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Old Photo Archive posted photos of some civil war veterans. Some of the photos were early 20th century and black and white.
Smithsonian Magazine wrote an article about a new museum opening in Philadelphia next year. From what I read, it will have lots of artifacts. I think, the revolutionary war gets passed over a lot. There seems to be more focus on the civil war, which is great that there is tons of interest in American history but there would not be a civil war if we did not win the revolutionary war first. Now there have been more shows on tv about the revolutionary war, but let’s face it there may be historians helping doing research on the shows but none of the shows are 100% accurate. But they are still fun to watch none the less. I may have to take a trip out there to see the museum when it is completed. Maybe this will help spark interest in the subject and help introduce a new generation into the topic and to history. Sounds like it will be really cool.
My wife and I stopped at the Hoover Dam on our way from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. My wife had never been there so we thought it might be fun. We did not see Chevy Chase climbing the damn this time around. Probably with the added security. The first time I was there I was I think a sophomore or junior in high school and security was pretty lax back then. That was of course before 9/11 and before terrorizim was major credible threat.
Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. The Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. (Hoover Damn Website) The making of the dam put many people to work during the depression. People came from all over to work dangerous jobs to support their families. In fact many people brought there families here to live during the construction. The workers of the damn made their own tent city about 6 miles away to be close to the damn. The dam it self is an engineering marvel for its time considering the technology at hand. It’s amazing that it is still working today. To think that in a matter of 15 -18 years it will be 100 years old. I have seen different sources say different things about the number of people that died while making the damn.
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