Short and Sweet #5B – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

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.

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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.

Upper Montreal Falls and pool

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.

Short and Sweet #5A – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

I am going to pick up the trail in hidden history based on your suggestions in the vicinity of where I left it at the end of “Short and Sweet #4.”

I ended with a linear alignment between Minneapolis on the southwest end and Halifax in Nova Scotia on the northeast end, with Manitoulin Island in Ontario and Montreal in Quebec in-between.

Viewer JT suggested that I look into Duluth, Minnesota on Lake Superior, and this is a good place to begin.

He suggested starting at the history of the Merritt Brothers and the railroad, so I will.

The Merritt family came to the Minnesota Territory in 1855 and 1856 from Pennsylvania after the 1854 Treaty of LaPointe was signed in Wisconsin between the U. S. Government and representatives of the Ojibwe of Lake Superior and the Mississippi.

As a result of this treaty, the Ojibwe ceded all of the Lake Superior Ojibwe lands in the Arrowhead Region of Northeastern Minnesota to the United States in exchange for reservations for the Lake Superior Ojibwe in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

The Merritt family settled in Oneota, which is now West Duluth, where they ran a hotel, and the father, Lewis, worked as a lumberman and millwright.

Lewis also prospected for gold in what was called the Vermilion Lake Gold Rush of 1865 to 1866 in the Mesabi Mountain Ranges because gold specks were found in quartz stone there in 1865.

Like the other prospectors, he couldn’t find any gold, but someone gave him a piece of iron ore that caused him to speculate there was more of the that to be found in northern Minnesota.

There are four iron ranges around Lake Superior in Minnesota and Ontario: the Vermilion; the Mesabi; the Gunflint; and the Cuyuna.

They are classified as not mountains, but outcrops of sedimentary formations containing high-percentages of iron from the Precambrian-geologic era, which was four-to-six-billion-years ago to 541-million-years ago.

Lewis Merritt and his wife Hepziabeth had eight sons.

One of their sons, Leonidas, purchased land in the Mesabi Range in northern Minnesota after he surveyed and mapped the surrounding area for iron ore, and opened the Mountain Iron Mine in the early 1890s, which became the largest iron ore deposit ever discovered.

He was joined by 6 of his brothers, and what became known as the “Seven Iron Brothers” owned the largest iron mine in the world in the 1890s.

In 1891, the Merritt family incorporated the Duluth, Missabe, and Northern Railway Company to build a 70-mile, or 113-kilometer-long, railroad from the mine to the port at Superior, Wisconsin, which was south of Duluth, raising the money needed in exchange for bonds from the railroad company.

Their success attracted the attention of John D. Rockefeller, who wanted to expand into the iron ore business, and the Merritts put their company stock up as collateral to borrow money from Rockefeller in order to fund the railroad.

Long story short, the Merritts ended up being financially ruined, and Rockefeller came to own both the mine and the railroad.

After Rockefeller assumed ownership in 1894, he leased his iron ore properties and the railroad to the Carnegie Steel Company in 1896.

John D. Rockefeller sold the railway to United States Steel in 1901, after it had been formed by the merger of the merger of Andrew Carnegie’s Carnegie Steel Company, Elbert Gary’s Federal Steel Company, and William Henry Moore’s National Steel Company in 1901, which was financed by J. P. Morgan.

Other places that JT suggested looking at in Duluth are the Enger Tower, which is a 80-foot, or 24-meter stone observation tower that has 5-stories, and was built on Enger Hill.

The tower was said to have been constructed as a tribute to businessman and philanthropist Bert Enger, a Norwegian-immigrant who came to Duluth in 1903 and set-up a furniture store with his business partner Emil Olson, which turned into a prosperous business over the years.

Enger donated a sizeable amount of his estate to the city of Duluth, which included Enger Hill, Enger Park, and Enger Golf Course.

There is a panoramic view from Enger Tower and Enger Hill of the Twin Ports of Duluth and Lake Superior, including great view of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.

A movable, lift-bridge, it spans the Duluth Ship Canal and Minnesota Point, and said to have been constructed between 1901 and 1905, and modified in 1929.

Both the Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower are lit up at night, with different colors for different occasions and causes.

JT also mentioned the Kitchee Gammi Club.

It is the oldest incorporated club in Minnesota, having been founded in 1883, and originally met at Duluth’s Grand Opera House, which was said to have only stood for six years, from 1883 to 1889 – at which time a mysterious fire that began at Grasser’s Grocery store, got out of control and by the time it was put out, the Grand Opera House was in ruins.

The current Kitchee Gammi Club building was said to have been designed by prominent New Yorkarchitect Bertram Goodhue, and built between 1911 and 1913, with a 1914 opening.

The architecture is said to be “Jacobean Revival Style,” for features like bay windows, rectangular windows, triangular gables, and high ceilings, with Jacobean architecture being named after King James I of England and James VI of Scotland whose reign it is associated with.

As a matter of fact, here is a comparison between the Kitchee Gammi Club in Duluth on the left, and the Castle Bromwich Hall in Birmingham, England, on the right, said to have been built between 1557 and 1585.

There are two possibilities here – the Kitchee Gammi Club House truly represents a revival of Jacobean Architecture, and was built when it was by who was said to have built it…or its not, and was already built.

The name of the Kitchee Gammi Club is based on “Gitche Gumee,” the Ojibwe name for Lake Superior, and best known to the general public for being mentioned in the opening verse of in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Song of Hiawatha…”

…and it was mentioned in the opening verse of Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

One more thing I want to bring up before leaving Duluth is this map I found, circa 1911, of the Duluth Street Railway Company.

I have circled the place where the Aerial Lift Bridge is marked on the map.

The Duluth Street Railway Company was said to have been incorporated in 1881, and that the first mule-pulled trolley cars were available for service in 1883…

…and that by 1892, the entire line was electrified.

The Highland Park Tramway Line served Duluth Heights via an Incline-Railway from 1892 to 1939, which was the last piece of the electric streetcar system to be dismantled, as the rest started going away in the early 1930s.

I had two viewers comment on places to look at in Kansas City, Missouri, which is located almost exactly mid-way between Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is 412-miles, or 662-kilometers northeast of Kansas City, and Dallas, Texas, which is 454-miles, or 731-kilometers, southwest of Kansas City, keeping in mind that Kansas City is split between the states of Kansas and Missouri.

HW said that Kansas City in Missouri has an area called West Bottoms, that is always hit harder when it floods in Kansas City than other parts of the city.

And no wonder, considering that West Bottoms is located on land that is situated between the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, and was also the original Central Industrial District of Kansas City, and is one of the oldest areas of the city.

The first Hannibal Bridge, the oldest bridge crossing the Missouri River, was said to have been completed in 1869, after its construction started in 1867, two-years after the end of the American Civil War, and was the first permanent rail crossing of the Missouri River.

It established Kansas City as a major city and rail center.

After the completion of the Hannibal Bridge, we are told the need for the Kansas City Union Depot arose.

After all, soon after the Hannibal Bridge opened, it carried eight railroads shipping freight to major trade centers in the east, like St. Louis, Chicago, and New York.

This is a historical map of what was called the “Natural Port of Kansas City,” with the West Bottoms District highlighted in blue, and the freight houses of 12 different railroads are listed by number in the red square on the left-hand-side, and the locations by number of each freight house in the red square that is contained completely within the West Bottoms District.

The first Kansas City Union Depot opened in 1878, andsaid to be the largest building west of New York of the time, and located near the stockyards.

The first Union Depot train station was razed to the ground in 1915, after only 32-years of use, after the Kansas City’s second main train station, Union Station opened in 1914, the same year that World War I began.

The New Union Station is still in use by Amtrak as a train station today, in addition to housing museums, theaters, and restaurants and shops.

The Kansas City Livestock Exchange and Stockyards in West Bottoms were established in 1871, and at its peak, only the stockyards in Chicago were larger, of which this is a photo circa 1909.

We are told the Kansas City Livestock Exchange and Stockyards was built around the facilities of the Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company.

The Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company was a subsidiary of a freighting company that operated as a stagecoach line starting in 1859, and was the parent company of the Pony Express that ran from April of 1860 to October of 1861.

The stagecoach line went out of business in 1862.

The Kansas City Livestock Exchange and Stockyards, along with the whole of West Bottoms, has had major floods over the years as HW shared, in 1903…

…in 1908…

…and after the 1951 flood, the Kansas City Livestock Exchange and Stockyards and associated businesses were devastated, and it closed its doors for good in 1991.

