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DONALD TRUMP, THEODORE ROSEVELT AND THE ANTIQUITIES ACT

      Donald Trump’s re-examination of Bears Ears Monument in Utah,  covered by the Antiquities Act, reminded me why the Antiquities Act had been created in the first place in 1903.       THE HOMESTEAD ACT Before there was an Antiquities Act, there was a Federal Homestead Act of 1862, where the Federal Government  Continue Reading »

THE SECRET GERMAN TELEGRAM THAT PUSHED THE UNITED STATES INTO WAR

    One hundred years ago, in 1917, a secret coded radio transmission from a German transmitter was intercepted by British Intelligence. Great Britain was already at war with Germany. Despite the loss of American lives on the Lusitania, United States President Woodrow Wilson was struggling to keep America out of World War I.    Continue Reading »

THE MAN WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

      You and I might never have known very much about Theodore Roosevelt if Garret Augustus Hobart hadn’t died. Roosevelt wouldn’t have changed Republican politics in the early 1900’s nor would have political puppeteer Mark Hanna angrily called him  “that damned cowboy” if Garret Augustus Hobart had lived a little longer. So, who was Garret Augustus Hobart?      Continue Reading »

THE DOOMED WHALESHIP ESSEX AND THE DOOMED “MOBY DICK”

Ron Howard has just directed a new major motion picture based on the book ” In The Heart of The Sea,” by Nathaniel Philbrick. It is a retelling of the famous sea tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, in 1820, when a giant 80-foot whale became angry at the whaleship and attacked it, bashing in the  Continue Reading »

THE BATTLE THAT JOHN MUIR LOST

The famous naturalist John Muir was angry. He had lost a major battle protecting Yosemite National Park, the land he had loved for over 30 years. As founder of the Sierra Club, Muir had battled against the railroad industry wanting to install tracks through Yosemite, sheep herders wanting to graze every piece of greenery, lumber companies  Continue Reading »

THEODORE AND EDITH ROOSEVELT’S SECOND HONEYMOON

Edith Carow and Theodore Roosevelt were close childhood friends in New York City. As they grew from children into young adults, they attended both family and social events together. It appeared that the relationship might lead to something permanent, but when Theodore left home to enter Harvard University something changed in him. Soon after, he  Continue Reading »

CONTROVERSIAL NEW DEVELOPMENT AT THE GRAND CANYON

  The popularity of the Grand Canyon was partially created by a copper mine. It was called the Anita Mine. It was located about 15 miles from the Grand Canyon South Rim and was small but profitable. However, it was difficult to ship the ore from the mine to where it could be processed.    Continue Reading »

MODERN ADVENTURERS COMMEMORATE THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S ADVENTURE DOWN ‘THE RIVER OF DOUBT’ 100 YEARS AGO

Last month,  adventurers David Freeman and Paul A. Schurke wanted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s trip down the famous River of Doubt in Brazil. Their plan was to duplicate Roosevelt’s adventure in a canoe. The problem: they couldn’t get permission from the indigenous people, who controlled the rainforest. Those of you who  Continue Reading »