I decided to divide “Short & Sweet #5” into two-parts because I had more on my list to add in the first part, but the kinds of things that came up in my research led me to focus on Duluth, Minnesota, and Kansas City, Missouri, for the whole post.
I am trying to keep these on the shorter side, but it is definitely looking like that might not always be possible. Lots of interesting things to find out there, and you are showing me great places to look!
Along those lines, there are a few mentions of comments about things from the last video that I would like to make before I head on to the next stop I had planned in Iowa.
MB, who lives in Duluth, made a comment about the bell that is found in Duluth’s Enger Park.
Called the Peace Bell, it is located in a Japanese Zen Garden in the park, and is a replica of a temple bell in Duluth’s Sister City of Ohara, Japan.
The story is that the city of Ohara donated the temple bell, which is now the oldest remaining bell in Ohara, to a wartime scrap drive during World War II, but the bell was never destroyed.
After the war, sailors on the USS Duluth found it, and gave it to the city of Duluth, where it was displayed in the City Hall.
A visiting academic from Ohara learned of the bell’s existence, and met with the Mayor of Duluth to ask for the bell’s return, which it was in 1954, and re-named the “Japan-U.S. Friendship Peace Bell.”
The current bell was dedicated in Duluth’s Enger Park in 1994, in the Japanese Peace Bell Garden.
Now, I find the subject of Japanese Peace and Friendship Sister City Gardens very interesting, because when I was first waking up to all of this several years ago in Oklahoma City, my brother, his family, and my mother were living in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which happens to have a Sister City relationship with Akita, Japan, and a Peace Garden as well.
My mom’s significant other was living in the nursing home facility across the street, and I had taken her on this occasion to see him for a visit, and had some time to kill, so I went by a nearby Braum’s to grab a cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate milkshake, and if you have ever lived in Oklahoma, you’ll know what that’s about…
…and went to the Peace Garden to sit and eat my Braum’s lunch while I was waiting for mom.
While I was sitting there eating, I started noticing that there were big stone blocks in the Peace Garden.
Either before I finished eating, or right after, I don’t remember which, I got up from where I was sitting and starting walking around the garden grounds.
And you can’t really tell clearly from this Google Earth Screen shot, but there are big stones situated at different places within the circle formed by the road going around it, and there are also large stones hidden away in the trees with no attention whatsoever drawn to them. You only see them if you happen to be looking there.
I am quite sure that the Sister City Peace Garden in Shawnee provides the cover for what was a stone circle.
Back in Duluth, SG shared that the Old Duluth Central High School was super shady, saying that no way was that built for high schoolers!
Said to have been built starting in 1891 and opening for classes in 1892, the Old Central High School, nowadays used as school district office space, occupies a city block…
…and has a clock tower that is 210-feet, or 64-meters, high, that had five-bells added to the clock in 1895.
There was even a 17-foot, 6-ton cannon on the steps of the Old Central High School from 1898 to 1942, said to have been captured from a Spanish warship during the Spanish-American War, and requested by the Duluth City Council for Duluth, who had to pay for the transportation costs to get it to Duluth.
We are told the cannon was either sold or donated as scrap-iron, and was melted down and used during World War II.
Also, there were two viewers from the other side of Lake Superior in Keweenaw County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior who commented after I touched base on the history of Duluth, located in northeastern Minnesota on Lake Superior.
While the Minnesota/Ontario side of Lake Superior is known for the high-quality iron ore from its Iron Ranges, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is known for its high-quality copper.
Keweenaw is the northernmost county of the State of Michigan, and it shares the Keweenaw Peninsula with Houghton County.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is formed by the largest freshwaters on Earth…
…and, along with several other adjacent counties in the Upper Peninsula, is collectively called “Copper Country,” and in its hey-day, in the late 19th- and early-20th-century, it was the world’s greatest producer of copper.
