Circle Alignments on the Planet Washington, DC – Part 24 Biloxi, Mississippi to Montgomery, Alabama

In the last post, I tracked the circle alignment from New Orleans, on the Mississippi River in the southeastern part of Louisiana; across Lake Pontchartrain to Slidell in St. Tammany Parish; to Gulfport on the Gulf of Mexico coast, and the second-largest city in Mississippi after the state capital, Jackson.

I am picking up the alignment in Biloxi, part of the Biloxi-Gulfport Metropolitan area, and is a county seat of Harrison County, along with Gulfport.

Its beachfront lies directly on the Mississippi Sound. A sound is defined as a large sea or ocean inlet.

Fort Maurepas, also called Old Biloxi, and was located at present-day Ocean Springs, approximately 2-miles, or 3.2-kilometers, east of Biloxi. It was said to have been developed by the French in 1699, and we are told it burned down around 1722.

This is Fort Maurepas City Park and Nature Preserve today, which has a pavilion, large green space, playground equipment, and a splash pad.

This is an historic view of Howard Street at Lemeuse Street in Biloxi…

…and Howard Street at Lemeuse today. I find the copper turret, arches, and columns in this photo to be noteworthy.

For comparison, here is a turret from Calpe, Spain on the Mediterranean Costa Blanca. Not identical, but similar in shape.

The City Hall in Biloxi also serves as the Post Office, Courthouse, and Custom House. It was said to have been built by James Knox Taylor as the supervising architect between 1905 and 1908, with its huge columns and arches.

James Knox Taylor was also credited with being the supervising architect of approximately thirty other buildings between 1897 and 1912, like the old post office in Buffalo, New York, in 1901…

…the San Francisco post office and courthouse in 1905. This building is now the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

…and the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau in 1912.

We don’t question what we have been taught about who built this architecture because why would we?

Does it make sense to have the technology to build architecture like this built in this time period according to the history we have been taught?

Next on the alignment is Mobile, Alabama, the county seat of Mobile County and the principal municipality of the Mobile Metropolitan area.

The Fort of Colonial Mobile, also known as Fort Conde, was said to have been built by the French in 1723. Here is a map depicting it in 1725.

This is what Fort Conde looks like today.

The Old Mobile site was the location of the French settlement La Mobile and the associated Fort Louis de la Louisiane, said to have been built in 1702…

…at a place called Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff on the Mobile River.

Fort Morgan is on Mobile Point at the entrance of Mobile Bay, and said to have been built between 1819 and 1834.

This is an 1892 photograph of the Pincus Building, also known as the Zadek Building, on the corner of Dauphin Street and Royal Street in the Lower Dauphin Street Historic District.

It was said to have been built in 1891 by local architect Rudolph Benz and first housed the Zadek Jewelry Company. When I searched, no biographical information showed up about him.

This is how the Pincus Building looks today. The original round tower and spire were said to have been removed in the 1940s.

I wonder why that was done…the original building sure looked like it was built to last forever!

This is the Old City Hall and Southern Market in Mobile.

It was said to have been built between 1855 and 1857 as a combination city hall and marketplace for selling vegetables, meat, and fish. The architect was Thomas Simmons James. Like with Rudolph Benz, no biographical information came up when I searched for him.

It is said to be an Italianate style in design. Here is a detail of arcade ironwork at the Old City Hall…

…and an octagonal cupola crowning the central section.

This is the Barton Academy, the first public school in Alabama said to have been built between 1836 to 1839, and to have been designed by James Dakin, Charles Dakin, and the New Orleans architect, James Gallier.

So, how are they building buildings of this size and complexity in the 1830s, according to the history we have been taught? And for a public school?

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception was said to have been designed by Claude Beroujon, a seminarian turned architect, and built between 1835 and 1850.

This is the Passenger Terminal of the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad. It was said to have been completed in 1907, and designed by P. Thornton Marye.

He is also credited with being the architect for such buildings as the Atlanta Terminal Station, which opened in 1905, and was demolished in 1972…

…and the Birmingham Terminal Station, said to have been completed in 1909, and demolished in 1969.

Next on the alignment is Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama.

Montgomery is named for Richard Montgomery, an Irish soldier first serving in the British army, who later became a Major General in the Continental Army. He was most famous for leading the unsuccessful 1775 invasion of Canada, where he was killed.

It is interesting to note that a major general who was killed during battle in an invasion that was unsuccessful would have so many places named after him. I grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, which was named after him as well.

This is the Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery, said to have been built from 1850 to 1851. They were building massive architecture like this 10 years before the start of the American Civil War?

