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A Photo & Five: Promontory Summit and the Joining of the Transcontinental Railroad

A couple of days ago marked the 147 anniversary of the joining of the Central and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Summit, then in Utah Territory. The completion of a rail and telegraph system in the United States was nothing short of revolutionary with regard to the future development of the country, the way business was… Continue reading A Photo & Five: Promontory Summit and the Joining of the Transcontinental Railroad

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A Photo & 5: The Culper Ring

  1.The Culper Ring was a spy ring organized in the summer of 1778 under orders from General George Washington. The purpose of the ring was to spy on the British during their occupation of New York City. 2.The ring exposed many plots against the American forces including plans for a surprise attack on America’s… Continue reading A Photo & 5: The Culper Ring

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A Photo & 5: The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sara Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company fortune. She built the home in San Jose, California after moving there based on the advice of a psychic. Sara visited the psychic after the deaths of her only daughter (1866), and her husband (1881). Sara believed her… Continue reading A Photo & 5: The Winchester Mystery House