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Old 06-16-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Historical Markers, Interpretive Signs

Do you ever pause for historical markers? Ever pull over for some kind of interpretive sign? Any photos of them, or can you capture some? Ahhh, for the historical mini-lessons, post them here, and get out there and take some pics of them.

On U.S. 159 just after crossing the Missouri River into Nebraska. Guess Lewis & Clark was serious about the night watchman staying awake...
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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Willard never fell asleep on guard duty again...

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Do you ever pause for historical markers? Ever pull over for some kind of interpretive sign? Any photos of them, or can you capture some? Ahhh, for the historical mini-lessons, post them here, and get out there and take some pics of them.

On U.S. 159 just after crossing the Missouri River into Nebraska. Guess Lewis & Clark was serious about the night watchman staying awake...
After the whipping Private Willard never fell asleep again on guard duty...and served admirably for the rest of the Expedition. The only member of the expedition believed to have had his picture taken. Lived a long life and next to last oldest to die.

Picture of Willard and wife.

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Old 06-17-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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Site of Meriwether Lewis' birthplace

Extremely difficult place to find: Located in Ivy, Virginia.



Actual site is purposefully hidden since it is on private property. The Lewis plantation/farm was located behind these gates. Lewis farmed this area in 1789-1799+-. His mother Lucy Lewis Marks is buried in a private cemetery 50 yards away, also on private property.

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The Bender Inn.




The graves at the Inn.





The hammers.

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Old 06-17-2012, 10:57 AM   #6
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Tavern Cave and Rock - m.Lewis adventure.

Two days into the L & C Expedition Lewis decided to "explore" a historical cave that was used by Indians and French settlers in the early 1700's.



Getting there is a 2 mile hike down a RR track...past No Trespassing signs.



Sight of the rock/cave at the top of the treeline...it is quite high. To get a view of the area Lewis climbed to the top of the rock, slipped and fell down the side of the cliff...(as the rest of the Expedition members watched from their boats) certainly to his death (on the second day of the expedition)... but, though he was carrying a rifle and Bowie knife, he caught himself sliding down the cliff by stabbing his knife into the side of the rocks on the cliff. Clark later chastised Lewis for his reckless attempt, but they both laughed it off as immaturity. Lewis paid with some missing skin and bruises.

Note the red arrow indicating where Lewis fell from (according to his and Clark's journals (diaries). The cave entrance is about 50 feet below the red arrow.



Cave Entrance. After seeing what NOT TO DO, Clark arrived later in the day and wrote that he marked the cave with "his name and the date" on a rock inside the cave. His signature has not been found but no doubt it is there.



Would not recommend climbing to the top without the right gear, plus snakes and black bear are prevalent. Saw bear poop all up and down the RR tracks.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:43 PM   #8
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Extremely difficult place to find: Located in Ivy, Virginia.



Actual site is purposefully hidden since it is on private property. The Lewis plantation/farm was located behind these gates. Lewis farmed this area in 1789-1799+-. His mother Lucy Lewis Marks is buried in a private cemetery 50 yards away, also on private property.

Holy cow... sometimes posts on this site strike a nerve, in a good way. This one did because I passed this sign last week (at the corner of Route 250 and Route 678 - Owensville Road in Ivy, VA) next to Duner's restaurant. Not only that, I lived in Lewis' birthplace's backyard for three years while attending 4th and 5th grade at Meriwether Lewis Elementary school and sixth grade in middle school. We moved to Richmond after that. I have been in the house, but don't remember much about it other than it seemed like any old farm house I've been in and my sister was acquaintances with the little girl who lived there and we went swimming in the pool. The house was across the dirt road behind our house (that ran to a farm where another acquaintance of mine lived) and I could look at it anytime I felt like it by just looking out the window. I didn't want to because someone told me it was haunted.

The most interesting part to me is the difference in perspectives. Living there, I neglected to let all the "Lewisness" sink in, instead associating that time and place with riding my XR75 in the field, playing Spotlight at night (flashlight tag), and the great roads, even though I couldn't drive. Not to mention learning that you could pull the stem out of the Honeysuckle blooms and get a taste of the sugar inside from the drop of liquid on them, which inevitably led to the discussion about how many blooms it would take to make a drink of it (for the record, "A whole grocery bag" was the official answer). Someone always hid in the alluded to cemetery when we played Spotlight. I never knew that Lewis' mother was buried there until you all just said it, although I may have been told then and just forgot. What memories.

About the gates, my memory is that they were off of the dirt road behind my house and went to the cemetery, while the house itself sits right in the curve that turns right on Owensville Road. I believe there is a new (to me anyway, could have been there 10 years) subdivision just after the house. The house is right by the road, but may be hidden by vegetation.
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VAExplorer...please note

It took me three trips to Ivy, Va to find this place. As mentioned in my earlier posts...it is sort of a confidential place. I was riding down the road on a 3rd trip to Ivy and saw a female jogger, and stopped by her (scaring the crap out of the lady). Took my helmet off as i told her I was not with HELL'S ANGELES, finally calmed her down.....and she told me the secret. The neighborhood keeps this location confidential since it is right in the middle of a nice residential subdivision, in someone's backyard. She was reluctant to tell me about the gates but finally gave in...when I told her about my three trips.