The Livestock Exchange building, said to have been completed in 1911, was renovated and today is commercial business space…

…as are many of the old buildings in West Bottoms, known for its art galleries, restaurants, antique stores…

…and haunted houses.

Another viewer, MA, suggested looking into the Nelson-Atkin Museum of Art in Kansas City.

She said it is a massive building, and was said to have been completed in 1933…which would have been in the middle of the Great Depression.

The building was said to have been designed by prominent Kansas City architects, Wight and Wight, with groundbreaking in 1930 on the grounds of Oak Hill, home of Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson who left a fortune in his will for purchasing art for public enjoyment, in conjunction with $300,000 bequeathed in the will of Mary McAfee Atkins, the widow of a Kansas City real estate developer, establish an art museum.

The humongous badminton shuttlecocks were added to the grounds in 1994 as contemporary art.

Inside this magnificent building built during the Great Depression, there are marble floors, staircases, columns, and ornate marble alcoves and hallways.

She said the front entrance has six, 3-story-tall, Ionic Columns.

…and Ionic columns are found on either end of the building.

She said the windows on that lower level were half buried at the back of the building, and this is a photo I found behind the Bloch Building, an addition to the main museum which opened in 2005.

Slide 55:  When I was looking around for information on the early history of Kansas City, Missouri, the following information and photos stand out.

A Rock Ledge became the landing place for riverboats and wagon trains starting in 1833, on the southside of the Missouri River at what became Kansas City, Missouri.

And all of these strata of limestone are underneath the surface where the rock ledge is located.

I just want to point out that limestone was a common building material in the ancient world, and used in constructions like the Pyramids of Giza…

…and the Western Wall, also known as the “Wailing Wall,” an ancient limestone wall in the old city of Jerusalem.

…and places that are officially identified as canals have rock ledges.

Other historic pictures that I would like to include of Kansas City, Missouri, include this one of when it was called “Gulley Town” in the 1860s and 1870s…

…and I found these views of Wyandotte Street as it looked in 1868…

…in 1870…

…in 1871…

…and here are historic photos of some of the buildings on Wyandotte Street circa 1928.

I am going to divide “Short & Sweet #5” into two-parts because I had more on my list to add to this post, and I will get out those other places in “Short & Sweet #5B,” including Iowa, Indiana, in the North Sea, and Japan, and maybe a few more if I can work them in.

This series will run over a long period of time, and I will be focusing in each one on just a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested to me to keep them “Short & Sweet.”

I have a long-list of places to research that viewers have sent me, and I welcome more suggestions moving forward as I will keep doing this series concurrently with the more in-depth research I always do, for which I have a long list to work on as well!

Short and Sweet #4 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

This is the fourth installment of a new series I have started, called “Short & Sweet.”

In each part of this series, I am focusing on a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested and provided information to me about.

There were a few more man-made lakes that commenters mentioned regarding the last post that I want to include before I move onto new material.

In the last post, I researched Lake Lanier in north Georgia, and Lakes Keowee and Jocassee in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, near the state’s border with North Carolina and Georgia, is known as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains…

Viewer TM lives in Cumming, Georgia, right at Sawnee Mountain (that I featured in the post in conjunction with its proximity to Lake Lanier), and commented “I can tell you what is under the dam at Lake Lanier. An ancient Native American mound. It is called Summerour Mound. There is also one in Dawsonville, Georgia, right next to Cumming, Georgia. They were destroyed with the creation of Lake Lanier.”

Summerour was a mound site that was excavated between 1951 and 1954 by archeologist Joseph Caldwell, before it was flooded by the waters of the Buford Dam.

This goes along with my field observations at local lakes where I was living in Oklahoma City at the time between 2012 and 2016, I came to the conclusion that man-made lakes serve at least two purposes,   1)  creating a water reservoir and/or hydroelectric power supply; and 2) covering up ancient infrastructure.

These are pictures I took at Twin Lakes at Bethel, Oklahoma, on the top left; Lake Arcadia in Edmond, Oklahoma, on the bottom left; and Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma, pictured on the right.

XTX left a comment about Lake Eufaula, a man-made reservoir in Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City, off Interstate 40.

XTX grew up here and was told of people who had drowned in the lake due to wells and open holes beneath the water, and said nothing was torn down or filled in when it was made, and that it took in a lot of land…

…and a town called North Fork Town that was founded by the Creek Nation in Indian territory back in the 1800s.

We are told after its approval by Congress in 1946 to “provide flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, navigation, and recreation,” the Eufaula Dam was built by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1956 and 1964.

The resulting Lake Eufaula, on the Canadian River, upstream from its confluence with the Arkansas River, is the largest capacity lake in Oklahoma, by volume, surface-area, and shoreline.

MFJ commented that Beaver lake in Arkansas has a city underneath with a pyramid, and it was called the Arkansas Atlantis.

Beaver Lake is near Rogers, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas…

…and Rogers, Arkansas, is a straight-line distance of only 109-miles, or 176-kilometers, from the city of Eufaula at Lake Eufaula.

MFJ said the name of the city is Monte Ne, and when the lake gets low you can see a magnificent city under the water, but said there is a crazy backstory behind it.

The story behind it goes something like this.

William Hope Harvey, also known as “Coin” Harvey, arrived in Rogers in 1900…

…and opened his office in what is called the “Golden Rule” Building.

He bought 320-acres, or 129-hectares, of land in a lush valley southeast of Rogers, and dammed the creek on his property to create a small lake for his resort, around which he was said to have built between 1900 and 1920 three large hotels, a bank, stores, post office, and the first heated swimming pool in Arkansas.

Two of his hotels, “Missouri Row” and “Oklahoma Row,” were said to be the largest log-buildings in the world.

There was a railroad spur leading to the resort, and a 50-foot gondola Harvey was said to have imported from Venice to convey passengers visiting the resort.

But, Harvey was a poor money manager, when it came to running the resort, so his ventures were never completed or went bankrupt, and after his death in 1936, the property was sold off in lots.

The remainder of the town and resort was submerged when Beaver Lake was created in 1964, and all that remains today are foundations and one severely vandalized structure.

The unsubmerged ruins of Monte Ne reminded me of the Osireion, an ancient temple in Abydos, Egypt, on the right.

Just a few of the other man-made mentioned by viewers:

IP suggested checking out the Harriman Reservoir and Lake Whitingham, Vermont’s largest landlocked body of water…

…which was made when they flooded the very large, for the time town, of Mountain Mills…

….and the rare glory-hole-style dam there.

Several viewers mentioned Lake Murray in South Carolina…

…called the jewel of South Carolina is just west of Columbia, was created in 1930 as a result of the construction of the Saluda Dam, which was at one time the largest earthen dam in the world, and at the time it was finished flooding the region, Lake Murray was the largest man-made lake in the world.

These are the dam’s 5 massive hydroelectric intake towers in the lake.

Other suggestions included Lake Norman outside of Charlotte in North Carolina…

…and Blessington Lakes in the foothills of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains.

Now I will move on to new subjects based on your suggestions.

HH suggested looking at the time anomaly between Big Diomede and Little Diomede Islands, which are a pair of rocky islands located in the middle of the Bering Strait between Siberia and mainland Alaska…

…and are only 2.4-miles, or 3.8-kilometers, apart from each other.

The international date line travels through that distance between them.

In spite of their proximity to each other, they are separated by the International Date Line, and Big Diomede is almost a day ahead of Little Diomede.

The top screenshot showing the time and date on Little Diomede Island in Alaska as 9:58:36 am on Sunday, August 22nd, and the bottom screenshot shows Big Diomede Island in Russia, as Monday, August 23rd at 5:58 am, and I took the two screenshots 19-seconds apart.

Also, these two islands are described as rocky, mesa-like islands, and have sheer, steep slopes, and block-shaped rocks on the shoreline.

JZ who lives in China requested that I look up Guilin City and Yangshuo County in the Guangxi Province, and he emailed me numerous pictures of the region.

He said the earthworks here are everything I talk about, and the mountains look like pyramids.

Notice how they rise from an otherwise perfectly flat landscape!

They are called the Karst Mountains in Guangxi Province, and are said to have been naturally formed by receding water from hundreds of millions of years ago.

