Short & Sweet # 11 – Places & Topics Suggested by Viewers

 I will first be sharing some comments that came about as a result of places and topics featured in the last post, and these will be a good lead-in to new material I received from you all.

KH sent me some information, stemming from her travels around the British Isles, about funicular railways.

One funicular she visited was the one in Aberystwyth in Wales, which was said to have opened on August 1st of 1896.

It is known at the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, and is the longest electric funicular in the British Isles, at 778-feet, or 237-meters-long…

…and the second-longest funicular there after the water-powered Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway in North Devon, which is the highest and steepest water-powered funicular in the world, at 862-feet, or 263-meters, -long, said to have been built between 1887 and its opening in 1890.

KH said Aberystwyth was touted as the Biarritz of Wales in Victorian times, which she said is kind of funny, since it is always raining due to the prevailing winds which come in from across the Irish Sea, dumping their load on Aberystwyth, the first landfall.

Biarritz on the coast of northwestern France has been a luxurious seaside tourist destination, since Victorian times as well.

KH said that like the Cloudland Ballroom and Dance Hall in Brisbane, Australia, there was a favored entertainment venue in Aberystwyth, called Kings Hall, for concerts and dances.

It had a great floor on which to dance, said to have been built in the Art Deco Architecture style in 1934 (which would have been between World War I and World War II).

Major band concerts were also held there, like Led Zeppelin in January of 1973 during their Strange Affinity British Tour in 1972 and 1973.

The King’s Hall was demolished in 1989, for the given reason of apparent structural weaknesses and disrepair…

…and it was replaced where it stood on the corner of Marine Terrace and Terrace Road by the King’s Hall residential flats and commercial units.

There were several comments in response to the subject of Ebbetts Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains featured in the last post.

SB lived in the Sierra Nevada’s in the heart of Gold Rush country for years, and said those rock walls are absolutely everywhere in the forest.

I found these examples of stone walls in California’s Yuba River Country, which extends from the High Country of Sierra and Nevada County to the Feather River between Maryville and Yuba City.

California’s historic mother-lode country, or gold rush belt was a region in northern California, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas.

Also known as the Golden Chain, it is approximately 150-miles, or 240-kilometers, long, and a few-miles-wide, and traversed by historic Highway 49.

Here are some sites I found in a search along historic Highway 49, like Oakhurst, a community that is 14-miles, or 23-kilometers, south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park…

…and the old Butte Store in Amador County, said to have been built in 1857 by an Italian stonemason to serve settlers and miners as a general store and post office, and a reminder of Butte City, a once-vibrant mining community that was settled at the height of the Gold Rush era, and abandoned in the early 1900s as the mines closed and settlers relocated.

It looks suspiciously like a partially-buried structure to me!

The Gold Rush Country was famed for mineral deposits and gold mines said to have attracted waves of immigrants starting in 1849, known to history as 49ers, pictured on the left.

Interesting to note the similarity between the gold mine entrance in California land the example of a cave that was dug into the side of a hill during the Siege of Vicksburg on the right, where people could get out of harm’s way from the hail of iron that was coming their way from Union forces.

We are told that California’s gold rush was sparked by James Marshall’s discovery in 1848 of placer gold at Sutter’s Mill near Coloma.

A rock wall sign at Sutter Mill on the left looks very similar to the photo taken by JM, at the end of the last video, of the smaller-sized stones that were pushed up next to some trees in Ebbets Pass on the right.

Also, interesting to note that I found this book about California’s masonic roots the Gold Rush country when I was doing a search of images.

ASV left a comment for me to look into what’s in and around Mono and Inyo Counties, which are right next to each other, and is located east of the Sierra Nevada Range, between Yosemite National Park and Nevada.

First, I will look at Mono County.

Mono County’s only incorporated town is Mammoth Lakes…

…which is known for its ski resorts, which includes Mammoth Mountain, California’s top skiing destination, and location for official ski and snowboard training as well as competitive events.

A noteworthy place near Mammoth Mountain and Mammoth Lakes is the Devil’s Postpile National Monument, though it is across the county-line in Madera County.

Devil’s Postpile is described as an unusual rock formation of columnar basalt.

Once part of Yosemite National Park, which was established on October 1st of 1890, it was left on adjacent public land after gold was discovered near Mammoth Lakes in 1905, and saved by influential Californians, including John Muir, from being blasted into the San Joaquin River, which was in a proposal to build a hydroelectric dam.

The trail at the top of the Devil’s Postpile is pictured on the left, and on the right is a hexagonal tile floor pattern for comparison of appearance.

There are two other places I would like to bring up here for comparison purposes.

One is the Devil’s Tower National Monument in eastern Wyoming, which is described as a “laccolith,” or igneous intrusion, but which is very similar in appearance to the Devil’s Postpile in California.

Another similar-looking place is the Giant’s Causeway on the north coast of northern Ireland, described as an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, said to have been the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.

The tops of the basalt columns form stepping stones that lead into the sea.

Back to Mono County.

While Bridgeport is the Mono County seat, in 2010, its population was 575, and has the status of Census-Designated Place, or CDP, meaning it is a place that has a concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only.

Bridgeport is visited by thousands of tourists every year, in particular those who seek to fish for trout in its surrounding streams and lakes.

The Mono County Courthouse in Bridgeport is on the National Register of History Places, and was said to have been built in the Italianate-style in 1880…

…and designed by architect J. R. Roberts, about whom I can’t seem to find any biographical information in a search, except for his name as the architect of this courthouse.

Mono Lake is located about half-way between Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes in Mono County.

It is a saline soda lake and is in a geologically-active area at the north end of the Mono-Inyo Craters volcanic chain.

Mono Lake has many towers of limestone, called Tufa, which rise above, and around, the surface of Mono Lake.

Limestone has been a common building material throughout the ages.

The different types of Mono Lake tufa were categorized in the 1880s by mineralogist Edward S. Dana…

…and geologist Israel C. Russell.

Were they narrative shapers, I wonder?

Inyo County is located right below Mono County.

ASV, who suggested I look at the eastern Sierra Nevadas, said “My family and I saw a plane disappear into mountains right next to our car on the freeway to Mt Whitney.”

Mt. Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505-feet or 4,421-meters, and is on the boundary between Inyo and Tulare Counties.

ASV said on the way there were homes with piles of large stones in what could literally be the back yard of the home.

ASV also wondered about some of the towns in Inyo County, like Lone Pine.

Lone Pine is located in the Owens Valley…

…near the Alabama Hills…

…and Mount Whitney.

Interesting to note Mount Whitney in alignment with the full moon in this photo.

Here are a few tidbits about Lone Pine.

A settlement started after a log cabin was built there during the winter of 1861 and 1862, and a post office opened there in 1870.

In March of 1872, a violent earthquake, said to have been one of the largest ever recorded…

… destroyed most of the town…

…killed somewhere around 25 – 27 people (the number keeps varying from reference to reference), who were said to have been buried in a mass grave north of town at the location of the site of the main earthquake fault…

…and formed Diaz Lake.

But one of the worst recorded earthquakes in history didn’t keep the Carson and Colorado railroad from coming through here in 1883…

…or from Lone Pine becoming a frequently used setting for the Western movie genre, starting with the making of the silent film “The Round-up” here in 1920, and subsequently becoming the filming location of hundreds of movies, TV shows, and commercials.

One more thing about Lone Pine before I move on.

There was one of ten Japanese internment camps during World War II, called Manzanar, located 7-miles, or 11-kilometers, set-up north of Lone Pine, after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order requiring people of Japanese ancestry living along the Pacific Coast to be placed in what were called “relocation” camps.

The last thing I want to mention about Inyo County and the eastern Sierra Nevadas is that contains the California-side of Death Valley National Park, which straddles the border of California and Nevada.

