Slab City – The Most Unique Unincorporated Town In The United States

The site of the town “Slab City” is located on the former Durlap Army Camp that was utilized as a training facility for soldiers during World War II. After the Army removed the buildings, concrete slabs remained and many homeless from the railroad intersection nearby moved to live there. Over the decades, the town has had art installations, such as “Salvation Mountain”, added to the residents built there.


The Pyramid Lake Museum

On August 26, 1998, the Pyramid Lake Museum first opened to the public.

The Pyramid Lake Museum is located next to the largest desert lake in the world within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

The museum exhibits a Paiute Native American story about how the Pyramid Lake formed.

The museum has various photographs of the geography of the lake itself.

The Pyramid Lake Wars forced the Paiute Natives into reservations after they lost the Second Battle of Pyramid Lake.

Hundreds of natives had died while moving to reservations in Oregon and Washington during the wintertime.

In addition, the museum has an exhibit on the Ranch Rock festivals that occurred on Pyramid Lake in the 1980s and the Burning Man festival, after it moved from Baker Beach, California to Nevada.


San Jose, California Established As The First Capital For The State Of California

In 1849, the California State delegation in Monterey, where the former Mexican capital of California was, established the city of San José as the first capital of the state of California. After he capital was moved to Vallejo, Benicia and to Sacramento the former San José Capital Building was abandoned and eventually demolished.

In 1923, the Native Sons of the Golden West placed a plaque in a park where the capital building once stood.

The State Capital Building in Benicia is the only former state capital building that presently exists.


Febuary 1, 1861 – Texas Becomes The Seventh State To Secede From The United States

Texas, an area involved in the Mexican War for Independent From 1810 to 1821, the Texan Independence Movement from Mexico in 1836, which allowed the Providence to become its own country, and a mere sixteen years after becoming a state, decided to revolt again by seceding from the United States on Febuary 1, 1861.

Photograph of Sam Houston.

Texas joined the Confederate States on March 2, 1861, after it replaced its governor, San Houston, who wanted to remain with the union and refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.


“The Peace Be Still” – Statue In Honor Of The 1963 Palm Sunday March In Birmingham, Alabama

“The Peace Be Still” statue was erected in Birmingham, Alabama to honor the Palm Sunday March held by Rev. N. H. Smith, Rev. John T. Porter, and Rev. A. D. King to support Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Rev. Ralph Abernathy when they were jailed for protesting segregation in Birmingham. The pastors led the march from St. Paul United Methodist Church down to 6th Avenue North.


The Belle Grove Plantation – The Birthplace Of President James Madison

On March 16, 1751, President James Madison was born at the Belle Grove Plantation in a set of lands that would later come part of the town of Port Conway, Virginia.

Painting of President James Madison.

James Madison’s mother Eleanor Rose Conway Madison, whom also went by Nellie Conway Madison, was also born at the Belle Grove Plantation.

Painting of Eleanor Rose “Nellie” Conway Madison.

Presently, there is a historical marker indicating the birthplace of James Madison, near the Belle Grove Plantation.


1789 – Part Of Alexandria and Fairfax Ceded By The State Of Virginia To Form Washington, DC

An 1835 map shows Alexandria as part of Washington, D.C.

In 1789, Alexandria and a portion of Fairfax County were ceded by the State of Virginia to become a part of the new 10 mile square District of Columbia. Formally accepted by Congress in 1801, Alexandria remained under the aegis of the new federal government until it was retroceded to Virginia in 1847. Currently, the city of Alexandria is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax, County.

In 2005, the United States Trademark and Patent Office moved their headquarters to Alexandria, Virignia. Soon after, in 2017, the National Science Foundation also moved their headquarters to Alexandria.


The 2018 Reunion Of The Descendants Of President James Monroe

Reunion of President James Monroe descendants (Richmond Times Dispatch).

On April 28, 2018, the date of President James Monroe’s birthday, decedents of the Monroe family met at the Monroe Musuem in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Monroe Musuem was opened by Rose Gouverneur Hoes, the great granddaughter of President Monroe, and her son Laurence Hoes, to store artifacts relating to the former President.

Author’s Note:

The Richmond Times Dispatch has more information relating to the President Monroe descendants reunion.


The Mount Vernon Place Of Baltimore

In 1929, Mount Vernon Place was established when John Eager Howard’s son Charles Howard built a house. In subsequent years, Mount Vernon Place had a multitude of additional structures built by the beaux-arts architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings, who also designed the New York Public Library, in the 19th century.

The Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church is a grande gothic style church that was built in the 1800s.

In present day, Mount Vernon Place hosts some of the best preserved 19th century structures in the east coast, including the original Washington Monument.


The Washington Monument Of Baltimore

The Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place, in Baltimore, is the oldest monument to President George Washington in the United States.

At the entrance of the Washington Monument is a historical marker.

Inside of the Washington Monument are various artifacts.

I had to walk over 200 steps to get to the top of the Washington Monument. Unlike the larger Washington Monument in Washington D.C., the monument in Baltimore does not have an elevator.


The Cats Restaraunt Of Los Gatos

The Cats Restaraunt was established in the 1920s as a saloon. The restaraunt also operated as a speakeasy during the prohibition era. Nearby towns, such as Campbell, prohibited all alcohol sales thus making “The Cats” a venue to enjoy alcohol in spite of prohibition.

In present day, it’s more controversial elements remain a thing of the past. However, there are live musicians who perform at the venue.

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The Meek Mansion Of Cherryland

William Meek, a pioneer of commercial architecture, was born in 1817 in Iowa. After moving to the Bay Area of California, William Meek planned and constructed the Meek Mansion in the unincorporated area of Cherryland in 1869.

The mansion acted as the center of operations for 3,000 acres of farmland during the time the Meeks family owned the land in Alameda County.

The entire property is currently owned and operated by the Hayward Historic Society.

Author’s Note:

The publication The East Bay Times has more information about the state of the home.

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The Discovery of The First Tyrannosaurus Rex Fossil in Montana

The first partial Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil was discovered by archeologist Barnum Brown, within the Cretaceous-age Hell Creek Formation in Montana. Barnum Brown was born in Carbondale, Kansas and he had dedicated most of his life escalating dinosaurs on multiple continents.

Since Barnum Brown’s discovery of the prehistoric predator, more fossils and footprints have been found in other states such as New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming, as well as further up north in Canada.