With what are described as sheer limestone surfaces, the what are called mountains of this region are China’s top spot for climbing.

This same region in South China is also known for its karst caves, like the “Flute-Reed Cave,” also known as the “Art Palace of Nature.”

This is Chuanshan Hill in Chuanshan Park in the southern part of Guilin City, with what is called the hill’s “Moon Cave” showing prominently.

This is a close-up photo of the “Moon Cave” in Chuanshan Hill in the park, also known as “Tunnel Hill.”

Here is a view of Pagoda Hill next to Chuanshan Hill, with the Li River, with its masonry bank, in the foreground…

…and Chuanshan Hill is right across the Li River from the archway at what is called the “Elephant Trunk” Hill.

It’s important to note that other archways like these can be found in places as diverse as on the Mexican Revillagigedo Islands, located between the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico, like the arch at Cabo Pearce…

…and the Grand Arch on the Isla Socorro…

…on the Hollow Rock Beach on Minnesota’s Grand Portage Island…

…and Arch Rock at Arnarstapi in Iceland.

And some of these so-called natural arches are well-known to have things like winter solstice alignments, like Keyhole Rock at Pfeiffer Beach in California…

…and the Durdle Door in Lulworth, England.

JZ also sent me pictures from Sanya City, which is located on Hainan Island in South China.

Sanya is the southernmost city on the island of Hainan.

JZ said this double-bay is called Haitangwan.

What I find is interesting is that I have found examples of double-bays like that in many places, like Casco Cove on Attu Island, the former site of a U. S. Coast Guard Station at the end of the Aleutian Island chain, so far west, it is in the eastern hemisphere, and the westernmost point of land relative to Alaska… 

…Halawa Bay on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai…

…and the double-bay at Miyanohama Beach on the Japanese Bonin (also known as Ogasawara) Island of Chichijimi.

Not only that, I have found single-beaches that have the same appearance all over the world, like Green Sand Beach, on the big island of Hawaii…

…Vaja Beach in Korcula, Croatia…

…Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, Greece…

…and Grama Bay in Albania.

JZ said this is a picture of a mine on the left at another bay in the Sanya City called Huanghouwan.

He asked several locals and they all said that it is a natural structure, but he said to just look at it, and it is compared with the Boddington Gold Mine in Western Australia on the right.

He also said there are huge rocks everywhere at Huanghouwan.

Another viewer, RK, mentioned Manitoulin Island, which is part of the Niagara Escarpment.

The Niagara Escarpment runs predominantly east-to-west, from New York, through Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, with a nice, half-circle shape, attached to a straight-line, when drawn on a map.

It gets its name and its fame from being the cliff where the Niagara River takes its plunge at the Niagara Falls in New York and Ontario.

RK specifically mentioned the highest-point on the island, which is called the “Cup and Saucer,” and accessed by the trail of the same name.

Here are some views of the flat surfaces, straight-edges, and right-angles of what we are told are natural rock formations.

It reminded me of what is called Coffee Pot Rock in Sedona on the right, a great view of which I had out my bedroom window for two-years (I have recently moved).

Come to think of it, a place known as “Flower Pot Island” in Ontario’s Five Fathom National Park in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, happens to be located right next to Manitoulin Island on the Niagara Escarpment.

It is so-named because of the two rock-pillars on its eastern shore, described as a type of “sea stack,” formed over many years of “wind, rain, waves, and ice hammering away at the cliff that was once at the water’s edge.”

A third flower pot was said to have been here until 1903, at which time it tumbled.

Here is a photo of the trail to Manitoulin Island’s Cup and Saucer formations on the left, at a place which looks like Giant City State Park in Makanda, also known as the “Star of Egypt,” in Southern Illinois, on the right.

RK also mentioned that a leyline goes right through Manitoulin Island to Montreal.

Let’s see we can find in that department on Google Earth.

On a quick search, these four places appear to line-up with each other – Minneapolis, Minnesota; Manitoulin Island, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I am going to end this post here, and pick up the trail of hidden history from your suggestions in the next installment of “Short and Sweet.”

Short and Sweet #3 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

This is number 3 in a new series I have started called “Short & Sweet,” which will run over a long period of time, focusing in each one on just a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested to me.

It will take me awhile to go through the ones I have received, so if you have left or emailed me a suggestion, please bear with me as I work my way through them, and all the connections that I find a long with them!

I received a comment from SC, who said:

“My mum used to live in the valley below a “folly” called ‘White Nancy’ in Cheshire NW England.”

“It’s bizarre and looks like the top of a building and is on top of a weird grass sloped hill.”

“The narrative is it was built by a family who owned a nearby Hall (Ingersley)…”

“…to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.”

“I’ve walked up to it as an adult. it’s a a bit steep and knowing what I do now I definitely think there is more there than meets the eye.”

“My dad as a kid told me about follys & white Nancy etc. as there were so many about & explained it as “people do strange things“ which didn’t make much sense even as an 8 year old.”

Another viewer asked that I look into Antrim Lough.

The Antrim Lough Shore Park is located in Antrim…

…on the shore of Lough Neagh, a large, freshwater lake in Northern Ireland, and the largest lake by area in the British Isles.

The remains of what was called the Lough Neagh Torpedo Test Platform are in the Lake, where the best view is from the Antrim Lough Shore Park.

This is where Mk Torpedoes were tested during World War II, which has been a nesting site for migratory birds, like cormorants and terns, since then.

There used to be a torpedo factory on Randlestown Road in Antrim.

Apparently these “torpedo test facilities” were a thing for both sides during World War II, as there is another abandoned and derelict one that the Germans used for their torpedo tests that stands just off the coast of Poland in the Bay of Puck.

Known locally as “Torpedownia…”

…the Germans fired their “test torpedoes” at Jastarnia and Jurata on the Polish Hel Peninsula between 1942 and 1945.

The Polish Hel Peninsula is a popular tourist destination in the present-day, with a road and railroad, and one-busline, number 666, running along the peninsula from the mainland to to the town of Hel at the furthest point.

Boy-oh-boy, LOTS of rabbit-holes to go down around here!

Not going there now, but look up the World War II “Battle of Hel” in 1939 if you would like to learn more about this place of interest.

There is one more torpedo test site to look at in Europe before I head back to Antrim Lough.

There is yet another abandoned torpedo launch factory in Rijeka, Croatia.

And this one was the location of the world’s first torpedo factory, where the first torpedoes were assembled and tested back in the 1860s, allowing Rijeka to become a major spot for torpedo manufacture and testing for 100-years, with the factory closing in 1966, and…then…left to rot.

This is where Robert Whitehead, an English engineer, developed the first effective, self-propelled, naval torpedo, based on the prototypes of Giovanni Luppis (Ivan Lupis), an Austro-Hungarian naval officer who was born in Rijeka.

I really wonder if these three “torpedo test” platforms in very different places were re-purposed from their unknown original use, and all abandoned to the same fate, still standing but rotting in place.

The Antrim Lough Shore Park is located around the mouth of, and along, what is called the Sixmilewater River…

…with its shaped- and canal-looking appearance on the top-left, like what I found in Venice, Florida, on the top right; the Grand Lucayan Waterway on Grand Bahama Island on the bottom left; and at Port Mansfield on the bottom right, on the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas.

The Antrim Castle, also known as the Massareene Castle after the Anglo-Irish nobility, the Clotworthys, said to have built it and live there, was located on the banks of the Sixmilewater River, said to have been built first in the 1600s, and rebuilt in 1831, with the design by Dublin architect John Bowden.

Alas, it was destroyed by fire that took place during a grand ball in 1922, and the burnt-out structure demolished in 1970, and all that remains of it is the “Italianate Tower,” said to have been built in 1887, and part of the ruins that can be seen in the Antrim Castle Gardens today…

…along with the Barbican Gatehouse of the Antrim Castle, said to have been built in 1818.

It is interesting to note, that within the Antrim Castle Gardens, you can find canals…

…and Clotworthy House, a stable block and coach house said to have been built by the 10th-Viscount Massareene in 1843, with the creation of “Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Gardens.”

One more thing about Lough Neagh and this part of Northern Ireland before I look elsewhere.

The River Bann is one of the main inflows of Lough Neagh, winding its way from the southeast coast to the northwest coast of Northern Ireland, and we are told that the River Bann “pauses in the middle to widen into the enormous Lough Neagh.”