It is the largest national park in the contiguous United States, with four larger national parks being in Alaska.

Death Valley National Park is in the zone between the Great Basin Desert and the Mojave Desert…

…and has both the second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at Badwater Basin…

…and is the hottest place on Earth, and the driest place in North America.

Furnace Creek in Death Valley holds the record of having the highest-recorded air temperature of 134-degrees-Fahrenheit, or 56.7-degrees-Celsius, on July 10th of 1913, and the highest-recorded ground temperature of 201-degrees-Fahrenheit, or 93.9-degrees Celsius on July 15th of 1972.

Furnace Creek is also the location of the headquarters of Death Valley National Park.

Furnace Creek was also the center of operations starting in 1890 for the Pacific Coast Borax Company and its 20-mule teams hauling wagon trains of borax across the Mojave Desert.

Furnace Creek, the hottest place on Earth, even has a luxury resort.

Today known as The Inn at Death Valley, it was formerly known as The Furnace Creek Inn, and said to have been constructed by the Pacific Coast Borax Company and opened on February 1st of 1927, and operated for decades by the Fred Harvey Company, known for its “Harvey Houses” and other hospitality industry businesses alongside railroads in the western United States.

The reason given for this was the President of the Pacific Coast Borax Company, Richard C. Baker, wanted to open Death Valley to tourism, and at the same time, increase the revenue of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad that was said to have been built originally by Francis Marion Smith for the purpose of shipping borax.

There’s so much more here to look for, but there is one more place here that I would like to take a look at: Darwin Falls.

Apparently even the driest place in the North America has waterfalls, located on the west side of Death Valley National Park near Panamint Springs, where there are upper and lower waterfalls.

Darwin Falls, and several other Darwins in the area, was named for a physician named Dr. Erasmus Darwin French, who lived between 1822 and 1902, and was called “an American man of adventure” born in New York State, and not named after Charles Darwin, the famed English naturalist.

Though it is interesting to note that Charles Darwin’s grandfather was named Erasmus Darwin, who lived between 1731 and 1802.

The last place I want to look at in Death Valley is Scotty’s Castle, described as a two-story Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial-style Revival villa in northern Death Valley in the Grapevine Mountains.

Named for gold prospector Walter E. Scott, the story goes that Scott convinced a Chicago millionaire by the name of Albert Mussey Johnson to invest in Scott’s gold mine in Death Valley.

When the gold mine turned out to be fraudulent, instead of staying angry at Scott, Johnson continued a friendship with him, and Johnson and his wife ended up buying around 1,500-acres in Grapevine Canyon, and proceeded with the construction of a ranch there starting in 1927.

Long story short, for a variety of reasons, including the stock market crash of 1929, the ranch was never completed, and the National Park Service bought the property from Johnson’s Gospel Foundation, and turned it into a tourist attraction.

Scotty’s Castle includes such amenities as a 1,121-pipe Welte Theater Organ, which was the type of organ used in movie theaters to accompany the earlier silent films…

…and one-quarter-mile, or .4-kilometers, of tunnels underneath the building, where there is a Grapevine Canyon springwater-powered Pelton-wheel for electricity-generation…

…and an array of Edison’s nickel alkaline batteries for electricity storage…

…and the tunnels were also where the imported Spanish tiles were stored…

…for the pool that wasn’t finished when we are told the construction of the villa stopped in 1929.

Scotty’s Castle has been closed to the public since 2015 after it sustained severe flood damage.

Since I am already in California, I am going to look at a few of the California locations that were suggested by viewers.

MM suggested looking at Hearst Castle, saying I know there’s a bunch of photographs depicting the construction of the Hearst castle…

…but said the more I think about it the more I feel this was an old building that they added to, and maybe interesting to look into.

George Hearst purchased the land in San Simeon, California, in 1865.

George was an American businessman and politician, who founded and developed mining operations, like the Homestake Mine in the 1870s, in the Black Hills in Lead, South Dakota, which was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America until it closed in 2002.

So, here’s the story we are told behind the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

George’s son, William Randolph Hearst the publishing tycoon, and his architect, Julia Morgan, conceived what became the Hearst Castle, which was said to have been built starting in 1919, when William Randolph inherited somewhere around $10-million after the death of his mother, Phoebe.

The Hearst Castle was under almost continual construction from 1920 and 1939, and during that time there was apparently enough of it constructed for William Randolph Hearst to lavishly entertain the entertainment and political luminaries of the time with many different forms of entertainment, sports, views, and what was called “the most sumptuous swimming pool on Earth.

The Hearst Castle has both an outdoor swimming pool…

…and an indoor swimming pool.

The construction of it ended for all intents and purposes in 1947.

William Randolph Hearst died in 1951, and Julia Morgan in 1957, and in that year, the Hearst family gave the castle and much of its contents to the State of California, and it has since operated as the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.

Jean-Leon Gerome’s 1886 painting entitled “Napoleon Before the Sphinx,” hangs in the sitting room of the “Celestial Suite” at the Hearst Castle…

…and here’s how the Sphinx looks today on the right.

Viewer Jeff suggested that I check-out the Rose Garden Historic District in San Jose, California, which includes the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden; the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium; and Rosicrucian Headquarters.

We are told the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden was founded in November of 1927, when the San Jose City Council set aside 5 1/2-acres of land for a rose garden. The ground-breaking for it took place on April 7th of 1931, and the Municipal Rose Garden was officially dedicated on April 7th of 1937.

…and is considered by many to be the best rose garden in America today.

The nearby Rosicrucian Park was established in 1927 by Harvey Spencer Lewis, the founder of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) in the United States, and its first Imperator.

Rosicrucian Park hosts several things:

An Egyptian Museum that is devoted to ancient Egypt, and houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts and antiquities on exhibit in western North America…

…the Rosicrucian Planetarium, with its Moorish architecture…

…the Rosicrucian Park Peace Garden, characterized as authentic to the 18th-Dynasty of ancient Egypt, and based on the remains of Akhnaten’s city of Amarna…

…and Rosicrucian Park is the Headquarters of the English Grand Lodge for the Americas of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis.

So what do members of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis focus on?

From what I can find out about them, they study the ancient mysteries of the Universe, focusing a great deal of attention on the world of the ancient Egyptians.

Next, in San Francisco, EJ mentioned the Old St Mary’s Church, saying it is a huge red brick and granite structure.

It was said to have been built in one year in the Gothic Revival Style, with the cornerstone laid on Sunday, July 17th of 1853, and dedicated at the Christmas midnight mass in 1854.

Note the slant the building is situated on.

It was used as a cathedral until 1891, when it became a parish church.

Old St. Mary’s was said to have survived the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake, but did not escape the fire that followed the earthquake, during which the fires were so hot, we are told, they melted the church bells and marble altar, leaving only the exterior brick walls and the belltower.

The church was renovated in 1909.

Two more places that I am going to mention outside of California before I end this post.

SD suggested I look into the Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

It was said to have been built between 1926 and 1929 by John Hays Hammond Jr, and his architects from the Boston firm of Allen and Collens, as his dream home of a medieval-style castle.

Hammond was a pioneer in the study of remote control, holding over 400 patents.

Hammond Castle operates as a museum today, displaying exhibits about his life and inventions as well as his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts.

Like Scotty’s Castle back in Death Valley, Hammond’s Castle had a large pipe organ, and it was once the largest organ in the western hemisphere installed in a private residence, consisting of 8,400 pipes.

The organ at Hammond’s Castle, however, has been inoperable since 2004.

Hammond Castle is also a popular local venue for important occasions of all kinds.

The last place I would like to mention is what is called the “Felsenmeer,” or “Rock Sea,” in the Odenwald Region in Germany, which DD brought to my attention and sent me photos.

