This is number 3 in a new series I have started called “Short & Sweet,” which will run over a long period of time, focusing in each one on just a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested to me.
It will take me awhile to go through the ones I have received, so if you have left or emailed me a suggestion, please bear with me as I work my way through them, and all the connections that I find a long with them!
I received a comment from SC, who said:
“My mum used to live in the valley below a “folly” called ‘White Nancy’ in Cheshire NW England.”
“It’s bizarre and looks like the top of a building and is on top of a weird grass sloped hill.”
“The narrative is it was built by a family who owned a nearby Hall (Ingersley)…”
“…to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.”
“I’ve walked up to it as an adult. it’s a a bit steep and knowing what I do now I definitely think there is more there than meets the eye.”
“My dad as a kid told me about follys & white Nancy etc. as there were so many about & explained it as “people do strange things“ which didn’t make much sense even as an 8 year old.”
Another viewer asked that I look into Antrim Lough.
The Antrim Lough Shore Park is located in Antrim…
…on the shore of Lough Neagh, a large, freshwater lake in Northern Ireland, and the largest lake by area in the British Isles.
The remains of what was called the Lough Neagh Torpedo Test Platform are in the Lake, where the best view is from the Antrim Lough Shore Park.
This is where Mk Torpedoes were tested during World War II, which has been a nesting site for migratory birds, like cormorants and terns, since then.
There used to be a torpedo factory on Randlestown Road in Antrim.
Apparently these “torpedo test facilities” were a thing for both sides during World War II, as there is another abandoned and derelict one that the Germans used for their torpedo tests that stands just off the coast of Poland in the Bay of Puck.
Known locally as “Torpedownia…”
…the Germans fired their “test torpedoes” at Jastarnia and Jurata on the Polish Hel Peninsula between 1942 and 1945.
The Polish Hel Peninsula is a popular tourist destination in the present-day, with a road and railroad, and one-busline, number 666, running along the peninsula from the mainland to to the town of Hel at the furthest point.
Boy-oh-boy, LOTS of rabbit-holes to go down around here!
Not going there now, but look up the World War II “Battle of Hel” in 1939 if you would like to learn more about this place of interest.
There is one more torpedo test site to look at in Europe before I head back to Antrim Lough.
There is yet another abandoned torpedo launch factory in Rijeka, Croatia.
And this one was the location of the world’s first torpedo factory, where the first torpedoes were assembled and tested back in the 1860s, allowing Rijeka to become a major spot for torpedo manufacture and testing for 100-years, with the factory closing in 1966, and…then…left to rot.
This is where Robert Whitehead, an English engineer, developed the first effective, self-propelled, naval torpedo, based on the prototypes of Giovanni Luppis (Ivan Lupis), an Austro-Hungarian naval officer who was born in Rijeka.
I really wonder if these three “torpedo test” platforms in very different places were re-purposed from their unknown original use, and all abandoned to the same fate, still standing but rotting in place.
The Antrim Lough Shore Park is located around the mouth of, and along, what is called the Sixmilewater River…
…with its shaped- and canal-looking appearance on the top-left, like what I found in Venice, Florida, on the top right; the Grand Lucayan Waterway on Grand Bahama Island on the bottom left; and at Port Mansfield on the bottom right, on the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas.
The Antrim Castle, also known as the Massareene Castle after the Anglo-Irish nobility, the Clotworthys, said to have built it and live there, was located on the banks of the Sixmilewater River, said to have been built first in the 1600s, and rebuilt in 1831, with the design by Dublin architect John Bowden.
Alas, it was destroyed by fire that took place during a grand ball in 1922, and the burnt-out structure demolished in 1970, and all that remains of it is the “Italianate Tower,” said to have been built in 1887, and part of the ruins that can be seen in the Antrim Castle Gardens today…
…along with the Barbican Gatehouse of the Antrim Castle, said to have been built in 1818.
It is interesting to note, that within the Antrim Castle Gardens, you can find canals…
…and Clotworthy House, a stable block and coach house said to have been built by the 10th-Viscount Massareene in 1843, with the creation of “Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Gardens.”
One more thing about Lough Neagh and this part of Northern Ireland before I look elsewhere.
The River Bann is one of the main inflows of Lough Neagh, winding its way from the southeast coast to the northwest coast of Northern Ireland, and we are told that the River Bann “pauses in the middle to widen into the enormous Lough Neagh.”
So, let’s see how big Lough Neagh widens between the Lower and the upper River Bann.
Again, keep in the mind this is the largest lake by area in the British Isles, with a surface area of 151-square-miles, or 392-square-kilometers.
Lough Neagh also supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.
Now, I can’t speak from personal experience for this part of the world, but I have long believed that man-made lakes serve at least two purposes: 1) creating a water supply; and 2) covering up ancient infrastructure.
Where I do have personal experience is my own field research in the State of Oklahoma, where I first started waking up to all of this.
In Oklahoma alone, there are more than 200 lakes created by dams, which is the largest number in any state in the U. S.
The first place I went to test my idea that man-made lakes covered up ancient infrastructure was Lake Thunderbird outside of Norman.
I knew what to look for, so was not surprised when I found it.
Same thing at Lake Arcadia, in Edmond Oklahoma.
Both of these lakes are located near Oklahoma City that I visited when I lived there.
And Lake Arcadia reminded me in appearance of what I saw in pictures of the Gulf of Bothnia, which is between Sweden and Norway, that I found on an alignment I was tracking.
There aren’t many examples saying this on the internet, but you can find the same idea regarding Lough Neagh if you look for it.
This is a great lead-in to the request of another commenter, DD.
He asked if I could into the cities buried under lakes in the United States such as Lake Lanier, in Georgia, and many many more?