So, let’s see how big Lough Neagh widens between the Lower and the upper River Bann.

Again, keep in the mind this is the largest lake by area in the British Isles, with a surface area of 151-square-miles, or 392-square-kilometers.

Lough Neagh also supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.

Now, I can’t speak from personal experience for this part of the world, but I have long believed that man-made lakes serve at least two purposes:  1)  creating a water supply; and 2) covering up ancient infrastructure.

Where I do have personal experience is my own field research in the State of Oklahoma, where I first started waking up to all of this.

In Oklahoma alone, there are more than 200 lakes created by dams, which is the largest number in any state in the U. S.

The first place I went to test my idea that man-made lakes covered up ancient infrastructure was Lake Thunderbird outside of Norman. 

I knew what to look for, so was not surprised when I found it.

Same thing at Lake Arcadia, in Edmond Oklahoma.

Both of these lakes are located near Oklahoma City that I visited when I lived there.

And Lake Arcadia reminded me in appearance of what I saw in pictures of the Gulf of Bothnia, which is between Sweden and Norway, that I found on an alignment I was tracking.

There aren’t many examples saying this on the internet, but you can find the same idea regarding Lough Neagh if you look for it.

This is a great lead-in to the request of another commenter, DD.

He asked if I could into the cities buried under lakes in the United States such as Lake Lanier, in Georgia, and many many more?

Lake Lanier is a reservoir in northern Georgia…

…and was created primarily by the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River, which was completed in 1956, and is maintained by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supplies.

Buford Dam also provides 250-million KWH of hydroelectric power to the area surrounding Atlanta every year.

We are told the land the lake now occupies was predominantly forest and farmland prior to its creation.

One landmark under the lake was the former Gainesville Speedway, also known as the Looper Speedway.

Sometimes the grandstands of the speedway are visible in Laurel Park when the waters are low.

So, what else might the lake-waters be covering?

Let’s take a look around and see what is there.

This is the Abbotts Bridge Boat, Canoe, and Raft Launch in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Until we pay attention to them, we don’t even notice that the stones in the water are cut-and-shaped, with angles and straight-edges, and assume they are natural, and just “there.”

I didn’t start noticing them until about 2014 or 2015, and after I started noticing them, I started seeing them literally everywhere!

Here at the Settles Bridge Canoe and Raft Launch, there are more of the cut-and-shaped stones to the side, and some really nicely-made large-brick steps leading down to the water.

Then, there is the Jones Bridge Boat, Canal, and Raft Launch, with beautifully-made stonework and ironwork, that goes straight down into the Chattahoochee…

…and the Whitewater Creek Canoe and Raft Launch as well has some interesting stonework going on.

There are all kinds of parks dotted around the shores of Lake Lanier.

I am going to take a look at one of them – Sawnee Mountain Preserve.

The Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cummings, Georgia, is almost 1,000 acres, or 405-hectares, of hiking trails, and picnic areas…

…and other sites to see, including rock formations…

…with names like the “Indian Seats…”

…and the old fire tower.

The remnant of the Barker House, a futuristic, UFO-shaped house said to have been built in the 1960s by architect Jim Barker for his family, was demolished in 2017. 

It appears to have been built on top of a megalithic-stone entryway.

Abandoned gold mines like this one dot Sawnee Mountain.

The Georgia Gold Rush was the second-significant gold rush in U. S. history, after the first North Carolina Gold Rush that started in 1799.

It started in the present-day Lumpkin County in the late 1820s, of which Lake Lanier is a small part, and quickly spread through the North Georgia Mountains, following the Georgia gold belt from eastern Alabama to northeast Georgia, which was said to have had close to 24-karat, or 100%, purity.

By the early 1840s, gold was becoming harder to find, and many Georgia miners…

…headed west when gold was found in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, so the story goes.

The hilly area in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, near the state’s border with North Carolina and Georgia, is known as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Lake Keowee and Keowee-Toxaway State Park is found here, east of Salem, South Carolina.

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Lake Keowee is a man-made reservoir formed in 1971…

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…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…

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…and for public recreational purposes.

The historic Cherokee Keowee Town had been located on the bank of the Keowee River and was part of what was known as the Lower Town Regions, all of which were inundated by the formation of Lake Keowee, its artifacts and history lost.

Keowee-Toxaway State Park on Lake Keowee was created from lands previously owned by Duke Power, all part of the historical lands of the Cherokee.

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There is a feature called Natural Bridge in Keowee-Toxaway State Park.

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Lake Jocassee is also a man-made lake northeast of Salem, South Carolina.

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It was formed in 1973 in a partnership between the state and Duke Power, and also flooded areas where there was pre-existing infrastructure, like the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, which was the setting for a scene in the movie “Deliverance,” which had been filmed there in 1972, and the following year was covered by 130-feet, or 39-meters, of water.

This feature at Lake Jocassee is called “The Wall,” which is only accessible by boat.

All of these lakes I have mentioned were part of the historical territory of the Cherokee.

The Cherokee, one of the “Five Civilized Tribes…”

……were, along with the other four civilized tribes, forced to move west…

…in what were multiple “Trails of Tears.”

So the question begs to be asked ~ what was really going on here?

Perhaps something different than what we have been told?

Next, TL and JM wanted me to look into the Pony Express.

The Pony Express was the first fast mail-line across the North American continent, between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

The Pony Express only operated for 18-months, from April of 1860 to October of 1861.

Its parent company was the Central Overland and Pike’s Peak Express Company, which was a stagecoach company that operated in the American West starting in 1859.

The owners of the parent stagecoach company, the freight business partners of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, were said to have spared no expense in obtaining and equipping new stations for the Pony Express.

The Pony Express Home Station in Marysville, Kansas, was the first station the riders came to after leaving St. Joseph, said to have been leased by its 1859 builder, Joseph Cottrell, to the Pony Express in 1860.

The mail service utilized relays of horse-mounted riders.

I came across this ad seeking Pony Express riders…interestingly worded!!

Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred!

Orphans preferred?

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The headquarters of the Pony Express in St. Joseph were housed in the Patee House, built by John Patee, the construction of which we are told was completed in 1858, and was a 140-room, luxury hotel.

The Patee House was said to have been built as development around the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, the first railroad to cross Missouri, and the construction of the railroad was said to have been started in 1851 and completed in 1859, and the railroad carried the first letter to the Pony Express on April 3rd of 1860.

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In spite of all the money and effort spent on the Pony Express, between its operating expense, and the new transcontinental telegraph service, it ended on October 26th of 1861.

It did prove, we are told, that a year-round transcontinental communication system could be established and work.

This was important with the need for mail and other communications to get west faster after the 1848 discovery of gold in California, since thousands of businessmen, investors, and prospectors went to live there…

…and, by 1850, California was admitted to the Union as a State.

I am going to end this segment of “Short and Sweet” here.

Lots more to come!

As with everywhere there is plenty more to find in all of these places mentioned, so I am just scratching the surface of all there is to find within any of your suggestions.

Short and Sweet #2 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

This is a new series I have started called “Short & Sweet,” which will run over a longer period of time, focusing in each one on just a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested to me.

I will be able to get new material out in a faster amount of time in this manner than what my normal research takes me.

Just a few more interesting points of information that came up in comments in response to places and topics mentioned in Short and Sweet #1 before I move on to new things.

Skip commented that Aztalan State Park in Wisconsin is on the same Serpent Lei line identified by Peter Champoux.

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark of what is called by historians as part of the Mississippian culture of moundbuilders, and was part of a widespread culture throughout the Mississippi and its tributaries, with a vast trading network extending from the Great Lakes Region, to the Gulf Coast, to the Southeast.

This is described as the largest platform mound at Aztalan…

…which is very similar in appearance to Monk’s Mound at Cahokia State Historic Site in Collinsville, Illinois, which was considered to be a chief center of the Middle Mississippian culture.

Aztalan is near Lake Mills and Madison.

Lake Mills is the location of Rock Lake, described as a fishing hole east of Madison.

There is a legend there are ancient pyramids at the bottom of Rock Lake, on land that was flooded in the 19th-century, and researchers have investigated for evidence, but critics claim the legend is nothing more than fable.

The nearby city of Madison is Wisconsin’s state capital.

Here is an engraving of downtown Madison and the Capitol building attributed to the year of 1865, which would have been the year the Civil War ended.

There sure is a lot of classical-looking architecture in the background of this engraving!

