Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Posts Tagged ‘national parks’

Jan

24

2017

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List of National Park units on Twitter (Updated)

Many of the National Park Service streams are often tended by people—experts in their fields—who get excited about nature and history and have a passion for protecting the places held in the public trust. For example, the African Burial Ground (a delightfully active one for such a small site) might share a resource for researching your slave ancestors in Virginia or link to a database that details the machinations of the slave trade. Other feeds may be manned by rangers

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Jun

19

2012

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Andersonville: America’s concentration camp [WATCH]

Andersonville wasn't done to Americans by the Viet Cong or the Japanese. Americans did this to other Americans. This is our burden entirely. If we forget it, we forget it's possible.

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Jan

1

2012

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A mesmerizing HD drive through South Dakota’s Badlands

This video of Badlands National Park in South Dakota is seductive. It's a nearly four-minute, uninterrupted shot of the driver's view as he travels east on Badlands Loop Road (240) as it prepares to intersect with 377 near Interior, South Dakota.

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Aug

31

2011

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Mount Rushmore souvenirs that don’t look like Mount Rushmore

Tweet Girl, you know it’s true. Mount Rushmore is empty-calorie patriotism, but it’s pretty. Local concerns overbuilt the amenities so much in the 1990s so that they’re still paying them off. Merely parking a car costs $11. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum took extreme care in rendering his four subjects accurately, but the piles of tourist junk […]

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Nov

18

2010

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The Statue of Liberty is an Embarrassment

Tweet At least, it was when it began. It was in the Depression of 1873. A few years before, a bunch of greedy New York bankers artificially jacked up the price of gold, causing a financial panic and sending America into a slump that lasted for years. (Sounding familiar yet?) Anyway, at the time, France […]

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May

5

2010

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Harpers Ferry

Tweet A few years ago, I was doing something mundane when the feeling hit me. I want to go to Harpers Ferry, I thought. Can’t explain why. I went through a John Brown period about 15 years ago (doesn’t every American history buff go through a John Brown period?), when my collaborator and I were […]

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