In the second-part of this series that will most certainly end-up being longer than two parts, I am going to continue to highlight the physical locations that have been mentioned by readers and viewers in the comments section of my blog and YouTube Channel.
A commenter from Argentina gave the following references about structures there that are questionable for having been done by our current civilization.
The Dique Los Molinos, a dam in the Cordoba Province of Argentina on the Los Molinos River, was said to have been built between 1948 and 1953, the year it opened.
Its primary goals were regulating the flow of the river and the production of hydroelectricity.
The Dique Los Molinos is 200-feet, or 60-meters, high, and 790-feet, or 240-meters, long.
I have a two-part series in which I highlight the advanced engineering of hydroelectric projects around the world, and I seriously question what we are told in our historical narrative about who was said to have built them and when.
I give many examples in this two-part series on the “Advanced Engineering of Reservoirs and Hydro-Electric Projects” as to why I have so many questions about what we are told about these amazing engineering projects.
Embalse is a city in Argentina’s Cordoba Province that means “Reservoir,” and indeed it is located on the eastern shore of a large reservoir.
The reservoir was created by the damming of the Rio Tercero.
One of Argentina’s nuclear power plants is located in Embalse on the southern shore of the reservoir.
We are told its construction was completed in 1983.
Definitely seeing a man-made canal here! Canal system all over the world were a signature feature of the original civilization.
Embalse is located 74-miles, or 119-kilometers, south-southwest of Cordoba City, the province’s capital and the second-largest city in Argentina after Buenos Aires.
Cordoba was said to have been founded on July 6th of 1573 by Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera, a Spanish conquistador who became a colonial governor over much of what is now northwestern Argentina.
The National University of Cordoba was said to have been founded by the Jesuits in 1613, and is the oldest University in Argentina…
…and the third-oldest in South America, after the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, first chartered in May of 1551 and the oldest continually operating university in the Americas…
…and St. Thomas Aquinas University in Bogota, the oldest university in Colombia, established in 1580 by the Dominicans.
The Jesuit Block in Cordoba was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000, and consists of what are described as a block of buildings dating back to the 17th-century.
The complex was said to have started by the Jesuits in 1615 as a Jesuit Reduction, which we are told was a type of settlement for indigenous people in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Named a “Reduction”? Which also means the act of making something smaller or less in size or amount?
The current Pope Francis is from Argentina, and spent two years in the 1990s in a small room number 5 in the Jesuit Block.
As Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he entered the Jesuit order in 1958, and is the first Jesuit pope.
In addition, the Jesuits operated six, what are called estancias, or residences and ranches, in the region, in:
Caroya in 1616…
…Jesus Maria in 1618…
…Santa Catalina in 1622…
…Alta Gracia around 1643…
…Candelaria in 1683…
…and San Ignacio at this location in 1696.
It is interesting to note that the Jesuits were expelled from South America by the 1767 Decree of King Charles III of Spain, which was part of the “Suppression of the Society of Jesus,” in which the Jesuits were removed from most of the countries of western Europe and their colonies, we are told for political reasons.
The Suppression began in 1759, and ended in 1814 by Pope Pius VII, in which he restored the Jesuits to their previous provinces, and the Jesuits returned to the Americas in 1853.
And I have read where some folks believe that instead of Hitler committing suicide in a Berlin bunker at the end of World War II…
…he escaped to Argentina in 1945.
What is it about Argentina?
Next, I am going to be looking at places in the Nashville area that were suggested by a commenter.
The Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974.
Its construction was said to have been promoted by Thomas Ryman, a Tennessee business man who was a riverboat captain as well as the owner of a riverboat company…
…as an auditorium and tabernacle for Samuel Porter Jones, an influential revivalist of the day, after Ryman was converted to Christianity in 1885 after attending a tent-revival held by Jones.
Opening in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, it was not only used as a house of worship, it was also rented out as a venue for different types of events, including, but not limited to concerts, speaking engagements, boxing matches.
There are two things I would like to point out about the physical appearance of the Ryman Auditorium.