Just for clarification ... there is no house behind the two iron gates. The only remains of the Lewis family farm house are indentations (foundation or road) in the ground. There are drawings of the house on the internet however, but it rotted down 150 yrs ago.

Lucy Lewis Marks' grave is a no no. It is in a really nice lady's back yard. The grave is one of those "you can't get there from here places", but you can see it via Google -"Lucy Meriwether Marks' Grave".
Lucy's grave is Non-accessible.

The road to the Lewis marker reeks of history...pretty amazing scenic farms. Yeap, ate at that restaurant.

FWIW: Thomas Jefferson also lived on that road. TJ and ML's father were close friends.
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Meriwether Lewis's other birthplace

At 5 1/2 yrs old Lewis's father was killed crossing a river on horseback in the dead of winter. His mother remarried 6 months later , to her cousin John Marks in Georgia,
yes that is common in the South.,

ML and his mother packed up and moved to Georgia (Elberton, GA area, 40 miles east of Athens, GA and the Universiy of GA)...like a one month wagon ride from Ivy, Va to "Goosepond, Georgia"...

Yes, there is a little marker on top of the foundation rocks of the 1780's Marks home in Goosepond. (See below) Lewis lived there from 5 1/2 until he was 11 or 12 yrs old. He then moved back to Ivy, Va to get an education.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:54 PM   #11
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Lometa was an important point for shipments of wool and mohair on the Santa Fe. For this reason, and because of heavy traffic anticipated to be arriving from the San Saba branch line, the new depot built at Lometa in 1911 was one of the largest country depots on the Santa Fe system in Texas. At the beginning of the 21st Century several large wool and mohair warehouses remain along the tracks, and until the 1960s area buyers such as L. M. (“Mick”) Stephens shipped all of their clients’ wool and mohair to Boston on the Santa Fe.


Lometa feed store and wool and mohair company. After a little research, turns out it belongs to a friend of mine. Very cool!
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Historical Texas Train Depot









History in a Pecan Shell

Lometa was born along the rails of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad in 1885 on the route connecting Lampasas with Abilene. The old Santa Fe Depot (c. 1910) sits today at the North end of town - awaiting restoration. This depot dated from 1910 - the year the Santa Fe connected Lometa with Eden, Texas.

The town had originally been called Montvale, but a change was made in 1886 when a post office was applied for. Lometa was made up of buildings moved from the town of Senterfitt - a town that had a reputation for wild times and unruly citizens. 200 acres of land were deeded to the town, which was platted May 17, 1886.


Lometa has served as a shipping point for cotton, wool, and mohair. Delaine sheep were imported from Germany in 1879 and are still raised in the area.

Lometa received telephone service in 1914 and the town incorporated in 1920. In 1919 the first oil well was drilled, but water was struck instead of oil or gas. Other attempts failed as well, and by 1938 the drillers had given up on this part of Texas.

The population in the mid to late 1920s was 1,000 to 1,500 people and in the 30s it dropped below 900. By the early 80s it had reached about 650 and has remained at that level ever since.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #14
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Sod Buster, LewisNClark, montybones.... Excellent, excellent, excellent.

SB... Have never heard of the murderous Benders. Daaaaang. Recently visited Old Bent's Fort in La Junta, Colorado, which was located on the Santa Fe Trail. What a time.

LNC... Don't get me started on Lewis and Clark! And how about that, a photo of Private Willard! I finally read "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose last winter. You know/have seen much more than I. The book has me wanting to ride to St. Louis then follow their route as close as possible, all the way to the Oregon coast.

I don't know if this historical marker/historical sign theme will have any traction. I will have to hunt for them in Colorado and the Rockies, but do know of some I have passed without taking a pic of them. Modern, colorful, interpretive signs are also fair game here. Thanks for the contributions. I think we're like-minded, seeing how one way we can enjoy our bikes is to have them escort us to reflections of the past.
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Sort of a marker...but valued

Sort of a marker. For 170 yrs since 1806 (end of Expedition) the only two items that are positive artifacts left over from the Lewis and Clark Expedition are their leather bound journals (located today in Philly) and Meriwether Lewis' compass.

Top two most valued and visited items at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington are the Wright Bros's plane and Meriwether Lewis' compass. Getting this picture of the sign and compass was not easy. Bad pic, but it was behind an inch of glass and 3 security guards. Located just a few feet from the Wright Brothers plane in the Aerospace Museum.

My favorite L & C sign...mainly because of the difficulty of getting the picture. The below is the real deal compass.

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