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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The Smallest Jail

The small town of Brussels, Illinois is situated between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers north of St. Louis. The region was first settled in 1822, and about two decades later several German immigrants moved into the area. Next to a bar, is a small building with faded red corrugated metal siding. It looks like it

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The Beginning of Flag Day

A stone schoolhouse stands about a mile northeast of the small Wisconsin town of Waubeka. In front of it is an American flag proudly waving in the breeze. in 1885, the schools 19 year old teacher,  Bernard J. Cigrand promoted June 14, 1885 as a day to honor the nations flag and proudly flew it

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The Black Beetle

The town of Bryan Ohio is located in the northwest corner of the Buckeye state. It has a small train depot that still operates as an Amtrak station. In the parking lot is a historical marker that recalls the fastest train in America. The sixty-seven miles of railroad track from Toledo, Ohio to Butler, Indiana

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Stoney Baynard Plantation Ruins

These ruins stand in the private Sea Pines Community on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island. They are the remains of the Stoney-Baynard Plantation.  The plantation was built in 1793 by Revolutionary War hero Captain Jack Stoney.  It was 1,885 square feet, built of timber and a mixture of oyster shells, lime, and sand. In 1873 

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Tyrone Sunken Gardens

Stonehenge in England is one of the most well known stone monuments, and it still remains a mystery as to who and why it was built. Michigan has it’s own mysterious stone monument and unlike Stonehenge we know who built it. Behind the Tyrone Memory Gardens Cemetery on White Lake Road, southwest of Fenton, is

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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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