There were many interesting comments that came up from viewers relating to the places and subjects mentioned in “Short and Sweet #9,” some of which I will be including in this post as follow-up, and am also going to feature new subjects as I work my way through the long list of comments I have received from you all.
With regards to the subject of public art that is/was highly visible, and quite bizarre, if not downright disturbing, here are some follow-up comments from viewers.
DB was reminded of some of the statues at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which was founded in by WalMart heiress Alice Walton, and opened to the public in November of 2011…
…which has on its grounds one of those massive spiders mentioned in the last post named “Maman,” by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, as commented on by viewers LR and AI.
AI also mentioned the bug-like-look of the architecture of the museum.
You know, she might be on to something there ~ it’s not at all hard to find bug images that resemble the architecture of the Crystal Bridges Museum!
Also, VW commented that all these same spider statues found worldwide reminded her of the mind flayer from the Netflix show Stranger Things.
THE shared that the Parx Casino and Racetrack entrance in Bensalem, Pennsylvania has the same disembodied horse’s head named “Horse at Water” that was displayed at the Marble Arch in London, as it turns out, is exactly the same sculpture done by British Sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green.
The Parx Casino and Racetrack Complex is the Number One gaming and live thoroughbred racing venue in the region.
Okay ~ I get it!
They seem to be trying to make a connection between the disembodied horse’s head as somehow symbolizing horses in general and therefore perfectly natural to have at the entrance of a thoroughbred horse-racing venue.
No matter how they try to spin it, though, the disembodied horse’s head is still perceived as creepy in the public eye.
IN commented about a statue called “The Child Eater” in Bern, Switzerland.
There are many stories surrounding it as to the meaning of it.
No one knows for sure where the idea came from, but why is a statue like this even existing in the first place?
It is part of one of the oldest fountains in Bern, with a construction date of 1546, of a giant eating one baby, with more babies depicted on and around the giant.
E79 left a comment letting me know about the new”Shhh” statue in New Jersey, which is on the waterfront in Jersey City, facing New York City.
Officially called “Water’s Soul,” it is a brand-new 80-foot, or 24-meter, -high, sculpture on private property that will be officially unveiled on October 21st.
E79 in New Jersey also brought the Spotted Lanternfly to my attention, since I have talked about invasive, non-native species in my two most recent posts.
The Spotted Lantern Fly comes from parts of Asia, where it is kept in check by natural predators, and was first recorded in the United States in September of 2014, and is found in eastern seaboard states, besides New Jersey, like Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio.
It flies or jumps into its preferred plant hosts, and causes serious damage including oozing sap; wilting; leaf-curling; and dieback in trees, vines, crops, and other types of plants.
LYT commented that in Las Vegas there is a small statue of a golden lion with red jewel like eyes with seven pink lizards facing it in a circle around it on a median near Sahara and Decatur.
Part of a county art project, it was moved there from its original location at the Decatur and Flamingo intersection because the lion was stolen days after it was installed back in 2016, and the lizards, which are also called alligators or crocodiles, were vandalized.
KyB added to the list of unusual public art in Las Vegas that includes several life-size and life-like Seward Johnson sculptures on display , like the ones found at New Jersey’s “Grounds for Sculpture” mentioned in the last post, including one called “Water Power…”
…and another called “Match Point,” among several others.
With regards to bringing up the subject of asking what the actual purpose of ferris wheels might be besides fun for the public in the last post, because of seeing one close to one of Seward Johnson’s “Awakening” sculpture of a distressed giant struggling to emerge from the Earth at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland…
…I got the following feedback from viewers.
XE commented that if you delve into the science of flywheel energy storage, the scale and mass of a ferris wheel could be explained as a solid-state battery of sorts especially if one considers the idea of mechanical work in the use of gears and gearing ratios…
…and XE said in the case that the oceans used to be higher by around 16-feet, or 5-meters globally, the ferris-wheel with buckets attached to where the benches or gondolas are would be capable of harnessing hydroelectric generation from the force of the incoming tide and persistent waves.
Another viewer, IG, said that ferris wheels are artificial PORTALS, and here’s an article I found addressing that issue.
BB in Australia asked if I was aware of the climate-controlled, indoor Ferris Wheel in Ashgabat, the capital of the Central Asian country of Turkimenistan.
This is a view of the white marble buildings of Ashgabat from the ferris wheel…
…and this is a closer view of what is known as the “White Marble City.”
Considered to perhaps be the world’s strangest city, there definitely seems to be a big story hidden in the country with the smallest population of the Central Asian Republics!
BB also mentioned the funicular that was at Cloudland in Brisbane, Australia, from my mention of Buda Castle’s funicular in Budapest in the last post as well.
Cloudland, also known as Luna Park, along with the Luna Parks in Sydney and Melbourne, and was used as a Ballroom and Dance Hall, and BB said Cloudland was a HUGE thing during the 40’s when the US troops were here, and many local girls married GI’s.
He said the Cloudland dancing floor was naturally-sprung, and when the dancers were pumping, the floor could bounce around nine inches.
BB said the Ballroom dancing floor was refurbished in 1951, and his father bought some of the original timber and built their house out of it.
He said you cannot buy, for love nor money, that quality of timber anymore.
BB said the Cloudland Funicular was demolished in 1967 and was non-functional a few years before that, and that on November 7th of 1982, the famous ballroom and dance hall itself was demolished by a developer, and the Cloudland Apartments occupy the former location of this iconic landmark.
NV brought another funicular that I was not aware of to my attention, and that is the still-operational funicular at the Chateau Frontenac in Québec City.
Now onto some new places and topics.
PA suggested that I look at the island of Ibiza, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands near the eastern coast of Spain.
He mentioned the Es Vedra of Ibiza.
The legends of Es Vedra, described as a limestone outcropping 1,312-feet, or 400-meters, above sea-level, include: it being the tip of the legendary Atlantis…
…it is the third most-magnetic place on Earth after the North Pole and Bermuda Triangle…
…it is a major energy vortex…
…and it is the location of where the limestone for Egyptian pyramids came from because of the maximum concentration of energy found in it.
PA also mentioned there there are fountains galore in ibiza, like this one in San Antonio…
…and this one in Ibiza Town.
The star-shape of what are called “Renaissance Walls” enclose the oldest part of Ibiza Town.
Called the “Dalt Vila,” or “High Town,” said to date from the 16th-century as a stunning example of classic Renaissance Military architecture, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Modern Ibiza Town is known for its exciting night life, and one of its several internationally-renowned clubs is named “Amnesia.”
DE in England sent me information about the Rushton Triangular Lodge.
Said to have been designed by Sir Thomas Tresham between 1593 and 1597 near Rushton in England’s Northamptonshire, and is called a “folly.”
The construction stones used were alternating bands of dark and light limestone.
A “folly” is defined as a building constructed primarily for decoration, typically in gardens, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or has such an extravagant appearance that it goes beyond usual garden buildings.
Sir Thomas Tresham was said to have been a Roman Catholic who was imprisoned for 15 years in the late 16th-century for refusing to become a Protestant, and upon his release from prison in 1593, he designed the Triangular Lodge as a profession of his faith, with his belief in the Holy Trinity being represented everywhere in the Lodge by the number 3.
The Rushton Triangular Lodge can be seen on the cover of the 2014 “Sun Structures” album of the English Psychodelic band “Temples.”
NJ asked me what my thoughts were on the possible correlation between the mud flood and trench warfare during WW1, and suggested they could have possibly been fighting over the very ground they were trying to dig out of.
I had never thought about this before, but in retrospect with everything that is coming out about the mud flood now, this idea certainly makes a lot of sense from that perspective.
According to our historical narrative, Trench warfare utilized occupied fighting lines of trenches, which were said to have in effect, protected the troops within them from small arms fire, and to a certain extent, artillery fire.
The use of trenches as a military tactic expanded during World War I, when they were used extensively, starting in September of 1914, only a month after the start of the war, on the Western Front, which was the main theater of war during the war.
Both sides of the conflict constructed elaborate trench, underground, and dugout systems opposite each other, along a front, and they ran barbed wire between the two sides as a protection against assault.
The attacks that did happen between the two sides often sustained severe casualties, like the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest battles of World War I.
It took place between July 1st and November 18th of 1916, between British and French allied forces on one side, and the German Empire on the other, along an 18-mile, or 29-kilometer stretch of the Somme River in France.
More than 3 million men fought in the battle, and 1 million were killed or wounded, making it among the bloodiest battles in history.
After World War I, the term “trench warfare” became slang for stalement and futility in conflict.
Next, I am going to look at is Ebbetts Pass in California based on viewer JM’s recommendation.
Ebbetts Pass is a high mountain pass through the Sierra Nevada Range in Alpine County, California, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.
Early explorer Jedediah Smith was reputed to have used this particular mountain pass when crossing the Sierra Nevadas on one of his exploratory journeys in 1827…
…but the pass got its name from John Ebbetts, a fur-trader-turned-guide for California Gold Rush “Forty-Niners,” who claimed to have led a string of pack mules through the high-mountain pass in April of 1851, and was said to believe for a time that the pass he had used would be suitable for transcontinental railroad.
Ebbetts Pass today is one of the least travelled passes in the Sierra Nevadas.
It has very steep sections with hairpin corners and the eastern slope is particular difficult with many blind hairpin corners, and is usually closed during the winter months between November and sometimes as late as May.
JM sent me these photos that he took on a hiking trip through there.
Like this one showing what appears to be something silty and loose covering of the landscape here…
…and in this photo you can see stone outcroppings with straight edges and lines.
And here are photos JM took of very intriguing-looking piles of rocks that look like they have been formed into that cluster somehow.
I am going to end this post here.
There’s much to think about, and in the next installments of “Short & Sweet,” I will continue to provide food for thought as I explore the many places and topics viewers have suggested to me.
I am working my way through the long list of comments I have received from you all, and in this installment am going to primarily focus on what is called public art that is/was highly visible, and quite bizarre, if not downright disturbing, as well as looking at several more places viewers’ have suggested.
This will be an on-going series, and it will take me awhile to go through the long list of what I have received so far , so if you have left a comment, or emailed me a suggestion, please bear with me as I work my way through them, and all the connections that I find a long with them!
If you have already made a comment, and haven’t seen anything about it yet, please feel free to comment about it again to make sure I have it on my list.
To start with, there are two subjects from the last post that I am going to revisit based on some notable comments I received.
The first subject is the Underground network stemming from what I shared about Underground Springfield, Missouri.
One commenter, LN, said that there is a huge mansion called The Pensmore in Highlandville, Missouri, and located above the network of tunnels in Springfield.
