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Lake Tahoe

Written by John Hampton.

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful and spectacular destinations in the United States. It is located about 20 miles west of Carson City, on the Nevada/California border. The majority of the lake lies on the California side. The surface of the lake is about 6225 feet above sea level. That makes Lake Tahoe the highest alpine lake in the United States. At a depth of 1645 feet, it is second only to Crater Lake in Oregon, which is 1930 feet deep. Lake Tahoe was formed by a process of faulting of the Earth's crust, volcanism and glaciation.

The Washington Monument

Written by John Hampton.

The Washington Monument was built to honor the military service and leadership skills of George Washington during the American Revolution. As far back as 1783, Congress proposed the creation of an equestrian statue of George Washington. Congressional approval was given and by 1791 a site for the statue had been selected. But from that point, little was done to advance the project from concept to reality.

Washington's death in 1799 brought about a renewed enthusiasm for the Monument. So John Marshall (Chief Justice of the United States) proposed that a final resting place be constructed for George Washington within the Capitol itself. A shortage of funding however, delayed the project. Undaunted, Marshall was determined to see his plan through. In 1833 he joined forces with James Madison and other concerned citizens. This group went on to found the Washington National Monument Society.

In 1836 the Society began accepting competitive designs for the Monument. Robert Mills won the competition. His design called for a nearly flat topped obelisk surrounded by a circular colonnade with Washington standing in a chariot. Inside the colonnade, statues of thirty prominent Revolutionary War heroes would be displayed.

In a grand ceremony on July 4, 1848, the cornerstone of the monument was laid. Lack of funding continued to plague the project and at one point, the Washington National Monument Society fell under the control of a political party called the Know Nothings. Their efforts to build the Monument were inauspicious at best, as they too suffered from a lack of financial support. And the onset of Civil War delayed the project even further.

During 1876, the centennial of the Declaration of Independence, Congress approved a contribution of $200,000. The design of the monument was modified to reflect the standard proportions of an Egyptian obelisk, and the colonnade portion of the Monument was obviated. In 1879 construction resumed under the supervision of Lt. Colonel Thomas L. Casey.

The completed Monument weighs in excess of 81,000 tons and stands 555' 5-1/8" tall. The walls range in thickness from 15' at the base to 18'' at the upper shaft. They are composed of white marble blocks from Maryland and Massachusetts. The foundation of the Monument is composed of Maryland blue gneiss and Maine granite.

The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. At that time, it was the tallest building in the world. The Monument was open to the public in October of 1888. To this day, the Monument remains the tallest stone structure in the world.

George Washington was a great man and a great American. He went by many titles during his life – Patriot, Commanding General, and President of the United States to name a few. But the title he coveted most is reflected in his own quote - “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

The Golden Gate Bridge

Written by John Hampton.

The Golden Gate Strait is the water way used by boats and ships to transit from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay. The strait is approximately three miles long, one mile wide and 400 feet deep. The name comes from the word Chrysopylae(Greek for Golden Gate) and was conceived by John C Fremont, U.S. topographical engineer, sometime around 1846.

The President's Cabinet

Written by John Hampton.

George Washington presided over the first Presidential Cabinet Meeting in 1791. At that time, the Cabinet consisted of only 4 members. Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State, Alexander Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Knox was Secretary of War, and Edmund Randolph was Attorney General. After more than 200 years, these four cabinet positions are still the most high profile in politics today.

George Armstrong Custer

Written by John Hampton.

George Armstrong Custer was born in New Rumley OH on December 5th 1839. His father, Emanuel Henry Custer lived from 1806-1892, and worked as a farmer and a blacksmith. His mother, Marie Ward Kirkpatrick lived from 1807 to 1882. Custer had 3 younger brothers: Thomas, Boston and Nevin and a sister named Margaret.

The Original 13

Written by John Hampton.

In the year 1607, Jamestown Virginia became the site of the first colony settled in the new world. Over the next 126 years, twelve additional colonies were settled. The order in which they were settled varies, based on date discovered vs date actually settled. We do know however, that the remaining colonies were New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

Over time, tensions grew in the colonies, as King George III burdened them with The Sugar Act, The Currency Act, The Stamp Act and more, all in an attempt to raise additional revenue. Colonial patriots were ultimately galvanized to action because of this “taxation without representation”. Result - enter the American Revolution!

The Statue Of Liberty

Written by John Hampton.

The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States of America, by the people of France, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The statue was built in France by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi with the assistance of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower). After its completion, the statue was disassembled and eventually delivered to New York Harbor in June of 1885 (albeit slightly late for the centennial).

It took about 4 months to reassemble the statue on its newly built pedestal. The completed monument stands approximately 151' tall, and weighs about 225 tons. Lady Liberty was officially dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

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The Gettysburg Address

Written by John Hampton.


On the 19th of November 1863, President Lincoln delivered his famous address at a ceremony dedicating the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

The Bill Of Rights

Written by John Hampton.

Amendments To The Constitution Of The United States Of America  

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

List of United States Supreme Court Justices

Written by John Hampton.

Chief Justice

John G Roberts Jr was born in New York in January 1955. He was married to Jane Sullivan in 1996, and they have two children. He received a degree from Harvard College in 1976 and another from Harvard Law School in 1979. From 1979-1980, he served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He served intermittently, in many government assignments, during the period of 1981–1993. He practiced law in Washington DC from 1986–2003. After being nominated by George W. Bush, John Roberts took his seat as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in September of 2005.

Associate Justices

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