Big Guns.

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Three from the Road – no. 13

Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, June 14, 2012

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32-pounder, Model 1829

Of the heavy guns manufactured in the US during the first half of the 19th century, the 32-pdr smoothbore was by far the most prolific, with a variety of models and lengths.  The Navy alone purchased at least 2,947 of ten different types.  Well suited for shipboard use, the Model 1829 was oftentimes used by the Army as a seacoast gun in coastal forts.  Produced from 1829 to 1839, it was the most widely produced 32-pdr in America.  With the introduction of ironclads during the Civil War, the 32-pdr smoothbore became virtually useless against these new, nearly invulnerable targets.

The pair of 32 pdrs on display inside Fort Moultrie were obtained from the Colonial National Historic Park in December 1963.  Formerly mounted in the Yorktown National Cemetery, they were partially buried in concrete with their muzzles pointed upward.

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10-inch Confederate Columbiad.

A smoothbore, seacoast gun, this gun was manufactured  by Joseph Reid Anderson & Co. (Tredegar Foundry) in Richmond.  By 1886, ten of the original 15 columbiads were still present on Sullivan’s Island, unmounted and unused.  Over the years, six were apparently sold as scrap metal. The remaining four were used as monuments along Middle Street, half-buried with their muzzles pointing upward.  Eventually the guns were dug up and mounted on concrete pedestals in the 1930s.  The two nearest Fort Moultrie were removed in 1975 by the National Park Service and the pedestals destroyed.  One was eventually mounted on cannon row and and the other inside the fort.

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1898 4.72-inch Armstrong rapid fire gun.

A rapid fire seacoast rifle, this gun was manufactured in Elswick, England.  The original guns on Battery Bingham were likely scrapped during World War II to reuse the metal.  The current gun was originally mounted in a two-gun rapid-fire battery on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.  It was received in a trade in 1977 from the National Guard Armory in Westerly, Rhode Island.


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1.  Information for this post comes from The Historic Guns of Forts Sumter and Moultrie by Mike Ryan, May 1997

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Tug and Tow on the Arkansas River.

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As viewed from the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge – more commonly known as Big Dam Bridge – April 28, 2007.

Three from the Road – no. 12

from the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge aka Big Dam Bridge April 28, 2007 - 3

The Big Dam Bridge, near Little Rock,  is an excellent spot for viewing if there is watercraft locking through Murray Lock.

from the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge aka Big Dam Bridge April 28, 2007 - 2

Opened in 2006, the pedestrian and bicycle bridge built over Murray Lock and Dam between Murray Park in Little Rock and Cook’s Landing Park in North Little Rock is a major addition to the Arkansas River Trail, connecting several miles of hiking and biking trails on both sides of the river.

from the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge aka Big Dam Bridge April 28, 2007


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Union.

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Three from the Road – no. 11
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Springfield Union Station, adjacent to the Lincoln Presidential Library, operated for 73 years beginning January 2, 1898.  It now serves as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library visitor center.

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imageUnion Square Park  and  Springfield Union Station occupy a city block next to  the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  The park is the location of many free events and performances.

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A larger than life bronze of Lincoln, A Greater Task, stands in the park.  The title refers to his farewell speech at Springfield as he left to go to Washington after being elected president.

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At the dedication of the statue in 2006, its sculptor, John McClarey, said, “On a cold and rainy day in Springfield on February 11, 1861, Lincoln said goodbye to friends and turned his face toward Washington, D.C. An awesome task lay ahead, as well as the judgment of God and history. Lincoln’s task would be to save the nation and to promise a ‘new birth of freedom’ for all Americans. He would guide the nation through the ‘fiery trial’ of civil war which would test the American character and commitment to the principles that founded the nation. Near the end, he would lay out a road map for peace and reconciliation that would ‘bind up the nation’s wounds’ and restore the ‘mystic chords’ of union so badly broken during that war. Notice in the sculpture that his body language suggests two qualities of leadership that would mark his administration – toughness and compassion. Throughout his administration, he would demonstrate his willingness and capacity for both, and in doing so would transform the nation as well as himself. As always, he hoped that the ‘better angels of our nature’ would guide us. That hope, that ‘greater task’ must be our task as well.”

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Home of Abraham Lincoln from 1837 to 1861, Springfield is the largest city in Central Illinois.  The city includes a number of historic sites associated with Lincoln.

Largely through the efforts of Abraham Lincoln and associates, Springfield became the third capital of the state of Illinois in 1839.

There are at least 39 places named Springfield in the United States.

We visited Springfield, Illinois in September 2008.

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Devils Island.