The capitol building is located on top of one end of Dexter Avenue, along which also lies the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor.

Both of these buildings are recognized as National Historic Landmarks by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

This is a view of the cotton marketing in Montgomery circa 1900. Note the contrast of the rudimentary horse and buggies with the architecture in the square pictured here.

The images we are conveyed historically via literature, movies and television are like these photos from Old Alabama Town in Montgomery.

The architecture from earlier time periods in American history doesn’t match up with the historical narrative.

We have had television shows like “Little House on the Prairie” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” informing us about what life was like in the 1800s just like in these pictures from Old Alabama Town. It does not include anything about the monumental architecture that is attributed to the same time period.

Montgomery was said to have had the first city-wide system of electric streetcars in 1886, known as the “Lightning Route.”

For some reason it only operated for 50 years, when in 1936, the streetcars were retired in a big ceremony and replaced by buses. Sounds like a step backwards to me!

The Garden District is a 315-acre, or 127-hectare…

…historic district in Montgomery…

…that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

The Cloverdale Historic District of Montgomery includes Huntingdon College, a private Methodist Liberal Arts College, was established in 1854 first as a women’s college, and this building, Flowers Memorial Hall, was said to have been completed in 1910.

This is an historic photo of the Montgomery Union Station, said to have been built in 1898.

It stopped being used as a railroad station in 1979, but at least the building is still standing and is utilized as the Visitors Center for Montgomery and commercial space for businesses.

Fort Toulouse is an historic park near Wetumpka, Alabama, and is considered part of the Montgomery Metropolitan area. This is said to be a replica of the original fort.

In Wetumpka, there is a place called the Jasmine Hill Gardens which is said to have full-size replica of the ancient Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece.

Must be a replica, right? There couldn’t possibly have been anything like this already here based on the history we have been taught!

West of Montgomery, at Epes in Sumter County, Alabama, was Fort Tombecbe on the Tombigbee River, said to have been built by the French between 1736 and 1737 as a trading post.

The original structure is pretty much not there anymore…

…and is located just downriver from the White Cliffs of Epes in rural Alabama.

The infinitely more famous White Cliffs of Dover are a national landmark of England.

I will end this post here, and pick up the alignment in the next post in Atlanta, Georgia.

Circle Alignments on the Planet Washington, DC – Part 23 New Orleans, Louisiana to Gulfport, Mississippi

In the last post, I tracked this circle alignment from Port Isabel, on the Gulf Coast of Texas near Brownsville; across South Padre Island; over the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico; into Louisiana at Terrebonne Parish; and ending at Houma, the Parish Seat of Terrebonne Parish.

I am picking up the alignment in New Orleans, a consolidated City-Parish located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern part of Louisiana.

The Central Business District of New Orleans is immediately north and west of…

…the snaky, s-shaped river bends of the Mississippi River winding through New Orleans.

Again, I see this signature feature of the ancient civilization around the world, like the Brisbane River as it goes through Brisbane, Australia…

…the Nile River at Juba in South Sudan…

…and the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Central Business District of called the American Quarter because it was said to have been developed in the heart of the French and Spanish settlements.

It includes Lafayette Square, a 2.5-acre, 1-hectare, park, where concerts and festivals are held.

Called the second-oldest park in New Orleans, after Jackson Square, we are told it was designed in 1788 by Charles Laveau Trudeau AKA Don Carlos Trudeau, Surveyor-General of Louisiana for the Spanish Government at the time, and later acting Mayor of New Orleans in 1812.

The Greco-Roman-looking Gallier Hall, the former City Hall of New Orleans, faces the Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue.

This huge and columned structure was said to have been built between 1845 and 1853 under the direction of James Gallier, a bankrupt Irish architect born in 1798, who emigrated to the United States in 1832.

Apparently, he promptly became well-known for his incredible architecture in the United States before his untimely death in 1866 at sea, when the “Evening Star” side-wheel steamship he and his wife were travelling on between New York and New Orleans sank 175-miles east of Savannah, Georgia, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The “Evening Star” sinking was also famous for having had on it six New Orleans Madams who had been in New York selecting new prostitutes for their brothels from “fashionable metropolitan houses.”

So a famous architect and his wife were on a side-wheel steamer that sank in the Atlantic Ocean with a ship full of prostitutes a year after the end of the devastation of the American Civil War?

This is not the first time I have come across information about an architect that was strange.

And Gallier Hall looks like how sunken Atlantean temples are frequently depicted.

Canal Street is a major thorough-fare in New Orleans, forming the upriver boundary between the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, and the Central Business District.

