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Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park (Massachusetts, Rhode Island)

8/24/1996 Continued up to Pawtucket and the [Old] Slater Mill [NHL]. This is denoted as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, where Slater and two others started a cotton mill (part of Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor)[now Historical Parl]. Took a tour here, starting with a house (1700s) moved to the site. Saw a demonstration of making linen thread by hand from flax. Next to a waterwheel-powered machine shop, then the mill. Saw good demonstrations of the processes from cotton carding all the way through spinning, weaving and braiding (with some dangerous looking machines!)

A nice panorama of the mill and river
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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia)

5/4/1996 Harpers Ferry Hational Historic Park.

7/26/1997 Drove along the Potomac to the Great Falls Tavern on the C&O Canal (NPS). Walked along the towpath (a barge and mules were still here) seeing six locks, then through the woods on a boardwalk to a very impressive view of the Great Falls of the Potomac.

The park sign
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A lock along the towpath
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A canal barge
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11/9/2008 ... we used both GPS and mapping to meander to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP, right on the Potomac. Checked out some of the canal exhibits and the canal locks itself (unfortunately without water), then took paths, bridges and boardwalk over Olmsted Island to the Great Falls. Although the skies clouded over a bit, we enjoyed nice views of the falls (which Ken and I saw from the VA side a few years ago) including a kayaker running the rapids.

The park sign
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A lock on the rather dry canal
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The family by the VC
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A model in the VC
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5/27/2016 Fort Frederick (also State Park and in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP). This is a star fort active in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Here we took a few minutes walk on a warm but pleasant morning to the fort and went within the walls. We looked through the typical reconstructions of the barracks buildings and tried our hands at using a water bucket carrier.

The park sign
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A view from outside ...
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... and from the gate
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Ken and me by the barracks
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A look inside
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This is heavy!
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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia)

4/5/1998 Stopped at visitor center in Cumberland Gap NHP, then drove up very steep switchback road to Pinnacle Overlook. A gorgeous day, so had great views of TN, KY and VA, and the mountain gap. Took an enjoyable hike along the TN/VA border ridge.

The park sign
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Me on the trail
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What a view!
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First State National Monument (Delaware, Pennsylvania)

9/19/2014 First stop, New Castle and the NC County Court House (NHL). One of the oldest courthouses in the US, it is the center of a circle with a 12-mile radius that defines most of the border between the states of DE and PA and a small part of the border between DE and MD. The whole old part of town was very quaint and we walked around Court House and Green, checking out buildings. These included the Dutch House, one of many sites in the New Castle NHLD. Originally settled by the Dutch West India Company in 1651, under the leadership of Peter Stuyvesant, the District is a site significant for its architecture from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. We also saw the Sheriffs House, soon to be the VC for the First State NM. We went into the Court House, an NHL and in the NM, and got a nice tour and talk about the court house and its proceedings as well as the Underground Railroad. ... Into Dover, we parked at the First State Heritage Center for quick look around the exhibits, also mostly on the Underground Railroad. We walked across the street for photos of the capitol building (Legislative Hall) and went inside to check out the chambers. We walked a couple blocks to the Old State House which sits on the Dover Green, part of the First State NM.

An NPS sign for the ...
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... soon-to-be VC
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Signage for the Green ...
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... and the Green
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Sign for the Court House
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A view of the Court House ...
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... and another
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Nicely reconstructed interior
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Dover Old State House
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One side of the Dover Green ...
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... and the other
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia)

5/4/1996 ... then drove to Harpers Ferry NHS (a little rainy, then just cloudy). At the visitor center, took a bus into the town. Real nice - old stone buildings with stone or metal roofs, steep stone walkways and stairs. The town has been flooded many times (as late as this Jan.), being at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Saw a building in the middle of archeological investigation - many layers of progress, alleys once now covered in the middle of a building. Walked to the railroad bridge and across the Potomac on a foot bridge. This is the path of the Appalachian Trail, which continues down the Potomac in one direction and through Harpers Ferry in the other [and is also on the Potomac Heritage NST and in the C&O Canal NHP]. Saw the C&O Canal (not in great shape, due to flood). Back into town, saw original Harper house, church, shops on High Street ...