It is one of the largest homes in the United States, and was designed to withstand earthquakes, tornadoes and bomb blasts.
It’s construction is reported as having started in 2008 and it is still under construction today.
SA used to live just down the street from the Springfield Underground, and was a long-haul trucker at the time and made many different pick-ups and deliveries in the Springfield Underground and others, and said there are several more undergrounds like Springfield, in and around Kansas City – at Lenexa KS…
…SubTropolis in Kansas City, Missouri, which calls itself the “World’s Largest Underground Business Complex…”
…and in Carthage, MO, where the underground there is a collection of marble quarries.
SA’s question while down in there was always “how old are they and how did they build them?”
The answer given never quite hit the mark, and Missouri is “The Cave State,” after all.
Another commenter said that AmeriCold is the largest World Wide owner of underground facilities like these, and that these facilities are highly-classified areas.
AmeriCold started out as “Atlantic Coal and Ice” when Atlanta businessman Ernest Woodruff merged three cold storage warehouses, in 1903, and grew out of many more mergers and acquistions of cold storage companies.
Since 2010 when it acquired Versacold, AmeriCold became the largest, temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution services provider in the world…
…and is controlled by the Yucaipa Companies, an American Private Equity firm specializing in private equity and venture capital for middle-market companies, growth capital, industry consolidation; leveraged buy-outs; and turnaround investments.
Here is a history of the company’s activities from between 1987 and 2014.
I definitely get the feeling that this subterranean subject leads to the Mother of All Rabbit Holes….
The second subject I am going to revisit is based on my mention of the Japanese vine Kudzu in the last post, which has introduced in the United States at the 1872 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
It was promoted as a forage crop and ornamental plant until 1953, and planted by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s at the behest of the Soil Conservation Service for erosion control.
Problem is, it kills other plants by smothering them underneath a solid blanket of leaves, and eventually takes over everything in its path, which raises the question about whether or not the Kudzu take-over of the South is an unintended consequence…or a planned act of environmental destruction?
PL left a comment in response to my mention of the kudzu plant, saying there are other possible biological terrorist acts to consider.
One is the Burmese python invasion in the Florida Everglades…
…where the pythons are taking over the land and killing many of the native species.
Researchers estimate there are anywhere between 30,000 and 300,000 of these pythons in South Florida.
The other is the Apple Snail problem in southwest Louisiana’s rice and crawfish farms, and are an invasive species that are not native here.
Apple Snails consume large quantities of plants, and damage important habitats for native fish and wildlife, and overpopulate their environments.
He said we are told that pet owners released these invasive species in significant enough numbers to produce breeding populations, and that those telling us this wont even consider a possible act of terrorism when it would be so easy to pull off.
Now on to new subjects.
RT suggested that I look into two identical sculptures entitled “The Awakening.”
Before I share what both of the “The Awakening’s” look like, I would like to insert that they were designed by John Seward Johnson II of the Johnson and Johnson family.
Seward Johnson was the grandson of Robert Wood Johnson…
…who had joined in partnership with his two brothers – James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson – in founding Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1886, becoming a major manufacturer of sterile surgical supplies, household products, and medical guides.
Seward Johnson was best-known for designing life-size bronze statues that were castings of people that were engaged in day-to-day activities, and he was the founder of the “Grounds for Sculpture” in 1992 in Hamilton,New Jersey, constructed on the location of the former Trenton Speedway, which was at the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds, both of which were closed at the same time in 1980.
Interesting that they would construct a sculpture garden on what would have been a power-node related to the State Fairgrounds and Trenton Speedway.
Now, here’s what I can find out about Seward Johnson’s creation “The Awakening.”
It is a 72-foot, or 22-meter, statue that depicts a giant embedded in the Earth, struggling to free himself.
There is one at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
It consists of 5 aluminum pieces buried in the ground in such a way that it gives the impression of a distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground…
…with mouth in mid-scream as the giant struggles to emerge from the Earth.
Now seeing the Ferris Wheel across the way in this photo brings to mind a commenter’s question about what the deal is with Ferris Wheels.
I don’t know the answer to that question, but its a great question because they show up in a lot of places all over the world.
Are Ferris Wheels for the purpose of having fun, or do they have an ulterior purpose unbeknownst to the general public.
There is an identical sculpture in Chesterfield, Missouri.
There was even a duplicate of “The Awakening” that made a limited appearance at the”Grounds for Sculpture” for a Seward Johnson Retrospective a couple of years ago.
SV shared with me some information about statuary at the Marble Arch in London.
The architect John Nash (b. 1752 – d. 1835) was considered one of the foremost architects of the Regency Era, during the Georgian era from 1714 to 1830…
…and was credited with designing the Marble Arch in London in 1827, as the state entrance to the ceremonial courtyard of Buckingham Palace.
It is also interesting to note that only members of the royal family and its troop are permitted to pass through the arch in ceremonial processions.
SV explained that the Marble Arch is at a junction of very heavy traffic, redirecting cars and people along really important roads, such as Edgware Road, and Oxford Street…
…and that just beside the Arch are grounds with a small water pool, and fountains, where the Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture Programme displays its commissions.
She said this statue was on display at the Marble Arch Park starting in 2015 until 2016, called ‘She Guardian,’ by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov.
While indications are the image was intended to be a “symbol of female strength and a desire to care for the young,” it’s effect on most on-lookers was that it appeared as demonic, “looking ready to devour with its fangs bared and the huge tips of its wings honed into giant spears.”
How about the bronze sculpture of a giant disembodied horses’ head captured as though the horse was drinking, sculpted by British artist Nic Fiddian-Green and installed at Marble Arch in 2011.
Ten-years later moved to a spot near Hyde Park Corner in May of 2021.
In 2016, David Breuer-Weil’s, 20-foot, or six-meter, high bronze sculpture called the “Brothers” was featured next to the Marble Arch, representing the joining together of two separate but connected individuals that, in this case, are siblings, joined by the head.
Here are some examples of David Breuer-Weil’s other sculptures around London, very reminiscent of Seward Johnson’s “Awakening” sculptures of the distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground.
Other sculptures of the Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture Programme have included:
Danse Gwenedour by Bushra Fakhoury in 2017, inspired by a dance performed by French villagers in Pourlet Country in Brittany.
Interesting take on the dancers in the sculpture, with no clothes and wearing bird-like-masks, unlike the dancers in Brittany, who are fully-dressed, and without those masks.
The dancers are depicted like birds, maybe?
Another sculpture by David Breuer-Weil was featured next to the Marble Arch in 2018, called “Flight…”
…and in December 2019, the featured sculpture was called “The Orphans, the Elephants of Tomorrow,” the work of artists Gillie and Marc.
The exhibit featured 21 life-size bronze elephants, a mother and 20 orphaned elephants, each orphan symbolizing a real elephant that lived at the “Sheldricke Wildlife Trust” in Kenya.
…and the one that is showing now is called “The Mound,” by Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV.
The reason I found given for the Mound having been commissioned by the Westminster Council, was at least in part, a novelty experience to give people a reason to come back to the shops in Westminster, which have suffered a decline in business in the last couple of years.
Other examples of unusual public art that I am aware of include:
The two headless, but otherwise well-muscled, bodies greeting the people who come to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, one male and one female, by California sculptor Robert Graham…
…the trolls at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest south of Louisville, Kentucky, made from recycled wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, and which have been on the grounds since 2019….
…the sculpture entitled the “Statue of the Resurrection,” said to depict Jesus rising from a crater in the Garden of Gethsemane, as well as the anguish of mankind living under the threat of nuclear war, and is located right behind where the Pope sits…
…in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican…
…enormous spider statues, called “Maman,” originally designed by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, that are found at various permanent locations all over the world, including, but not limited to the Tate Modern in London…
…the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa…
…and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain….
…and lastly the public statues that are found in Frogner Park, also known as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, in Oslo, Norway, dedicated to the works of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, and the centerpiece of the park is his 46-foot, or 14-meter, -high sculpture called “The Monolith.”
“The Monolith” is described as a symbolic sculpture consisting of 121 intertwined human figures, and said to represent the human desire to reach out to the Divine.
There are thirty-six sculptural groups situated immediately around “The Monolith,” including these…
…and these as well are found in the park.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is the largest sculpture park in the world by one artist, with over 200 sculptures by Vigeland.
The human figures of all of the statues are naked, and the park’s overall theme is said to be the “Human Experience.”
These are just a few examples of these sculptures found in a public setting.
There are many more here, and they are all extremely disturbing.
All I had to do to find this place, which I had heard about in the past, was search for “creepy statue in Oslo, Norway.”
I wonder what are they telling us they are not telling us they are telling us with all of this creepy public art?
Is all of this public art some sort of soft disclosure, to circumvent the requirement of needing to tell us what they have done to Humanity, and are doing, without telling us they are telling us?
Putting this artwork in places where people can interact with it and accept it as “Art,” without knowing it is communicating to us something that has been very well-hidden about the world we are living in?
Next, RK suggested that I look into Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary.
I am somewhat familiar with what is found at Buda Castle from past research, and this is a great place to bring it up, from what I already know about it.
I will get to that in a moment.
First, a quick review of what we are told about the history of Buda Castle.
It was the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian Kings, and first completed in 1265 AD, and that later, between 1749 and 1769, the massive Baroque palace occupying most of the site was built
The original royal palace was destroyed during World War II…
…and rebuilt in a simplified Stalin Baroque-style during the Kadar-era, with the reconstruction work on the castle completed in 1966.
Janos Kadar was a Hungarian Communist leader, and General-Secretary of the Hungarian-Socialist Workers’ Party from 1956 to 1988.
RK’s mother was involved in the reconstruction work on the complex.
The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular was said to have been first built in 1870.
Part of the destruction of the complex during World War II, it reopened in June of 1986.
Today, Buda Castle is home to the Hungarian National Art Gallery…
…and the Budapest History Museum.
There is also a labyrinth under Buda Castle, and this directly connects back to the underground network I spoke about at the beginning of this post, as well as something below the surface here that connects back to what we saw in London’s public art scene.
The Buda Castle labyrinth under Buda Caslle Hill is part of a huge underground system, complete with caves, thermal springs, basements and cellars.
Among other features, there are five separate labyrinths encompassing nine halls.
There is not much detail in the information I can find about this place.
I am going to specifically look at the Crowned Head in the Ottoman Alley because I know what is there from past research.
This half-crowned-head is found in there.
I find it to be extremely odd.