The Felsenmeer is on a mountain called the “Felsberg,” and is a rocky landscape of dark-grey, quartz diorite.

Diorite is a geopolymer, primarily composed of what is called plagioclase feldspar, but it includes other types of minerals as well.

It was used for both art and masonry in numerous ancient civilizations.

Here are some obviously cut-and-shaped megalithic diorite stone blocks in the Felsenmeer that DD sent me photos of…

…including megalithic stones with drill-holes.

This photo with the beautifully-shaped unfinished megalithic column in the Felsenmeer on the left got my attention, as it reminded me of the famous one I had seen before in Baalbek in Lebanon.

Another famous place that I am aware of that has an unsettled look to it, as if something happened right in the middle of what they were doing so the work remained unfinished and disturbed, is Puma Punka in Bolivia near Tiwanaku.

So did something of a cataclysmic nature happen, and if so, when?

Was it was far back in time as we have always thought, or did the cataclysmic something happen much more recently in time, far more recently than we have ever conceived?

I am going to end this post here.

“Short & Sweet” is an on-going series, and I have much more to come from your great suggestions, taking me to places I would otherwise not know about.

For my next post, however, I am being drawn to do a study on the subject of “Old Wild West Shows and Western Movies as Shapers of the New Narrative.”

I was leaning in the direction of focusing on that topic anyway soon, and then when I came across the information about Lone Pine’s history as a favorite filming location for westerns, I got a resounding ye do more in-depth research about this topic for my next post.

Short & Sweet #10 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

There were many interesting comments that came up from viewers relating to the places and subjects mentioned in “Short and Sweet #9,” some of which I will be including in this post as follow-up, and am also going to feature new subjects as I work my way through the long list of comments I have received from you all.

With regards to the subject of public art that is/was highly visible, and quite bizarre, if not downright disturbing, here are some follow-up comments from viewers.

DB was reminded of some of the statues at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which was founded in by WalMart heiress Alice Walton, and opened to the public in November of 2011…

…which has on its grounds one of those massive spiders mentioned in the last post named “Maman,” by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, as commented on by viewers LR and AI.

AI also mentioned the bug-like-look of the architecture of the museum.

You know, she might be on to something there ~ it’s not at all hard to find bug images that resemble the architecture of the Crystal Bridges Museum!

Also, VW commented that all these same spider statues found worldwide reminded her of the mind flayer from the Netflix show Stranger Things.

THE shared that the Parx Casino and Racetrack entrance in Bensalem, Pennsylvania has the same disembodied horse’s head named “Horse at Water” that was displayed at the Marble Arch in London, as it turns out, is exactly the same sculpture done by British Sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green.

The Parx Casino and Racetrack Complex is the Number One gaming and live thoroughbred racing venue in the region.

Okay ~ I get it!

They seem to be trying to make a connection between the disembodied horse’s head as somehow symbolizing horses in general and therefore perfectly natural to have at the entrance of a thoroughbred horse-racing venue.

No matter how they try to spin it, though, the disembodied horse’s head is still perceived as creepy in the public eye.

IN commented about a statue called “The Child Eater” in Bern, Switzerland.

There are many stories surrounding it as to the meaning of it.

No one knows for sure where the idea came from, but why is a statue like this even existing in the first place?

It is part of one of the oldest fountains in Bern, with a construction date of 1546, of a giant eating one baby, with more babies depicted on and around the giant.

E79 left a comment letting me know about the new”Shhh” statue in New Jersey, which is on the waterfront in Jersey City, facing New York City.

Officially called “Water’s Soul,” it is a brand-new 80-foot, or 24-meter, -high, sculpture on private property that will be officially unveiled on October 21st.

E79 in New Jersey also brought the Spotted Lanternfly to my attention, since I have talked about invasive, non-native species in my two most recent posts.

The Spotted Lantern Fly comes from parts of Asia, where it is kept in check by natural predators, and was first recorded in the United States in September of 2014, and is found in eastern seaboard states, besides New Jersey, like Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio.

It flies or jumps into its preferred plant hosts, and causes serious damage including oozing sap; wilting; leaf-curling; and dieback in trees, vines, crops, and other types of plants.

LYT commented that in Las Vegas there is a small statue of a golden lion with red jewel like eyes with seven pink lizards facing it in a circle around it on a median near Sahara and Decatur.

Part of a county art project, it was moved there from its original location at the Decatur and Flamingo intersection because the lion was stolen days after it was installed back in 2016, and the lizards, which are also called alligators or crocodiles, were vandalized.

KyB added to the list of unusual public art in Las Vegas that includes several life-size and life-like Seward Johnson sculptures on display , like the ones found at New Jersey’s “Grounds for Sculpture” mentioned in the last post, including one called “Water Power…”

…and another called “Match Point,” among several others.

With regards to bringing up the subject of asking what the actual purpose of ferris wheels might be besides fun for the public in the last post, because of seeing one close to one of Seward Johnson’s “Awakening” sculpture of a distressed giant struggling to emerge from the Earth at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland…

…I got the following feedback from viewers.

XE commented that if you delve into the science of flywheel energy storage, the scale and mass of a ferris wheel could be explained as a solid-state battery of sorts especially if one considers the idea of mechanical work in the use of gears and gearing ratios…

…and XE said in the case that the oceans used to be higher by around 16-feet, or 5-meters globally, the ferris-wheel with buckets attached to where the benches or gondolas are would be capable of harnessing hydroelectric generation from the force of the incoming tide and persistent waves.

Another viewer, IG, said that ferris wheels are artificial PORTALS, and here’s an article I found addressing that issue.

BB in Australia asked if I was aware of the climate-controlled, indoor Ferris Wheel in Ashgabat, the capital of the Central Asian country of Turkimenistan.

This is a view of the white marble buildings of Ashgabat from the ferris wheel…

…and this is a closer view of what is known as the “White Marble City.”

Considered to perhaps be the world’s strangest city, there definitely seems to be a big story hidden in the country with the smallest population of the Central Asian Republics!

BB also mentioned the funicular that was at Cloudland in Brisbane, Australia, from my mention of Buda Castle’s funicular in Budapest in the last post as well.

Cloudland, also known as Luna Park, along with the Luna Parks in Sydney and Melbourne, and was used as a Ballroom and Dance Hall, and BB said Cloudland was a HUGE thing during the 40’s when the US troops were here, and many local girls married GI’s.

He said the Cloudland dancing floor was naturally-sprung, and when the dancers were pumping, the floor could bounce around nine inches.  

BB said the Ballroom dancing floor was refurbished in 1951, and his father bought some of the original timber and built their house out of it.  

He said you cannot buy, for love nor money, that quality of timber anymore.

BB said the Cloudland Funicular was demolished in 1967 and was non-functional a few years before that, and that on November 7th of 1982, the famous ballroom and dance hall itself was demolished by a developer, and the Cloudland Apartments occupy the former location of this iconic landmark.

NV brought another funicular that I was not aware of to my attention, and that is the still-operational funicular at the Chateau Frontenac in Québec City.

Now onto some new places and topics.

PA suggested that I look at the island of Ibiza, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands near the eastern coast of Spain.

He mentioned the Es Vedra of Ibiza.

The legends of Es Vedra, described as a limestone outcropping 1,312-feet, or 400-meters, above sea-level, include: it being the tip of the legendary Atlantis…

…it is the third most-magnetic place on Earth after the North Pole and Bermuda Triangle…

…it is a major energy vortex…

…and it is the location of where the limestone for Egyptian pyramids came from because of the maximum concentration of energy found in it.

PA also mentioned there there are fountains galore in ibiza, like this one in San Antonio…

…and this one in Ibiza Town.

