Two Historical Attacks on Washington D.C.

On this episode of The Strange we talk about two different attacks on Washington D.C. First, we will talk about 911 and my traumatic story of how I was across the street from the Pentagon that faithful day. We will also talk about the British invasion of Washington D.C. in 1814. And the strange theory that a huge freak storm drove them out of Washington D.C. Were they the victims of The Little Ice Age?
In addition, we will define a word that has recently entered many individual’s vocabulary. The word is “insurrection.” What does that word really mean? And why did President Biden use the word when he addressed the United States on January 6, 2021? Continue reading Two Historical Attacks on Washington D.C.

Tuberculosis & Vampire Lore

Did you know there is a tie between tuberculosis & Vampires lore? More than 200 years after the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials, another hysteria struck New England. It was the fear of vampires. During the 19th century, the spread of tuberculosis claimed the lives of entire families in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, and other parts of the New England states. The folklorist and author of Food for the Dead, Dr. Michael Bell will enlighten us on how New Englander’s tried to rid their houses and communities of this disease by claiming the dead were Vampires. They would desecrate the graves to rid the evil from the towns. Continue reading Tuberculosis & Vampire Lore

Leadville Colorado Forgotten Irish

Dr. Jim Walsh of the University of Colorado Denver, found a lonely graveyard with acres of unmarked graves in the famous Rocky Mountain mining town of Leadville, Colorado. The sinking grave sites hold between 1200 and 2000 forgotten Irish immigrants who once mined the area during the boom days of the late 1800’s. Dr. Walsh will tell us about the people who are buried there, their plight to find recognition and the projects to bring their stories to the forefront. Continue reading Leadville Colorado Forgotten Irish

Historical Civil War Battlefields [Glorieta Pass New Mexico]

Did you know there is a Civil War Battlefield just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico? Come along as we visit a historical American Civil War battlefield in New Mexico. Glorieta Pass is a Civil War battlefield called the Gettysburg of the West. It lays within the Pecos National Historical Park. And is a great day trip from Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Continue reading Historical Civil War Battlefields [Glorieta Pass New Mexico]

Radium Girls & Radiation in the Home

Do You Have Radioactive Material in Your Home? The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Says you do. Come with us as I reminisce about when I was a geophysicist; while telling you the story of the Radium Girls. We will also look at some everyday household items that are radioactive. You won’t believe the radioactive dishware we found at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History on a visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continue reading Radium Girls & Radiation in the Home

The Black Hills Ghost Town – Spokane, South Dakota

Not much is left in the mining ghost town of Spokane. But what is left is worth the short hiking from Playhouse Road in the southern Bill Hills of South Dakota. The public land site is just north of Custer State Park and south of Mt. Rushmore National Monument. And a short 12 miles scenic drive northeast from the town of Custer. Continue reading The Black Hills Ghost Town – Spokane, South Dakota

UA Flight 629 Facts A Crime to Remember – Colorado History

This story defined how the FBI does this type of investigation. This is the story of the doomed Flight 629 that met its faith in Longmont, Colorado. This is the story of Daisy Walker King and her son Jack Gilbert Graham. Also known as John Gilbert Graham. Come along with us as we explore the farm fields in Longmont and Firestone, Colorado. Continue reading UA Flight 629 Facts A Crime to Remember – Colorado History

Stranded On An California Island for 18 Years

She Was Stranded on San Nicolas Island California for 18 Years. She was known as “The Lone Woman of San Nichols Island.” And her life story inspired the book “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” Come with us as we tell her story and show you her gravesite at the Santa Barbara Mission. Continue reading Stranded On An California Island for 18 Years