Haunting Ruins of Holmesburg Prison

April 18, 2015 – Holmesburg Prison, built in 1896 in Philadelphia, housed some of the nation’s most dangerous criminals and was also known for its use of prisoner volunteers for medical experiments.  The facility was abandoned in 1995. Urban photographer Cindy Vasco recently captured eerie images of the ruins. Additional Photos  (click thumbnails to enlarge) [divider]

Mystery of the Concrete Arrows

April 16, 2015 – Imagine coming upon a large concrete arrow lying flat on the ground out in the middle of nowhere.  Many hikers have been puzzled by such a discovery.  Some arrows are as long as 70 feet. Before radio and electronic navigation made them obsolete, these structures served as directional markers to pilots hauling the mail across the country […]

Ghost Ships of the Reserve Fleet

April 12, 2015 – An American naval reserve fleet established after World War II has been reduced to rusting hulks, some posing an environmental risk to the bays in which they are harbored.  At its peak in the 1950s, the fleet had 2,280 ships moored in various ports.  Today, only 122 remain. Link:  DailyMail Additional Photos  (click thumbnails to […]

Plans to Drop Atom Bomb on Hiroshima For Sale

April 12, 2015 – Never-before-seen World War II plans to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima have surfaced after 70 years.  The hand-drawn plans are part of a collection compiled by Captain Robert Lewis, co-pilot on the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that destroyed the Japanese city on Japan on August 6, 1945.  The documents include flight logs […]

Wood Bison Reintroduced into Alaska After 100 Years

April 9, 2015 – A herd of wood bison has been successfully released into the Alaskan wilderness, the first time the species has roamed free in America in more than 100 years.  The animal, a larger relative to the more familiar American Plains bison, was hunted by Native Americans to near extinction by the early 1900s.  The […]

Chair Lincoln Was Shot In Goes on Display

April 8, 2015 – The chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot will be on display in a rare, open-air exhibition April 15 to honor the 150th anniversary of the president’s assassination.  The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan, is taking the upholstered rocking chair out of its protective glass case for the […]

10-Year-Olds Finally Meet Their WWII Hero

April 7, 2015 – A family vacation that included a tour of the USS Yorktown kindled an interest in history and led to a new friend for two North Carolina twin brothers.  While touring the decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in Charleston, South Carolina, Carter and Jack Hanson met a woman whose brother had served on the ship during World War II.  Wanting to know […]

Japanese World War II Atrocities on U.S. Airmen

April 7, 2015 – A new exhibition at a Japanese university acknowledges that its medical staff and students performed experiments on eight captured American airmen during World War II, even while the POWs were still alive.  All the men died as a result.  Professors at Kyushu University had voted to break the school’s 70-year silence on the matter. The U.S. documented the atrocities at […]

Mail Delivery by Mule to Grand Canyon Tribe

April 6, 2015 – The smallest Native American nation in America is located within the depths of Grand Canyon, hidden away from the national park’s millions of annual visitors.  About 600 members of the Havasupai tribe live in the village of Supai, which boasts two churches, a café, general stores, a lodge, and a school. […]