The first is to show the similarity of architectural features of the Ryman Auditorium on the left and the Moscow State Historical Museum in Russia on the right.
In particular the occurrence in both buildings of triple windows (the yellow arrows); double-windows (the purple arrows); and the intricate patterning of sections of windows (the black arrows).
The other thing is the classic mud flood feature of the slanted pavement in front of the building, and the ground-level windows on the side of the building that are level with the not-ground-level windows of the front of the building.
Compare this with the two historic photographs of St. Mary Magdalene Church on the left, in Omaha, Nebraska with the lower part of it having been dug out of the dirt surrounding it, and the same church today on the right with the slanted paved street covering the points at which the lower part of the church had been excavated.
Also known as the “Mother Church of Country Music”…
…the Ryman Auditorium became the home of the “Grand Ole Opry” show in 1943 until March 15th of 1974…
…at which time the “Grand Ole Opry” was moved to its current venue, the massive “Grand Ole Opry House.”
It is interesting to note that the Ryman Auditorium was almost demolished by the owners of the “Grand Ole Opry,” with the reason given that it was in poor condition.
Though it was not demolished because of the outcry against this, the Ryman Auditorium sat dormant until 1989, and has been utilized as an event venue since then.
The Tennessee State Capitol building was said to have been designed by architect William Strickland, one of the architects credited with establishing the Greek Revival movement in the United States.
…and built between 1845 and 1859.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and named a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
It is interesting to note the entrance to an old tunnel was unearthed near the State Capitol building in 1951, under 6th Street.
Formerly known as the First Presbyterian Church, the Downtown Church in Nashville was also said to have been designed by William Strickland and completed in 1846.
The Downtown Presbyterian Church is considered the best-surviving ecclesiastical example of what is called Egyptian Revival architecture.
Egyptian Revival architecture too?
The Knights of Pythias Pavilion is said to be an example of Classical Revival Architecture, yet another type of revival architecture…
…designed by Henry Gibel for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exhibition.
After the Exhibition, it was said to have been purchased, and moved by wagon to its present location off Highway 96 in Franklin, Tennessee.
How’d they manage to transport that building by wagon?
I encountered the Knights of Pythias initially in researching Springfield, Missouri, where there is a Pythian Castle.
Known as the Pythian Home of Missouri, we are told that it was constructed by the order as a home for needy members of their order, and their widows and children.
The original main floor features things like a grand foyer…
…and sitting parlors.
It also has a reputation as being haunted.
What jumped out at me on learning about the Knights of Pythias is that it was a secret society founded in Washington, D.C in February of 1864.
It was the first fraternal order to receive a charter by an Act of Congress.
It is interesting to note that the Civil War didn’t end until 1865.
For what purpose would Congress charter a fraternal secret society in wartime?
The Nashville Parthenon was also said to have been built for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
We are told that Nashville’s nickname of “Athens of the South” influenced the choice of an exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, as the centerpiece of the Exposition.
The architect of Nashville’s Parthenon was said to be the former confederate soldier, William Crawford Smith.
It was said to have been originally built as a temporary structure out of plaster, wood, and brick, but it was left standing after the Exposition because of its popularity, and that it was rebuilt with concrete in the 1920s.
Here is an old photo of the Exposition, with the Memphis Building next to the Parthenon.
This was said to be the Memphis, Tennessee -Shelby County construction for the Exposition, modelled after Memphis’ namesake in Egypt.
It was also said to have been built out of temporary materials, like plaster and wood, and was demolished after the Exposition.
Now I am going to go quickly through some of the places people have commented about.
The Fox Theater in Downtown Oakland California, said to have been opened in 1928, and designed by the American architectural firm of Weeks and Day.
In Akron, Ohio, there is the Edison Dam…
…and the trails of the Gorge Metro Park in Akron.
