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Thanksgiving in the Desert via Instagram

December 3rd, 2019 No comments

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Thanksgiving in the Desert

Thanksgiving in the Desert via Instagram

The day after a rainy Thanksgiving the clouds cleared away and the sun shone through. It was still windy and chilly but gorgeously clear.

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Interior, Il Corso, El Paseo, Palm Desert, California via Instagram

December 2nd, 2019 No comments

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Interior, Il Corso, El Paseo, Palm Desert, California

Interior, Il Corso, El Paseo, Palm Desert, California via Instagram

This was the spot for our after-Thanksgiving Day meal. Amazing food and I loved the interior decoration. Up close you can tell the lampshades are made of layers of corrugated cardboard. Cool!

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After the storm, Palm Desert, California via Instagram

December 1st, 2019 No comments

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After the storm, Palm Desert, California

After the storm, Palm Desert, California via Instagram

The clouds begin to break and the sun begins to shine after the Thanksgiving Day storm.

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Thanksgiving in the desert via Instagram

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Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road via Vox

October 25th, 2019 Comments off
Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road via Vox
Route 66 has gained a reputation as the United States of America’s most famous road. How did that happen, and why does it still matter? As the above video shows, there are a lot of reasons.

In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the history of the road and the textures of its present, from the road itself to the roadside attractions along the way to the people who enjoy its diversions and those who help maintain them. It reveals a road that’s changed a lot over the decades but remains vital in unexpected ways.

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Cerritos Performing Art Center via Instagram

October 21st, 2019 Comments off

On the Hunt for National Treasures With America’s Archive Detective via Atlas Obscura

October 15th, 2019 Comments off
An amazingly interesting article on the lost treasures of the National Archives and the hunt to return them. — Douglas
 
 

Mitch Yockelson knows what’s missing by heart. There’s an arsenal of diamond-encrusted daggers, swords, and scabbards gifted to Harry Truman by a Saudi prince and the Iranian shah—all stolen from his presidential library in 1978. There’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s official White House portrait. It went missing in a move. And there’s a batch of Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams that just up and vanished.

Yockelson, the investigative archivist for the U.S. National Archives, is unlikely to find any of these priceless historical treasures in a fluorescent-lit hall on the Maryland state fairgrounds. The annual Maryland Antique Arms Show brings together hundreds of dealers peddling all types of military antiques and ephemera. There, men toting bayonets for sale peruse table after table of old uniforms, yellowed discharge papers, and bowls of ammunition. Yockelson attends shows like this two or three times a year, in addition to scouring online auctions and following tips, on the hunt for lost Americana that rightfully belongs to the U.S. government.

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Waitin’ on a plane…to Madrid and then Porto Portugal [Video] (12 seconds)

September 16th, 2019 Comments off

Daniels and Fisher Tower, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

August 24th, 2019 Comments off

What are your favorite piece of architecture? Share your memories in the comments!

 

Daniels and Fisher Tower, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

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“Rising 330 feet above Sixteenth Street, the Daniels and Fisher Tower in Denver was based on St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice and opened in 1911 as a beacon drawing shoppers to the adjacent Daniels and Fisher department store. The Daniels and Fisher department store closed in 1958 and was demolished for Denver’s Skyline Urban Renewal Project in 1970–71, but the tower was spared and eventually converted into offices. The tallest structure in Denver for more than forty years after it opened, the tower continues to be one of the city’s most iconic buildings.” — Colorado Encyclopedia

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Daniels and Fisher Tower, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

August 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Daniels and Fisher Tower, Denver, Colorado

Daniels and Fisher Tower, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

“Rising 330 feet above Sixteenth Street, the Daniels and Fisher Tower in Denver was based on St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice and opened in 1911 as a beacon drawing shoppers to the adjacent Daniels and Fisher department store. The Daniels and Fisher department store closed in 1958 and was demolished for Denver’s Skyline Urban Renewal Project in 1970–71, but the tower was spared and eventually converted into offices. The tallest structure in Denver for more than forty years after it opened, the tower continues to be one of the city’s most iconic buildings.” — Colorado Encyclopedia

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