Exploring America State by State

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Lost In Illinois

I am happy to announce my latest book Lost In Illinois has been published on Amazon HERE. I traveled all over the “Land of Lincoln” exploring small towns, large cities, back roads and farmland. I did about 4000 miles this summer visiting strange and historic places including cemeteries, parks and historic sites. I like to

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Lost In Indiana Book

I am proud to announce that my new book Lost In Indiana is now available on Amazon HERE. Lost In Indiana is not your average travel book and more than just a list of places to visit. Mike Sonnenberg (Author of Lost In Michigan) tells stories of strange and historic locations in the Hoosier State

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Remembering The Veterans Without Remains

Rock Island National Cemetery was established on the grounds of the U.S. Arsenal located on Rock Island in the Mississippi River near the cities of Davenport, IA, and Moline, IL. In 1863 the area was set aside to bury Union soldiers who died while serving as guards at the large Confederate prison camp established on

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The Soldiers Home and the Cemetery

Near downtown Milwaukee near the baseball stadium is this magnificent old building. It was built in 1867 as a home for disabled veterans. In April of 1864 a group of local women created a temporary home in downtown Milwaukee to service Veterans with meals and medical care. The women raised $100,000 – a staggering amount

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The New River Gorge in West Virginia is one of the United States most recent National Parks. At the bottom of the gorge along the New River is the abandoned coal mining town of Nuttlallburg. In the 1870s John Nuttall began purchasing land and developing it along the gorge with plans of mining the coal

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The Michigan House Built by a Broken Heart

Henry Richardi moved to Bellaire, Michigan with his father in 1881 after moving the family business from Missouri. They made wooden utensils and the hardwood forests around the Bellaire area made for the perfect location. Henry Richardi purchased the business from his father in 1895. The successful company had over 100 employees making wooden utensils

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Fenelon Place Elevator

West of downtown Dubuque Iowa is a large bluff. Odd looking white and green cable cars move up and down the hill on railroad tracks. They are part of the Fenelon Place Elevator Company that transport riders up and down the hill. It is more of a novelty now but before the automobile it transported

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The Perry County Courthouse

New Lexington Ohio sits about forty miles southeast of Columbus. It is there you will find this magnificent Richardsonian Romanesque style building. It is the Perry County Courthouse and it was built in 1887. It is a magnificent looking and historic building. They don’t build new buildings like it anymore. Thank you for Subscribing to

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Camp Ellis

This graffiti covered wall is in a field near the small town of Ipava, Illinois which lies about forty miles southwest of Peoria. In the 1940s, it had a population of about six hundred people. During World War II, the area north of Ipava was chosen for a military training base because it was in

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Fort King

A couple miles east of downtown Ocala Florida is a wooden fort and blockhouse. It is a replica of Fort King named after Colonel William King, commander of Florida’s Fourth Infantry and the first governor of the provisional West Florida region. The original fort was built in 1827 during United States tensions with the Seminole

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The Old Farmhouse in Door County

I saw this old farmhouse along 42 in Wisconsin’s Door County near Egg Harbor. The stone above the door reads 1904. I really enjoyed traveling around Door County. It is a popular tourist destination in the Dairy State. Among all the gift shops, wineries and tourist spots this old house is what attracted my attention.

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The Log Cabin Chapel

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is located a few miles northwest of Terre Haute. It is the oldest college in Indiana. In 1839, the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes in Indiana requested help from his home country of France. He asked for a congregation to assist in teaching the early pioneers of Indiana. Mother Theodore

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