The park sign
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Maureen on Shenandoah Street
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Me over the Potomac on the AT
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The Arsenal
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St. Peter's Church
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High Street
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska, Washington)

8/22/2004 ... dropped off right in front of the Klondike Gold Rush NHS … Saw an excellent, if a bit old, film on the 1897 gold rush, and looked around some of the museum exhibits.

A park sign on the street ...
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... and in the window
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Me being silly
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Kim looking old-timey
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The expression says it all
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8/25/2004 ... saw the Skagway unit of the Klondike Gold Rush NHP and a few historic buildings.

The park sign
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The historic street then ...
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... and now
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A cool dome on an old hotel
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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (Oregon, Washington)

5/22/1998 Drove to Fort Clatsop National Memorial [Lewis and Clark NHP, on the L&C NHT], the winter (1805-6) settlement of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Nice museum and slide show about the area. Walked down to the reconstructed log fort and saw the rough conditions they passed a very wet winter in. Walked a bit more to the canoe landing area.

The park sign
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Me in front of the fort ...
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... and Maureen inside
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Manhattan Project National Historical Park (New Mexico, Tennessee, Washington)

9/16/2016 ... then went to the nearby American Museum of Science and Energy, now also the VC for the Manhattan Project NHP. Checked in for my tour then checked out the museum. Pretty good displays, with some feeling a little stale. At 11:30 got on a bus with 33 others for a very good tour of the Oak Ridge area. The guide was excellent, with 54 years in the nuclear industry at Oak Ridge. The best part of the tour was the X-10 Graphite Reactor, itself an NHL. Built during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project it was the world's second artificial nuclear reactor and was the first reactor designed and built for continuous operation. We could view the broad face of the front of the reactor where the uranium fuel was fed into the large array of files in the heavily shielded wall. The whole tour took 3 hours, returning around 2:30.

The park sign
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Our tour bus
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An original guard shack
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Spallation Neutron Source Facility
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Bethel Church
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The reactor sign
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The X-10 Reactor ...
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... and control room
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Original Oak Ridge housing
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7/30/2017 We drove to the central part of town for a combined stop - the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory NHL District and a unit of the Manhattan Project NHP. The laboratory was founded during World War II as a secret, centralized facility to coordinate the scientific research of the Manhattan Project, the Allied project to develop the first nuclear weapons. We parked at the Fuller Lodge and walked around admiring the rustic structure from the days during the war. Fuller Lodge was one of the main structures of the Los Alamos Boys Ranch School, serving as its headquarters in its later years; it was converted into a mess hall and guest quarters during the Manhattan Project. We moved over to where the NHL plaque was, and decided to make quick stop in the NPS VC for a unigrid. Unfortunately we had to extricate ourselves from a little old guy Ranger who was intent on telling us everything there was to know about the days of the Manhattan Project.

Dr. Oppenheimer and General Groves
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Two more statues
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Fuller Lodge from afar ...
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... and close up
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Lamp detail ...
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... and lodge construction
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Nez Perce National Historical Park (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)

5/30/1997 Finally made it to Big Hole National Battlefield and Nez Perce NHP (one of many sites) on the Nez Perce Historic Trail. Saw the visitor center exhibits, then walked the trail to the site where the first battle between the U.S. and Nez Perce took place. Saw the site of the Indian camp and where the soldiers were besieged.

The Big Hole park sign
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A pretty view in the battlefield area
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9/22/2018 We continued up towards Billings and stopped in Laurel for a small site in the Nez Perce NHP and on the NHT. We have a habit of saving uninspiring little sites for the last of our trip visits and this was certainly one. There was a stone canopy kiosk with a little rock cairn in the center and three interpretive panels. They describe the September 13, 1877 Battle of Canyon Creek, a military engagement between the Nez Perce Indians and the 7th Cavalry.

The site kiosk
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Ken reading ...
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... info about the site ...
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... and battle
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Rock cairn
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