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Transforming the Ozark Mill
There was a time when old mills dotted the landscape, grinding grain into feed and food. One of the oldest mills in the area still...
The Mississippi Flows North
The Mississippi River flows over 2500 miles, southward through the Midwestern U.S. That is, unless you are here, where the river actually meanders north for...
The Beginning – Lake Itasca
The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico just south of New Orleans, Louisiana. But where does the mighty river begin? That question puzzled...
Catch the Last Train to Clarksville
In the summer of 1966 the Monkees released “The Last Train to Clarksville.” The song went to number one on the billboard charts and many...
The Depot at Clarksville, Tennessee
In the early and mid 1900s, passenger train service was common in most cities of any size. Today the passengers and freight have vanished from...
The Legend of Daddy Bryson
His name was Daddy Bryson…and he became one of the best-known train engineers in the Smoky Mountains…not because of his skill on the rails, but...
Remember the Raisin!
We all recall the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo” but over 200 years ago it was “Remember the Raisin!” So what was this “raisin” and...
When Did the War of 1812 Begin?
It’s long been said that the only thing most Americans can tell you about the War of 1812 is what year it began. Maybe they...
A Tribute to Fatma
A couple of years ago I was approached with a novel idea. Could we use these broadcasts to help share Americana with those outside this...
The Gamers Car
Sometimes a car is known for it’s time period in history. That’s the case for this particular Nissan. If you’re under the age of 35,...
The Mighty Power Wagon
If you have work to do in the field, you probably get a tractor to pull an implement to get it done. But one company...
Driving Your Car in the Lake…on Purpose
Most of us have a car. Some of us have a boat. What if wanted both but only had the money for one or the...
Will the Delorean Hit 88 MPH?
If you’ve ever seen one of the movies in the Back to the Future series, you know that Michael J Fox, in the role of...
The “Accidental” Car Collection
Did you ever set out to purchase a car and wind up buying several by accident? I know, that’s probably not going to happen, but...
Monroe, Michigan’s Tragic Tie to the Little Bighorn
When news of the defeat at the Little Bighorn reached Monroe, Michigan, this town had an extra reason to morn. They did not lose just...
The Story of a Very Famous Table
There are several portraits that show the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox. Those scenes usually display a small table on which...
We know him for the battle at the Little Bighorn. But to know just that one fact is to miss out on the amazing story...
Birthplace of Sears
At one time, Sears was the largest retailer in the world. Today there are just a handful of stores that remain, but the story of...
The Unwanted Watches That Built a Billion Dollar Company
There was a problem at the rail depot in North Branch, Minnesota. A box of watches had arrived, but the business listed to receive the...
From Telegraph Operator to…?
Richard was born in Minnesota. His father died while he was a boy and he got a job as a railroad telegraph operator to help...