Another viewer commented that Fort Bragg is on Peter’s Serpent Lei alignment as well.

Fort Bragg is home to the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps and the U. S. Army Special Operations Command, as well as the U. S. Army and Army Reserve Commands, and two airfields as well.

It is the largest military installation in the United States, and one of the largest military installations in the world.

JA made a reference to the research universities in North Carolina, which is a good place to bring in the region known as the “Research Triangle,” which is midway between, and east, of Pilot Mountain and Fort Bragg on this leyline.

The “Research Triangle” refers to a metropolitan area in North Carolina which is anchored by three-major research universities:

North Carolina State University in Raleigh; Duke University in Durham; and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; with the Research Triangle Headquarters centrally-located, which is where numerous tech companies and enterprises are located near the research facilities of these Universities.

It is interesting to note that Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem is more directly on the alignment than the three major research universities…

…and better known for the sports’ championships of its “Demon Deacons” Teams, winning National Championships in five different sports…

…and in this photo of the Wake Forest Campus, you can see Pilot Mountain, also on this alignment, in the background.

JA also left a comment connecting Venus Flytraps and Wilmington, North Carolina, saying that the Venus Flytrap is Native to Wilmington.

And sure enough, the only place in the world the carnivorous Venus Flytrap is native to is a 90-mile, or 145 -kilometer, radius around Wilmington, North Carolina…

…and which includes part of South Carolina in its radius as well.

JA said supposedly asteroids hit in the specific area where Venus Flytraps are native.

So my reply to JA was that the first thing that came to my mind was the “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Apparently the carnivorous Venus Flytrap occupies a special niche in the horror genre, no matter where it came from!

With regards to what I mentioned about the band “The KLF,” known prior as “The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu,” in the last post that was a follow-up to part one, I got quite a bit of feedback. Here are some examples:

Joe P. said that KLF burned £1 million on August 23rd of 1994, on the Isle of Jura, in the early hours of the morning.

BH said they were silent from that time until August 23rd of 2017, 23-years to the day after they burned the million pounds, when they returned as JAM, launched a novel called “2023: A Trilogy,” and staged a three-day event called “Welcome to the Dark Ages.”

The JAMS were also known as the Timelords.

Wait, where have we heard that before?

Well, all we are allowed to know about Time Lords, Time Travel, and Time Wars are from TV shows like “Dr. Who,” and other examples of the Science Fiction Genre.

Therefore time travel and its related topics are not framed as real, and we are not given any information to support whether or not this notion is true either.

Most people, with no reason to believe it could possibly be true, think those who believe it are crazy or otherwise out-of-touch with reality.

On a similar note, a comment from another viewer, LL, said that it was very interesting what Bill Drummond, a founding member of JAMS, said about Mathew Street in Liverpool.

The commenter related that Bill Drummond said it was on the interstellar ley line, which comes careenng in from outer space, hits the Earth in Iceland, bounces back up, writhing about like a conger eel, then down Mathew Street in Liverpool, where the Cavern Club is, and from there it goes back up, twisting, turning, and wriggling across the face of the earth until it reaches the uncharted mountains of New Guinea, where it shoots back into Deep Space, and that this interstellar ley line is a mega-powered one, with too much power coming down it for it not to writhe about, and that the only three-fixed points on earth it travels through are Iceland, Mathew Street in Liverpool and New Guinea. Wherever something creatively or spiritually-mega happens anywhere else on earth, it is because this interstellar ley line is momentarily powering through the territory.

The world-famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street is where the Beatles got their start in 1961, becoming the center of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene in the 1960s.

The Beatles are regarded as the most influential band of all time, and were integral to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s, and pop music’s recognition as an art form.

In light of Bill Drummond’s belief that a powerful interstellar leyline travels down Mathew Street, it is interesting to note that a similar-looking club was featured in the opening sequence of the 2007 musical romantic drama movie “Across the Universe…”

…in homage to the Beatles’ beginnings, where the filming for the scene actually took place at the Cavern Club.

In my journey of learning about the earth grid and leylines over the years, I encountered the work of Bethe Hagens, in a presentation she gave at the 2011 Megalithomania Conference in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

In this fascinating lecture that I encountered very early in my journey down this road, Bethe talks about not only earth grids, but celestial grids as well.

We have literally been kept in the dark about so many things.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

And what are leylines?

Leylines are energy lines of places in alignment with each other composed of natural energies that link and connect distant places and sacred sites, which many believe in a way that is metaphysical, as well as physical.

I really think the Earth’s Controllers, of the last couple of hundred years, have reverse-engineered the Earth’s grids from a positive, life-enhancing system, into a control system to support their goals of power and control, and to lower our collective consciousness at the same time, to keep us in fear, and not in our higher states of consciousness of love, joy, and Unity!

It seems like whatever happens on the Earth’s grid-lines, for positive benefit or negative outcome, has an enhanced effect.

Now I will move on to comments about other places I have received.

Another viewer, MP, who grew up in North Wales near the Wirral Peninsula, remembers a place he went to as a child called “The Cup and Saucer” and said it was a diverted bit of the river.

It went along what looked like a stone-cut, or concrete canal about 6-feet in width, but long…

…and which ran into a round pool with a hole in the centre where the water dropped around 8-feet, or about 2.5-meters.

He said you could access a tunnel to get underneath and he used to play in there with other kids, then run a few miles to a water mill, then go back the the river.

It belongs to the National Trust Site of Erddig, in Wrexham in North Wales, and Erddig Hall is considered one of Great Britain’s finest stately homes.

A different commenter asked me look at the tidal pool at Powfoot Beach in Scotland.

Powfoot Beach is a stretch of coastline along the Solway Firth consisting of mud flats and a salt marsh.

The Powfoot Beach pool is described as an “old Victorian tidal pool,” where Scots could learn to swim, enjoy family days out, and relax in seawater pools “penned in by rocky boundaries.”

Problem is this idyllic beach scenario is complicated by the unpredictably bad Scottish weather, and sinking mud at low tide.

The Powfoot Beach tidal pool was said to have been built, from what I could find, in 1903, split in half to divide one side for men, and the other side for women.

Other “Victorian- and Edwardian-era tidal swimming pools” on the coast of Scotland include:

The North Baths in Wick, Scotland…

…and in the vicinity of Fife, the Cellardyke tidal swimming pool in East Fife, Scotland…

…the Pittenweem Tidal Swimming Pool in Fife…

…and the Step Rock Tidal Swimming Pool in St. Andrews, near Fife, to name a few.

Another viewer suggested that I look into the Infomart Building in Dallas, Texas.

The Infomart is the one of the largest buildings in Dallas, and is the world’s first, and only, information processing marketing center.

It is home to more than 110 technology and communications companies.

It opened in 1985, and was developed by Trammell Crow, with the design based on the 1851 Crystal Palace in London.

The Infomart building itself has hospital-grade electrical power, which is supplied by five-independent electrical feeds to three separate electric substations, resulting in a very reliable electric source that hasn’t ever experienced a 100% outage.

There is a miniature Sphinx statue in front of the Infomart…

…and it is served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) System’s “Market Center Station,” so there is a light-rail presence nearby as well.

Trammell Crow developed the Dallas Market Center as well, a 5-million-square-foot, or 460,000-meters-squared, wholesale trade center, that is closed to the general public, with showrooms for all manner of consumer products.

It is the most complete wholesale trade resource in the world.

At the time known as the Dallas Trade Mart, it was the destination of President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade when he was assassinated in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, on November 22nd, of 1963.

It is also interesting to note that some scenes from the 1976 film “Logan’s Run” were filmed in the Dallas Market Center’s Apparel Mart.

This caught my attention because I remember this movie well.

I would have been 13 in 1976 when the movie came out, and saw it at the theater with a same-age friend.

It was one of those movies where we both left the theater asking “What did we just watch?”

The basic plot is about a pleasure-filled world…

…where its inhabitants live their entire lives inside a sealed city of geodesic domes, with every pleasure imaginable available.

That is, at least, until you reach the age of 30, at which time you are required to undergo a group ritual called “Carousel” that ended in your death.

Those who chose to “run” to freedom, which was outside of the sealed, domed, world, and not go through the ritual, were immediately targeted to be terminated by what were known as “Sandmen.”