The building in the background in this 1960s photograph that was taken on Canal Street, behind the streetcar in the foreground…

…reminds me of this building in Times Square in New York City…

…and this one near the the Calle de Alcala, the main thoroughfare in Madrid, Spain.

This is an historic photo of Canal Street circa 1910…

..compared with this one taken in Leeds, England, in the late 1800s. The architecture in both places looks similar, as well as a similar streetcar system in the middle of the street.

How did such urban similiarities develop independently of each other across countries and continents, according to this history we have been taught?

In 1862, only 48-years earlier from the photo of the highly-urbanized Canal Street in 1910, the Battle of New Orleans was raging in the American Civil War, and New Orleans was said to have looked something like this:

It is interesting to note that while Canal Street was named for a canal that was never built, there are plenty of still-existing canals in New Orleans, as seen in this Google Earth screenshot. No telling how many have been filled-in!

Not surprisingly, south of New Orleans towards Mississippi River Delta is a town called Venice, Louisiana, the last community down the Mississippi accessible by car…

…and which has a lot of channels in the landscape.

Interesting name for this place, since Venice in Italy is the only place in the world that is heavily associated with canals.

I consistently find canal systems in cities all around the world that are not known to the general public, many of which are called rivers instead of the man-made canals they actually are. One of the many ways the ancient advanced civilization has been hidden in plain sight.

This is the River Aire in Leeds, England, for example. It is described as a natural river, but it sure looks like a canal to me!

One end of Canal Street in New Orleans terminates at the Mississippi River, where a ferry has been available since 1827 to connect to the Algiers Neighborhood, one of the oldest sections of New Orleans, on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

I believe that the particular names of places are telling us something, so Algiers in Algeria comes to mind when I see this name here, and think there is a connection between the two places somehow.

Algiers is considered to be the birthplace of Jazz. This is a statue of Louis Armstrong at the Robert E Nims Jazz Walk of Fame there.

This is the Algiers Courthouse, said to have been built on the site of the former Duverje plantation in 1896, and is described as a Moorish-influenced Richardsonian-style building.

So this piece of information provides a good lead-in to Henry Hobson Richardson, one of the architects given credit for incredible building achievements in New England, like James Gallier in New Orleans, that doesn’t match-up to his life-story.

H. H. Richardson was said to be a largely self-taught architect, who died young, and is given credit for the Ames Free Library in the foreground, and the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in the background, in North Easton, Massachusetts, as well as other examples of monumental architecture.

This style of architecture is called Richardsonian Romanesque in his honor.

I am certain there was a widespread practice of false attribution to certain architects going on to cover-up the actual Moorish Masons who built all of this infrastructure.

Adjacent to the Algiers Neighborhood on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, in the Jefferson Parish, is the city of Gretna.

This is the Jefferson Memorial in Gretna, with the Gretna City Hall seen exactly in the middle of its archway…

…compared to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Connecticut, with what is now an apartment complex in the middle of the archway…

…St. Peter’s Basilica in the middle of the archway of this bridge in Vatican City…

…the Hungarian Parliament building in the middle of these arches at the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest…

…and at the Qutb Minar Complex in New Delhi, India, the Qutb Minar is seen through this archway here…

…and at the same complex we find the Delhi Iron Column perfectly centered in this archway at the Quwwat-ul Mosque.

I am going to be dedicating a future blog post to feature the many examples like this of symmetry, proportion and alignment that I have found around the world between archways, and not only architecture, but what are called natural features as well.

It is called “framing” in photography, but this effect would not occur without the existence of a perfect alignment in the first place which is intentional, and not random.

Back to Canal Street.

Canal Street divides the traditional “downtown” area from the “uptown” area.

Downtown includes the French Quarter, Treme, Faubourg Marigny, and Bywater, and Uptown includes Irish Channel, Broadmoor, and Fontainebleau.

I will highlight a both downtown and uptown neighborhood.

In Downtown, the French Quarter, or Vieux Carre Historic District, the oldest section of New Orleans.

Originally called the Place d’Armes, Jackson Square is the oldest park in New Orleans, and named after Andrew Jackson, the victorious general of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, where British troops were defeated.

It is where, in 1803, Louisiana was made a United States Territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase at the Cabildo, said to have been built between 1795 and 1799.

St. Louis Cathedral is next to the Cabildo on Jackson Square. The most recent cathedral is said to have been expanded from the original structure in 1850. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

On the other side of St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square is the Presbytere, said to have been designed to match the Cabildo, and completed in 1813. It has been part of the Louisiana State Museum since 1911.