The Buenos Aires Water Company Palace in Argentina was said to have been designed as a water pumping station in 1877 and completed in 1894…
…and the similar-looking St. Louis City Hall in Missouri, said to have been designed in 1898, modeled after the city hall in Paris, France, and completed in time for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
The Town Creek Indian Mound in North Carolina, attributed to the Pee Dee people of the South Appalachian Mississippian Culture…
…that thrived in that Pee Dee River region of North and South Carolina before Columbus…
…near the town of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina.
The Warbreck Water Tower in Blackpool, England, said to have been built in 1932 to serve the heavily residential areas of central Blackpool and high-rise homes…
…is located on Leys Road.
Another tower in Blackpool, the Blackpool Tower, was said to have been inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and that at the time it was opened to the public in 1894, it was the tallest, man-made structure in the British Empire.
In Cleveland, Ohio, the West Side Market, which is classified as a Neo-Classical/Byzantine building, the construction of which was said to have been completed in 1912…
…and Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, with its the dam…
…and the James A. Garfield Memorial, said to have been constructed in a combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Romanesque Revival styles between 1885 and 1890 for the 20th-President of the United States who was assassinated in 1881 who had expressed a desire to be interred in the Lakeview Cemetery.
Castle Rushen, the construction of which was said to have started in the 10th-century, in Castletown on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland…
…and the Ostrozac Castle of Bosnia, a medieval castle called a fairy tale for every visitor.
I was asked to look into the Tuckahoe-Corbin City Fish and Wildlife Management Area, located in southern New Jersey…
…at a size of over 17,000 acres, or 6,880-hectares, of marshes, rivers, and Pine Barrens woodland located adjacent to the Great Egg Harbor.
The Beasley Point Generating Station, a coal-fired power-plant which operated from 1961 to 2019, was situated right at the edge of the Wildlife Management area, where several rivers flow into it from the Great Egg Harbor.
Somers Point, a city located on the other side of Great Egg Harbor from where the power plant was on Beasley Point, is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County, New Jersey, said to have been first settled in 1693 and incorporated as a borough in 1886.
The Atlantic City and Shore Railroad was a type of streetcar system in New Jersey called an interurban that served Somers Point and several other cities between Atlantic City and Ocean City in the years between 1907 and 1948.
One more thing before leaving this part of the world is that I was given the coordinates of 39°31’10.3″N 74°17’59.3″W…
…to look at what appear to be geoglyphs in the landscape, man-made effigies in the ground that are only visible from the air.
The North Point Water Tower in Milwaukee was said to have been built between 1873 and 1874 in the style of Victorian-Gothic as part of Milwaukee’s first public waterworks…
…and the Prospect Point Water Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota, also known as the Witch’s Hat Tower, was said to have been built on Tower Hill Park in 1913, which was a hilltop park established in 1906.
A comment was made to look at the Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, opened in 1854, and the first railway station in Australia on the top left, compared for size and scope with the Marunouchi Station in Tokyo, opened in 1914.
These photographs came from a trek across Ebbetts Pass, in the Sierra Nevada range east of Sacramento in California were sent to me from a viewer.
What could have taken place here to create these anomalous appearances?
I received information from a viewer about synagogues to look into the ones in Barbados in the Caribbean, Charleston in South Carolina, and in Providence, Rhode island.
The Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados is said to be one of the oldest synagogues in the western, originally constructed starting in 1654 for the Sephardic Jewish community of Barbados, formed by refugees fleeing from Portuguese Brazil, and who brought with them expertise in the production of sugar cane, leading Barbados to become a major producer of sugar.
We are told the synagogue was destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, and then rebuilt.
After a period of time fell into disrepair until it was sold in 1929.
Eventually it was turned over to the Barbados National Trust in the 1980s, and the building was renovated and returned to use as a synagogue.
A mikveh, or ritual bath, on the grounds of the synagogue was unearthed from beneath the synagogue’s parking lot by archeologists in 2008.
The Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue in Charleston, South Carolina, was founded in 1749, and considered one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States.
It is called a Greek Revival synagogue that was designed by New York architect Cyrus L. Warner and built in 1840.
The founding members of the Charleston synagogue were Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal, who arrived in Charleston from London.