The copper here is predominately in what is known as native, or pure, copper form without the compound elements, like oxides and sulfides, that are found in other copper deposits.
Isle Royale is the largest island in Lake Superior, and the second-largest island in the Great Lakes after Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron.
It is part of the State of Michigan, though geographically closer to the northernmost part of Minnesota and Ontario.
It is the only national park in Michigan, and the only island national park in the United States.
I had read several years ago about the copper mines found on Isle Royale, and of the high-grade copper that was mined here in ancient times…
…as well as in the mid-to-late 1800s, like this 6,000 lb, or 2,722-kilogram, chunk of copper that was mined from the McCargoe Cove mine in 1875.
LH lives on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Keweenaw County, and said, among other things, that there is a lift bridge in Houghton County, as I had mentioned the one in Duluth in the last post.
Known as the “Portage Canal Lift Bridge,” it connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock across Portage Lake, which is part of the waterway which cuts across the Keweenaw Peninsula with a canal linking the five-miles to Lake Superior to the northwest.
The steel swing, or vertical, bridge was said to have first been built in 1895 to replace a damaged wooden swing bridge that was built in that location in 1875, and that the current steel bridge replaced the previous steel bridge in 1959.
The Portage Canal Lift Bridge is on the only land-route across the waterway, which is U. S. Highway 41, that originates in Miami, Florida.
The Keweenaw Waterway is described as “part artificial and part natural,” and separates Copper Island from the mainland, in this case referring to Keweenaw County.
The building of the canal was said to have started in 1868, after the legislation authorizing the building of it passed in 1861, and completed in 1874…and widened in 1935.
Interesting to note the straight railroad track and canal running parallel to each other…
…which is a configuration I have seen in the past, at places like the Lehigh Canal and railroad tracks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania…
…and at Point-of-Rocks in Maryland, near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
LH also mentioned some other places on the Keweenaw Peninsula, like the Houghton County Courthouse, with the cornerstone said to have been laid on July 24th of 1886, and the new courthouse dedicated a little over a year to the day later, on July 28th of 1887.
So…built in a year…in Northern Michigan no less…
…a place where winters are cold, and spring and fall still tend to be on the cold and moist side.
LH also mentioned the Catholic Church in Lake Linden, said to have been built between 1901 and 1912…
…and said there used to be a trolley line from Calumet and Houghton…
…as well as many trains, but all the tracks have been pulled up.
According to this map of the Houghton County Traction Company that operated the trolley line, there even was an “Electric Park” way up here!
It was a popular recreation destination, also known as a trolley park, between 1902 and 1932, which was when all operations of the Houghton County Traction Company ended, and the park disappeared completely from the scene by World War II, we are told, because of the cost of maintenance upkeep, etc, with the main pavilion sold, scrapped and reassembled as a potato barn.
Memories from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood just popped into my head.
Though I am more from the Captain Kangaroo generation of young children’s television programming in the 1960s…
…I would watch Mr. Rogers on occasion with my younger brothers.
I wonder if there were hidden meanings, beyond a clever way to tell a story to young children, behind Trolley and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in the long-running children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
There is a lot more to find here, including the historical Fort Wilkins at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, said to have been established in 1844…
…sandwiched from east-to west between the beginning of Highway 41 marker…
…and Copper Harbor, also established in 1844…
…and from north-to-south between Copper Harbor Light House, said to have first been built in 1849, and then dismantled, and using the same stones as the first lighthouse, re-built and lit in 1866…
…and the long, skinny Lake Fanny Hooe.
There are a number of different women coming up as the subject in the tales of how the lake was named.
The slang meaning of “hooe-y” in English, having the same pronunciation with a silent “y” added at the end in the spelled form, is “nonsense.”
It is interesting to note that the only indication I could find that this might be a man-made lake in a search is this from the USGS website.
In the short distance between Lake Fanny Hooe and Lake Superior, I found the Fanny Hooe Creek Falls and the bridge on Highway 41 crossing the creek, said to have been built in the 1920s.