The Pontalba Buildings form two sides of Jackson Square, matching red-brick, one-block-long, four-story buildings said to have been built by the Baroness Micaela Almanester Pontalba.

The Upper Pontalba…

…along with the Lower Pontalba are considered the oldest continuously occupied apartment buildings in the United States.

In Uptown, the Broadmoor is considered a quiet, peaceful neighborhood with about 7,000 residents. I think the spelling of the name of the neighborhood is telling us about the Moors. I don’t think it is happenstance, or without meaning in this regard.

There are a number of beautiful and historic homes, churches, and commercial buildings in Broadmoor.

This is the Hubert Building in Broadmoor…

…compared with this building in Centro Historic District of Merida, Mexico.

I find examples of this same style of street-corner architecture around the world.

Broadmoor includes areas of the lowest-lying ground in New Orleans, and has been hard-hit by flooding, in 1995 with the Louisiana flood, and was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Next on the alignment is Slidell, on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish.

It was said to have been founded in 1882 and 1883 during the construction of the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad (N.O.N.E.) connecting New Orleans to Meridian, Mississippi.

Slidell is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Interstates 10, 12, 59, and U. S. Highway 11.

The I-10 Twin Span bridge runs six-miles from Slidell over Lake Pontchartrain to New Orleans East.

It was extensively damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005…

…and by 2010, both spans were re-built and opened to traffic.

Slidell is also the global headquarters for the automotive manufacturer and military contractor Textron Marine and Land Systems, manufacturing armored vehicles, turrets, advanced marine craft, and other weapons systems.

Between the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain, there are two places of interest to me as shown here on Google Earth – Eden Isles and Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

These sure look like artificial islands to me…

…like what was seen at Port Isabel, Texas…

…and Venice, Florida, in the last post.

Next on the alignment is Gulfport, the second-largest city in Mississippi after the state capital, Jackson.

It is home to the U. S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees, the Naval Construction Force.

The City of Gulfport was founded by William H. Hardy, and incorporated in 1898. He was the President of the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad that connected inland lumber mills to the coast.

Ship Island refers to a barrier island off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was split into West Ship Island and East Ship Island by Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Fort Massachusetts is on West Ship Island, said to have been built following the War of 1812. Interesting to note that it incorporates both bricks and earthworks.

Here is a timeline of when architecture in Gulfport was supposed to have been built, from its incorporation in 1898 to 1916.

This is an historic photo of Gulfport circa 1905…

…which appears to be showing Gulfport’s Old Courthouse as already built.

Next is palatial First United Methodist Church of Gulfport, said to be one of the oldest places of worship on the Gulf Coast.

This is what the stained glass of the dome looks like inside the First United Methodist Church.

Here is a 1912 photograph showing the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad Headquarters on the left, and the Great Southern Hotel on the right.

And last is the Carnegie Library, which is said to have opened in November of 1916. Interesting that they would have been opening a library building that looks like this in the the middle of World War I, which took place between July 28th 1914, and November 11th, 1918.

I am going to end this post here, and pick up the alignment in Biloxi, Mississippi in the next post.

Circle Alignments on the Planet Washington, DC – Part 22 Port Isabel, Texas to Houma, Louisiana

In the last post, I tracked the alignment from San Luis Potosi, a gold and silver mining hub; and followed it through various places in Tamaulipas State, including its capital Victoria, and Matamoros, Mexico, on the United States border; to Brownsville, on the Gulf coast of south Texas.

I am picking up the alignment in Port Isabel, part of the Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville and Matamoros-Brownsville metropolitan areas, and has a population of approximately 5,000 people.

It is located beside the Laguna Madre Bay, one of six hypersaline (or saltier than the ocean) lagoons worldwide…

…as is the Laguna Madre y Delta del Rio Bravo of Tamaulipas State in Mexico, mentioned in the previous blog post, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico coast just south of the Laguna Madre in Texas.

The tidal flats and barrier island beaches of the Laguna Madre Bay in Texas represent the largest continuous expanse of suitable habitats in North America for migrating and wintering shore birds…

…and is the most productive Texas bay fishery, and one of the best places to fish for red drum, black drum, and spotted sea trout in North America.

The Laguna Madre Bay is a negative estuary, where seawater flows in rather than out.

The otherwise land-locked Laguna Madre Bay has two channels connecting it to the Gulf of Mexico. One is at Port Isabel, which becomes the 17-mile, or 27-kilometer, Brownsville Ship Channel…

…and the other is at Port Mansfield.