Logan’s Run was about a Sandman who chose to run, who eventually made it to the world outside the domes with another runner…

…and the end of the movie culminated with the destruction of the sealed city and escape of its citizens, who see the “old man” and realize they can live much longer than 30.

I saw “Logan’s Run” 45-years-ago.

Just interesting the kind of dystopian subject matter about our future that Hollywood has been filling our brains with for quite awhile now.

And is Dallas situated on a leyline?

I do know of one big ley-line that the Dallas – Fort Worth area is situated near, on my own finding of the North American Star Tetrahedron, which I found back in 2016, when I noticed major cities lining up in lines in North America, and which the original research I have done is based on.

At any rate, there is certainly a lot that has gone on in Dallas over the years!

I will be featuring places and topics suggested by viewers in this new series called “Short and Sweet.”

I will focus on a few at a time, but will be doing this over a long period of time so I can get your suggestions included, and will continue to work on other projects around this one.

Brief Follow-up to “Short and Sweet #1” with Comments About the Places Mentioned

This is just a brief follow-up to Short and Sweet #1, with a few more interesting connections left by commenters about the places mentioned in it.

Peter Champoux, the author of the “serpent lei” that a viewer mentioned between the middle of the Bermuda Triangle in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Great Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio, left a comment that it continues on to Lake Itasca in Minnesota, which is the headwater of the Mississippi River…

…and he also mentioned there were meteor strikes on this ley-line, and you can visit his website, http://www.geometryofplace.com, for more information about the meteor strikes, and many other things…

…and he also has a YouTube Channel for those who are interested in learning more about Peter’s work.

SF replied to the comment with Peter’s information that he worked on a pipeline project over the winter that went right through this specific area of Minnesota…

…and he observed in the years he’s done this kind of work that there is a common thread of Indian Reservations and land formations beyond a coincidence in relation to oil and gas exploration.

Another viewer commented that the ley line leading to the Great Serpent mound also passes through Huntington, West Virginia, near the location of the Mothman Prophecies.

Huntington is geographically close to Point Pleasant, at a straight-line distance of 34-miles, or 54-kilometers, apart, which was the setting of “The Mothman Prophecies,” the 2002 supernatural horror-mystery film starring Richard Gere as John Klein, a Washington Post columnist who researched the legend of the Mothman, where there had been sightings of an unusual creature and unexplained phenomenon, and said to have been based on a true story from the late 1960s.

It is important to note that the Great Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio is only a straight-line distance of 63-miles, or 102-kilometers, from Huntington, and 69-miles, or 110-kilometers, from Point Pleasant.

There are two other things that come to my mind from past research regarding Huntington, West Virginia.

One is that Huntington is the location of Marshall University, the Old Main Hall on the top of which was said to have been completed in 1868; which reminds me in appearance of the Westcott Building at Florida State University in Tallahassee, said to have been completed in 1910; the Benedictine Hall at the former St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, now the Green Campus of Oklahoma Baptist University, said to have been completed and opened in 1915 on the bottom left; and Trinity College at Cambridge University in England on the bottom right, which was established in 1546 by King Henry VIII.

The other is that there is only one, Camden Park, of thirteen remaining trolley parks that remain open in the United States in Huntington.

It was said to have been established as a “picnic spot” by the Camden Interstate Railway Company in 1903, which was a street railway and interurban system that ran between Huntington, West Virginia, and Ashland, Kentucky, and which by 1916 was the Ohio Valley Electric Railway, who became new owners of the park.

Where did all the trolleys go?  And why did they leave?

Today, Camden Park is in the 4th-generation of family-ownership, and the only operating amusement park in West Virginia.

Next, going back down the alignment, from northwest to southeast, was a comment from Sarah saying that Pilot Mountain in North Carolina was nearby Mt. Airy, which was the hometown of Andy Griffith.

Basically, it’s “Mayberry.”

And someone replied to her comment: “Yes! Was looking for this comment!! ‘Goin’ over to Mount Pilot’ or something to that effect – said on the show all the time.

Pilot Mountain was the inspiration for the fictional Mt. Pilot in “The Andy Griffith Show,” for all of those old enough to remember Andy, the lovable, widowed Sheriff of Mayberry, his kooky deputy Barney Fife, his matronly Aunt Bea, his young son Opie, and his girlfriend Miss Ellie.

Hey, I named all of those characters from memory!

So back-tracking down the alignment from the original video, we come to Wilmington, North Carolina.

I had mentioned that Wilmington is the home of EUE/Screen Gems, the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California, and a viewer pointed out that Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon, died after being shot in the abdomen by a gun with defective blank ammunition at the Wilmington movie studios on the set of “The Crow” in March of 1993.

Interesting, I just started researching the year 1993 today for my the next part of my “Seeing History with New Eyes since 1945” series.

I will have to go back and add this to my research topics for 1993.

Another viewer, Josh, lived in Wilmington for ten years, where he used to surf right in front of Ft. Fisher in the cove, and a spot next to it that was a coquina rock reef at the southside of Kure Beach where Ft. Fisher is located…

He said he would observe shells and different fossilized corals and rocks that still have color and wonder how could that be millions of years old?

He said that Cape Fear is 5- miles, or 8-kilometers, south at Bald Head Island, and Frying Pan Shoals there is a hot-spot for megalodon teeth.

He also mentioned the Airlie Gardens in Wilmington,next to the intercoastal waterway.

The Airlie Gardens were said to have been created starting in 1886 by the Pembroke Jones family, and named after their family home in Scotland, and designed by German landscape architect Rudolf Topel as a lush flowing Southern garden with azaleas, camellias, magnolias, palms, and wisteria.

The Airlie Oak is on the garden grounds is believed to be 500-years-old, and in 2007 was designated the largest live oak in North Carolina at the time.

There were several other comments from “Short and Sweet #1” that I would like to mention.

A commenter mentioned the sphinxes at the Stanford Mausoleum in regards to the two sphinxes shown…

…one of which was in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the other at Woodruff Place in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Stanford Mausoleum is located in the northwest part of the Stanford University campus in California, and holds the remains of the Leland Stanford family.

Leland Stanford was a former California governor, senator, railroad president, and the founder, along with his wife, of Stanford University, named in memory of their only son, Leland.

Stanford was one of the Central Pacific Railroad’s Big Four, known as the Nabobs, or Nobs, where the name for Nob Hill came from.

The mausoleum has sphinxes on the front and the back.

The two sphinxes on the front are called Egyptian-style, male, sphinxes…

…and the ones on the back are called Greek-style, female, sphinxes.

Now, on over to the Wirral Peninsula and Liverpool to look at some of the comments made in response to this topic in “Short and Sweet #1.”

LL, a viewer who lives on Park Road South in Birkenhead…

…just a short-walk from the Swiss bridge in Birkenhead Park…

…said that Merseyside and the Wirral peninsula is special place.

He said the river Dee to the west of tbe peninsula subsides to reveal sinking mud stretching miles and walkable sand…

…and the Tobacco building, formally known as the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, in the North Liverpool docks was said to be the largest bricked building in terms of area on earth, built 130 years ago, in 1901, with over 1 million bricks and was said to have been built in 1 year, with 27-million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass, and 8,000 tons of steel used in its construction.

The warehouse fell into disuse and disrepair in the 1980s, with trade declining through Liverpool.

The tobacco building has been transformed into luxury apartments in the present-day.

The viewer from Birkenhead also mentioned the Williamson tunnels, in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool, have been a mystery to him, as the narrative of why they were built doesn’t make sense.

The Williamson Tunnels were said to have been built under the direction of tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson between 1810 and 1840, and to this day the purpose of the work remains unclear.

The majority of what are called “tunnels” are comprised of brick or stone vaulting over excavations in the underlying sandstone, as the tunnels were said to have gradually become in-filled with rubble in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, with excavations starting in 1995.

The excavations revealed a large network of tunnels, chambers and voids.

Another viewer, James C, mentioned Ormskirk, which translates to “Serpent – Dragon Church,” which is near Liverpool, on what is described as the sloping ground of a ridge in the center of the West Lancashire Ridge, and said to be a planned community dating back to the 13th-century.

…and the oldest building in Ormskirk is said to be the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, with an unknown exact age.

There were other topics James C. said to look into are:

One was the Watkins Tower at Wembley Park, also known as Watkins Folly, was described as a partly-completed iron-lattice tower that was designed to surpass the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Never completed, and demolished in 1907, its location became the site Wembley Stadium, the English National Football ground.

