Union Station

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 302019
 

Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Union Station is a treasure that the citizens of the Paris of the Plains cherish for its place in history as well as its place today as the city’s centerpiece for cultural and entertainment activities. The old railroad depot has seen it all; farm kids coming to the big city for […]

William Jennings Bryan

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132019
 

In the small town of Salem, Illinois, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 57, we learned about one of America’s greatest political figures from a century ago. Born in Salem on March 19, 1860, William Jennings Bryan went on to become an attorney, newspaper editor, congressman, and influential public speaker. He […]

Jan 262019
 

At Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, Kentucky, we came across the grave of an American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Born in New York in 1898, Nelson B. Klein joined New York’s 69th National Guard, also known as the “Irish Brigade,” during World War I and served in France with […]

Pearson Field

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082018
 

We got an unexpected bonus when we visited Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state and discovered one of America’s oldest operating airfields adjacent to the old fur trading outpost. The past met the future at Vancouver Barracks on September, 19, 1905, when Lincoln Beachey took off from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, […]

Jun 022018
 

For a brief time when I was a youngster my father’s work took us to southern California. We didn’t stay long and I don’t remember a whole lot about it, but one memory that stands out is of a bearded man who stood alongside the road waving at people as they drove into Laguna Beach. […]

Mar 012018
 

In a small park on Savannah’s riverfront stands a bronze statue called The Waving Girl, a tribute to one of America’s favorite goodwill ambassadors, though many outside of Georgia have never heard of her. Florence Martus was born on Cockspur Island on August 7, 1869, the daughter of a German immigrant who was a sergeant […]

An Ohio Castle

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 072017
 

Note: This story is from the November-December 2014 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We usually think of castles as being mysterious places in exotic far off locations, but we discovered a full-size castle in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio! Located on a dead end road in the residential community of Loveland, Chateau Laroche was built […]

Sep 242014
 

That’s the slogan of the men and women tasked with moving men and materials for the military, and since the Revolutionary War they have been doing the job using everything from covered wagons to aircraft to boats and railroads. On a visit to the United States Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia yesterday we […]