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Don’t Overlook Grand Teton National Park

Don’t Overlook Grand Teton National Park

Often overshadowed by Yellowstone National Park to the north, Grand Teton National Park is certainly worth setting some time aside for.

Mission Espada- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Espada- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Espada is the furthest south of the missions in San Antonio Missions National HIstorical Park. It was also the last to be established, in late 1731. In it’s somewhat isolated position, it was the most vulnerable to raids. It was a successful mission, though, bolstered by the building of the Espada Acequia, a aqueduct that brought water from the San Antonio River to neighboring farmlands and the mission itself. The Espada Acequia is still in use today, and is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission San Juan Capistrano is the least preserved of the 4 missions in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Despite being a successful mission with a wide ranging trade network, the mission fell into such disrepair form a long period of disuse.

The mission opened in 1731, but was abandoned by the early 1800s due to Indian raids and epidemic sickness.

Mission Concepcion- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Concepcion- San Antonio Missions NHP

Mission Concepcion is the best preserved of the 4 missions in the National Historical Park. In October of 1835, it was the site of The Battle of Conception, which is considered the first battle in the Texas Revolution.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Formally established in 1983, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park protects four of the five missions established in the San Antonio River valley in the early 1700s. The fifth mission, The Alamo, located in downtown San Antonio, is maintained and operated by the State of Texas and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. These […]

Yosemite- ‘In My Mind’ Instagram Series Week 2

Yosemite- ‘In My Mind’ Instagram Series Week 2

For the second week of my ‘In My Mind’ series, where I revisit some of my previous trips by posting pictures from the trip redone on Instagram, I picked Yosemite National Park, which I visited back in September of 2011. I shared a total of 23, only 10 of which are in this post. For […]

Surrender Story- Appomattox Court House NHS

Surrender Story- Appomattox Court House NHS

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park is located in Central Virginia, and contains restored and reconstructed buildings from the time of it’s most famous event, the April 9th, 1865 surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union Commander Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. The town was a typical, sleepy Southern […]

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Located in Cincinnati’s historic Mount Auburn District, The William Howard Taft National Historic Site preserves the Greek revival home where Taft, the 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of the United States lived the first 25 years of his life. The house was built in the early 1840s and was bought by Taft’s father Alphonso in 1851, a little […]

Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site

Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site

Located in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia, the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site preserves the only one of the Poe’s five Philadelphia residences that still stands. The Poe’s lived in the house less than a year and there is no historical record which documents which of the author’s works were authored here. The […]

Clash of Cultures- Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Clash of Cultures- Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Whitman Mission National Historic Site, located a few miles outside Walla Walla, Washington, was the site of one of the most ominous and disturbing incidents in American History, The Whitman Massacre. The incident highlighted the vast differences in the Anglo and Native cultures in the west, and was one of the factors that led to […]

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