To me, this giant head looks more like a petrified head with long-gone eyes, that is covered up to the nose and ears by mud, than an intentional work of art…
…and this is the most I can find out about it in a search – that it was said to be a symbol of the downfall of the independent Hungarian kingdom.
I can find nothing about it being a work of art.
Yet this crowned-half-head underneath Buda Castle looks remarkably like the David Breuer-Weil sculpture called the “Visitor” back in London.
I don’t know the big picture answer of what we are actually looking at here.
I can only point out the similarity, and high strangeness, of both half-heads.
Next, KH was looking at old books of Tartaria in Asia, in an effort to match historical places with modern-day sites, and she came across an example of what she described as the apparent destruction of one of the sites.
She saw two forms of destruction though – one that is old and the other is being carried out today, as they are obliterating the past more and more.
Here is the picture she was looking at and trying to match it to modern day.
She found other references to the place in other old books, but could not find a modern day name, until she stumbled across an old picture of the mountain which led her to the town today.
The picture is entitled “Schamachy,” which she said was part of Persia at the time.
It was one of the key towns of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road that connected East and West.
Today, it is the city of “Shamakhi,” in Azerbaijan, in what is considered the South Caucasus region that spans Asia and Europe.
The Caucasus Mountain region is a part of the world that has been hotly-contested in the quest for who’s in control of it, and has seen much civil warfare, as well as horrible atrocities and genocide including what would be termed as ethnic cleansing, well into the present-day into modern times, including, but not limited to, the state of armed conflict which still exists between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region which is situated between the two countries, and which is officially-recognized as Azerbaijan’s territory, but it is occupied by Armenia.
There has been a literal blood-bath going on in this region for a very long-time.
KH said in the old image you can see where Shamakhi once was a star city.
Some places you can tell used to be star cities on modern maps and Google Earth, with the presence of bastions and such, or outlines of where they were, like Trujillo, Peru, pictured here…
…but apparently Shamakhi is not one of those places where you easily see where it was.
KH was very interested in the city on the hill in the background of the picture image of old Schamachy, and what I am able to find in a search is the location of, and information on, a place relatively nearby called the Gulustan Fortress.
In ruins, the legendary Gulustan Fortress of Shamakhi was said to have been built in the 8th- and 9th-centuries on top of a 656-foot, or 200-meter, -high rocky mountain in the northwest of Shamakhi, and we are told it existed until the end of the 16th-century, having been badly damaged by wars and earthquakes.
Interesting how the original masonry looks all covered over by earth and grass in these photographs of the ruins!
I think looking around the Gulustan Fortress area is even more telling about what might have actually taken place here.
The Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum complex and cemetery, also known as the “Seven Domes of Shamakhi,” is located at the foot of the Gulustan Fortress mountain.
Three of the seven mausoleums remain undamaged, and were said to have been built by the architect Usta Taghi in the early 19th-century, starting in 1810, for the family of Mustafa Khan, the last Khan of Shamakhi, who ruled from 1794 to 1820.
This mausoleum here is of particular interest to me for a number of reasons.
The slanted Earth on the side of the mausoleum;
The crooked appearance of the mausoleum from the entrance;
The grass growing on the stone roof;
The stones scattered in the grass;
And the large, in several cases pointed & slanted, ancient stones of what we are told was a cemetery.
I am very sure there is much more to find here in Azerbaijan, but I am going to stop here, and pick up the trail of explorations from your wonderful suggestions in the next “Short & Sweet” installment.
I am going to continue to share photographs and videos viewers have shared with me, and the information they have gathered, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live, in this installment, as well as continuing to look at places viewers have suggested.
JPT left a comment about already noticing many mudflood building around town, which was “founded” in 1804, and said that when the next-door neighbor was tearing down an old shed recently, the excavator dug slightly into an embankment, and started digging out massive megalithic stones that were huge, 4-feet by 2-feet easily, and shared these photos with me.
JPT said the large stones seemed quite unexpected, and had been buried beneath brick about 10-feet, or 3-meters, or more.
It is interesting that NV left me a comment today with Rudyard Kipling’s entire 1902 poem “The Palace,” just one day after I have finished writing about JPT’s neighbor’s unexpected megaliths.
As much as I enjoyed reading when I was younger, and I read a number of the classics of literature as a teenager beyond what was required reading, I never got into Kipling much beyond Disney’s “Jungle Book” and whatever was required reading of his for high school English classes, so I didn’t know about this one at all.
Here is Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Palace”:
Going back to the first verse, it says: “When I was a King and a Mason – a Master proven and skilled – I cleared me a ground for a palace such as a king should build, I decreed and dug down to my levels. Presently, under the silt, I came on the wreck of a palace such as a King had built.
Silt is defined as fine sand, clay, or other material carried by running water and deposited as a sediment, so it may also exist as soil or a sediment mixed in suspension with water…
…and silt is also associated with liquefaction, which occurs, for one thing, with high-intensity earthquakes.
And was Rudyard Kipling himself a Freemason?
Come to find out, he most certainly was!
Another commenter, SG, sent me the following information related to Rochester, Minnesota.
Rochester is the home of the Mayo Clinic.
She said Dr. William W. Mayo seems to have come from nowhere.
William Worrall Mayo was born in Salford England…
…and studied in Manchester as a scientist under the noted chemist John Dalton, who was credited with developing the modern atomic theory of matter and devising a table of relative atomic weights.
Mayo left England for America in 1846, and landed a job as a pharmacist at the Bellevue Hospital in New York City, the oldest public hospital in the United States.
He didn’t stay there long, as he moved progressively westward, from Buffalo, New York, to Lafayette, Indiana, and in 1849, assisted in a cholera outbreak there, after which he was said to have attended Indiana Medical College in LaPorte, Indiana, and graduated in February of 1850.
The same year Mayo was said to have graduated from the Indiana Medical College in 1850, was the same year it stopped offering classes, according to this historical marker….
…and by 1856, according to this article, the building in Laporte that housed the Indiana Medical College burned down, destroying most of the college’s records.
He and his family ended up in Minnesota sometime in the mid-1850s, living in various places in the state, and doing different kinds of jobs, and besides doctoring, he was said to have done work as a census-taker; farmer; ferry-service operator; justice of the peace; newspaper publisher; and working on a steamboat.
He first came to the Rochester-area around 1863 when he was named as the examining surgeon for the 1st Minnesota draft board during the Civil War, and he also opened a medical practice there.
While he was involved in a lot of different things, like politics, and different places, like St. Paul, the event that started the Mayo Clinic is considered to have been the August 21st tornado that devastated Rochester in 1883, when Dr. Mayo and his two sons, William James and Charles Horace, worked together to care for the wounded.
As a result of the devastating tornado, donations totalling USD $60,000 (or what would have been valued in 2016 as $1.5 million) were raised, and with that, the Sisters of St. Francis, assisted by Dr. Mayo, opened St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester in 1889.
The original St. Mary’s Hospital was demolished in 1953.
The first Mayo Clinic was in the Rochester Masonic Lodge, that the Mayos were said to have helped build as well…
…and indeed Dr. William Mayo, his son Charles Horace, and later his grandsons Charles W. and Joseph G., were listed as also active as Brothers in the masonic lodge…
…and this Rochester Masonic Lodge was destroyed by fire in 1916.
The Plummer Building opened on the expanding Mayo Clinic campus in 1928, and the architect of record is Ellerbe and Company, in collaboration with Henry Stanley Plummer, an internist and endocrinologist who was one of the founding physicians of the Mayo Clinic.
Interesting to see an owl is depicted with him in the architectural detail on the Plummer building.
Owl could mean wise. Could mean night owl.
But the symbolism of the owl could mean something else entirely.
The many notable features of the Plummer Building include its top, which is trimmed by terra cotta…
…and contains a 56-bronze-bell carillon, which is played every day.
On the left is the Plummer Building in Rochester, and on the right is the Victoria Tower in the Westminster Palace complex in London, which houses the British Parliament, the construction of which was said to have been completed in 1860.
Again, on the left is the top of the Plummer Building, and on the right is the Buxton Memorial Fountain in the Victoria Tower Gardens.
While the Victoria Tower is not a bell-tower, the Elizabeth Tower of the Parliament building is, which houses the Great Bell, better-known by its nickname, Big Ben, of the striking clock at the north-end of Westminster Palace.
With regards to other notable features of the Plummer Building in Rochester, the 4,000-pound, or 1,800-kilogram, and 216-foot, or 66-meter, -high ornamental bronze-doors are always open, except for significant events in Mayo Clinic, or national, history.
SG also shared the following information about Rochester, including there are “subways” under Rochester, with no subway trains, that are walking tunnels downtown that go for miles outside of downtown as well.
…and at a place called Quarry Hill, there are what are claimed to be caves dug-out for use by the State Hospital, as storage space for the food for its patients.
The State Hospital in Rochester was said to have been constructed starting in 1877 as a way to house the increasingly problematic group of residents known as “habitual drunkards,” for which funds for the State Hospital were raised.
Then, at the same time, the St. Peter Hospital for the Insane was having an over-crowding problem apparently, and so the State Legislature changed the facility to have a secondary-focus as the “State Inebriate Asylum, and a primary-focus as the “Second State Hospital for the Insane.”
It functioned as a State Hospital for over 100-years, closing as such in 1982.
Interestingly, with regards to the increasing problem of “habitual drunkards,” is that by 1870, Rochester was already home to three breweries, the largest of which started in the mid-to-late 1850s, and became known as Schuster’s brewery starting in 1871.
By 1910, Schuster’s Brewery was shipping the 10-million bottles of beer and malt tonic it produced annually to 24 states.
By 1922, it closed its doors, due primarily to Prohibition.
I’ve alluded in past videos to findings in my research that breweries and distilleries popped-up in droves in the beginning in the late 1700s, and I believe introducing copious quantities of beer and hard liquor was done deliberately to lower our collective consciousness and destroy lives.
This fireplace on what was formerly the State Hospital grounds is said to be more than 100-years-old…
…and built out of limestone from the quarry on top of what was a land-fill for the State Hospital upon the recommendation of one of its former Superintendent’s that it would make a good picnic area.
Along similar lines as the underground “caves” in Rochester, CG sent me information about the existence of Springfield Underground, an underground complex that contains 3.2-million-square-feet of leasable space in tunnels said to have been left by a limestone mining operation that started in 1946, and access to the general public is very limited.
The first tunnels were said to have been dug in 1954.
We are told the limestone mining process that was used left massive 30-foot by 30-foot, or 9-meter by 9-meter, pillars of limestone every 50-feet, or 15-meters, and the buildings and roadways of Springfield Underground are spaced between them; that the ceiling ranges from 27-foot to 45-foot-high, or 8-meters to 14-meters, high and the floor is 100-feet, or 30-meters, deep.
