September 24, 2013
September 23, 2013
The web host for this blog is in trouble, I believe. Don’t know if they will survive, but are certainly in disarray at this point.
July 15, 2013
July 14, 2013
On a recent trip to South Dakota, we had the opportunity to walk the streets of Deadwood, a town with lots of old western history.
Wild Bill Hickok was fatally shot in the back of the head while playing poker at the site of the Old Saloon No. 10. Wild Bill usually sat with his back to the wall, but on this occasion the only seat available was back to the door. Jack McCall (alias Broken Nose Jack) walked into the saloon on August 2, 1876 and promptly shot Wild Bill from the back. He died instantly. McCall was arrested and tried, but for some reason was acquitted. He fled into Wyoming where he was again arrested and tried after bragging about his deed. He was found guilty, and hanged on March 1, 1877.
At the time of death, Wild Bill was holding two black aces and two black eights. The fifth card is unknown. The hand became known as “Dead Man’s Hand”
July 11, 2013
May 28, 2013
The Assateague Lighthouse
The Assateague Lighthouse stands on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, Virginia.
The original lighthouse was constructed in 1833 at a cost of approximately $55,000. In 1867 the present taller and more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse was completed. Assateague’s lighthouse has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The lighthouse stands 142 feet high, with a base over 27 feet in diameter.
It is trademarked by circular red and white bands. But not at the present. In need of repainting, it has been sandblasted down to the brick in preparation for repainting. After repainting it will be open again for climbing.
Before and after of the lighthouse. As it stands on the right, bare of paint, it is nearly ready for its facelift.