The old Wembley Stadium opened in 1923…

…only to be demolished in 2002, to make way for the new Wembley Stadium, which opened in 2007.

The other topic he mentioned, which looks to be a tie-in to the ending topic in “Short and Sweet #1,” which was Michael Jackson’s song “Stranger in Moscow” from the “HIStory” album.

He mentioned a single called “Justified and Ancient” by the British band The KLF that was featured on their 1991 album “The White Room.”

The original name of “The KLF” band was “The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu” or “JAM.”

The original name of the band was taken from “The Illuminatus! Trilogy,” a series of three novels by American authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson published in 1975.

Kind of a weird name choice not to have any meaning!

I brought-up the real possibility at the end of “Short and Sweet #1” that the truth about our world and its history is frequently shared in music, movies, television, visual arts, and even literature, in a form which the real meanings are obscured so we are not aware, at least on a conscious level, that something hidden is being communicated with us.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to comment and make suggestions, not only about these topics, but many others that I am compiling in a list to research for the videos in this new series.

Short and Sweet #1 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

Since it typically takes me at least a week to do the research needed for each new post, I am going to start this new series called “Short & Sweet,” which will run over a longer period of time, focusing in each one on just a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested to me.

In this manner, I will be able to get new material out in a faster amount of time than what my normal research takes me.

I already still have a long-list of places to research that viewers have sent me, and I welcome more suggestions moving forward as I will keep doing this series concurrently with the more in-depth research I always do, for which I have a long list to work on as well!

I will start with this comment from a viewer in North Carolina.

“I live in a place called Fort Fisher, North Carolina. One of the last battles of the civil war took place right here on my Beach.”

“Anyways, there’s a lot of energy here. I started researching it about a year ago and found that there is a ley-line (Serpent lei) that harvest magnetic energy from the center the Bermuda triangle and comes right through my bedroom (Cape Fear) up through Pilot Mountain in North Carolina, then continuing up through “Serpent Mound” in Ohio. Anyways, there’s much more. I was just curious if you had ever tapped into this knowledge. Thank you and take care.”

I didn’t know about this particular ley-line, so thank you for sharing!

This ley-line/alignment is starting in the southeast, at the Bermuda Triangle, and the pin is marked where Google Earth took me when I searched for it.

The Bermuda Triangle is best known as being a section of the North Atlantic Ocean where people, planes, and ships were said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Ivan T. Sanderson, a British biologist and researcher of the paranormal, wrote about “vile vortices,” of which the Bermuda Triangle and Devil’s Sea, a region in the Pacific, south of Tokyo, were two of ten regions on the Earth known for such anomalous occurrences.

Cape Fear and Fort Fisher are south of the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, which is located on the Cape Fear River.

Notably, today Wilmington is the home of EUE/Screen Gems, the largest domestic television and movie production outside of California.

Now, that’s interesting. I wonder why Wilmington was the preferred choice for this location….

Cape Fear is described as a prominent headland on Bald Head Island jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, and is predominately an estuary, which is a partially enclosed coastal body of brackish water, with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and a connection to the open ocean.

And the Cape Fear region, besides Fort Fisher, had a whole bunch of coastal defenses, AKA star forts, which I typically find around water, in pairs or clusters.

I promise to keep these short, so I am going to look specifically at Fort Fisher.

The first batteries of Fort Fisher were said to have been placed there in 1861, on one the Cape Fear River’s two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean, to protect the vital port of Wilmingon for Confederate supplies, and as the war progressed was overhauled with more powerful artillery to withstand a Union blockade.

With all the work that was done on it, it became the Confederates largest fort.

Even with all of that reinforcement, there were two battles – one at the end of the 1864 and the other at the beginning of 1865, after which Fort Fisher fell, and the Union army came to occupy Wilmington.

Next on this alignment is Pilot Mountain, described as one of the most distinctive natural features in the State of North Carolina…

…with two distinctive features, one named “Big Pinnacle…”

…and the other “Little Pinnacle.”

And the last place mentioned by the viewer on this alignment is the Great Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio, described as an effigy mound that is 1,348-feet-, or 411-meters-, long, and 3-feet-, or almost one-meter-, high.

Two points of information I am going to bring forward about the Great Serpent Mound, before I move on to the next commenter’s suggestion, are the following:

One is the many astronomical alignments of the Great Serpent Mound…

…and the other is the historical giants’ skeletons that have been found in the area.

Next, Deb in Indy emailed me this information:

” Woodruff Place is said to be the first suburban neighborhood of Indianapolis. It came about in the 1870’s…

…and sits right next to Arsenal Technical High School. I do not believe either of these places were built when they said but nothing to see here.”

“Anyhow, I saw a statue in your video that reminded me, very much of a statue in Woodruff Place.

I will attach a photo of both so you can see as well.”

“I just wanted you to see another piece of the puzzle and Woodruff is filled with statues and fountains that don’t seem to fit the story timeline we have been told (Along with many other places here in Indy).”

Next, Stephen H. commented:

“…turn your mind to the North West of England.

In particular Liverpool…

…Chester…

…and the Wirral, the name of the Peninsula and Borough in this part of North West England…

…with the River Mersey, separating the Wirral Peninsula and Liverpool…

…with Liverpool and Birkenhead on the Wirral connected by the “Queensway” Tunnel running underneath the River Mersey, said to have opened in 1934…

…and the River Dee estuary is between the Wirral Peninsula and Wales, a place where comparatively little water occupies such a large basin.

On the Wirral Peninsula, Birkenhead expanded greatly, we are told, as a result of the Industrial Revolution…

…and was the location of the first street tramway in Great Britain in 1860, and trams in Birkenhead ran until 1937.

When I was looking for pictures of Birkenhead, I saw this one, which I have seen before.

Birkenhead Park, said to have been designed by Joseph Paxton, a gardener and greenhouse builder by trade, opened in April of 1847 and was said to be the first publicly funded civic park in the world, and visited by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1850, who was a journalist at the time, and later was credited, with no formal education, as being the “Father of American Landscape Architecture,” starting with his design, along with Calvert Vaux, of Central Park in Manhattan, of which Birkenhead Park was said to have been an inspiration for it.

Joseph Paxton was also credited with being the designer of the Crystal Palace for the 1851 Exhibition.

I firmly believe Paxton and Olmsted were both credited with feats way beyond their actual abilities as part of the new re-set historical timeline.

Other places on the Wirral Peninsula Stephen mentioned included Port Sunlight, a model village said to have been founded by a Victorian Era entrepreneur to house his factory workers…

…Eastham Woods, and Eastham Country Park, next to the River Mersey, in a location where two ferries used to operate…

…and where there used to be a zoo during the Victorian era.

This circular stone structure in the Eastham Country Park is called the Bear Pit because it was where the zoo’s bears were held…

…and here is an old stone wall at the Park where an old tree used to grow!

He mentioned the New Brighton Tower, in the seaside resort of New Brighton in the town of Wallasey in Merseyside on the Wirral Peninsula, said to have been built between 1898 and 1900, and demolished in 1919, with its metal being sold for scrap.

The building at the base of the tower is where the “Tower Ballroom” was located, which continued to be used until it was damaged by fire in 1969.

He also mentioned the very-similar-looking Blackpool Tower, said to have been inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and built starting in 1891, opening in 1894, and still remains standing in Blackpool …

…which also has a ballroom associated with it, that was fortunate enough to be restored after it was damaged by fire in 1956…

…and stands in relatively close proximity to New Brighton and the location of the other tower.

He believes that irrefutable evidence for the mudflood is available to be found in North West England, and the area is very well-documented.

The last thing I am going to look at in this first “Short and Sweet” post based on viewers’ suggestions is the song “Stranger in Moscow” from Michael Jackson’s “HIStory” album.

D. C. sent me an email suggesting I look at this song released in the mid-1990s on Michael Jackson’s 9th album.

He said he came across my work about a year ago, and has been aware of the Moorish Paradigm for about 5 years now.

While he said the music video for “Stranger in Moscow” says much more, and has an ominous vibe to it, he told me about the images at several points in the video to look at.

Here are the lyrics to “Stranger in Moscow,” with the images he points out inserted at the lyric referenced.