The star-shape of what are called “Renaissance Walls” enclose the oldest part of Ibiza Town.

Called the “Dalt Vila,” or “High Town,” said to date from the 16th-century as a stunning example of classic Renaissance Military architecture, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Modern Ibiza Town is known for its exciting night life, and one of its several internationally-renowned clubs is named “Amnesia.”

DE in England sent me information about the Rushton Triangular Lodge.

Said to have been designed by Sir Thomas Tresham between 1593 and 1597 near Rushton in England’s Northamptonshire, and is called a “folly.”

The construction stones used were alternating bands of dark and light limestone.

A “folly” is defined as a building constructed primarily for decoration, typically in gardens, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or has such an extravagant appearance that it goes beyond usual garden buildings.

Sir Thomas Tresham was said to have been a Roman Catholic who was imprisoned for 15 years in the late 16th-century for refusing to become a Protestant, and upon his release from prison in 1593, he designed the Triangular Lodge as a profession of his faith, with his belief in the Holy Trinity being represented everywhere in the Lodge by the number 3.

The Rushton Triangular Lodge can be seen on the cover of the 2014 “Sun Structures” album of the English Psychodelic band “Temples.”

NJ asked me what my thoughts were on the possible correlation between the mud flood and trench warfare during WW1, and suggested they could have possibly been fighting over the very ground they were trying to dig out of.

I had never thought about this before, but in retrospect with everything that is coming out about the mud flood now, this idea certainly makes a lot of sense from that perspective.

According to our historical narrative, Trench warfare utilized occupied fighting lines of trenches, which were said to have in effect, protected the troops within them from small arms fire, and to a certain extent, artillery fire.

The use of trenches as a military tactic expanded during World War I, when they were used extensively, starting in September of 1914, only a month after the start of the war, on the Western Front, which was the main theater of war during the war.

Both sides of the conflict constructed elaborate trench, underground, and dugout systems opposite each other, along a front, and they ran barbed wire between the two sides as a protection against assault.

The attacks that did happen between the two sides often sustained severe casualties, like the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest battles of World War I.

It took place between July 1st and November 18th of 1916, between British and French allied forces on one side, and the German Empire on the other, along an 18-mile, or 29-kilometer stretch of the Somme River in France.

More than 3 million men fought in the battle, and 1 million were killed or wounded, making it among the bloodiest battles in history.

After World War I, the term “trench warfare” became slang for stalement and futility in conflict.

Next, I am going to look at is Ebbetts Pass in California based on viewer JM’s recommendation.

Ebbetts Pass is a high mountain pass through the Sierra Nevada Range in Alpine County, California, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.

Early explorer Jedediah Smith was reputed to have used this particular mountain pass when crossing the Sierra Nevadas on one of his exploratory journeys in 1827…

…but the pass got its name from John Ebbetts, a fur-trader-turned-guide for California Gold Rush “Forty-Niners,” who claimed to have led a string of pack mules through the high-mountain pass in April of 1851, and was said to believe for a time that the pass he had used would be suitable for transcontinental railroad.

Ebbetts Pass today is one of the least travelled passes in the Sierra Nevadas.

It has very steep sections with hairpin corners and the eastern slope is particular difficult with many blind hairpin corners, and is usually closed during the winter months between November and sometimes as late as May.

JM sent me these photos that he took on a hiking trip through there.

Like this one showing what appears to be something silty and loose covering of the landscape here…

…and in this photo you can see stone outcroppings with straight edges and lines.

And here are photos JM took of very intriguing-looking piles of rocks that look like they have been formed into that cluster somehow.

I am going to end this post here.

There’s much to think about, and in the next installments of “Short & Sweet,” I will continue to provide food for thought as I explore the many places and topics viewers have suggested to me.

Short & Sweet #9 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

I am working my way through the long list of comments I have received from you all, and in this installment am going to primarily focus on what is called public art that is/was highly visible, and quite bizarre, if not downright disturbing, as well as looking at several more places viewers’ have suggested.

This will be an on-going series, and it will take me awhile to go through the long list of what I have received so far , so if you have left a comment, 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!

If you have already made a comment, and haven’t seen anything about it yet, please feel free to comment about it again to make sure I have it on my list.

To start with, there are two subjects from the last post that I am going to revisit based on some notable comments I received.

The first subject is the Underground network stemming from what I shared about Underground Springfield, Missouri.

One commenter, LN, said that there is a huge mansion called The Pensmore in Highlandville, Missouri, and located above the network of tunnels in Springfield.

It is one of the largest homes in the United States, and was designed to withstand earthquakes, tornadoes and bomb blasts.

It’s construction is reported as having started in 2008 and it is still under construction today.

SA used to live just down the street from the Springfield Underground, and was a long-haul trucker at the time and made many different pick-ups and deliveries in the Springfield Underground and others, and said there are several more undergrounds like Springfield, in and around Kansas City – at Lenexa KS…

…SubTropolis in Kansas City, Missouri, which calls itself the “World’s Largest Underground Business Complex…”

…and in Carthage, MO, where the underground there is a collection of marble quarries.

SA’s question while down in there was always “how old are they and how did they build them?”

The answer given never quite hit the mark, and Missouri is “The Cave State,” after all.

Another commenter said that AmeriCold is the largest World Wide owner of underground facilities like these, and that these facilities are highly-classified areas.

AmeriCold started out as “Atlantic Coal and Ice” when Atlanta businessman Ernest Woodruff merged three cold storage warehouses, in 1903, and grew out of many more mergers and acquistions of cold storage companies.

Since 2010 when it acquired Versacold, AmeriCold became the largest, temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution services provider in the world…

…and is controlled by the Yucaipa Companies, an American Private Equity firm specializing in private equity and venture capital for middle-market companies, growth capital, industry consolidation; leveraged buy-outs; and turnaround investments.

Here is a history of the company’s activities from between 1987 and 2014.

I definitely get the feeling that this subterranean subject leads to the Mother of All Rabbit Holes….

The second subject I am going to revisit is based on my mention of the Japanese vine Kudzu in the last post, which has introduced in the United States at the 1872 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

It was promoted as a forage crop and ornamental plant until 1953, and planted by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s at the behest of the Soil Conservation Service for erosion control.

Problem is, it kills other plants by smothering them underneath a solid blanket of leaves, and eventually takes over everything in its path, which raises the question about whether or not the Kudzu take-over of the South is an unintended consequence…or a planned act of environmental destruction?

PL left a comment in response to my mention of the kudzu plant, saying there are other possible biological terrorist acts to consider.

One is the Burmese python invasion in the Florida Everglades…

…where the pythons are taking over the land and killing many of the native species.

Researchers estimate there are anywhere between 30,000 and 300,000 of these pythons in South Florida.

The other is the Apple Snail problem in southwest Louisiana’s rice and crawfish farms, and are an invasive species that are not native here.

Apple Snails consume large quantities of plants, and damage important habitats for native fish and wildlife, and overpopulate their environments.

He said we are told that pet owners released these invasive species in significant enough numbers to produce breeding populations, and that those telling us this wont even consider a possible act of terrorism when it would be so easy to pull off.

Now on to new subjects.

RT suggested that I look into two identical sculptures entitled “The Awakening.”

Before I share what both of the “The Awakening’s” look like, I would like to insert that they were designed by John Seward Johnson II of the Johnson and Johnson family.

Seward Johnson was the grandson of Robert Wood Johnson…

…who had joined in partnership with his two brothers – James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson – in founding Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1886, becoming a major manufacturer of sterile surgical supplies, household products, and medical guides.

Seward Johnson was best-known for designing life-size bronze statues that were castings of people that were engaged in day-to-day activities, and he was the founder of the “Grounds for Sculpture” in 1992 in Hamilton,New Jersey, constructed on the location of the former Trenton Speedway, which was at the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds, both of which were closed at the same time in 1980.