There are other falls hereabouts, but there is one other I want to highlight, the Upper Montreal Falls on the Keweenaw Peninsula’s Montreal River.
These particular falls are not located far from Lac La Belle, which at one time…
…was a railroad depot, as shown in the map on the right.
Two things I have consistently found in my research are waterfalls of the same make and model in different places all over the world…
…and correlations in location between railroads and canals, like I showed previously in this post with the Portage Canal of the Keweenaw Waterway, as well as the additional correlation of star forts located nearby, which I have studied extensively in past research.
So, now I am going to add the possibility of correlations of waterfalls to this configuration, with the idea that these were all connected to the original energy-generating grid system of the Earth.
To study this possibility more in-depth, I am going to turn my attention to information that viewer JG in Iowa has sent me.
We had connected about two years ago and one of the possibilities we explored in our correspondence were the possible correlations between railroads and waterfalls, and she had emailed me the information she had uncovered when she researched her home-state of Iowa regarding this subject.
I recently asked her to re-send her findings because I couldn’t find the original email with the information she sent, and so she sent google maps showing the locations of railroads and state parks with waterfalls, and racetracks, as well as another set of maps with more key things like the locations of powerplants, mines and sports stadiums.
I am going to focus in this post on the correlations between railroads, waterfalls, and racetracks that she sent me as a grouping.
Much of the part of Iowa being looked at here is where Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois meet, and is in part of what is called the “Driftless Area.”
This is part of North America is called the “Driftless Area” because it was said to have been by-passed by the last glacier on the continent and lacks glacial drift.
JG sent me this overlay that she put together of the racetracks, waterfalls, and railroads in Iowa…
…and I ended up needing to enlarge each map she sent separately as well so I could see and read the place names…
…and then I transferred the same information to Google Earth to see where these places were in relationship to each other.
I am specifically looking for correlations between the state parks with waterfalls and railroads here, and it will be interesting to see where the racetracks fit into the picture as well.
I am going to look specifically for this post at the upper section of the previous Google Earth screenshot.
In the top middle, is Black Falls and Dunning’s Spring Park.
Black Falls is near Kendallville, Iowa.
For all of the following waterfalls, I am going to point out with red arrows what looks like an old wall, or old masonry, to me.
There are three waterfalls at Dunning’s Spring just southeast of Black Falls, near Decorah, Iowa…
…one of which is located near the Decorah Ice Cave, a limestone and dolomite cave that has ice on the inside even during the summer…
…as well as the falls at Siewer’s Springs near Decorah, described as “technically a spillway, but a gorgeous staircase formation….”
…and the Malanaphy Spring Falls, northwest of Decorah.
I looked for rail-related infrastructure near Decorah, which now only has Railroad Street and Railroad Avenue, with the Mediacom Communications facility sandwiched between the two…
…and what was the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Combination Depot in Decorah is now commercial space, and all the railroad tracks through here were removed in 1971.
From where Black Falls and Dunning’s Spring are at the top of the Google Earth screenshot, next I am going to go southeast of there to “Pike’s Peak State Park.
Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa, is situated on a 500-foot, or 150-meter, bluff overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.
It is a recreational area that is considered one of Iowa’s premier nature destinations…
…where one of the places you can hike to is called Bridal Veil Falls.
Bridal Veil Falls is described as “a small natural waterfall that flows gracefully out of a horizontal limestone outcropping.”
Pike’s Peak State Park and McGregor, Iowa, are right next to Marquette, Iowa, on the Mississippi River, right across from Prairie de Chien, Wisconsin.
Marquette earlier in history was known as North McGregor, and served as a railroad terminus, becoming a major railroad hub for the region in its hey-day.
Passenger service ended in 1960, and the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Service in Marquette celebrates the town’s railroad history with exhibits of historic railroad artifacts…
…though the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway, still runs freight on the rail-lines through here.
