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Michigan's Capital

MICHIGAN’S CAPITAL   Ahead lies Lansing, capital of Michigan.  In 1835, when the state was organized, Detroit was the capital, as it had been when Michigan was a territory.  The capital, after much ...

    Lincoln's Farewell to Illinois

    The plaque text:  Abraham Lincoln made his farewell address to the people of Illinois at Tolono station February 11, 1861. “I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are ...

    • lincoln
    • abraham lincoln
    • illinois
    • civil war
    • tolono
    • railroads

    For the School Yard

    THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIC SOCIETY To EDG Property for The School Yard 2014  RENAISSANCE AWARD Submitted by @caddickbrown

    • birmingham
    • england
    • edg
    • school yard

    The Chatsworth Wreck

    The plaque story: I first encountered this plaque more than 40 years ago, during one of my drives to and from college in Central Illinois. Here's something I wrote about it in 2006 after a sort ...

    • railroads
    • railroad disast...
    • illinois
    • chatsworth

    Kalisa La Ida's Cafe

    KALISA'S LA IDA CAFE  KALISA MOORE, KNOWN AS "QUEEN OF CANNERY ROW," WAS BORN IN LATVIA AND CAME TO AMERICA AFTER WWII. SHE BRIDGE THE ERAS, OPENING HER GOURMET RESTAURANT WHEN MOST OF THE CANNERIES ...

      Edward Prince of Wales

      Located on the Queens terrace at new Parliament House this stone was originally on Capital Hill (see adjoining plaque) Plaque reads:   'His Royal Highness Edward Prince of Wales Laid this stone ...

      • prince stone ca...

      Prince and Princess of Wales

      Plaque reads: 'This plaque commemorates the visit of their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales  On the occasion of the re-laying of this stone on 24 March 1988 The stone was ...

      • parliament canb...

      Willaim Henry Seward

      WILLIAM HENRY STEWARD PATRIOT AND STATESMAN AS GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK UNITED STATES SENATOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE GAVE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY A LONG AND USEFUL LIFE CULMINATING IN HIS PURCHASE ...

      • seattle
      • seward
      • washington
      • alaska

      This Machine is a replicate of the machine that "Lucy" worked on "The I Love Lucy Show"

      In the Cerreta Candy Company. Submitted by IUeaststudent

      • cerreta candy c...
      • lucy
      • i love lucy

      Here Stood Old Fort Dearborn 1803 - 1812

      Submitted by @CitizenWald

      • chicago
      • illinois
      • fort dearborn
      • 1803

      Meredith W. Morgan

      IN TRIBUTE TO MEREDITH W. MORGAN DEAN, 1960 - 1973 SCHOLAR, TEACHER, STALWART OF THE SCHOOL and OF THE PROFESSION  OCTOBER 19, 1984 SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY MINOR HALL Submitted by @quitasarah

      • berkeley
      • california
      • bay area
      • cal
      • optometry
      • stalwart

      The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

      LANDMARKS OF NEW YORK THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE  THIS EDIFICE SERVES THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AS THE CATHEDRAL OF THE BISHOP OF NEW YORK. THE CORNERSTONE WAS LAID ON DECEMBER 27, ...

      • new york
      • st. john
      • 1892
      • gothic

      Provincial Cenotaph

      NEW BRUNSWICK PROVINCIAL CENOTAPH  FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY LEST WE FORGET   Submitted by @bthubbard

      • fredericton
      • new brunswick
      • cenotaph

      Mark Trevor Perry

      MARK TREVOR PERRY AUGUST 1973 - OCTOBER 2009 MARATHON MAN ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS. NEVER FORGOTTEN. Submitted by @caddickbrown

      • birmingham
      • england

      Somerset Farm

      SITE OF SOMERSET FARM HOME OF  JOHN CALVIN SHERER FROM 1882 TO 1949 AN EARLY SETTLER AND A FOUNDER OF  GLENDALE CALIFORNIA GLENDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GLENDALE ODD FELLOWS LODGE   Submitted by: Jon G.

      • somerset farm
      • sherer
      • 1882
      • glendale
      • california

      Anchor of the Rydal Hall

      ANCHOR OF THE RYDAL HALL ON THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 17, 1876 THE SQUARE RIGGER RYDAL HALL, EN ROUTE FROM CARDIFF, WALES TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH A CARGO OF COAL, RAN ON THE ROCKS IN A HEAVY FOG OFF PILLAR ...

      • half moon bay
      • california
      • ship
      • anchor
      • heavy fog
      • coal
      • crash
      • sink

      Watchtower at Glasnevin Cemetery

        In the 1840s, nightwatchmen on this tower successfully guarded the Cemetery against "Resurrectionists" who supplied the medical profession with corpses for anatomy students. Submitted by Mark ...

        Log Cabin Pioneers of Dallas County

        Most colonists first settled in this "Three Forks" area of the Trinity River as members of the Peters Colony after 1841. Immigrants from such states as Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, ...

        • log cabin
        • pioneers
        • dallas
        • 1841
        • peters colony
        • texas

        Margaret Mitchell House

        Margaret Mitchell House   Completed in 1899 by Cornelius J. I. Sheehan, the Margaret Mitchell house was originally a single-family, Tudor Revival residence. In 1913, the house was relocated to the ...

        • 1889
        • gone with the w...
        • mitchell
        • atlanta
        • georgia

        Santa Barbara Courthouse

        Santa Barbara County Courthouse has been designated a National Historic Landmark.   This courthouse complex possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of ...

        • santa barbara
        • california
        • courthouse