Interesting that they would construct a sculpture garden on what would have been a power-node related to the State Fairgrounds and Trenton Speedway.

Now, here’s what I can find out about Seward Johnson’s creation “The Awakening.”

It is a 72-foot, or 22-meter, statue that depicts a giant embedded in the Earth, struggling to free himself.

There is one at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

It consists of 5 aluminum pieces buried in the ground in such a way that it gives the impression of a distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground…

…with mouth in mid-scream as the giant struggles to emerge from the Earth.

Now seeing the Ferris Wheel across the way in this photo brings to mind a commenter’s question about what the deal is with Ferris Wheels. 

I don’t know the answer to that question, but its a great question because they show up in a lot of places all over the world.

Are Ferris Wheels for the purpose of having fun, or do they have an ulterior purpose unbeknownst to the general public.

There is an identical sculpture in Chesterfield, Missouri.

There was even a duplicate of “The Awakening” that made a limited appearance at the”Grounds for Sculpture” for a Seward Johnson Retrospective a couple of years ago.

SV shared with me some information about statuary at the Marble Arch in London.

The architect John Nash (b. 1752 – d. 1835) was considered one of the foremost architects of the Regency Era, during the Georgian era from 1714 to 1830…

…and was credited with designing the Marble Arch in London in 1827, as the state entrance to the ceremonial courtyard of Buckingham Palace.

It is also interesting to note that only members of the royal family and its troop are permitted to pass through the arch in ceremonial processions.

SV explained that the Marble Arch is at a junction of very heavy traffic, redirecting cars and people along really important roads, such as Edgware Road, and Oxford Street…

…and that just beside the Arch are grounds with a small water pool, and fountains, where the Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture Programme displays its commissions.

She said this statue was on display at the Marble Arch Park starting in 2015 until 2016, called ‘She Guardian,’ by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov.

While indications are the image was intended to be a “symbol of female strength and a desire to care for the young,” it’s effect on most on-lookers was that it appeared as demonic, “looking ready to devour with its fangs bared and the huge tips of its wings honed into giant spears.”

How about the bronze sculpture of a giant disembodied horses’ head captured as though the horse was drinking, sculpted by British artist Nic Fiddian-Green and installed at Marble Arch in 2011.

Ten-years later moved to a spot near Hyde Park Corner in May of 2021.

In 2016, David Breuer-Weil’s, 20-foot, or six-meter, high bronze sculpture called the “Brothers” was featured next to the Marble Arch, representing the joining together of two separate but connected individuals that, in this case, are siblings, joined by the head.

Here are some examples of David Breuer-Weil’s other sculptures around London, very reminiscent of Seward Johnson’s “Awakening” sculptures of the distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground.

Other sculptures of the Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture Programme have included:

Danse Gwenedour by Bushra Fakhoury in 2017, inspired by a dance performed by French villagers in Pourlet Country in Brittany.

Interesting take on the dancers in the sculpture, with no clothes and wearing bird-like-masks, unlike the dancers in Brittany, who are fully-dressed, and without those masks.

The dancers are depicted like birds, maybe?

Another sculpture by David Breuer-Weil was featured next to the Marble Arch in 2018, called “Flight…”

…and in December 2019, the featured sculpture was called “The Orphans, the Elephants of Tomorrow,” the work of artists Gillie and Marc.

The exhibit featured 21 life-size bronze elephants, a mother and 20 orphaned elephants, each orphan symbolizing a real elephant that lived at the “Sheldricke Wildlife Trust” in Kenya.

…and the one that is showing now is called “The Mound,” by Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV.

The reason I found given for the Mound having been commissioned by the Westminster Council, was at least in part, a novelty experience to give people a reason to come back to the shops in Westminster, which have suffered a decline in business in the last couple of years.

Other examples of unusual public art that I am aware of include:

The two headless, but otherwise well-muscled, bodies greeting the people who come to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, one male and one female, by California sculptor Robert Graham…

…the trolls at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest south of Louisville, Kentucky, made from recycled wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, and which have been on the grounds since 2019….

…the sculpture entitled the “Statue of the Resurrection,” said to depict Jesus rising from a crater in the Garden of Gethsemane, as well as the anguish of mankind living under the threat of nuclear war, and is located right behind where the Pope sits…

…in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican…

…enormous spider statues, called “Maman,” originally designed by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, that are found at various permanent locations all over the world, including, but not limited to the Tate Modern in London…

…the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa…

…and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain….

…and lastly the public statues that are found in Frogner Park, also known as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, in Oslo, Norway, dedicated to the works of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, and the centerpiece of the park is his 46-foot, or 14-meter, -high sculpture called “The Monolith.”

“The Monolith” is described as a symbolic sculpture consisting of 121 intertwined human figures, and said to represent the human desire to reach out to the Divine.

There are thirty-six sculptural groups situated immediately around “The Monolith,” including these…

…and these as well are found in the park.

The Vigeland Sculpture Park is the largest sculpture park in the world by one artist, with over 200 sculptures by Vigeland.

The human figures of all of the statues are naked, and the park’s overall theme is said to be the “Human Experience.”

These are just a few examples of these sculptures found in a public setting.

There are many more here, and they are all extremely disturbing.

All I had to do to find this place, which I had heard about in the past, was search for “creepy statue in Oslo, Norway.”

I wonder what are they telling us they are not telling us they are telling us with all of this creepy public art?

Is all of this public art some sort of soft disclosure, to circumvent the requirement of needing to tell us what they have done to Humanity, and are doing, without telling us they are telling us?

Putting this artwork in places where people can interact with it and accept it as “Art,” without knowing it is communicating to us something that has been very well-hidden about the world we are living in?

Next, RK suggested that I look into Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary.

I am somewhat familiar with what is found at Buda Castle from past research, and this is a great place to bring it up, from what I already know about it.

I will get to that in a moment.

First, a quick review of what we are told about the history of Buda Castle.

It was the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian Kings, and first completed in 1265 AD, and that later, between 1749 and 1769, the massive Baroque palace occupying most of the site was built

The original royal palace was destroyed during World War II…

…and rebuilt in a simplified Stalin Baroque-style during the Kadar-era, with the reconstruction work on the castle completed in 1966.

Janos Kadar was a Hungarian Communist leader, and General-Secretary of the Hungarian-Socialist Workers’ Party from 1956 to 1988.

RK’s mother was involved in the reconstruction work on the complex.

The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular was said to have been first built in 1870.

Part of the destruction of the complex during World War II, it reopened in June of 1986.

Today, Buda Castle is home to the Hungarian National Art Gallery…

…and the Budapest History Museum.

There is also a labyrinth under Buda Castle, and this directly connects back to the underground network I spoke about at the beginning of this post, as well as something below the surface here that connects back to what we saw in London’s public art scene.

The Buda Castle labyrinth under Buda Caslle Hill is part of a huge underground system, complete with caves, thermal springs, basements and cellars.

Among other features, there are five separate labyrinths encompassing nine halls.

There is not much detail in the information I can find about this place.

I am going to specifically look at the Crowned Head in the Ottoman Alley because I know what is there from past research.

This half-crowned-head is found in there.

I find it to be extremely odd.

To me, this giant head looks more like a petrified head with long-gone eyes, that is covered up to the nose and ears by mud, than an intentional work of art…

…and this is the most I can find out about it in a search – that it was said to be a symbol of the downfall of the independent Hungarian kingdom.

I can find nothing about it being a work of art.

Yet this crowned-half-head underneath Buda Castle looks remarkably like the David Breuer-Weil sculpture called the “Visitor” back in London.

I don’t know the big picture answer of what we are actually looking at here.