I was wandering in the rain
Mask of life, feelin’ insane
Swift and sudden fall from grace
Sunny days seem far away

Kremlin’s shadow belittlin’ me
Stalin’s tomb won’t let me be
On and on and on it came
Wish the rain would just let me be

How does it feel? (How does it feel?)
How does it feel?
How does it feel?
When you’re alone
And you’re cold inside

Here abandoned in my fame
Armageddon of the brain
KGB was doggin’ me
Take my name and just let me be

The quarter flipping to the backside (displaying the Tartarian eagle or TURKey) shown during choice lyrics being sung.

Then a begger boy called my name
Happy days will drown the pain
On and on and on it came
And again, and again, and again…
Take my name and just let me be.

The coffee (also known as “mud”) spills.

How does it feel? (How does it feel?)
How does it feel?
How does it feel?
How does it feel?

How does it feel? (How does it feel now?)
How does it feel?
How does it feel?
When you’re alone
And you’re cold inside

The glass breaks (firmament reference) before the downpour of rain.

How does it feel? (How does it feel?)
How does it feel?
How does it feel?
How does it feel?

How does it feel? (How does it feel now?)
How does it feel?
How does it feel?
When you’re alone
And you’re cold inside

Like a stranger in Moscow
Lord have mercy
Like a stranger in Moscow

Lord have mercy
We’re talkin’ danger
We’re talkin’ danger baby
Like a stranger in Moscow

We’re talkin’ danger
We’re talkin’ danger baby
Like a stranger in Moscow
I’m livin’ lonely

I’m livin’ lonely baby
A stranger in Moscow

The viewer D.C. said he had never heard another mention of this anywhere (on the internet or otherwise) and it crossed his eyes and consciousness at least 3 years ago, and wanted to share, and that Michael Jackson made many references to the Moorish Paradigm in his body of work.

Curious that the name of this particular album of Michael Jackson’s was “HIStory,” with the “HIS” emphasized in all caps.

I share it with you to raise the very real possibility that Truth about our world and its history is frequently shared in music, movies, television, visual arts, etc, and in a form which the real meanings are obscured so we are not aware, at least on a conscious level, that something hidden is being communicated with us.

As I said at the beginning, this is the first part in a new series called “Short and Sweet” in which I will be featuring places and topics suggested by viewers. I will focus on a few at a time, but will be doing this over a long period of time so I can get your suggestions included, and will continue to work on other projects in the in-between and around.

Who was George Peabody, the “Father of Modern Philanthropy?”

Just who was George Peabody, the “Father of Modern Philanthropy?”

George Peabody came to my attention in the interview “Secrets of the Wormholt – the Wormhole in West London.”

James Connolly mentioned philanthropist George Peabody early in our interview, and Peabody Estates very close to where he grew up in the Wormholt Estate at 37 Steventon Road in the Wormholt, a neighborhood in the Shepherd’s Bush District of West London.

What he said about the Peabody Estates piqued my curiosity, so I decided to do a deep dive and find out more about exactly who George Peabody was.

It is interesting to note that the Cleverly Estate, a Peabody Housing Trust Estate in Shepherd’s Bush that was said to have been completed in 1928, with the most elaborate features of any of their other pre-war estates and the first Peabody estate built with a bathroom in every flat…

…suffered a direct hit by a V Rocket during World War II, less than 20-years later, in 1945, killing thirty residents.

Widely regarded as the “Father of Modern Philanthropy,” George Peabody was said to have been born into a poor family in Massachusetts.

There were other major historical figures who became wealthy said to have been born into poverty or difficult circumstances.

Ones off the top of my head include:

John Molson, who was born in England in 1763.

He was said to have been orphaned at the age of 8, when first his father died, then his mother two years later. He lived with various guardians until he left England for Montreal, Quebec in 1782 at the age of 18.

This is a 1761 map of the “Isle of Montreal.”

After his arrival in Montreal, he moved in with a brewer, Thomas Loyd, and shortly thereafter became a partner of the brewery. At the age of 21, he took over the brewery completely.

He became a brewer and entrepreneur in colonial Quebec and Lower Canada.

In addition to being given the credit for financing the first public railway in Canada, the Champlain & St. Lawrence Railway, chartered in 1832 and built in 1835…

…he founded Molson Brewery in 1786 in Montreal…

…financed the first steamship built in North America in 1809, “The Accommodation…”

…and was President of the Bank of Montreal.

He was also appointed the Provincial Grand Master of the District Freemasonic Lodge of Montreal by the Duke of Sussex in 1826, a position he held for five years before resigning in 1831.

Another poor boy made good story that comes to mind is another Canadian, distiller Joseph E. Seagram.

Born in 1841 in what is now Cambridge, Ontario, his parents died when he was a child and he and his brothers were said to have been raised by clergy.

He received education at a business college and eventually learned about the distilling process at Waterloo Distillery, and ultimately bought out other owners to become the full owner, and renamed it Seagram’s. His 1907 Creation of “VO Whiskey” became the largest-selling Canadian whiskey in the world.

Seagram, like Molson, was also a freemason, and at one time Senior Warden of the Grand River Lodge, Number 151, in what is now Kitchener, Ontario, which was previously known as Berlin.

Jack Daniel, same idea.

Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was born sometime in the mid-1800s. The birth date of 1850 was on his tombstone, however, his birthdate was said to be listed as September 5th, 1846 in Tennessee state records from the time.

He was the youngest of ten children, and his mother died shortly after he was born.

When his father died in the Civil War, he ran away from home because he didn’t get along with his stepmother.

He was taken in by the local lay-preacher and distiller, Dan Call, and began to learn the distilling trade.

He was said to have received an inheritance from his father estate’s after a long dispute with his siblings was resolved, and he founded a legally-registered distilling business with Call in 1875.

Shortly afterwards, Call was said to have quit for “religious reasons.”

Jack Daniel purchased the hollow and land the distillery was located on in Lynchburg, Tennessee, after taking over the distillery in 1884.

Jack Daniel’s is a brand of Tennessee Whiskey, and the top-selling American whiskey in the world.

I couldn’t find anything about Jack Daniel being a Freemason, but I did find some interesting connections Freemasons and his whiskey.

One was a limited edition commemorative bottle of “Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey,” bottled exclusively for American Freemasons…

…and the other thing I found was a rare “Jack Daniel Whiskey Freemasonic Masonic Watch,” complete with skull and bones in between the compass and the square underneath the cover of it, that the information is no longer available for on the website where one was auctioned off.

This biographical information about these four men, including George Peabody, would be otherwise unremarkable, but isn’t it curious they all share a similar theme in childhood and how they all came into fame and fortune.

And, in addition to the connections I have found to freemasonry with Molson, Seagram, and Daniel, can I find one for George Peabody?

Well, first I found this one referring to the British Freemasonic Banker, George Peabody, on page 175, and there is a lot more on this page and others that I am going to delve into in the course of this post…

…of the book “The Secret Founding of America, the Real Story of Freemasons, Puritans & the Battle for the New World,” by Nicholas Hagger.

Peabody and J. S. Morgan Sr. became business partners in 1854, and after Peabody retired in 1864, their joint-business became known as J. S. Morgan and Company in 1864, which later became known as J. P. Morgan.

…and there are the other names I am finding on this same page in the book that are ringing bells from my past research, which I will tying in as I go.

All of this information bears a much closer look!

However, before I go any further down this Freemasonic rabbit hole, about which this book is a treasure trove of information, I am going to continue researching what we are told about George Peabody’s life, and then return to this subject because there is quite a bit that can be tied together using “The Secret Founding of America” as a guide about what has actually taken place here as opposed to what we have been told.

I didn’t know about this book’s existence until I did an internet search for “Was George Peabody a freemason?”

Here is another connection of George Peabody, where he is striking the Freemasonic “hidden hand” pose in this portrait, signifying “Master of the Second Veil.”

This is what we are told about his life.

George Peabody was born on February 18th of 1795 in South Danvers, Massachusetts, near Salem, as one of seven or eight children in a poor family, as the number of siblings varied from reference to reference.

South Danvers was re-named Peabody in his honor in 1868…

…and it became a major center of New England’s leather industry until the loss of its tanneries in the second-half of the 20th-century.

Only attending school for a few years, George left school at the age of 11 to work in his brother’s shop in Newburyport, Massachusetts, to help support his mother and siblings when his father died, and the poverty of his early years was said to have influenced his philanthropy in later years.

The George Peabody House Museum in Peabody, Massachusetts, is touted as his birthplace.