Michael in Austria sent me his finding of what he calls the “Iron Triangle” on Google Earth earlier this year.
I haven’t had a chance to take a deeper look into it yet, but the video he made of it from Google Earth will give you the idea.
BJ emailed me a photo of the first is the National Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, that stands above where Scottish national hero William Wallace led his troops to victory against the army of King Edward Ist in 1297 at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
The National Wallace Memorial was said to have been completed in 1869, following a fundraising campaign that was started in Glasgow in 1851 by the Rev. Charles Rogers following a resurgence of Scottish National identity.
I am finding the year 1851 to be a red-letter year in the historical reset narrative, which was the same year as the Great Exhibition of the Works of All Nations, also known as the Crystal Palace Exhibition, in London.
George Murray, the Duke of Atholl and the Grand Master Mason of Scotland, was credited with laying the foundation stone in 1861 for the Wallace Memorial.
Lastly for this post, PH wondered about how kudzu vine has completely taken over the southern United States…
…and shared with me what he found when he looked into the origins.
So, the first thing we see is that it was introduced from Japan at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, and promoted as an ornamental and forage crop plant.
Then kudzu was promoted for erosion control during the Great Depression in the 1930s, and planting it provided work for young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
What ended-up resulting from this indiscriminate kudzu planting policy?
Bottom line: it eventually takes over EVERYTHING in its path!
Question is: was this Kudzu take-over of the South an unintended consequence…or a planned act of environmental destruction?
My goal whenever possible will to be to keep these on the shorter rather than longer-side, so I am going to end here, and in the next “Short & Sweet” installment, I will continue to share the fascinating and insightful information viewers have shared with me, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live, and places viewers have suggested I look into.
In this installment of “Short & Sweet,” I will be sharing photographs and other information viewers have gathered along the way and sent to me in their explorations and research of places close to where they live.
MF in Missouri sent me this nugget of information about Victorian homes on the real estate market, and said the following:
“Years of shopping for Victorian real estate sealed the deal for me regarding a previous civilization. Here is just one example.”
I myself can’t help but notice the mud-flood-type slant that is going on in these photos of different views around this Victorian home in Arkansas.
She also said to “Note the basement.”
Also, the red arrows on the right are pointing toward the downward slant of the brick wall of the house where it meets the slanted walkway, as well as the irregular brick-work shown here; and the red arrow on the left points to what looks like an older stone wall that is part of the house’s construction too.
…that “Often the remaining Victorian houses have 3, 6 or 9 gematria addresses…”
…and that “Many have the shallow ‘fireplace dog ‘ fireplaces.”
It is interesting to note that “fireplace dog” is another word for “andiron,” which is defined as one of a pair of bracket supports on which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace, allowing air to circulate under the firewood for better burning and less smoke.”
So here are some examples of andirons out there, starting with “American Iron Firedogs” dated from between 1770 and 1800, and look to be of a more utilitarian design for fireplace use…
…but there are more elaborate and beautiful andirons, like these English brass and enamel andirons circa 1680…
…and this set of andirons, shown with logs, in a main dining room at the palace of Versailles outside of Paris, France.
Quite ornate to be designed specifically to hold logs burning in a fireplace!
Next, PH recently visited Keowee-Toxaway State Park in South Carolina and sent me video footage and photos he took during his visit.
Keowee-Toxaway State Park on Lake Keowee was created from lands previously owned by Duke Power, and all part of the historical lands of the Cherokee, which is today in the northwest corner of South Carolina near the state’s border with northeast Georgia and southwest North Carolina.
Lake Keowee is a man-made reservoir formed in 1971, that we are told was constructed for the needs of Duke Energy, which it uses for things like cooling three nuclear reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Generating Station, and for public recreational purposes.
The historic Cherokee Keowee Town had been located on the bank of the Keowee River and was part of what was known as the Lower Town Regions, all of which were inundated by the formation of Lake Keowee, its artifacts and history lost.
Were they hiding evidence of something they didn’t want us to know about in the process of creating these man-made lakes?
PH sent me these photos he took himself at the park, like this one atthe top of the land bridge at the park, what is referred to as the “Natural Bridge…”
…where he also said there was a nearby golf course, and it was striking to him how close the bridge was located to Route 11.
He also took photos he took of the area surrounding the bridge.
Who were the Cherokee, really?
Were they the hunter-gatherers we have been taught to believe in the historical narrative we have been given?
Or were they, and the other indigenous peoples in the Americas and around the world, actually the builders of what we know as civilization, dating back to ancient Mu, or LeMuria, to relatively modern times, and the European colonizers actually stole their legacy, subsequently claimed it for themselves, and then proceeded to banish the Master Builders of this ancient, advanced Mu’urish civilization to primitive status in the minds of the Collective Human Consciousness for eternity?
This is something for us to seriously consider moving forward in our understanding of what has taken place here and to not blindly accept everything we have been told.
I personally don’t think there was a mysterious “other” civilization, or aliens, that built everything, though if the History Channelprogram “Ancient Aliens,” which I appreciate gets these subjects out to the light-of-day on mainstream television, had been called “Ancient Humans,” it probably would not have lasted one season, much less 17 seasons…
…and how about we don’t have to look any further than the people who were already here to find the builders of it.
The Cherokee were even considered one of the “Five Civilized Tribes” by the European Colonizers, along with the Chicksaw, Chocktaw Creek and Seminole…
…who proceeded to have the majority of them removed from the land after signing treaties with the U. S. Government which had them cede their traditional land, after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, leading to the infamous Cherokee Trail of Tears and those of the other affected tribes.
I was searching for images of “Cherokee,” and saw this image of a tapestry blanket for the city of Murphy, North Carolina, which is the seat of Cherokee County, which is described as long having been part of Cherokee homelands.
The Cherokee County Courthouse depicted in the center of the tapestry…
…was said to have been built in 1926 in the Classical Revival-style of architecture.
I wonder why they took down the topmost section of the courthouse’s cupola, which was seen in an earlier photo of it, but not one that was taken more recently.
I know there are many more examples of missing building parts like this, but here’s another example for the purposes of comparison of the same thing.
Today this building is the home of the the “Prescott Center for the Performing Arts” in Prescott, Arizona.
Once upon a time, we are told in our historical narrative, this building was the “Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Rectory,” built here starting in 1891, and the first services held on February 17th of 1895.
According to this plaque at the front of the building, the church had a steeple that was 115-feet, or 35-meters, tall, but that it was removed in 1930, after being struck by lightening several times.
Also notice the older, larger stone-work in contrast with the brick-work., like we saw back at the Victorian home in Arkansas at the beginning of this post.
Also interesting to note that, like the Victorian home example in Arkansas, there is a mud-flood-type slant going on around this building in Prescott…
…as well as building features below the ground-level of the building, but not necessarily the street-level.
Still in historical Cherokee territory, EJ took a road trip with two of her friends to see if they could find an actual “fort” at Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia, and she sent me photos from their trip to the Fort Mountain State Park outside of Chatsworth, Georgia…
…which happens to be only 103-miles, or 166-kilometers, from Keowee-Toxaway State Park in South Carolina.
She said there were lots of large boulders strewn about, and that it kind of looked like most of them had just been bulldozed into a pile ( just her impression).
She found one that had a straight cut through it that didn’t look natural, with her foot on it in the picture on the right for size comparison.
She said the 885-foot, or 270-meter, zig zagging stone wall, looked more to her like loose rocks dumped there than a wall.
So, the explanation put out to the general public who visit Fort Mountain State Park is that the mysterious wall, and other built structures that can’t be explained in the current historical narrative, were built, according to a legend of the Cherokee themselves, by the “Moon-Eyed People.”
Posted information like this doesn’t change my mind that we don’t have any further to look than the original people of the land for the explanation of who built everything here, and that the information on this plaque serves as disinformation and misdirection to support the official historical narrative that the Native American tribes were primitive, so therefore someone else must have been responsible for the stone structures, however, they are the stuff of legend, and we really don’t know who they were or anything about them.
EJ also sent me photos of the stone fire watch tower there, which was said to have been built in the 1930s during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
There was a fire at the stone fire watch tower in 1971, which destroyed the cupola at the top…
…but there was a major restoration project between 2014 and 2015 that restored the stone fire watch tower on Fort Mountain to its original appearance.
EJ observed while she was there that the stone tower really isn’t tall enough to be an effective fire tower considering the trees are taller then the tower.
This stone fire watch tower is known for the heart-shaped rock found on one side of it.
The story goes that a young stone mason in the CCC, Arthur Bailey, led the team while missing his sweetheart back home, and to show his love for her, he carved a heart-shaped stone for the tower.
Seeing this stone in the tower got me thinking about other heart shapes that I have seen in the world, like what is called the “Heart of Voh,” in the heart of a mangrove forest in New Caledonia, which is a French territory comprised of dozens of islands in the South Pacific…
…the Heart of Corsica, also known as the Two Lovers, said to be in a natural rock formation in the Regional National Park of Corsica….
…Heart Lake, in the northern part of Brampton, Ontario, Canada…
…and this heart-shape in one of Cappadocia’s caves in Turkey.
All of these perfect-heart shapes make me wonder firstly, exactly how long this shape has been associated with love, and secondly, if the Ancients were encoding the emotion of love directly into landscape and architecture of Earth.
I am quite certain the Old World was based on the frequency of love, and not on the fear we have been conditioned with in the false construct of the New World.
Next, SV sent me quite a bit of information about where she lives in the Kensington District of London, England.
In the first series of information she sent me, she highlights where she lives in South Kensington.
She said that in the older buildings in London, and all over Europe for that matter, it is common to have “mud-scrapers” on both sides of the doors of entrances to remove mud from the soles of shoes.
This is the view of the back of the building she lives in from her terrace on the left, and on the right is a view of the garden of her downstairs neighbor on the basement-level.
In this video she sent me, SV is going on a “Mud-Flood Walk-About” around her neighborhood, showing us the buildings and basements of Wetherby Gardens and excavated mud-flooded levels throughout her walk, including: Ashburn Place; Harrington Gardens; Colbeck Mews; and St. Jude’s Church/Millitus College, which still shows the basement level; and the side-view of St. Jude’s from Courtfield Gardens, and other views going around the block there.
Here are a few points of additional information that I have pulled from the video she took.
The term “Victorian architecture” is used to refer to a number of different architectural-styles that we are told emerged between 1830 and 1910, during the reign of Queen Victoria.
