Transcontinental Railroad Tycoons Got Rich Using Government Money

If you needed a railroad to cross 1800 miles of barren countryside, would you ask the Railroad Tycoons to build it? The controversy the swirled around the funding of the Transcontinental Railroad started the day the first spike was hammered in. It continues to this day. In truth, the debate highlights our national discussion about the appropriate role of government in major projects and how it is that the rich get richer. Why Build a Transcontinental Railroad? California became a US Territory in 1848 with the end of the Mexican-American War. The California Gold Rush started that same year. Between 1848[…]

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Visit Douglas Wyoming – Home of the Jackalope

We are staying in the Casper area for the month of July.  Only 90 degrees!  As always, we use the Jeep to explore the area and quickly came to the little town of Douglas.  Douglas is about 40 miles east of Casper on Highway 25.  So tell me … Have you ever seen a Jackalope? Home of the Jackalope One of the things we always do in a new town is find the local history museum.  I love to ask two questions. First, we ask about why the town was founded?  The second, similar question is “why is the town[…]

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Pennsylvania Railroad was to be Sabotaged by Nazis

You know something is really important when the Nazi’s of WWII make it a target for sabotage!  The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Horseshoe Curve was one of several targets slated for sabotage by the Nazis in June 1942.  Before and during the war, the US Government secured and guarded the pass, knowing that its destruction would severely impede transportation of steel and other materials throughout the United States, potentially crippling the war effort and the US economy. The Germans named the mission “Pastorius”.  Eight German residents, who had lived in the United States, were trained in Germany in the use of explosives.  Their[…]

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