I can only point out the similarity, and high strangeness, of both half-heads.

Next, KH was looking at old books of Tartaria in Asia, in an effort to match historical places with modern-day sites, and she came across an example of what she described as the apparent destruction of one of the sites.

She saw two forms of destruction though – one that is old and the other is being carried out today, as they are obliterating the past more and more.

Here is the picture she was looking at and trying to match it to modern day.

She found other references to the place in other old books, but could not find a modern day name, until she stumbled across an old picture of the mountain which led her to the town today. 

The picture is entitled “Schamachy,” which she said was part of Persia at the time.

It was one of the key towns of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road that connected East and West.

Today, it is the city of “Shamakhi,” in Azerbaijan, in what is considered the South Caucasus region that spans Asia and Europe.

The Caucasus Mountain region is a part of the world that has been hotly-contested in the quest for who’s in control of it, and has seen much civil warfare, as well as horrible atrocities and genocide including what would be termed as ethnic cleansing, well into the present-day into modern times, including, but not limited to, the state of armed conflict which still exists between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region which is situated between the two countries, and which is officially-recognized as Azerbaijan’s territory, but it is occupied by Armenia.

There has been a literal blood-bath going on in this region for a very long-time.

KH said in the old image you can see where Shamakhi once was a star city.

Some places you can tell used to be star cities on modern maps and Google Earth, with the presence of bastions and such, or outlines of where they were, like Trujillo, Peru, pictured here…

…but apparently Shamakhi is not one of those places where you easily see where it was.

KH was very interested in the city on the hill in the background of the picture image of old Schamachy, and what I am able to find in a search is the location of, and information on, a place relatively nearby called the Gulustan Fortress.

In ruins, the legendary Gulustan Fortress of Shamakhi was said to have been built in the 8th- and 9th-centuries on top of a 656-foot, or 200-meter, -high rocky mountain in the northwest of Shamakhi, and we are told it existed until the end of the 16th-century, having been badly damaged by wars and earthquakes.

Interesting how the original masonry looks all covered over by earth and grass in these photographs of the ruins!

I think looking around the Gulustan Fortress area is even more telling about what might have actually taken place here.

The Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum complex and cemetery, also known as the “Seven Domes of Shamakhi,” is located at the foot of the Gulustan Fortress mountain.

Three of the seven mausoleums remain undamaged, and were said to have been built by the architect Usta Taghi in the early 19th-century, starting in 1810, for the family of Mustafa Khan, the last Khan of Shamakhi, who ruled from 1794 to 1820.

This mausoleum here is of particular interest to me for a number of reasons.

  1. The slanted Earth on the side of the mausoleum;
  2. The crooked appearance of the mausoleum from the entrance;
  3. The grass growing on the stone roof;
  4. The stones scattered in the grass;
  5. And the large, in several cases pointed & slanted, ancient stones of what we are told was a cemetery.

I am very sure there is much more to find here in Azerbaijan, but I am going to stop here, and pick up the trail of explorations from your wonderful suggestions in the next “Short & Sweet” installment.

Short & Sweet #8 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

I am going to continue to share photographs and videos viewers have shared with me, and the information they have gathered, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live, in this installment, as well as continuing to look at places viewers have suggested.

JPT left a comment about already noticing many mudflood building around town, which was “founded” in 1804, and said that when the next-door neighbor was tearing down an old shed recently, the excavator dug slightly into an embankment, and started digging out massive megalithic stones that were huge, 4-feet by 2-feet easily, and shared these photos with me.

JPT said the large stones seemed quite unexpected, and had been buried beneath brick about 10-feet, or 3-meters, or more.

It is interesting that NV left me a comment today with Rudyard Kipling’s entire 1902 poem “The Palace,” just one day after I have finished writing about JPT’s neighbor’s unexpected megaliths.

As much as I enjoyed reading when I was younger, and I read a number of the classics of literature as a teenager beyond what was required reading, I never got into Kipling much beyond Disney’s “Jungle Book” and whatever was required reading of his for high school English classes, so I didn’t know about this one at all.

Here is Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Palace”:

Going back to the first verse, it says: “When I was a King and a Mason – a Master proven and skilled – I cleared me a ground for a palace such as a king should build, I decreed and dug down to my levels. Presently, under the silt, I came on the wreck of a palace such as a King had built.

Silt is defined as fine sand, clay, or other material carried by running water and deposited as a sediment, so it may also exist as soil or a sediment mixed in suspension with water…

…and silt is also associated with liquefaction, which occurs, for one thing, with high-intensity earthquakes.

And was Rudyard Kipling himself a Freemason?

Come to find out, he most certainly was!

Another commenter, SG, sent me the following information related to Rochester, Minnesota.

Rochester is the home of the Mayo Clinic.

She said Dr. William W. Mayo seems to have come from nowhere.

William Worrall Mayo was born in Salford England…

…and studied in Manchester as a scientist under the noted chemist John Dalton, who was credited with developing the modern atomic theory of matter and devising a table of relative atomic weights.

Mayo left England for America in 1846, and landed a job as a pharmacist at the Bellevue Hospital in New York City, the oldest public hospital in the United States.

He didn’t stay there long, as he moved progressively westward, from Buffalo, New York, to Lafayette, Indiana, and in 1849, assisted in a cholera outbreak there, after which he was said to have attended Indiana Medical College in LaPorte, Indiana, and graduated in February of 1850.

The same year Mayo was said to have graduated from the Indiana Medical College in 1850, was the same year it stopped offering classes, according to this historical marker….

…and by 1856, according to this article, the building in Laporte that housed the Indiana Medical College burned down, destroying most of the college’s records.

He and his family ended up in Minnesota sometime in the mid-1850s, living in various places in the state, and doing different kinds of jobs, and besides doctoring, he was said to have done work as a census-taker; farmer; ferry-service operator; justice of the peace; newspaper publisher; and working on a steamboat.

He first came to the Rochester-area around 1863 when he was named as the examining surgeon for the 1st Minnesota draft board during the Civil War, and he also opened a medical practice there.

While he was involved in a lot of different things, like politics, and different places, like St. Paul, the event that started the Mayo Clinic is considered to have been the August 21st tornado that devastated Rochester in 1883, when Dr. Mayo and his two sons, William James and Charles Horace, worked together to care for the wounded.

As a result of the devastating tornado, donations totalling USD $60,000 (or what would have been valued in 2016 as $1.5 million) were raised, and with that, the Sisters of St. Francis, assisted by Dr. Mayo, opened St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester in 1889.

The original St. Mary’s Hospital was demolished in 1953.

The first Mayo Clinic was in the Rochester Masonic Lodge, that the Mayos were said to have helped build as well…

…and indeed Dr. William Mayo, his son Charles Horace, and later his grandsons Charles W. and Joseph G., were listed as also active as Brothers in the masonic lodge…

…and this Rochester Masonic Lodge was destroyed by fire in 1916.

The Plummer Building opened on the expanding Mayo Clinic campus in 1928, and the architect of record is Ellerbe and Company, in collaboration with Henry Stanley Plummer, an internist and endocrinologist who was one of the founding physicians of the Mayo Clinic.

Interesting to see an owl is depicted with him in the architectural detail on the Plummer building.

Owl could mean wise. Could mean night owl.

But the symbolism of the owl could mean something else entirely.

The many notable features of the Plummer Building include its top, which is trimmed by terra cotta…

…and contains a 56-bronze-bell carillon, which is played every day.

On the left is the Plummer Building in Rochester, and on the right is the Victoria Tower in the Westminster Palace complex in London, which houses the British Parliament, the construction of which was said to have been completed in 1860.

Again, on the left is the top of the Plummer Building, and on the right is the Buxton Memorial Fountain in the Victoria Tower Gardens.