. Here is a comparison from two windows in London that she showed us in the video on the left, with the same shape of the window in one of the rooms of the Victorian house seen earlier on the right in Arkansas.
We accept the explanation that these two windows in very different places would be the same design because they came from this same time period because, well, that is the only reason we have ever been given.
It is interesting to note that on her walk, SV’s video camera picked up magnetic patterns on the bricks of several of the buildings she passed by, and these were right next to St. Jude’s Church in Kensington’s Courtfield Gardens.
Then there is this side-picture from the street on the other side of the garden’s wall of St. Jude’s Church showing windows which just happen to resemble atomic wave-form patterns.
Lastly for this post, MB in Maryland sent me information to look into the story we are given about a big quarry at the C & O Canal and Seneca Creek, and stone-cutting mill located there.
These locations MB speaks of are in Montgomery County, Maryland, where I grew up.
I graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville, and MB graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, and while I don’t know the Seneca/Germantown area well, I do know it.
These are some old stomping grounds of mine, so to speak, for a variety reasons, when I was growing up.
I moved away from the area permanently when I got married in 1989.
MB visits the Seneca Creek Stone-Cutting Mill often, and said he has been suspicious for decades of the whole story.
It was said to have been built in 1868, and used to cut stone for Baltimore and Washington, DC, until 1901.
We are told the “brownstone” for Smithsonian castle, also known as “Seneca Red Sandstone,” and numerous buildings and canal locks in the area, came from…
… a big stone quarry at the C&O Canal and Seneca Creek that started operating somewhere around 1781.
This is listed as an 1898 photograph of the quarry.
Nowadays, the location designated as the former quarry is overgrown with sycamore trees, poplars, and dense brush, and is impenetrable most of the year.
The Seneca Creek Aqueduct is near the location of the quarry and mill, and was said to have been built between 1829 and 1832 out of the Seneca Red Sandstone of the quarry–almost 40-years before the Stone Cutting Mill was said to have opened.
MB said the big problem is there’s no big hole — nothing that could fit the Smithsonian Castle plus the myriad other structures supposedly supplied from the Seneca Quarry.
Excepting a “turn-around basin” that may be natural in the canal, he can find zero trace of any quarry at all in fact.
He indicated there are small-gauge railroad tracks laid down, leaving the stone cutting mill from approximately from its SW corner…but says then they then disappear, and MB has recently has been looking at the ruins here from ‘mudflood’ perspective.
I am going to end here, and in the next “Short & Sweet” installment, I will continue to share photographs and videos viewers have shared with me, and the information they have gathered, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live, as well as continuing to look at places viewers have suggested.
As promised, in this episode of “Short & Sweet,” I am going to be looking at topics and places not limited to, but including, the “Ruins” at Holliday Park in Indianapolis; the Heligoland Archipelago in the North Sea; and historic architecture in Japan.
As always, there are so many interesting things to find that it is not always possible to keep these on the shorter side as I had originally planned, and you are all telling me great places to look!
There are a few mentions of comments about things related to the last videos that I would like to make, however, before I head on to the next stop I have planned in Indiana.
I covered the suggestion of Kansas City, Missouri, recently and SN left an interesting factoid about it.
Kansas City is called the City of Fountains, and is reputed to have more fountains than Rome!
There are 200 officially-registered fountains in the Greater Kansas City Metro area.
That number does not include fountains at corporation and sub-division entrances; office atriums; and private gardens and homes; or like this one at a Kansas City Auto Dealership.
The first fountain built was said to have been designed by George Kessler and built in Kansas City in 1898 at 15th (now Truman Road) and the Paseo, though it was destroyed in 1941, with no reason given.
But, hold on, the second-fountain designed and built originally in Kansas City in 1899, by George Kessler, along with John Van Brunt, is still in operation today, and known as the “Women’s Leadership Fountain.”
George Kessler was a German-born American city-planner and landscape architect, and in the course of his 41-year-career, was said to have completed over 200 projects, and prepared plans for 26 communities; 26 park and boulevard systems; 49 parks; 46 estates and residences; and 26 schools, which can be found in 23 states; and 100 cities, including Shanghai, New York, and Mexico City.
Interesting to note that George Kessler was also mentioned as being a 32nd-degree Freemason.
In the last video, I mentioned the Central High School in Duluth…
…and BM gave John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, as an example of ridiculous architecture for a high school.
He said that there is also a strange mound in the front, and there is a park in the back that reminded him of the mall in Washington, D. C.
Also in the last video, I talked about the Japanese Peace Bell Garden in Duluth that someone had commented on, as well as the Japanese Sister City Peace Garden that I had first-hand knowledge of Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Places like these I have come to believe are yet another way to provide cover to hide the original ancient civilization right in front of our eyes.
Other sister cities that were mentioned by viewers included the Japanese Bell of Peace and Friendship on the Iowa State Capitol grounds in Des Moines, Iowa…
…though it was the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens in Des Moines that featured the old megalithic stones I keep an eye out for.
As a matter of fact, they even have names here.
We typically know of them as “boulders.”
NH mentioned the San Francisco Peace Pagoda in Japantown, which immediately reminded me of a ray gun.
Several viewers mentioned the Peace Garden in Toronto.
I am grateful to LH for the time she took to go on a special trip for me to downtown Toronto to check out the Toronto Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square because neither she nor I could find out any information about the possibility of similar set-up at Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront.
There is a back-story to the Toronto Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square, so the story about this one is a wee bit complicated.
Nathan Phillips Square is an urban plaza in Toronto, with the Old City Hall directly to the east of it…
…the New City Hall on the north-side of Nathan Phillips Square…
…and Osgoode Hall just to the west of the square, which serves currently as an office building and court house.
It was said to have been built between 1829 and 1832 as a law school.
The Toronto Peace Garden today is situated in the northwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square.
The original Toronto Peace Garden was in front of the New City Hall between 1984 and 2010, at which time it was decommissioned, and moved to the west- side of Nathan Phillips Square during the massive revitalization of the entire square.
The new Toronto Peace Garden was re-dedicated on May 18th of 2016, six-years later.
I studied the photo LH had taken of the stone structure at the Peace Garden.
Could this be the remnants of an old stone masonry structure?
This stone structure looks like it has missing archways, pointed out by the blue arrows; old stonemasonry blocks, as shown by the purple arrow; and a red arrow is pointing to what looks like old, smaller megalithic granite stone blocks.
Then in the pool of water surrounding the predominantly stone structure appears to be cut rock as shown by the green arrow, and a small magenta arrow is pointing towards what looks like an inch-wide layer of stone tiles over the old cut stone.
To provide a comparison of the stonework seen in the Peace Garden structure, I searched for examples of an “old masonry wall;” “old granite masonry wall;” and “polygonal masonry.”
One more thing, when I was looking for a good photo of the New Toronto City Hall, I found this one of it being constructed…and the classical-looking “Registry of Deeds and Land Titles Building” sitting right next to next to it in what appears to be a busy excavation scene of some kind.
The old “Registry of Deeds and Land Titles Building” was demolished in 1964 to allow the New City Hall to be completed, and would have been in the general vicinity of the Toronto Peace Garden today.
Lastly before I move on, there were some more points-of-interest that came from viewers about the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan.
DV shared a link and information about the Keweenaw Rocket Range.
We are told it was used by NASA between 164 to 1971 to send rockets into the atmosphere to collect information about electron density; solar x-rays; energetic electron precipitation; and other scientific measurements.
He said he was there last July, and that the odd thing is that getting there is difficult because the road is frequently a complete mess.
He indicated it is only 7-miles away from Copper Harbor, which is at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, but takes an hour to get there because of the poor road condition.
Just this morning, viewer LH sent my a photo of a giant from the early 1900s who lived in Calumet, a city on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
He said that the giant was well-known and everyone loved him, and is spoken very highly of to this day.
LH said that his tall height has been attributed in the official narrative to a very rare birth defect that caused him to grow like that…
…and that he matches the size of the doors of most of the buildings in Calumet.
Now I am going to move along into new places and topics that have been suggested to me.
DK sent me photos of what are known as “The Ruins” in Holliday Park and the Ruins in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Starting this tour of Holliday Park at “The Ruins…”
…they are described as the remains of the facade of a New York skyscraper, the St. Paul Building in Manhattan, the building of which was said to have been completed in 1898, and then one of the tallest skyscapers in New York was demolished only 60-years later in 1958.
The facade of the St. Paul building contained several sets of ionic-style colonnades, as well as a group of three sculptures known as “Atlantes,” the term given to an architectural supports sculpted in the form of people.
Hmmm. Atlantes…Atlantis? Atlantes…Atlanteans?
These marble statues known as “Atlantes” are at the portico entrance of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia…
…and these statues are known as the “Atlantes of Tula” in Mexico.
At any rate, the atlantes sculptures currently residing in Holliday Park were said to have been designed by Karl Bitter, an Austrian-born American sculptor known for his sculptures for architecture, memorials and residences.
According to the sign about “The Ruins” at Holliday Park, the sculptures were originally crafted from Indiana limestone.
Indiana Limestone, also known as Bedford Limestone, comes from a geological formation primarily quarried in southcentral Indiana, between the cities of Bloomington and Bedford, and is considered to have the highest-quality quarried limestone in the United States, and used in the U. S. and Canada in the construction of prominent architecture.
In addition to this information about Indiana Limestone, I have an old photo on the left of one of the limestone quarries in Bedford, Indiana, and for comparison of appearance, on the right is a photo of one of the megalithic stone walls found at the archeological site of Baalbek in Lebanon.
Also according to the sign about “The Ruins” at Holliday Park, the preserved statues and columns of the razed St. Paul Building were offered as the prize in a national design contest for their use.
They came back to Indiana when local artist Elmer Taflinger submitted the winning bid, and over the course of the next 20-years, worked with the city to construct his vision for “The Ruins” in Holliday Park, which was finally completed and dedicated in 1978.
We are told that since the initial installation of the St. Paul Facade at Holliday Park, other features have been added to the scene…
…including a ring of classical columns surrounding the imported stone work; pieces of other buildings…
…and water features such as fountains and reflecting pools.
Other sights in Holliday Park include “We the People,” giant slabs of rough Indiana limestone that were inscribed with the word to the Preamble of the U. S. Constitution…
…and a nature center.
These big cut-and-shaped stones are in the environment everywhere around us, but there is no attention drawn to them, and there is no explanation given to them, so they are overlook until you realize they are there.
These are near the Nature Center at Holliday Park in Indianapolis…
…and these line the hiking trails near the Nature Center and around Martin Nature Park in Northwest Oklahoma City, and this was one of the places where I started waking up to all of this.