Lake Lanier is a reservoir in northern Georgia…
…and was created primarily by the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River, which was completed in 1956, and is maintained by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supplies.
Buford Dam also provides 250-million KWH of hydroelectric power to the area surrounding Atlanta every year.
We are told the land the lake now occupies was predominantly forest and farmland prior to its creation.
One landmark under the lake was the former Gainesville Speedway, also known as the Looper Speedway.
Sometimes the grandstands of the speedway are visible in Laurel Park when the waters are low.
So, what else might the lake-waters be covering?
Let’s take a look around and see what is there.
This is the Abbotts Bridge Boat, Canoe, and Raft Launch in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
Until we pay attention to them, we don’t even notice that the stones in the water are cut-and-shaped, with angles and straight-edges, and assume they are natural, and just “there.”
I didn’t start noticing them until about 2014 or 2015, and after I started noticing them, I started seeing them literally everywhere!
Here at the Settles Bridge Canoe and Raft Launch, there are more of the cut-and-shaped stones to the side, and some really nicely-made large-brick steps leading down to the water.
Then, there is the Jones Bridge Boat, Canal, and Raft Launch, with beautifully-made stonework and ironwork, that goes straight down into the Chattahoochee…
…and the Whitewater Creek Canoe and Raft Launch as well has some interesting stonework going on.
There are all kinds of parks dotted around the shores of Lake Lanier.
I am going to take a look at one of them – Sawnee Mountain Preserve.
The Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cummings, Georgia, is almost 1,000 acres, or 405-hectares, of hiking trails, and picnic areas…
…and other sites to see, including rock formations…
…with names like the “Indian Seats…”
…and the old fire tower.
The remnant of the Barker House, a futuristic, UFO-shaped house said to have been built in the 1960s by architect Jim Barker for his family, was demolished in 2017.
It appears to have been built on top of a megalithic-stone entryway.
Abandoned gold mines like this one dot Sawnee Mountain.
The Georgia Gold Rush was the second-significant gold rush in U. S. history, after the first North Carolina Gold Rush that started in 1799.
It started in the present-day Lumpkin County in the late 1820s, of which Lake Lanier is a small part, and quickly spread through the North Georgia Mountains, following the Georgia gold belt from eastern Alabama to northeast Georgia, which was said to have had close to 24-karat, or 100%, purity.
By the early 1840s, gold was becoming harder to find, and many Georgia miners…
…headed west when gold was found in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, so the story goes.
The hilly area in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, near the state’s border with North Carolina and Georgia, is known as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Lake Keowee and Keowee-Toxaway State Park is found here, east of Salem, South Carolina.
Lake Keowee is a man-made reservoir formed in 1971…
…that we are told was constructed for the needs of Duke Energy, which it uses for things like cooling three nuclear reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Generating Station…
…and for public recreational purposes.
The historic Cherokee Keowee Town had been located on the bank of the Keowee River and was part of what was known as the Lower Town Regions, all of which were inundated by the formation of Lake Keowee, its artifacts and history lost.
Keowee-Toxaway State Park on Lake Keowee was created from lands previously owned by Duke Power, all part of the historical lands of the Cherokee.
There is a feature called Natural Bridge in Keowee-Toxaway State Park.
Lake Jocassee is also a man-made lake northeast of Salem, South Carolina.
It was formed in 1973 in a partnership between the state and Duke Power, and also flooded areas where there was pre-existing infrastructure, like the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, which was the setting for a scene in the movie “Deliverance,” which had been filmed there in 1972, and the following year was covered by 130-feet, or 39-meters, of water.
This feature at Lake Jocassee is called “The Wall,” which is only accessible by boat.
All of these lakes I have mentioned were part of the historical territory of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee, one of the “Five Civilized Tribes…”
……were, along with the other four civilized tribes, forced to move west…
…in what were multiple “Trails of Tears.”
So the question begs to be asked ~ what was really going on here?
Perhaps something different than what we have been told?
Next, TL and JM wanted me to look into the Pony Express.
The Pony Express was the first fast mail-line across the North American continent, between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
The Pony Express only operated for 18-months, from April of 1860 to October of 1861.
Its parent company was the Central Overland and Pike’s Peak Express Company, which was a stagecoach company that operated in the American West starting in 1859.
The owners of the parent stagecoach company, the freight business partners of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, were said to have spared no expense in obtaining and equipping new stations for the Pony Express.
The Pony Express Home Station in Marysville, Kansas, was the first station the riders came to after leaving St. Joseph, said to have been leased by its 1859 builder, Joseph Cottrell, to the Pony Express in 1860.
The mail service utilized relays of horse-mounted riders.
I came across this ad seeking Pony Express riders…interestingly worded!!
Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred!
The headquarters of the Pony Express in St. Joseph were housed in the Patee House, built by John Patee, the construction of which we are told was completed in 1858, and was a 140-room, luxury hotel.
The Patee House was said to have been built as development around the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, the first railroad to cross Missouri, and the construction of the railroad was said to have been started in 1851 and completed in 1859, and the railroad carried the first letter to the Pony Express on April 3rd of 1860.
In spite of all the money and effort spent on the Pony Express, between its operating expense, and the new transcontinental telegraph service, it ended on October 26th of 1861.
It did prove, we are told, that a year-round transcontinental communication system could be established and work.
This was important with the need for mail and other communications to get west faster after the 1848 discovery of gold in California, since thousands of businessmen, investors, and prospectors went to live there…
…and, by 1850, California was admitted to the Union as a State.
I am going to end this segment of “Short and Sweet” here.
Lots more to come!
As with everywhere there is plenty more to find in all of these places mentioned, so I am just scratching the surface of all there is to find within any of your suggestions.