While the Victoria Tower is not a bell-tower, the Elizabeth Tower of the Parliament building is, which houses the Great Bell, better-known by its nickname, Big Ben, of the striking clock at the north-end of Westminster Palace.

With regards to other notable features of the Plummer Building in Rochester, the 4,000-pound, or 1,800-kilogram, and 216-foot, or 66-meter, -high ornamental bronze-doors are always open, except for significant events in Mayo Clinic, or national, history.

SG also shared the following information about Rochester, including there are “subways” under Rochester, with no subway trains, that are walking tunnels downtown that go for miles outside of downtown as well.

…and at a place called Quarry Hill, there are what are claimed to be caves dug-out for use by the State Hospital, as storage space for the food for its patients.

The State Hospital in Rochester was said to have been constructed starting in 1877 as a way to house the increasingly problematic group of residents known as “habitual drunkards,” for which funds for the State Hospital were raised.

Then, at the same time, the St. Peter Hospital for the Insane was having an over-crowding problem apparently, and so the State Legislature changed the facility to have a secondary-focus as the “State Inebriate Asylum, and a primary-focus as the “Second State Hospital for the Insane.”

It functioned as a State Hospital for over 100-years, closing as such in 1982.

Interestingly, with regards to the increasing problem of “habitual drunkards,” is that by 1870, Rochester was already home to three breweries, the largest of which started in the mid-to-late 1850s, and became known as Schuster’s brewery starting in 1871.

By 1910, Schuster’s Brewery was shipping the 10-million bottles of beer and malt tonic it produced annually to 24 states.

By 1922, it closed its doors, due primarily to Prohibition.

I’ve alluded in past videos to findings in my research that breweries and distilleries popped-up in droves in the beginning in the late 1700s, and I believe introducing copious quantities of beer and hard liquor was done deliberately to lower our collective consciousness and destroy lives.

This fireplace on what was formerly the State Hospital grounds is said to be more than 100-years-old…

…and built out of limestone from the quarry on top of what was a land-fill for the State Hospital upon the recommendation of one of its former Superintendent’s that it would make a good picnic area.

Along similar lines as the underground “caves” in Rochester, CG sent me information about the existence of Springfield Underground, an underground complex that contains 3.2-million-square-feet of leasable space in tunnels said to have been left by a limestone mining operation that started in 1946, and access to the general public is very limited.

The first tunnels were said to have been dug in 1954.

We are told the limestone mining process that was used left massive 30-foot by 30-foot, or 9-meter by 9-meter, pillars of limestone every 50-feet, or 15-meters, and the buildings and roadways of Springfield Underground are spaced between them; that the ceiling ranges from 27-foot to 45-foot-high, or 8-meters to 14-meters, high and the floor is 100-feet, or 30-meters, deep.

Michael in Austria sent me his finding of what he calls the “Iron Triangle” on Google Earth earlier this year.

I haven’t had a chance to take a deeper look into it yet, but the video he made of it from Google Earth will give you the idea.

BJ emailed me a photo of the first is the National Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, that stands above where Scottish national hero William Wallace led his troops to victory against the army of King Edward Ist in 1297 at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.


The National Wallace Memorial was said to have been completed in 1869, following a fundraising campaign that was started in Glasgow in 1851 by the Rev. Charles Rogers following a resurgence of Scottish National identity.

I am finding the year 1851 to be a red-letter year in the historical reset narrative, which was the same year as the Great Exhibition of the Works of All Nations, also known as the Crystal Palace Exhibition, in London.

George Murray, the Duke of Atholl and the Grand Master Mason of Scotland, was credited with laying the foundation stone in 1861 for the Wallace Memorial.

Lastly for this post, PH wondered about how kudzu vine has completely taken over the southern United States…

…and shared with me what he found when he looked into the origins.

So, the first thing we see is that it was introduced from Japan at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, and promoted as an ornamental and forage crop plant.

Then kudzu was promoted for erosion control during the Great Depression in the 1930s, and planting it provided work for young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

What ended-up resulting from this indiscriminate kudzu planting policy?

Bottom line: it eventually takes over EVERYTHING in its path!

Question is: was this Kudzu take-over of the South an unintended consequence…or a planned act of environmental destruction?

My goal whenever possible will to be to keep these on the shorter rather than longer-side, so I am going to end here, and in the next “Short & Sweet” installment, I will continue to share the fascinating and insightful information viewers have shared with me, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live, and places viewers have suggested I look into.

Short and Sweet #7 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

In this installment of “Short & Sweet,” I will be sharing photographs and other information viewers have gathered along the way and sent to me in their explorations and research of places close to where they live.

MF in Missouri sent me this nugget of information about Victorian homes on the real estate market, and said the following:

“Years of shopping for Victorian real estate sealed the deal for me regarding a previous civilization.  Here is just one example.”

I myself can’t help but notice the mud-flood-type slant that is going on in these photos of different views around this Victorian home in Arkansas.

She also said to “Note the basement.”

Also, the red arrows on the right are pointing toward the downward slant of the brick wall of the house where it meets the slanted walkway, as well as the irregular brick-work shown here; and the red arrow on the left points to what looks like an older stone wall that is part of the house’s construction too.

…that “Often the remaining Victorian houses have 3, 6 or 9 gematria addresses…”

…and that “Many have the shallow ‘fireplace dog ‘ fireplaces.”

It is interesting to note that “fireplace dog” is another word for “andiron,” which is defined as one of a pair of bracket supports on which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace, allowing air to circulate under the firewood for better burning and less smoke.”

So here are some examples of andirons out there, starting with “American Iron Firedogs” dated from between 1770 and 1800, and look to be of a more utilitarian design for fireplace use…

…but there are more elaborate and beautiful andirons, like these English brass and enamel andirons circa 1680…

…and this set of andirons, shown with logs, in a main dining room at the palace of Versailles outside of Paris, France.

Quite ornate to be designed specifically to hold logs burning in a fireplace!

Next, PH recently visited Keowee-Toxaway State Park in South Carolina and sent me video footage and photos he took during his visit.

Keowee-Toxaway State Park on Lake Keowee was created from lands previously owned by Duke Power, and all part of the historical lands of the Cherokee, which is today in the northwest corner of South Carolina near the state’s border with northeast Georgia and southwest North 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.

Were they hiding evidence of something they didn’t want us to know about in the process of creating these man-made lakes?

PH sent me these photos he took himself at the park, like this one atthe top of the land bridge at the park, what is referred to as the “Natural Bridge…”

…where he also said there was a nearby golf course, and it was striking to him how close the bridge was located to Route 11. 

He also took photos he took of the area surrounding the bridge.

Who were the Cherokee, really?

Were they the hunter-gatherers we have been taught to believe in the historical narrative we have been given?

Or were they, and the other indigenous peoples in the Americas and around the world, actually the builders of what we know as civilization, dating back to ancient Mu, or LeMuria, to relatively modern times, and the European colonizers actually stole their legacy, subsequently claimed it for themselves, and then proceeded to banish the Master Builders of this ancient, advanced Mu’urish civilization to primitive status in the minds of the Collective Human Consciousness for eternity?

This is something for us to seriously consider moving forward in our understanding of what has taken place here and to not blindly accept everything we have been told.

I personally don’t think there was a mysterious “other” civilization, or aliens, that built everything, though if the History Channelprogram “Ancient Aliens,” which I appreciate gets these subjects out to the light-of-day on mainstream television, had been called “Ancient Humans,” it probably would not have lasted one season, much less 17 seasons…

…and how about we don’t have to look any further than the people who were already here to find the builders of it.

