL J. FINNEGAN 1923 - 2006 LOVE ALWAYS SHIRLEY AND PATRICK KUNA AND SNOOPY

  • pt. isabel
  • california
  • snoopy

Neg Mawon Emancipation Monument

THIS MONUMENT IS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM AND EMANCIPATION. IT IS A TRIBUTE TO ALL THE ENSLAVED AFRICANS WHO SUFFERED AND WERE EXECUTED IN THE HISTORY OF DOMINICA. IT HONOURS THE MAROONS WHO RISKED THEIR ...

    The Lawrence Lowell Telescope

    THE LAWRENCE LOWELL TELESCOPE  A GIFT TO THE OBSERVATORY FROM PRESIDENT A. LAWRENCE LOWELL THROUGH THIS INSTRUMENT THE NINTH PLANET PLUTO WAS FIRST FOUND IN 1930  "IT MEANS A PLANET OUT THERE AS YET ...

    • telescope
    • pluto
    • planet
    • 1930

    Chinatown Memorial Monument

    IN COMMEMORATION OF THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF CHINESE CANADIANS TO THE GROWTH, VITALITY AND PROSPERITY OF VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND CANADA. THE CHINATOWN MEMORIAL MONUMENT IS FUNDED BY ...

    • vancouver
    • chinatown
    • british columbi...
    • wwii
    • railway worker

    Lewiston Trail

    LEWISTON TRAIL Lewiston Trail ran form Springfield to Galena via Lewiston.  From 1827 to 1837 it was one of the main routes to the Galena lead mines. In general the trail ran in a northerly ...

      Confinement of Jefferson Davis

      CONFINEMENT OF JEFFERSON DAVIS  IN THIS CASEMATE JEFFERSON DAVIS, PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, WAS CONFINED, MAY 22 - OCTOBER 2, 1865. AS HIS HEALTH SUFFERED IN THE CASE-MATE, HE WAS REMOVED ...

      • never brought t...
      • civil war
      • 1865
      • confederacy
      • confinement

      First Africans in Virginia

      FIRST AFRICANS IN VIRGINIA The first documented Africans in Virginia arrived here in Aug. 1619 on the White Lion, and English privateer based in the Netherlands. Colonial officials traded food ...

      • slavery
      • 1619
      • virginia
      • hampton
      • hereditary life...
      • 20 and odd
      • 1624

      Civil War Camp

      Near here a Civil War training camp was built in August 1861. Named Camp Holton, Camp Sigel and finally Camp Reno, its boundaries were Prospect and Bartlett Avenues and Lafayette and Royall Places. ...

      • civil war
      • wisconsin
      • 1861

      The Fiftieth Anniversary Gift of the Class of 1914

      1964 THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY GIFT OF THE CLASS OF 1914

      • berkeley
      • california
      • cal
      • fountain

      Mark McGwire