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.