One more thing I found interesting at Holliday Park before I move on is what is seen from the aerial lay-out of the park, where the trees outling the park are lined-up in an organized way, and that a straight line drawn from the tip of the compass shape at the entrance to the park, goes through the middle column and sculpture of what we are told once was the facade of the St. Paul Building; on through the middle slab of the three “We the People” limestone slabs; to the middle of a circle of stones with what appears to be a tall structure casting a shadow, like a sun-dial…
…which turns out to be a lone, tall, skinny evergreen tree.
Obviously it was intentional…but who did that?
According to the history we have been taught, it would have been the planners and builders of Holliday Park, the land for which was given to the city in 1916.
But was it?
DM suggested that I look at the Indianapolis Union Station.
We are told that in 1848, Indianapolis was the first city in the world to devise a Union Station, a kind of railway station at which the tracks and facilities were used by two or more separate railway companies, allowing passengers to conveniently connect between them.
The current Union Station building in Indianapolis was said to have been constructed started in 1886 at the location of the city’s original train station, which opened in 1853.
While the building is stilled used by Amtrak as a train station and Greyhound as a bus station…
…it is also now the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis at Historic Union Station, a hotel and conference center.
The Indianapolis Union Station on the left compared with the Louisville Union Station in Kentucky on the right.
Why do train stations look like cathedrals?
There are approximately 107-miles, or 172-kilometers, in a straight-line distance between Indianapolis and Louisville, and I do know from looking at the street-view on Google Earth, that the Indianapolis Union Station has a cathedral rose window that faces in a southerly direction, and the Louisville Union Station has a cathedral rose window that faces in a northerly direction.
What I can’t tell is whether or not they are facing each other directly.
When I was looking at the Google Earth map showing the close linear relationship between Indianapolis and Louisville, I couldn’t help but notice Cincinnati in the mix.
Cincinnati’s Union Station is a wonder to behold, with the largest half-dome in the western hemisphere, and at one time it was the largest half-dome in the world.
It was said to have been built starting in 1930, and opening in 1933.
Between Cincinnati and Indianapolis there is a straight-line distance of 100-miles, or 160-kilometers; and between Louisville and Cincinnati, 89-miles or 143.5-kilometers.
Now, these are approximate distances between the Union Station terminals because they reflect the distances between the cities themselves, but even with that, the distances, or length of the leg of what appears to be a triangle, between these three cities in relationship to each other are close to being equal.
In a city named Peru in Indiana that is due north of Indianapolis, in Miami County…
…a cliff formation called “The Seven Pillars” was brought to my attention by NS awhile back.
Also called “The Cliffs,” they are a limestone formation located along the Mississinewa River, and have been voted #1 of the “7 Wonders of Miami County” in the past by local residents, and are held sacred by the Miami Nation of Indiana, which owns land on the south bank of the Mississinewa River, directly across from The Seven Pillars where they hold sacred ceremonies and heritage days.
The other interesting thing that popped out when I was looking up information on Peru, Indiana, is that it is nicknamed the Circus Capital of the World.
Peru was the off-season headquarters of several famous circuses, including the Ringling Brothers, Hagenbeck-Wallace; Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and others, after the Golden Age of the American Circus began in 1870, and ended around 1950.
One last thing in Indiana.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sports’ venue in the world, said to have been constructed in 1909, is located in Speedway, Indiana, a short-distance west of downtown Indianapolis, said to be an early example of a residential community planned for the nearby industrial plants that was laid out in 1912, three-years after the Indianapolis Speedway was constructed.
I mentioned this graphic a viewer sent me this awhile back in past post, and as the viewer had said the following:
“If you haven’t yet researched the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I think it’s worth a glance…Balloon racing and monorail aeroplanes being used there before there were race cars…Check this out: Vatican City, the Wimbledon Campus, the Roman Colosseum, the Rose Bowl, Yankee Stadium, and the Kentucky Derby all fit inside the automobile racing CIRCUIT.”
It was the second-purpose built, banked oval racing circuit after Brooklands in Surrey, England, which opened in 1907 and closed in 1939.
The reason given for the Brooklands Track having closed down was safety due to the frequent accidents that were happening on it.
In the “after” picture, though while abandoned since 1939, the part of the track pictured still seems to be in a similar condition as to what it was in the “before” pciture.
I have speculated that these racing circuits originally functioned as electrical circuitry on the Earth’s grid system, and I am re-visiting this subject because MdS in Manitoba was wondering about early racetracks as well, that possibly the tracks were for power generation or old versions of the CERN particle accelerator, also known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), for the Old World.
I am going to look at several other early race tracks and see what comes up about them.
Another track that is now abandoned was called the Texas World Speedway.
It was an entire racing complex with a circuit track as well.
The Texas World Speedway opened in November of 1969…
…and officially closed in 2017.
It was one of eight superspeedways of 2-miles, or 3.2-kilometers, or greater used in the United States for racing, which includes well-known speedways like the ones in Indianapolis and Daytona, and lesser-known ones like Pocono Speedway in Pennsylvania…
…and the Michigan Speedway in southeastern Michigan, which opened in 1968, and of which the Texas World Speedway was said to be a copy and sister track.
We are told the Phoenix Trotting Park was built for horse-racing in 1964 in Goodyear, Arizona, a community just west of Phoenix, and opened in 1965.
It was apparently constructed at a cost of $10-million, $7-million over the original projected cost of $3-million, and only operated as such for 2-and-a-half seasons before it was closed, never to be used for horse-racing again, and abandoned for the most part.
After a deal fell through to sell the Trotting Park property after being put on the market in 2015 for $16.5 million, the Phoenix Trotting Park facilities were demolished in 2017.
The last track I would like to take a look at was the Keimola Motor Stadium in Vantaa, Finland.
Considered at one time one of the best tracks in the world for Formula racing, it was said to have been constructed starting in 1965, and opening in June of 1966.
The track was abandoned by professional racing, however, in 1978, after years of financial difficulties, and while it was used for illegal racing while the track was still in good condition, it has been unsuitable for driving for many years.
The plans at some point in the future are to turn the property into a residential area.
MdS in Manitoba also brought the subject of Freedomites to my attention.
This was a movement of what were called “Spiritual Christians” that began in Saskatchewan in 1902 and spread to British Columbia.
“Spiritual Christianity” was a reference to folk protestants, or non-Eastern Orthodox, that were indigenous to Russia and regarded as heretics, as the non-Orthodox groups believed in the direct revelation of God to the inner man as opposed to needing priestly intermediaries.
While the Russian government deported some folk protestant groups to internal exile in Central Asia, a small percentage escaped suppression by emigrating to North America, starting in 1898, after which they eventually separated into subgroups of the movement.
By 1930, almost 9,000 Doukhobors had emigrated to the Provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta in Western Canada, and adapted to life in agricultural communes.
Within a few years after arriving in Canada, the Freedomites separated from the Doukhobors, and made their way to the Kootenay and Boundary Districts of British Columbia to land they had purchased there under the leadership of Peter V. Verigin.
Self-named “God’s People” or “Sovereign People,” the Freedomite group opposed land ownership and public schools, in contrast to the Doukhobors, who obtained citizenship, registered their land, and attended public schools.
So here is where is where the controversy begins.
While on the one-hand, Freedomite ideals were said to emphasize basic Russian traditional communal living and action and living in peace, on the other hand having an ecstatic religious doctrine when agitated for protest, and anarchic attitudes towards external regulation.
Conflict soon developed between the government and Freedomites over the issue of generally refusing to send their children to government-run schools.
The governments of Saskatchewan, and later British Columbia, legally charged many of the parents for not sending their children to school.
The Freedomites became known for engaging in various kinds of protests, like burning their money in public and possessions, and parading in the nude, with the underlying belief that our birthday suits as God’s creation are perfect as is.
My initial thought on a really quick read-through after MdS first sent me the link about the Freedomites was that they were living on the lunatic fringe of society, but MdS encouraged me to look deeper into their story, and sure enough, there were deeper issues at play here concerning government rights versus human rights.
Along those lines, Operation Snatch was implemented by the British Columbia government, the RCMP and the federal government between 1953 and 1959, in which around 200 Freedomite children between the ages of 5 and 15 were seized.
For starters in 1953, a law called the British Columbia School Act was passed, making state-run education for all children mandatory, and soon after the government started shipping students to residential schools.
After initial raids and arrests at Freedomite gatherings in 1953…
…the beginning of the removal of Freedomite children started in earnest in January of 1955, when a government raid commenced on the village of Krestova, where homes were stormed, parents and grandparents beaten, and children were removed form their homes and taken to a place called New Denver on Slocan Lake, and the taking of Freedomite children and placing them in the New Denver residential school continued over the next four-years.
These children lost their human rights at the New Denver school, and were treated like prisoners.
Parents had to swear before a magistrate to send their children to school on July 31st of 1959, before the remaining 77 children were released from New Denver on August 2nd of 1959.
Over the next decades, there were many confrontations between the government seeking to control them and the Freedomite community seeking to follow their beliefs, being considered terrorists at the same time.
And is this kind of situation still happening today between governments, parents, and children?
Another viewer sent me information about the North Sea archipelago of what is known as both Heligoland and Helgoland – meaning either Holy Land or Hell Land – in the hopes it could add to my research.
The small two islands are located in what is called the Heligoland, or German, Bight in the southeastern corner of the North Sea, and has been part of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein since 1890.
The larger of the two islands has a permanent population of somewhere around 1,000 people.
The smaller of the islands is called Dune, which is not permanently inhabited, but is the location of Heligoland’s airport.
Heligoland was historically part of Denmark.
Great Britain had attacked Copenhagen in August of 1807 in what was called the “Siege of Copenhagen” during the Napoleonic Wars, using the pretext of the fear that Napoleon was going to attempt to attack the Danish-Norwegian Fleet.
Britain then proceeded to seize the Danish-Norwegian Fleet in September of 1807, assuring the use of the sea lanes in the North Sea and Baltic Sea for the British merchant fleet.
The “fleet robbery” drew Denmark-Norway into the war on the side of Napoleon.
On September 11th of 1807, Heligoland surrendered to the British Navy’s Admiral Thomas McNamara Russell, it became a center of intrigue and resistance against Napoleon.
Then, Heligoland was ceded by Denmark to Great Britain as part of the terms of the 1814, Treaty of Kiel between the United Kingdom and Sweden on the anti-French-side, and Norway and Denmark on the French-side.
