A quick day-trip down to Harpers Ferry was the perfect outing! We talked with docents (actors dressed up in historical costumes, explaining how people used to live), ate delicious food (as always), and enjoyed spending time with the family. Harpers Ferry is a place where Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland meet, and even features part of the Appalchian Trail! I was jealous of the hikers passing through...
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Effigy Mounds National Monument, Marquette, Iowa
This Monument, near Marquette, Iowa and across the Mississippi River from Prairie du Chen, Wisconsin, has some of the best preserved effigy mounds in the Midwest. There are over 200 mounds in this 2,500 acre Monument. 31 mounds are in the shapes of birds or bears. The largest, the Great Bear, is 137 feet long. President Harry Truman designated the area a Monument in 1949. Research has revealed evidence that the mound-building cultures existed here for at least 1,800 years. The mound building cultures of the upper Midwest built their mounds sometime between 800 b.c. And a.d. 1200. The effigy mounds were built in the latter half of that time period. Music copyright 2007 by Maury Smith. Slide show by John Wanserski.
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Indian Mounds of Wisconsin by R.A. Birmingham and L.E. Eisenberg
Effigy Mounds Culture
Effigy Mounds Historic Resource Study
The Perpetual March
My Wisconsin Space
Things to do in West Virginia
Experience the adventures of West Virginia through the eyes of Travelistry. Enjoy beautiful scenic mountains and get an idea of some spectacular things to do on your next trip to West Virginia.
Day 94 - Bigfoot encounter? In Harper's Ferry halfway there!
Made it 1,022 miles! Now on to maine then head south back to HF. Follow along at thejourney.co
Log Cabins Fall Colors Deer Tracks Harpers Ferry Iowa
Fall foliage and log cabins
McGregor Iowa 1870 and 2017 Street Scenes
This video starts with a photo of McGregor in 1870 and then starts with a driving video exiting from Pikes Peak State Park to the bottom of the hill and it turns right onto main street. This video was taken July 4th, 2017, approximately two weeks before an EF1 tornado hit the town on July 19, 2017.
A couple of things you may find interesting is that McGregor, Iowa, is the home town of the Ringling Brothers family. They started by training their dogs to do tricks and it blossomed into a circus known as The Greatest Show on Earth. The circus ran from 1871 to 2017. The video ends with a photo of the circus wagon located near the corner of A and Ann Streets.
If you would like to donate to restore McGregor and help the families affected by the tornado of July, 2017, please contribute to the Restore McGregor 2017 Tornado Fund.
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Tri-State Monument, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware -- Sept. 27, 2015
A short single-shot video clip of a visit to the Tri-State Monument which marks the spot where Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware meet.
The reason that the marker-stone does not have a D on one of its sides is that the three counties that now make up Delaware were part of Pennsylvania at the time the marker was put in place.
The newly established trail to the marker can be accessed from the small dirt parking-lot on Arc Corner Road in White Clay Creek Preserve, Pennsylvania or from the parking-lot near the Nature Center in White Clay Creek Preserve, Delaware (which is the base-point for today's hike).
I am approaching and leaving the monument along the trail by taking the route counter-clockwise.
GPS recording of today's hike:
The monument is at the westernmost spot of the route.
Copper Creek Trestles Trains and Surroundings Speers Ferry VA between Gate City and Duffield
Opening shots of the video show the setting, then there is a sharp angle view of a train on the high trestle high above, after that we cut to a siding a few miles away where an coal train of empties (not shown at that point ) waits for a full train which we see has been aided by helper locomotives, a short clip of the helper engines returning, then back to the trestle, for the final clips of that coal train of empties that had been waiting goes over the lower trestle, and a different train passes over the high trestle.
In Virginia along US highway 23 there is between Gate City, VA and Duffield, VA there is a scenic overlook that overlooks a pair of trestles, actually for much of the year only one high trestle that can be seen, as the lower trestle is blocked by trees that grow alongside the Clinch river. The trestles don’t span the Clinch river, they span the mouth of a valley through which Copper Creek runs (and therefore Copper Creek is spanned too). If the Clinch River sounds like a familiar name, perhaps it is because many folks have heard of the Clinchfield Railroad The following details are given on a “place of interest type of marker” at the overlook, which reads
The Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway built the taller of the two structures which stand before you in 1908. At 167 feet over the Copper Creek-Clinch River junction, the Copper Creek Viaduct was then one of the tallest railroad bridges in the eastern United States. Construction of this trestle - and many other bridges and fifty-five tunnels - by the CC&O opened up coal deposits in Virginia and Kentucky via a superbly engineered direct rail route to numerous cities in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Prior to its completion, alternate rail routes to these markets were over one hundred miles longer and featured some of the steepest grades in the United States.
More than a century later this viaduct is still a vital link in the rail network of Clinchfield's successor company, CSX Transportation. An average of 18 to 24 coal trains currently pass daily over this bridge, keeping the lights on in such major cities as Charlotte, Columbia, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Charleston. Northbound coal empties are returning to the rich coal seams of Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and Southern West Virginia. Additional trains carrying general merchandise, grain, plastics, lumber, chemicals, and aggregates also pass over this trestle.
The lower bridge was constructed by the South Atlantic & Ohio Railroad around 1890 and is currently owned by Norfolk Southern Corporation. Close to one hundred per cent of the business handled by Norfolk Southern consists of both empty and loaded coal cars to and from Virginia coal mines. Contractual agreements between CSX and Norfolk Southern, though they are competitors, allow each to use the other's tracks, so trains of both railroads can often be seen on either of the Copper Creek trestles.
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