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1859 jail - Independence jail - Independence Missouri - Frank James - history - frontier justice

Brush With Fame In The 1859 Jail

Some tourist attractions are easy to spot. They may have bright colors, attention grabbing signage or even one of those costumed characters waving you down. Then there are those places that blend so well into their surroundings that you may never know they exist. This is the case of the 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home, which is located at 217 N. Main St. in downtown Independence, Missouri.Continue reading

USS New Jersey - battleship - US Navy - WWII - Korean War - Vietnam War - Flagship - Philadelphia

All Aboard the USS New Jersey

There were a lot of firsts for us during our visit to Philadelphia. A chance to tour the USS New Jersey was certainly a big first. Besides being our first travel opportunity in the Garden State, it was also our first steps on a battleship. To say it is an impressive ship would be an enormous understatement.Continue reading

Holyfield Winery - vineyard - Guitar Elation - blogger - wine - pizza - Prairie Fire

An Evening in the Vineyard

We discovered last weekend, that sitting in a vineyard on a hot evening helps lower the temperature a few degrees. The occasion was the Summertime Music Series at Holyfield Winery. We have mentioned this Basehor small batch vintner previously, and even written an article about them, which you can find here.Continue reading

Betsy Ross - Philadelphia - Stars and Stripes - Old Glory - Revolutionary War - America

Meeting A Feisty Betsy Ross

We were certainly looking forward to our first visit in Philadelphia. I am an amateur history buff, and find the Revolutionary War period to be especially interesting. Crystal is not so much about the battles, as she is about the personal stories. Our hopes were that Philly would provide plenty of things for both of us to enjoy.Continue reading