The reason given for the Treaty of Kiel was to end the hostilities between the parties in the on-going Napoleonic Wars, which didn’t officially end until November of the following year, but the Treaty also officially ended the ruling Oldenburg Monarchy of Denmark-Norway when Norway was transferred to the King of Sweden.
We are told that the main reason the British retained the small Heligoland Archipelago was to inhibit any future French naval aggression against the Scandanavian or German states, though nothing was really done to fortify it during this time.
What it did become in 1826 was a seaside spa and popular tourist destination for Europe’s upper class, and attracted artists and writers like August Heinrich Hoffman, a German poet best-known for writing “Das Lied der Deutschen” in 1841, the third verse of which became the national anthem of Germany in 1922.
It is interesting to note that August Heinrich Hoffman was also a member of the Young Germany movement, a group of German writers which existed from 1830 to 1850, a youth revolutionary progressive ideology that included socialism which was sweeping Italy, Poland, France, Ireland, and the United States during this time as well.
It is also interesting to note that Heligoland was said to become a refuge for the revolutionaries of the 1830 and 1848 that were responsible for taking down the old ruling houses of Europe.
Great Britain ceded these two small islands to the German Empire in the signing on June 1st of 1890 of the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty, also known as the Anglo-German Agreement of 1890.
The accord between the two countries, in addition to the Heligoland Archipelago, gave Germany control of the Caprivi Strip, a ribbon of land in the southeastern corner of Namibia, surrounded by Botswana to the South; and Angola and Zambia to the North…
…and gave access to the Zambezi River to German south-west Africa, and giving Germany control of the heartland of German East Africa.
In return for Heligoland in the North Sea and the Caprivi Strip in Africa, Germany recognized British Authority in Zanzibar, an island archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania in southern East Africa, which was a key link in British control of East Africa.
The Germans turned the islands into a major naval base, and the civilian population was evacuated during World War I.
The first naval battle of World War I, the Battle of Heligoland Bight, was fought on August 28th of 1914 between British ships and German ships.
By the end of the day, the Germans had lost three light cruisers and a torpedo boat, with three more light cruisers and torpedo boats each damaged, and 712 men killed in battle; and the British only had 35 killed, and four ships damaged – one light cruiser and three destroyers.
The battle was regarded as a great victory in Britain.
In between World Wars I and II, physicist Werner Heisenberg first came up with the equation underlying his picture of quantum mechanics while on Heligoland in the 1920s.
The Germans were also said to have fortified Heligoland, remember also known as Helgoland…
… as a sea fortress, with fortifications above-ground…
…and extensive bunker tunnels below ground, as there are 6-miles, or 10-kilometers, of tunnels, that go down five-stories, and are parallel to, and above, each other.
The second Battle of Heligoland took place on December 18th of 1939, and was the first named air battle of World War II, with the Royal Air Force bombing German Navy ships, but this time the victory at the end of the day was called for the Germans, and the biggest loss for the RAF Bomber Command up to that point in World War II, with regards to which Great Britain had declared war on Germany on September 3rd of 1939, right after Germany had invaded Poland, on September 1st.
It is very interesting to note that the very first battle of the German invasion of Poland was the Battle of Hel, which took place from September 1st to October 2nd of 1939 between the invading German forces and the defending Polish forces on Poland’s Hel Peninsula, taking place primarily around the Hel Fortified Area, said to be a system of Polish fortifications constructed between World War I and World War II in the 1930s near Poland’s border with Germany.
Between 1945 and 1952, Heligoland or Helgoland, whichever you prefer, was used as a bombing range.
On April 18th of 1947, the Royal Navy detonated 6,700 metric tonnes, or almost 7,400 tons, of explosives in an attempt to destroy the island completely and remove it as a fleet base for the Germans, resulting in one of the biggest, non-nuclear explosions in history, shaking the main island down to its base and creating what is called the “Mittelland.”
On March 1st of 1952, Heligoland was returned to German control, and its former inhabitants were allowed to return after the German authorities cleared a significant quantity of undetonated ammunition and rebuilt the houses.
Today, it is once-again a holiday resort like it was back in the 19th-century, and enjoys a tax-exempt status.
What in the holy hell is really going on here??!!
That’s what I would like to know!!!
One more thing before I move on. The viewer who pointed me in the direction of this place brought to my attention that the name of the southern point of Helgoland, which was “Sathurn” as seen in the 1900 map.
The viewer BJ sent me some old photos and asked me to guess where they were from, but that they were all from the same place from the mid-1800s to the early-1900s.
The easiest way to do an ID of photographs is to search by image, and these images were from Tokyo, Japan.
These two photos were of the Asakusa Luna Park in Tokyo, the first park of that name to open in Tokyo, though it was only in operation for eight-months, between 1910 to 1911.
It burned down under mysterious circumstances in April of 1911.
It was said to have been designed to mimic the original Luna Park in Brooklyn, New York, built in 1903; closed in 1944 after being mostly destroyed by a fire; and demolished two-years later.
Historically, there were many Luna Amusement Parks, and there are some still in operation today.
There are two out of four still in operation in Australia, one in Melbourne…
…and the other in Sydney…
…but in the process of tracking cities and places in alignment, I have found Luna Amusement Parks in unexpected places while tracking alignments, including the one in Mashhad, Iran…
…and the one in Ankara, Turkey.
This was the First Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
It was said to have been opened in 1890.
We are told the building was situated in a north-facing direction, with imperial palace moats north and east of it.
It was destroyed by fire on April 16th of 1922, while Edward, Prince of Wales was visiting Japan.
Most of the guests were out of the building at an imperial garden party, and no lives were lost in the fire.
Edo Castle was the name of the imperial Palace in Tokyo.
While the bombing of Tokyo was on-going by American bombers between 1942 and 1945 during World War II, the bombing raid that took place on the night of March 9th and 10th was considered the single-most destructive bombing raid in human history.
As a result of this particular raid, 16-square-miles, or 41-kilometers-squared of central Tokyo were destroyed, leaving an estimated 100,000 civilians dead and 1,000,000 homeless.
The Imperial Palace was not spared the wrath of bombs from the new at the time Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers, and suffered substantial damage from the campaign.
This last picture I remembered seeing before…
…when I was following a long-distance alignment through Tokyo awhile back.
This is the same image of the last scene in Tokyo on a 1922 postcard, featuring the Nihonbashi, or Japan Bridge, in the foreground, with more gigantic onion-domed buildings in the background.
This bridge survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but didn’t survive urban development when it was buried underneath a massive expressway that was built in the 1960s.
One last photo sent to me by BJ was this one of the location of Hiroshima Castle, taken after the atomic bomb was dropped on there on August 6th of 1945.
If you look closely at the picture you can make out star fort points.
A concrete and wooden replica of Hiroshima Castle was built in 1958, which was originally built of stone, and now houses a museum of the city.
I am going to end this segment of “Short and Sweet” here, and in the next one I will be sharing other places I have been asked by commenters to look into, as well as some photographs viewers have shared with me, and the information they have gathered, in their journeys and explorations close to where they live.
I decided to divide “Short & Sweet #5” into two-parts because I had more on my list to add in the first part, but the kinds of things that came up in my research led me to focus on Duluth, Minnesota, and Kansas City, Missouri, for the whole post.
I am trying to keep these on the shorter side, but it is definitely looking like that might not always be possible. Lots of interesting things to find out there, and you are showing me great places to look!
Along those lines, there are a few mentions of comments about things from the last video that I would like to make before I head on to the next stop I had planned in Iowa.
MB, who lives in Duluth, made a comment about the bell that is found in Duluth’s Enger Park.
Called the Peace Bell, it is located in a Japanese Zen Garden in the park, and is a replica of a temple bell in Duluth’s Sister City of Ohara, Japan.
The story is that the city of Ohara donated the temple bell, which is now the oldest remaining bell in Ohara, to a wartime scrap drive during World War II, but the bell was never destroyed.
After the war, sailors on the USS Duluth found it, and gave it to the city of Duluth, where it was displayed in the City Hall.
A visiting academic from Ohara learned of the bell’s existence, and met with the Mayor of Duluth to ask for the bell’s return, which it was in 1954, and re-named the “Japan-U.S. Friendship Peace Bell.”
The current bell was dedicated in Duluth’s Enger Park in 1994, in the Japanese Peace Bell Garden.
Now, I find the subject of Japanese Peace and Friendship Sister City Gardens very interesting, because when I was first waking up to all of this several years ago in Oklahoma City, my brother, his family, and my mother were living in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which happens to have a Sister City relationship with Akita, Japan, and a Peace Garden as well.
My mom’s significant other was living in the nursing home facility across the street, and I had taken her on this occasion to see him for a visit, and had some time to kill, so I went by a nearby Braum’s to grab a cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate milkshake, and if you have ever lived in Oklahoma, you’ll know what that’s about…
…and went to the Peace Garden to sit and eat my Braum’s lunch while I was waiting for mom.
While I was sitting there eating, I started noticing that there were big stone blocks in the Peace Garden.
Either before I finished eating, or right after, I don’t remember which, I got up from where I was sitting and starting walking around the garden grounds.
And you can’t really tell clearly from this Google Earth Screen shot, but there are big stones situated at different places within the circle formed by the road going around it, and there are also large stones hidden away in the trees with no attention whatsoever drawn to them. You only see them if you happen to be looking there.
I am quite sure that the Sister City Peace Garden in Shawnee provides the cover for what was a stone circle.
Back in Duluth, SG shared that the Old Duluth Central High School was super shady, saying that no way was that built for high schoolers!
Said to have been built starting in 1891 and opening for classes in 1892, the Old Central High School, nowadays used as school district office space, occupies a city block…
…and has a clock tower that is 210-feet, or 64-meters, high, that had five-bells added to the clock in 1895.
There was even a 17-foot, 6-ton cannon on the steps of the Old Central High School from 1898 to 1942, said to have been captured from a Spanish warship during the Spanish-American War, and requested by the Duluth City Council for Duluth, who had to pay for the transportation costs to get it to Duluth.
We are told the cannon was either sold or donated as scrap-iron, and was melted down and used during World War II.
Also, there were two viewers from the other side of Lake Superior in Keweenaw County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior who commented after I touched base on the history of Duluth, located in northeastern Minnesota on Lake Superior.
While the Minnesota/Ontario side of Lake Superior is known for the high-quality iron ore from its Iron Ranges, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is known for its high-quality copper.
Keweenaw is the northernmost county of the State of Michigan, and it shares the Keweenaw Peninsula with Houghton County.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is formed by the largest freshwaters on Earth…
…and, along with several other adjacent counties in the Upper Peninsula, is collectively called “Copper Country,” and in its hey-day, in the late 19th- and early-20th-century, it was the world’s greatest producer of copper.