The congregation’s first synagogue was said to have been destroyed by the Great Fire of Charleston that took place in 1838, which damaged over 1,000 buildings and destroyed one-quarter of the city’s businesses at the time.
Another devastating Great Fire took place in Charleston in 1861, and which was said to have caused the vast majority of damage and destruction to the city during the American Civil War.
The congregation in Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 1849 by mostly Ashkenazi Jews from German-speaking areas of Europe.
The Temple Beth El Synagogue in Providence was said to have been built between 1910 and 1911 as a Classical Revival brick structure.
It has been vacant since 2006, suffering vandalism and water damage, and named as one of Providence’s “Most Endangered Buildings” by the Providence Preservation Society.
I have talked about the Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, England, in past posts.
The Leeds Town Hall was one of the first examples I found in my research of the use of contests and competitions to explain how what we would consider relatively modern, monumental architecture came into being.
It was said to have been completed in 1858, and opened by Queen Victoria.
This gentleman, Cuthbert Brodrick, was given the credit for designing it, after winning a design competition for it, when he was 29-years-old, in 1852, and is considered his most famous architectural work.
A commenter from Leeds ordered the map of Leeds from 1847, and said it cuts of just where Leeds town hall should be…
…and also said that the town hall is a main feature of Headrow, so that for the map to be missing this section is a bit of a coincidence.
He also sent me pictures of the entrance of the Leeds Town Hall…
…and said that it is a popular venue for weddings and graduations…
He mentioned that it contains an organ that is considered the biggest musical instrument in the World, with 6,600 pipes weighing 70 tons and 50 feet high!
He also included a photo of the Temple Mill in the Leeds Temple Works Complex,said have been built between 1838 and 1840.
A former flax-spinning mill, when it was completed it was considered to be one of the largest factories in the world, with 7,000 steam-powered spindles.
Next, I was contacted by someone with these photos he had taken in West Dundas, Ontario.
Dundas is a community in Hamilton, Ontario, and was formerly a town in its own right.
It is at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment and on the western edge of Lake Ontario.
Known originally as “Coote’s Paradise,” the community that had settled here became known as Dundas in 1814, which was incorporated in 1847.
Its construction said to have been authorized in 1823, the Desjardins Canal opened in 1837, and was said to have greatly contributed to the development of the region, until the canal fell into disuse…
…when the Great Western Railway put its line through Dundas in 1853.
Another commenter directed my attention to the following places in Tampa:
The congregation of the First Baptist Church of Tampa was said to have organized in 1859, and the church at its present-location built in 1923.
Old cigar factories in Tampa, including the Santaella…
…and the historic Pendes & Alvarez Cigar Factory.
And Ybor City, a historic neighborhood in Tampa said to have been founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers…
…known to have miles of tunnels running underneath it.
He also asked that I look into the catacombs of Paris, where millions of bones and skulls are neatly stacked underground in tunnels, and catacombs were said to have been created in an effort to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries that was started in 1786.
The Paris Catacombs have been a concert venue since the 19th-century…
…and an Airbnb in the 21st-century.
A truly bizarre place that I personally never want to visit, much less sleep in or go to a concert there!
The last thing he asked me to look into was the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone, a large boulder on the side of Hidden Mountain near Los Lunas, about 35-miles south of Albuquerque.
It has an inscription said to be a mix of ancient Hebrew & Greek.
The last place I am going to take a look at from a commenter’s recommendation is Lake McDonald…
…in Montana’s Glacier National Park.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road provides access to many locations and activities within the park…
…including the Lake McDonald Lodge, considered one of the finest examples in the nation of the Swiss-Chalet-Style of architecture, and was said to have been built in 1913.
We are told the mountains of Glacier National Park started forming 170-million years ago, when glaciers forced ancient rocks eastward up and over much younger rock strata.
That’s a beautiful old stone bridge on the Going-to-the-Sun Road!
I am going to end part 2 of this series here in Montana.
In part 3, instead of looking at places, I am going to be looking at other interesting topics, not necessarily places, that commenters have suggested.