The Cherokee were even considered one of the “Five Civilized Tribes” by the European Colonizers, along with the Chicksaw, Chocktaw Creek and Seminole…

…who proceeded to have the majority of them removed from the land after signing treaties with the U. S. Government which had them cede their traditional land, after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, leading to the infamous Cherokee Trail of Tears and those of the other affected tribes.

I was searching for images of “Cherokee,” and saw this image of a tapestry blanket for the city of Murphy, North Carolina, which is the seat of Cherokee County, which is described as long having been part of Cherokee homelands.

The Cherokee County Courthouse depicted in the center of the tapestry…

…was said to have been built in 1926 in the Classical Revival-style of architecture.

I wonder why they took down the topmost section of the courthouse’s cupola, which was seen in an earlier photo of it, but not one that was taken more recently.

I know there are many more examples of missing building parts like this, but here’s another example for the purposes of comparison of the same thing.

Today this building is the home of the the “Prescott Center for the Performing Arts” in Prescott, Arizona.

Once upon a time, we are told in our historical narrative, this building was the “Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Rectory,” built here starting in 1891, and the first services held on February 17th of 1895.

According to this plaque at the front of the building, the church had a steeple that was 115-feet, or 35-meters, tall, but that it was removed in 1930, after being struck by lightening several times.

Also notice the older, larger stone-work in contrast with the brick-work., like we saw back at the Victorian home in Arkansas at the beginning of this post.

Also interesting to note that, like the Victorian home example in Arkansas, there is a mud-flood-type slant going on around this building in Prescott…

…as well as building features below the ground-level of the building, but not necessarily the street-level.

Still in historical Cherokee territory, EJ took a road trip with two of her friends to see if they could find an actual “fort” at Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia, and she sent me photos from their trip to the Fort Mountain State Park outside of Chatsworth, Georgia…

…which happens to be only 103-miles, or 166-kilometers, from Keowee-Toxaway State Park in South Carolina.

She said there were lots of large boulders strewn about, and that it kind of looked like most of them had just been bulldozed into a pile ( just her impression). 

She found one that had a straight cut through it that didn’t look natural, with her foot on it in the picture on the right for size comparison.    

She said the 885-foot, or 270-meter, zig zagging stone wall, looked more to her like loose rocks dumped there than a wall. 

So, the explanation put out to the general public who visit Fort Mountain State Park is that the mysterious wall, and other built structures that can’t be explained in the current historical narrative, were built, according to a legend of the Cherokee themselves, by the “Moon-Eyed People.”

Posted information like this doesn’t change my mind that we don’t have any further to look than the original people of the land for the explanation of who built everything here, and that the information on this plaque serves as disinformation and misdirection to support the official historical narrative that the Native American tribes were primitive, so therefore someone else must have been responsible for the stone structures, however, they are the stuff of legend, and we really don’t know who they were or anything about them.

EJ also sent me photos of the stone fire watch tower there, which was said to have been built in the 1930s during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps.   

There was a fire at the stone fire watch tower in 1971, which destroyed the cupola at the top…

…but there was a major restoration project between 2014 and 2015 that restored the stone fire watch tower on Fort Mountain to its original appearance.

EJ observed while she was there that the stone tower really isn’t tall enough to be an effective fire tower considering the trees are taller then the tower.

This stone fire watch tower is known for the heart-shaped rock found on one side of it.

The story goes that a young stone mason in the CCC, Arthur Bailey, led the team while missing his sweetheart back home, and to show his love for her, he carved a heart-shaped stone for the tower.

Seeing this stone in the tower got me thinking about other heart shapes that I have seen in the world, like what is called the “Heart of Voh,” in the heart of a mangrove forest in New Caledonia, which is a French territory comprised of dozens of islands in the South Pacific…

…the Heart of Corsica, also known as the Two Lovers, said to be in a natural rock formation in the Regional National Park of Corsica….

…Heart Lake, in the northern part of Brampton, Ontario, Canada…

…and this heart-shape in one of Cappadocia’s caves in Turkey.

All of these perfect-heart shapes make me wonder firstly, exactly how long this shape has been associated with love, and secondly, if the Ancients were encoding the emotion of love directly into landscape and architecture of Earth.

I am quite certain the Old World was based on the frequency of love, and not on the fear we have been conditioned with in the false construct of the New World.

Next, SV sent me quite a bit of information about where she lives in the Kensington District of London, England.

In the first series of information she sent me, she highlights where she lives in South Kensington.

She said that in the older buildings in London, and all over Europe for that matter, it is common to have “mud-scrapers” on both sides of the doors of entrances to remove mud from the soles of shoes.

This is the view of the back of the building she lives in from her terrace on the left, and on the right is a view of the garden of her downstairs neighbor on the basement-level.

In this video she sent me, SV is going on a “Mud-Flood Walk-About” around her neighborhood, showing us the buildings and basements of Wetherby Gardens and excavated mud-flooded levels throughout her walk, including: Ashburn Place; Harrington Gardens; Colbeck Mews; and St. Jude’s Church/Millitus College, which still shows the basement level; and the side-view of St. Jude’s from Courtfield Gardens, and other views going around the block there.

Here are a few points of additional information that I have pulled from the video she took.

The term “Victorian architecture” is used to refer to a number of different architectural-styles that we are told emerged between 1830 and 1910, during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Here is a comparison from two windows in London that she showed us in the video on the left, with the same shape of the window in one of the rooms of the Victorian house seen earlier on the right in Arkansas.

We accept the explanation that these two windows in very different places would be the same design because they came from this same time period because, well, that is the only reason we have ever been given.

It is interesting to note that on her walk, SV’s video camera picked up magnetic patterns on the bricks of several of the buildings she passed by, and these were right next to St. Jude’s Church in Kensington’s Courtfield Gardens.

Then there is this side-picture from the street on the other side of the garden’s wall of St. Jude’s Church showing windows which just happen to resemble atomic wave-form patterns.

Lastly for this post, MB in Maryland sent me information to look into the story we are given about a big quarry at the C & O Canal and Seneca Creek, and stone-cutting mill located there.

These locations MB speaks of are in Montgomery County, Maryland, where I grew up.

I graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville, and MB graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, and while I don’t know the Seneca/Germantown area well, I do know it.

These are some old stomping grounds of mine, so to speak, for a variety reasons, when I was growing up.

I moved away from the area permanently when I got married in 1989.

MB visits the Seneca Creek Stone-Cutting Mill often, and said he has been suspicious for decades of the whole story.

It was said to have been built in 1868, and used to cut stone for Baltimore and Washington, DC, until 1901.

We are told the “brownstone” for Smithsonian castle, also known as “Seneca Red Sandstone,” and numerous buildings and canal locks in the area, came from…

… a big stone quarry at the C&O Canal and Seneca Creek that started operating somewhere around 1781.

This is listed as an 1898 photograph of the quarry.

Nowadays, the location designated as the former quarry is overgrown with sycamore trees, poplars, and dense brush, and is impenetrable most of the year.

The Seneca Creek Aqueduct is near the location of the quarry and mill, and was said to have been built between 1829 and 1832 out of the Seneca Red Sandstone of the quarry–almost 40-years before the Stone Cutting Mill was said to have opened.

MB said the big problem is there’s no big hole — nothing that could fit the Smithsonian Castle plus the myriad other structures supposedly supplied from the Seneca Quarry.

Excepting a “turn-around basin” that may be natural in the canal, he can find zero trace of any quarry at all in fact.

He indicated there are small-gauge railroad tracks laid down, leaving the stone cutting mill from approximately from its SW corner…but says then they then disappear, and MB has recently has been looking at the ruins here from ‘mudflood’ perspective.

I am going to end here, and in the next “Short & Sweet” installment, I will continue to share photographs and videos viewers have shared with me, and the information they have gathered, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live, as well as continuing to look at places viewers have suggested.