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Old 08-11-09, 04:05 PM
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The very first airline with paying passengers was from Jannus Landing (now named for the pilot Tony Jannus) in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida to downtown Tampa in 1914. The plane was a seaplane, more specifically a Benoist Air Boat. He also flew the first plane that someone jumped out of on purpose with a new design for a parachute.

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Old 08-11-09, 04:06 PM
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Old 08-11-09, 04:20 PM
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I live 5 miles from the first velodrome in America.
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Old 08-11-09, 04:39 PM
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A couple miles away is what may be the smallest state park in the country. It is the burial location of Elizabeth Crockett, wife of Davey Crockett.
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Old 08-11-09, 06:39 PM
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old fort niagara, switched hands from french, british, us, british, us over the years. In active use until 1963 by the army.



The great lakes end of the erie canal
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Old 08-11-09, 09:24 PM
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Did you get to see the Stargate before they shut it down?
Well, you know... I could tell you , but....
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Old 08-11-09, 09:35 PM
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Philo T. Farnsworth, the 'father of modern television' lived here in Ft Wayne; his house, a block south of State St., is a landmark, with the sign in the front yard and all.

Does being the hometown of newest Hall of Famer, Pittsburgh Steeler great Rod Woodson, count? What about the birthplace of the present-day Detroit Pistons? (called the Zollner Pistons back then, based here)

I got nothing else......
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Old 08-11-09, 09:44 PM
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I live in the wild west.
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Old 08-18-09, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
The Detroit area has a massive history of industrial greatness. However, most of the interesting things aside from the auto industry have vanished.
You're kidding, right?

I often bike past the original Motown headquarters, Berry Gordy's mansion, Henry Ford's house, some incredible arc deco skyscrapers from the 20s, the Book-Cadillac hotel, St. Anne's church (2nd oldest Roman Catholic parish in the U.S.), some former speakeasies (during prohibition, 75% of America's booze came through Detroit), the America's second largest theatre, the largest Masonic Temple in the world, America's largest historic public market, and the first mile of concrete highway in the world (thank you, bicyclists). Detroit retains a fairly high level of historic density, but then again we're no Boston.

Oh, and Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit but his birthplace was torn down for an expressway. Grrr.
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Old 08-18-09, 08:59 PM
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Part of the Detroit history tour

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Old 08-18-09, 09:18 PM
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There's still occasional debate around the Christmas dinner table about whether or not a great great uncle of mine was present at the Centralia Massacre:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central...re_(Washington)

The church I went to growing up was the first mission in Washington territory (although the original church building is long since gone):

http://www.toledotel.com/~stfrancis/page9.html

And of course, most people are familiar with this little monument. It still makes the news from time to time:

http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/
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Hmm where I live (Boston, MA area) there is history absolutely everywhere...

Here is some random stuff:

First American flag ever flown at Prospect Hill in Somerville... http://www.muldermedia.com/prospecthill/
Somerville is also the hometown of Marshmallow Fluff
Harvard University is the oldest University of higher learning in the country. http://www.news.harvard.edu/guide/intro/index.html
Just this weekend I learned that the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA is the oldest operating Inn in the country dating back to 1716. http://www.wayside.org/
Revere Beach in Revere, MA was the first public beach in the country in 1896.
Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, Plymouth Rock etc

There is much more
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Old 08-19-09, 01:39 AM
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I go mountain biking here pretty often:

It's in red gate woods in the southwest suburbs of chicago.



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Old 08-19-09, 03:22 AM
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I live in England so yes.

Being more specific, I ride over the clifton suspension bridge to get to my local mountain biking trails. Also used to walk past bath abby and the roman baths to get to/from the train station and to get my lunch.
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Old 08-19-09, 03:55 AM
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I find WWII stuff in my garden from time to time.
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Old 08-19-09, 07:35 AM
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Texans, we're famous for our snipers I guess....


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Tons of stuff, as far as I know.

I can throw a rock and hit Fort Snelling, and the author for "Little House on the Prairie" was raised in the same town my wife was, or something like that (she knows all the details about it; I don't).
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Texans, we're famous for our snipers I guess....


I think that tu has one of the nicest rifle ranges in all the NCAA.
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Old 08-19-09, 10:04 AM
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I work in the building where the Treaty of Portsmouth was signed, which ended the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War. Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace price for the treaty.

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Any thing around that is of any historical reference where you live?

Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
The above reply is even more gratuitously snarky than the one below in a thread on the Detroit Shock
Jocks. Why do subscribers want to kick a city when it's down? Detroit's motto since the early 1800's
after the Great Fire of 1798 is "Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus" (We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.)
and arise it did to become the Motor City, and in case you are unaware, was known as the Arsenal of Democracy
during World War II for its abiliity to produce armaments.

BTW, the original question of the thread is "Any thing around that is of any historical reference where you
[posted from Nashville] live?" Well?

Originally Posted by TopShelf1 View Post
Not a big deal. Why would any cyclist want to ride through a war zone like Detroit anyway?
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
TopShelf1 refers to himself in his signature as a typical old fart, and is from Napoleon Ohio to boot.
Consider the source, then, of the above gratuitous quote.
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