Bathroom from 1850s donated for preservation

I never think about what basic household amenities were like long ago, but this story made me appreciate my morning shower quite a bit.

An 1850s bathroom that has survived more than 150 years in the Dunleith Historical Inn in Natchez, Miss. The bathtub, shower and toilet are all part of the same piece of wooden furniture. Pipes pumped water from the first-floor laundry to the attic, where the water stayed stored in large cisterns. Opening the faucets or yanking the toilet handle (on left) would allow the water to flow down into the bathroom fixtures. Waste would have been carried out of the pipes into a primitive septic system.

Bathroom fixtures from 1850


Sunken Black Swan shipwreck treasure returns to Spain

Interesting news for shipwreck fans. The treasure found at the shipwreck code-named the “Black Swan site” has returned to Spain.

Consisting of 18th-century silver coins weighing more than 17 tons, hundreds of gold coins, worked gold and other artifacts, the treasure has been at the center of an acrimonious international legal battle ever since it was discovered in 2007 by underwater robots from Odyssey Marine Exploration, a Florida-based treasure-hunting company.

Immediately after the treasure was recovered, Spain filed a claim arguing that the treasure originated from theNuestra Senora de las Mercedes. The 36-gun Spanish frigate sank off the coast of Portugal in 1804 with 200 people aboard following a battle with four British navy ships.


Reposted from DiscoveryNews.comPhoto Credit: 18th-century coins on the ocean floor at the Black Swan site. Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Nine Mile Canyon, Utah

If you love petroglyphs and pictographs, you’ll love Nine Mile Canyon. It features one of the highest concentration of rock art of anywhere in the United States. With at least 10,000 rock art images, it’s often called the world’s longest art gallery. On my last visit to Utah, I wanted to find pictographs to photograph and discovered a web page all about this wonderful area in northern Utah.

Road through Nine Mile Canyon Utah

Some more poking around uncovered a few guides to this very remote and beautiful place. The photographs on web sites I found showed some of the most exquisite rock art I’d ever seen. I knew I had to visit.

Nine Mile Canyon is actually not a very accurate name. The canyon itself is actually 40 miles long and the road traversing the canyon is a 78-mile-long Back Country Byway.  John Wesley Powell led an expedition through this remote section of Utah to map and explore; his expedition camped at the mouth of the canyon in 1871. His cartographer, F. M. Bishop, mapped the area and used a “nine-mile triangulation” to map the mouth of the canyon and the surrounding area. On maps of the area, this area was first referred to as Nine Mile Creek. [Read more…]

Exploring history and historic travel destinations

ancient sumerian statuesI clearly remember the moment I became addicted to history. I was in fourth grade (Mrs. Daniels’ class) and I flipped our textbook to the chapter on ancient Mesopotamia. Drawings of ancient ziggurats, photos of cuneiform tablets, and pictures of lovely artwork adorned the page. I remember looking at the descriptions of the images and reading about how old those artifacts were. I tried to wrap my young mind around the dates. 4500 BC. How many long years ago was that? I tried to imagine what it had been like to live so very long ago. What was the land like? What were the people like? How did people survive in that ancient time and ancient place?

My love of history started right then and there. After school that day I went to a friend’s house and whirled a globe around until I found the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. I thought about the people who use to live there, and loved learning more about that culture.

Andrew Jackson and Creek Indian Leader WIlliam Weatherford signing the Treaty of Ft. Jackson, ending the Creek-Indian War of 1813-14.
Andrew Jackson and Creek Indian Leader WIlliam Weatherford signing the Treaty of Ft. Jackson, ending the Creek War of 1813-14.

As time passed, I learned to love other aspects of history. I developed an interest in other ancient cultures, including Egypt and Europe. I started reading about World War II and the holocaust. Southern history became intriguing. In college, I majored in history, learning how to research and analyze many different historic topics. One of my favorite things to do was to uncover really old documents, especially handwritten notes from long ago, and figure out how what people wrote and thought related to what actually happened in the world. My senior these covered Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indian War of 1813-14 and later 1836-37.

After college, I continued to love history, to visit historic sites, to dig up information about times that are now long past. My current interests are still varied and enormous. Ancient history, early American history, WWI, WWII, and more. I really love to find travel destinations that incorporate some aspect of history. This site will share some of my tips and tricks to have a great time visiting places that are rich in history.

Fort Morgan, Alabama
Fort Morgan, Alabama