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Old 08-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #256
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The Battle Highway (Wyoming 70) is a magnificent riding highway running east-west just north of the Colorado border. Open only in the summer, it carves a lonely, mesmorizing path through a wilderness containing the Medicine Bow National Forest. Along the way there is this pullout for a historical marker...



Closer view...



I think that is Battle Mountain to the right. Gazing this direction, with no man made intervention in sight, the view probably hasn't changed much since the 1841 fight between the fur trappers and an alliance of Indians...

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Old 08-02-2012, 02:17 PM   #257
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The Schooner EQUATOR




The two-masted pygmy trading schooner Equator on which in 1889 Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Vandegrift Stevenson were passengers on a voyage through the islands of Micronesia, visiting Butaritari. Mariki, Apaiang and and Abemama in the Gilbert Islands, (also known as the Kingsmills) now Kiribati.





Built in Benecia, California in 1888, she is the last surviving hull of that time period known to exist. In her career she works under sail, steam, gasoline, and diesel power. She worked copra, fish, tug and support for the Geodetic Survey. Because of her shoal draft she could get close on shore where other vessels couldn't go.





The Equator was a small trading schooner owned by Wightman Brothers of San Francisco under Captain Dennis Reid. Stevenson made an agreement to go on their trip to the Gilbert Islands and then on to Samoa, paying a lump sum to stop longer at scheduled stops with an extra fee for any other stops. Robert Stevenson's plan was then to return to England for the early summer 1890.





The departure on 24 June 1889 in the photo above is Lloyd sitting on the deckhouse with a wide-brimmed hat, Robert Louis Stevenson standing with cap in hand, Fanny and Mr Rick (agent for Wightman Bros. on Butataritari) sitting on the deckhouse, all wearing leis (floral garlands). Also accompanying them were Joe Strong as photographer and Ah Fu, their Chinese Cook, who had been with them since the Marquesas in the Casco cruise.





• 13 July, arrives at Butaritari
• 13 July – 17 August on Butaritari
• 17 – 20 August, on the island of Mariki
• 21 – 25 August, on Apaiang atoll
• 25 – 30 August, sailing to Apemama
• 30 August – 25 October, on Apemama
• 25 October – 7 December, sailing to Samoa via Butaritari
• 7 December, arrives at Apia on Samoa (staying with H.J. Moors, Beach Road, Apia)

Butaritari

The Equator arrived at Butaritari in 13 July 1889





Apamina was ruled by a picturesque tyrant king Tembinok and his portrait is a memorable part of In the South Seas (1896). The Equator arrived on 30 August but Tembinok gave his permission to land only two days later.


Standing in the Bow of the Equator.




The Equator went off to other islands, leaving the Stevenson party behind. They lived in four light huts that Tembinok had ordered to be carried to a favourable spot (they called this “Equator Town”). It was here that RLS and Lloyd Osbourne started to write The Wrecker (finally published in 1892), inspired by a story of obscure maritime crimes that they’d heard in Honolulu.





The Equator returned on 19 October and they left on 25 October, going first north to Butaritari for a short stop and then south east for Samoa, where they arrived on 7 December.


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Old 08-03-2012, 09:57 PM   #258
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SB... That boat could tell some stories. Just looking at it one gets a sense it is laden with memories.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:35 PM   #259
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The marker talks of restoration, but it's way beyond that now, it was difficult to get pics it's in a shed at the Everett marina.


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Old 08-04-2012, 07:29 AM   #261
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:30 AM   #262
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #263
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Lewis makes contact with the Shoshoni...

In Aug 24, 1805 Lewis was approaching the top of Lemhi Pass and the Continental Divide. At the below picture he ran into a small group of elderly Shoshoni and some kids. Lewis noted in his journal that evening his dismay and pity for these helpless people.

His comments included that these were the filthiest people he had encountered in 3,500 miles. Though they were near necked in a cold August temperature, Lewis noted that they were near starvation and bones showed through their frame. They had the fasted horses Lewis had ever seen (Apoolosa) but had no guns and hunted by chasing antelope and deer on horseback with rocks and spears. They mostly survived on berries and roots....which Sacajawea eventually taught the Expedition how to survive on.

Lewis halted his small party and dispatched Drouillard and Shields (probably the two best hunters) and told them to kill as many elk and deer as they could. They had no horses at this point, so they each left in different directions on foot. In the middle of the afternoon they returned with three deer over their shoulders...and immediately hung the deer and began to skin and gut the same.

Lewis wrote with dismay that the adults were catching the falling intestines and they feasted on the bloody uncooked remains before they could get a cooking campfire started.

Lewis well documented a description of this campsite site in his Journal and I found it about 4 years ago.




Site where deer were slaughtered. Campsite is in the distance. Found it ironic that the Lewis campsite was occupied with an RV (seen in the distance).



Site of camp where they camped with the starving Indians, Lewis noted that they left all three butchered deer (cooked) with the Indians:




View looking east from their campsite;

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:19 PM   #264
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Old Route across GA

Not too spectacular, but I came across this today in seemingly the middle of nowhere on the way back from grabbing the Ga Tag.

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Now to where he was born:


the house

the barns in the back ground,
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Boone House, front and rear

I stopped by here after the BMW rally in Sedailia, and arrived about 15 minutes before closing. The ladies in the gift store were very helpful and knowledgeable, and one of them walked me up to the house as the other was closing up shop. First pic is the front of the house, as we would come to it today. However, in the Boone's time, the "front" is the side with the porches (stairs were added later from deck to deck), as that faced the Osage Creek and eventually the Missouri River, which was the "road" in that era. Also interesting to note DB was here before Lewis and Clark, and how he came to be in this area.




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Really excellent history everyone. The images supporting the markers deliver a feel for the place and time in ways words only cannot. Though vividly written words I have a thing for as well.

Here's a sign noting the site of an old town that is basically a semi-ghost town now...


Found old images, found the location/direction of the photographer back then, captured today's view of the same, merged them. As you will see, wasn't much of a going concern then, nor is it today...


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Continuation of Daniel " "oone.

...continuation of Daniel Boone.

In the 1700's and into the 1800's there were often no judges availa'le to hear and judge on local disputes. In those cases a local ethical and respected citizen was chosen to judge and rule on disputes. These disputes ranged from thief, assault, debt, land and boundary disputes etc. Such court cases were handled by Daniel under this "Judgement Tree".

This tree is close to his home in Defiance, Missouri and probaly within 20 miles of his Missouri grave site (site pictured in a'ove threads). Private Shields of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was a cousin of D. Boone...and they went into a trapping partnership after the Expedition. Boone probably lived in this area when the Expedition passed by.

Almost directly across the Missouri River (behind the treeline in the background) is the Meriwether Lewis site of Tavern Rock cave. (also pictured earlier). As the marker says there used to be small town here but at the site of the tree but it was flooded away in the early 1800's. Much of this area was settled by French settlers.








The tree - Probaly an off-spring of the real Judgement Tree was used as a shade and courtroom as Daniel made judgements presented before him.

This tree and marker is on the west side of the Missouri River out in a corn field. I accidentally ran across it looking for the Tavern Rock site.
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