The copper here is predominately in what is known as native, or pure, copper form without the compound elements, like oxides and sulfides, that are found in other copper deposits.
Isle Royale is the largest island in Lake Superior, and the second-largest island in the Great Lakes after Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron.
It is part of the State of Michigan, though geographically closer to the northernmost part of Minnesota and Ontario.
It is the only national park in Michigan, and the only island national park in the United States.
I had read several years ago about the copper mines found on Isle Royale, and of the high-grade copper that was mined here in ancient times…
…as well as in the mid-to-late 1800s, like this 6,000 lb, or 2,722-kilogram, chunk of copper that was mined from the McCargoe Cove mine in 1875.
LH lives on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Keweenaw County, and said, among other things, that there is a lift bridge in Houghton County, as I had mentioned the one in Duluth in the last post.
Known as the “Portage Canal Lift Bridge,” it connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock across Portage Lake, which is part of the waterway which cuts across the Keweenaw Peninsula with a canal linking the five-miles to Lake Superior to the northwest.
The steel swing, or vertical, bridge was said to have first been built in 1895 to replace a damaged wooden swing bridge that was built in that location in 1875, and that the current steel bridge replaced the previous steel bridge in 1959.
The Portage Canal Lift Bridge is on the only land-route across the waterway, which is U. S. Highway 41, that originates in Miami, Florida.
The Keweenaw Waterway is described as “part artificial and part natural,” and separates Copper Island from the mainland, in this case referring to Keweenaw County.
The building of the canal was said to have started in 1868, after the legislation authorizing the building of it passed in 1861, and completed in 1874…and widened in 1935.
Interesting to note the straight railroad track and canal running parallel to each other…
…which is a configuration I have seen in the past, at places like the Lehigh Canal and railroad tracks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania…
…and at Point-of-Rocks in Maryland, near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
LH also mentioned some other places on the Keweenaw Peninsula, like the Houghton County Courthouse, with the cornerstone said to have been laid on July 24th of 1886, and the new courthouse dedicated a little over a year to the day later, on July 28th of 1887.
So…built in a year…in Northern Michigan no less…
…a place where winters are cold, and spring and fall still tend to be on the cold and moist side.
LH also mentioned the Catholic Church in Lake Linden, said to have been built between 1901 and 1912…
…and said there used to be a trolley line from Calumet and Houghton…
…as well as many trains, but all the tracks have been pulled up.
According to this map of the Houghton County Traction Company that operated the trolley line, there even was an “Electric Park” way up here!
It was a popular recreation destination, also known as a trolley park, between 1902 and 1932, which was when all operations of the Houghton County Traction Company ended, and the park disappeared completely from the scene by World War II, we are told, because of the cost of maintenance upkeep, etc, with the main pavilion sold, scrapped and reassembled as a potato barn.
Memories from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood just popped into my head.
Though I am more from the Captain Kangaroo generation of young children’s television programming in the 1960s…
…I would watch Mr. Rogers on occasion with my younger brothers.
I wonder if there were hidden meanings, beyond a clever way to tell a story to young children, behind Trolley and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in the long-running children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
There is a lot more to find here, including the historical Fort Wilkins at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, said to have been established in 1844…
…sandwiched from east-to west between the beginning of Highway 41 marker…
…and Copper Harbor, also established in 1844…
…and from north-to-south between Copper Harbor Light House, said to have first been built in 1849, and then dismantled, and using the same stones as the first lighthouse, re-built and lit in 1866…
…and the long, skinny Lake Fanny Hooe.
There are a number of different women coming up as the subject in the tales of how the lake was named.
The slang meaning of “hooe-y” in English, having the same pronunciation with a silent “y” added at the end in the spelled form, is “nonsense.”
It is interesting to note that the only indication I could find that this might be a man-made lake in a search is this from the USGS website.
In the short distance between Lake Fanny Hooe and Lake Superior, I found the Fanny Hooe Creek Falls and the bridge on Highway 41 crossing the creek, said to have been built in the 1920s.
There are other falls hereabouts, but there is one other I want to highlight, the Upper Montreal Falls on the Keweenaw Peninsula’s Montreal River.
These particular falls are not located far from Lac La Belle, which at one time…
…was a railroad depot, as shown in the map on the right.
Two things I have consistently found in my research are waterfalls of the same make and model in different places all over the world…
…and correlations in location between railroads and canals, like I showed previously in this post with the Portage Canal of the Keweenaw Waterway, as well as the additional correlation of star forts located nearby, which I have studied extensively in past research.
So, now I am going to add the possibility of correlations of waterfalls to this configuration, with the idea that these were all connected to the original energy-generating grid system of the Earth.
To study this possibility more in-depth, I am going to turn my attention to information that viewer JG in Iowa has sent me.
We had connected about two years ago and one of the possibilities we explored in our correspondence were the possible correlations between railroads and waterfalls, and she had emailed me the information she had uncovered when she researched her home-state of Iowa regarding this subject.
I recently asked her to re-send her findings because I couldn’t find the original email with the information she sent, and so she sent google maps showing the locations of railroads and state parks with waterfalls, and racetracks, as well as another set of maps with more key things like the locations of powerplants, mines and sports stadiums.
I am going to focus in this post on the correlations between railroads, waterfalls, and racetracks that she sent me as a grouping.
Much of the part of Iowa being looked at here is where Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois meet, and is in part of what is called the “Driftless Area.”
This is part of North America is called the “Driftless Area” because it was said to have been by-passed by the last glacier on the continent and lacks glacial drift.
JG sent me this overlay that she put together of the racetracks, waterfalls, and railroads in Iowa…
…and I ended up needing to enlarge each map she sent separately as well so I could see and read the place names…
…and then I transferred the same information to Google Earth to see where these places were in relationship to each other.
I am specifically looking for correlations between the state parks with waterfalls and railroads here, and it will be interesting to see where the racetracks fit into the picture as well.
I am going to look specifically for this post at the upper section of the previous Google Earth screenshot.
In the top middle, is Black Falls and Dunning’s Spring Park.
Black Falls is near Kendallville, Iowa.
For all of the following waterfalls, I am going to point out with red arrows what looks like an old wall, or old masonry, to me.
There are three waterfalls at Dunning’s Spring just southeast of Black Falls, near Decorah, Iowa…
…one of which is located near the Decorah Ice Cave, a limestone and dolomite cave that has ice on the inside even during the summer…
…as well as the falls at Siewer’s Springs near Decorah, described as “technically a spillway, but a gorgeous staircase formation….”
…and the Malanaphy Spring Falls, northwest of Decorah.
I looked for rail-related infrastructure near Decorah, which now only has Railroad Street and Railroad Avenue, with the Mediacom Communications facility sandwiched between the two…
…and what was the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Combination Depot in Decorah is now commercial space, and all the railroad tracks through here were removed in 1971.
From where Black Falls and Dunning’s Spring are at the top of the Google Earth screenshot, next I am going to go southeast of there to “Pike’s Peak State Park.
Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa, is situated on a 500-foot, or 150-meter, bluff overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.
It is a recreational area that is considered one of Iowa’s premier nature destinations…
…where one of the places you can hike to is called Bridal Veil Falls.
Bridal Veil Falls is described as “a small natural waterfall that flows gracefully out of a horizontal limestone outcropping.”
Pike’s Peak State Park and McGregor, Iowa, are right next to Marquette, Iowa, on the Mississippi River, right across from Prairie de Chien, Wisconsin.
Marquette earlier in history was known as North McGregor, and served as a railroad terminus, becoming a major railroad hub for the region in its hey-day.
Passenger service ended in 1960, and the Marquette Depot Museum and Information Service in Marquette celebrates the town’s railroad history with exhibits of historic railroad artifacts…
…though the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway, still runs freight on the rail-lines through here.
Next, I am going to go due west from Marquette and McGregor over to Mason City, which is connected by the same Canadian Pacific Rail-line to Marquette.
Mason City is located on the Winnebago River, and was original of the settlement that was established here in 1853 was “Shibboleth.”
It was also known as Mason Grove and Masonville, until, we are told, Mason City was adopted in 1855, in honor of a founder’s son, Mason Long.
Interesting to note that the original name for the settlement, Shibboleth, is also a Freemasonic password.
The “Iowa Traction Railroad Company,” headquartered in Emery, west of Mason City, operates a short-line rail-line, that is around 10-miles, or 17-kilometers, -long freight railroad between Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa, that interchanges in Mason City with the Canadian Pacific Railway and Union Pacific Railway.
It is electrified, which means that an electrification system supplies electric power to the railway, as opposed to an on-board power source or local fuel supply…
…and at one time was part of the electric trolley and interurban system of the region, with the charter for the trolley system expiring in August of 1936, and replaced by passenger bus service the following January.
I did find a waterfall in Mason City, though it is on private property and not in a state park.
Called the “Willow Creek Waterfall,” it can be viewed from the State Street Bridge between 1st Street NE and S. Carolina Avenue in Mason City.
The next places I am going to take a look at are the Highway 3 Raceway southeast of Mason City, and Backbone State Park southwest of Pike’s Peak State Park at McGregor.
The Highway 3 Raceway is a half-mile, semi-banked clay oval in Allison, Iowa at the Butler County Fairgrounds.
Seeing a Railroad Avneue here too.
Not a whole lot of information available except that it hosts stock-car races and the like.
I think racetracks like this are re-purposed elliptical circuitry on the Earth’s grid system.
Backbone State Park, 45-miles, or 72-kilometers, west of Dubuque, Iowa, is the state’s oldest park, having been dedicated in 1919…
…and named after the limestone ridges found in the park.
A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work-site for otherwise unemployed young men during the Great Depression, were given the credit for building the park’s recreational infrastructure in the 1930s…
…and the spillway dam at the park’s lake.
Backbone State Park is near Dubuque, Iowa, which has a connection to the railroad.
The Illinois Central Railroad ran through Iowa between Sioux City and Dubuque, one of four railroads were authorized by Congress via the “Act of 1856…”
…connecting that part of Iowa by rail to Chicago sometime around 1870.
Like Mason City, at one time Dubuque had an electric streetcar system, and which was retired in 1932.
Dubuque has one of the few incline railways still in operation, much less still in existence, in today’s world.
The Fenelon Place Cable Car is found in Dubuque’s Cathedral Historic District, and is described as the world’s steepest, shortest scenic railway, said to have been built in 1882 for the private-use of J. K. Graves, a local banker and State Senator.