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Three from the Road – no. 10

Wisconsin’s Devils Island is one of the 22 Apostle Islands of Lake Superior.  It has also been known as Louisiana Island, Barney and Lamborn’s Island, Brownstone Island, and Rabbit Island.  The highest point on the island is 50 feet above the nominal level of Lake Superior.  Dramatic rock formations and sea caves along the northern shore are a popular attraction. Part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore,  Devils Island is uninhabited.

Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Wiscoansin, Apostle Island Cruises - Grand Tour, September 16, 2013

During periods of high surf on Lake Superior, waves thunder and boom through the caves, the sound travel well away from the shoreline.

Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Wiscoansin, Apostle Island Cruises - Grand Tour, September 16, 2013 - 2

Devils Island Light is staffed by volunteer rangers during the summer, providing tours of the light tower and the light keeper’s quarters.  The lighthouse contains a 3rd order fresnel lens and is the only one of the five Apostle Island lighthouses to have an original lens.

Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Wiscoansin, Apostle Island Cruises - Grand Tour, September 16, 2013 - 3

We took a tour of the Apostle Islands by boat in September.  The tour did not stop at any of the islands.

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Petrified Forest.

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Three from the Road – no. 9

After visiting the Grand Canyon in October, 2011, we were heading towards Carlsbad, with several stops along the way.  The first was Petrified Forest National Park.

Located in northeastern Arizona, the park includes about 146 square miles (380 km2)  semi-desert shrub steppe and highly eroded, colorful badlands – part of the Painted Desert.  The Petrified Forest is known for fossils, especially the fossils of fallen trees from about 225 million years ago during the Late Triassic. During the Late Triassic, downed trees accumulating in river channels in what became the park were buried periodically by sediment containing volcanic ash. Groundwater dissolved silica (silicon dioxide) from the ash and carried it into the logs, where it formed quartz crystals that gradually replaced the organic matter. Traces of iron oxide and other substances combined with the silica to create varied colors in the petrified wood.1

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizon, October 9, 2011 - 1

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizon, October 9, 2011 -2

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizon, October 9, 2011 - 3

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Lewistown.

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Three from the Road – no. 8

Our September 2007 detour to Lewistown, Montana was to get set up with a satellite Internet system to use with our fifth wheel camper when we traveled. The dealer we were buying from had an extra RV spot at his house which let us use while he custom fit our new system.  We actually ended up staying a couple of days longer than we planned.  The annual Chokecherry Festival  occurred while we were there as did the What the Hay hay art contest.

Lewistown, Montana, August 30, 2007

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Lewistown, Montana, September, 2007

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“What the Hay” is now also called  the “Montana Bale Trail.”

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Upper Sioux Agency.

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Three from the Road – no. 7

During our September 2013 trip, we camped at Minnesota’s Upper Sioux Agency State Park in the Yellow Medicine River Campground.  The park landscape encompasses grasslands, wetlands, woods, open prairie knolls, old fields, and meadows.  The park includes the historic site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency.

Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Minnesota, September 6, 2013

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Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Minnesota, September 6, 2013 - 3

The campground has 34 developed sites, 12 with 30 amp electrical and 2 with 50 amp.  There also 3 walk-in site along the Yellow Medicine River.  Three 18-foot diameter canvas tipis are available.

The Upper Sioux Agency Horserider Campground has 45 sites and there are 6 sites available in the Riverside campground in a mowed area without specific campsite demarcation.

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Territorial Fair.

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On May 12, 2007, the Historic Arkansas Museum hosted its annual Territorial Fair, with living history presentations, hands-on activities for children, 19th century dancing and crafts demonstrations.  While Karen demonstrated hand quilting, I wandered through the fair and other area places of interest.

Three from the Road – no. 6

Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum -1

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Sullivan’s Island.

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Three from the Road – no. 5

On our trip to Charleston, South Carolina in June 2012, we visited the beach on Sullivan’s Island a couple of times and explored Fort Moultrie.

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, June 13, 2012

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Images are from Sullivan’s Island on the afternoon of June 13, 2012.

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High over the Arkansas River.

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The Royal Gorge Bridge crosses the the Royal Gorge 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado, measuring from the bridge deck to the river below.

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The bridge held the record of the highest bridge in the world from 1929 to 2001, surpassed now by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.  It remains the highest bridge in the United States.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 2

The bridge was built in 1929 between June 5 and late November. Costing $350,000, it was built with the intent to be a tourist attraction and operated as a toll bridge.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 1

In June 2013, a wildfire slightly damaged the bridge, but devastated the rest of the park.  Thirty wooden planks had to be replaced on the bridge.  The incline railway was severely damaged and the aerial tramway was destroyed.

Phase One Construction to rebuild the park was approved last month by the City Council of Canon City.

Three from the Road – no. 4

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Info for this post is from Wikipedia. See the Royal Gorge Bridge article for more information.

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