Next, I am going to go due west from Marquette and McGregor over to Mason City, which is connected by the same Canadian Pacific Rail-line to Marquette.
Mason City is located on the Winnebago River, and was original of the settlement that was established here in 1853 was “Shibboleth.”
It was also known as Mason Grove and Masonville, until, we are told, Mason City was adopted in 1855, in honor of a founder’s son, Mason Long.
Interesting to note that the original name for the settlement, Shibboleth, is also a Freemasonic password.
The “Iowa Traction Railroad Company,” headquartered in Emery, west of Mason City, operates a short-line rail-line, that is around 10-miles, or 17-kilometers, -long freight railroad between Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa, that interchanges in Mason City with the Canadian Pacific Railway and Union Pacific Railway.
It is electrified, which means that an electrification system supplies electric power to the railway, as opposed to an on-board power source or local fuel supply…
…and at one time was part of the electric trolley and interurban system of the region, with the charter for the trolley system expiring in August of 1936, and replaced by passenger bus service the following January.
I did find a waterfall in Mason City, though it is on private property and not in a state park.
Called the “Willow Creek Waterfall,” it can be viewed from the State Street Bridge between 1st Street NE and S. Carolina Avenue in Mason City.
The next places I am going to take a look at are the Highway 3 Raceway southeast of Mason City, and Backbone State Park southwest of Pike’s Peak State Park at McGregor.
The Highway 3 Raceway is a half-mile, semi-banked clay oval in Allison, Iowa at the Butler County Fairgrounds.
Seeing a Railroad Avneue here too.
Not a whole lot of information available except that it hosts stock-car races and the like.
I think racetracks like this are re-purposed elliptical circuitry on the Earth’s grid system.
Backbone State Park, 45-miles, or 72-kilometers, west of Dubuque, Iowa, is the state’s oldest park, having been dedicated in 1919…
…and named after the limestone ridges found in the park.
A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work-site for otherwise unemployed young men during the Great Depression, were given the credit for building the park’s recreational infrastructure in the 1930s…
…and the spillway dam at the park’s lake.
Backbone State Park is near Dubuque, Iowa, which has a connection to the railroad.
The Illinois Central Railroad ran through Iowa between Sioux City and Dubuque, one of four railroads were authorized by Congress via the “Act of 1856…”
…connecting that part of Iowa by rail to Chicago sometime around 1870.
Like Mason City, at one time Dubuque had an electric streetcar system, and which was retired in 1932.
Dubuque has one of the few incline railways still in operation, much less still in existence, in today’s world.
The Fenelon Place Cable Car is found in Dubuque’s Cathedral Historic District, and is described as the world’s steepest, shortest scenic railway, said to have been built in 1882 for the private-use of J. K. Graves, a local banker and State Senator.
The Dubuque Railroad Bridge is currently operated by the Canadian National Railway, who purchased the Illinois Central Railroad in 1999.
It is a single-track railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River between Dubuque Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois, that has a swing-span.
The original swing bridge was said to have been built in 1868, and that it was rebuilt in 1898.
There’s more in the information that JG sent about Iowa, but I am going to stop here, as I can go on and on.
The examples here show in particular that there are at least correlations in location between places with waterfalls and the locations of rail infrastructure.
What that means exactly is certainly open to interpretation, some conventional and some unconventional. I suggested earlier that waterfalls were possibly somehow connected to the earth’s original energy grid system, but it could also mean that waterfalls were very much apart of the original civilization’s infrastructure serving multiple hydrological purposes…
…and that the rail infrastructure was also an intrinsic and pre-existing part of the Earth’s energy grid system as well, and not originally built during the years we are told.
In the next “Short & Sweet,” I am going to be looking at topics and places suggested by viewers including, but not limited to, the “Ruins” at Holliday Park in Indianapolis; the Heligoland Archipelago in the North Sea; and historic architecture of Tokyo.