I find the two jetties at the entrance of the channel leading to Port Mansfield to be of interest, because their appearance…

…is reminiscent of these at Venice, Florida…

…and the South Inlet of the Grand Lucayan Waterway at Lucaya, near Freetown, on Grand Bahama Island.

I believe these jetties and channels were part of an ancient worldwide canal system that has been deliberately removed from our awareness, and I will be exploring this subject in more depth in this post.

For instance, this is a view from Google Earth showing artificially-made channels and canals throughout the city of Port Isabel.

Still going to use Venice in Florida shown here on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico for a comparison because these two communities have strikingly similar characteristics, like the residential neighborhoods on artificial islands surrounded by water.

This is a long, straight channel in Venice, Florida, similar to the Brownsville Ship Channel that starts at Port Isabel.

Not only that, they are practically directly across the Gulf of Mexico from each other. If they are not exactly, it is close.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse is a symbol of the city, and said to have been built in 1852. Note that it is sitting on a geometric earthwork that looks like a mound.

Padre Island is next on the alignment, where it crosses over South Padre Island. Padre Island is the world’s longest barrier island.

Barrier islands are coastal landforms, and we are told a type of dune system that is either exceptionally flat, or lumpy areas of sand formed by wave or tidal action.

Not exactly the most solid ground to build on, which makes the wisdom of building resorts like South Padre Island, and by no means is it the only example, on barrier islands rather questionable.

Especially in a part of the world where hurricanes are common. South Padre Island was hit by Hurricane Beulah in 1967; Hurricanes Dolly & Ike in 2008; and Hurricane Alex in 2010.

Nice place to visit, but don’t think I want to live there.

South Padre Island is only connected to the mainland by the Queen Isabella Causeway, named for Queen Isabella of Christopher Columbus fame.

From South Padre Island, the alignment crosses into the Gulf of Mexico, an ocean basin and marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

A marginal sea is a division of an ocean that is partially enclosed by islands or peninsulas.

The Gulf of Mexico is bounded on the northeast, north, and northwest by the United States; the southwest and south by Mexico; and the southeast by Cuba.

As the alignment heads towards Louisiana, it crosses the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the only sanctuary site located in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Flower Garden Banks are said to have been formed when underlying salt domes forced the seafloor upwards, creating rises and banks.

These were then said to be conducive to reef formation.

So that’s the official explanation.

I’ll just leave a photo here for your consideration of the underwater pyramid city that was discovered in western Cuban waters.

The alignment crosses into Louisiana in Terrebonne Parish. It is the second-largest parish in the state in terms of land area.

The alignment goes through Houma, the largest city and parish seat of Terrebonne Parish.

The city is named after the Houma people, who have state recognition as a tribe, but for some reason they do not have federal recognition.

The Houma people are said to be related to the Choctaw…

…who are related to the Washitaw Mu’urs. This is the recently deceased Empress of the Washitaw, Verdiacee Tiara Washington Turner Goston El Bey.

The Washitaw were recognized as the oldest indigenous civilization on earth by the United Nations in 1993. And yet we have never heard of them?

The Washitaw Mu’urs are also known as the Ancient Ones, and the Mound Builders.

The ancient Imperial seat of the Washitaw, called Washitaw Proper, was in the area around Monroe, in northern Louisiana. The Washitaw Empire was vast. They were somehow completely removed from our collective memory, yet completely relevant to the information I am bringing forward.

This is Houma Elementary School, with its beautiful brick-work. It seems like architectural over-kill for an elementary school to me.

So does El Paso High School for that matter! More like a government building or art museum, but then again, who really built all of the massive architecture that exists everywhere, all around us?

It is hidden in plain sight without us questioning it simply because we haven’t been told anything about it and/or accept what we are told.

The Houmas House Plantation is in Burnside, Louisiana, near New Orleans. It was said to have been established in the 1700s, and its main house completed in 1840. The land it is on was said to have been purchased from the Houmas.

So, who really built this plantation? This is what is called a Garconniere, or bachelor apartment on the Houmas House grounds. It has a distinctly Moorish-look to me.

For comparison to the garconniere in Louisiana is the Moorish architecture and dome that is seen through this archway in Seville, Spain.

Before I take leave of the city of Houma, here is what looks like a canal in downtown Houma…

…as well as another one between Houma’s Twin Bridges.

Southeast of Houma, and on the other side of New Orleans, is the Mississippi River Delta, where you see perfectly straight channels covering the landscape as far as the eyes can see.

The same thing is seen in the Nile Delta in Egypt.

I am going to end this post here, and pick up the alignment in New Orleans in the next post.