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Iconic ironmaking furnace stacks of stone

The following list and accompanying photographs identify those iconic ironmaking blast furnace stacks that remain standing in the United States. Most of these monumental structures were built between the 1770s and 1880s. The quality of their construction (mostly with a … Continue reading

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The death and rebirth of our once burning rivers

If you were of child of the 1960s like me, you probably remember the news accounts about the Cuyahoga River catching fire in Cleveland. Amazingly, that was one of more than a dozen fires that erupted on the Cuyahoga due … Continue reading

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American core cities that escaped freeway devastation

The following list identifies those core cities in the United States that have not been devastated by freeway construction (to date), and particularly during the interstate highway building-boom of the 1950s-1970s. While many of America’s “then largest” cities saw downtown … Continue reading

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Participant cities in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Network

  Below is a list of the hundreds of communities across the nation participating in AARP’s age-friendly livable communities program. With America’s rapidly aging population, it is surprising that more communities have not joined, given the relatively easy process for … Continue reading

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Our quest for the “Metropolis” under East Bay waters

  Since moving to Michigan 27 years ago, I have been intrigued by the history and lore of the Great Lakes. This includes the lighthouses, sand dunes, ore docks, freighters, bridges, geology, and many other facets of this vast waterborne … Continue reading

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Favorite names of mesas in America’s Old West

  There are certain names and terms that conjour up images of places. In the vast, rugged, and lovely landscapes of the American West, mesas are one of the most iconic topographic and geologic features. While in the process of … Continue reading

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World’s largest “stad” and “sted” suffix cities

“Stad” and “sted” have similar meanings of city, town, or place. “Sted” is only found in use in Denmark, while “stad” can be found in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Aruba, and Curacao. Aruba, Curacao, and South Africa are/were … Continue reading

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Toasting the States with the most wineries in 2020 vs. 2018

As the data shows in the following chart, among the states with the most wineries, Colorado and Texas lead the way in the number of new wineries added over the past two (2) years. All 12 states saw growth in … Continue reading

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Two ideologies, two plutonium programs, and too reckless!

http:// (*see note at bottom of the post) The more read about the Cold War, the more I am convinced that both sides lost. Not only did both the Americans and Soviets/Russians gut large parts of their economies by wasting … Continue reading

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Amazing and beautiful river bends from around the globe

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