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Marple Aqueduct opened 1800 architect and engineer: Benjamin Outram. Carries the Peak Forest Canal 100 ft above the River Goyt in a brick-built channel lined with puddled clay.

Marple Aqueduct, Marple, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #16364

Old Alton Bridge. #16364

?, Denton, TX, United States

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Texas Historical Marker #14669

Davis, Lt. Col. George A., Jr.. One of six sons who served in the military, George A. Davis, Jr. was born in Dublin in 1920 to Pearl (Love) and George Davis. He enlisted as an aviation cadet at Lubbock in Mar. 1942. Davis was among the first P-47 Thunderbolt pilots, flying hundreds of missions during World War II. In the Korean War, he was a leading Ace in the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. On Feb. 10, 1952, Davis led an F-86 SabreJet Combat Aerial Patrol near the Manchurian border. He shot down two attacking MIG-15s before his plane took a direct hit and crashed south of the Yalu River. Already highly decorated, Davis posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor and promotion to Lt. Colonel for his final heroic actions. (2008) #14669

206 West Blackjack St., Dublin, TX, United States

HMCS Haida / NCSM Haida. HMCS Haida is the last of the Tribal Class destroyers which saw heavy action with the Australian, British and Canadian navies during World War II. Built for the Royal Canadian Navy at Newcastle, England, in 1942, this ship served on the frigid Murmansk run and in clearing the English Channel for the Normandy invasion. She helped sink 14 enemy vessels. Haida was recommissioned in 1952 and served two tours of duty with the United Nations in Korea, taking part in shore bombardment, blockades and attacks on trains. / Le NCSM Haida est le dernier des destroyers de la classe Tribal qui participèrent à des combats importants aux côtés des marines australienne, britannique et canadienne pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Construit pour la marine canadienne à Newcastle (Angleterre), en 1942, il a escorté des convois vers Mourmansk, participé aux préparatifs d’invasion de la Normandie dans la Manche et aidé à couler 14 navires ennemis. Remis en service en 1952, il a pris part à des opérations de tir côtier, de blocus et d’attaque de trains à l’appui des forces des Nations Unies en Corée.

Pier 9, 658 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Nevada Historical Marker #249

Union Pacific Depot 1923 (Caliente). Constructed as a Union Pacific railroad depot in 1923, this mission revival structure was designed by well-known Los Angeles architects, John and Donald Parkinson.  The depot represents an imposing example of mission revival design.  Much of its interior was made of solid oak, and the total cost was more than $80,000. The depot replaced a former structure which burned on September 9, 1921.  This newer facility included a restaurant and fifty-room hotel for some years.  The structure has served Caliente as a civic center and is the location of city government offices.

Clover St, Caliente, NV, United States

This site, formerly known as Company's Wharf, was the location of Nottingham's first successful balloon flight on November 1st 1813 by James Sadler (1753-1828)

Fellows Morton and Clayton public house, Canal Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Beeston Manor House. Originally timber-framed rebuilt in brick c. 1675 and 1725. Home of the Strey family lords of the manor 16th-19th centuries then home of the Venn family until 1978

2 Middle Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #14404

St. Joseph Catholic Church. The earliest Catholic settlers in Waxahachie were two brothers of English and American ancestry who arrived in 1859. A German Catholic family joined them in 1870 and a number of Irish Catholic stonemasons arrived in 1871 to assist in the building of the third Ellis County Courthouse. They and their families kept the Catholic faith in their homes. Occasionally French Catholic missionaries would minister to this tiny Catholic community. The Bishop of Galveston assigned Father Claude Marie Thion to minister to Catholics in Ellis and Hill counties in 1874. Father Thion organized St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie with twenty charter members that year. He conducted the first Mass in the new church building in 1875. Father Thion performed the first Catholic marriage ceremony in Ellis County in 1877. In 1890 the Diocese of Dallas was created. Because of the growth of the Waxahachie congregation, the new bishop traded the Catholic church building and land to local methodists in exchange for $1500 and 4.5 acres of land. The graves in the early cemetery were reinterred in the city cemetery in 1892. By this time Waxahachie had a Catholic population of forty. The church grew steadily in the first half of the 20th century, and the Diocese erected a third church building in 1954. The church retained the name of St. Joseph. In the second half of the 20th century the church continued to grow. With 1360 ethnically diverse families in their second century, the congregation is active in worship, religious education, social and civic service and mission work throughout western Ellis County. (2000) #14404

504 E. Marvin, Waxahachie, TX, United States

Gloucester Quay Gloucester owes much of its early prosperity to its location on the River Severn and received formal status as a port through a Royal Charter of 1580. The old quay was much frequented by sailing trows and barges working between Bristol and Shrewsbury, and continued to be used well into the 20th century. The present quay wall was constructed in 1887-8.

, Gloucester, United Kingdom

Dans l'effervescence créatrice des années 1920, l'hôtel Istria accueillit, entre autres artistes, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Moïse Kisling, peintres, Man Ray, photographe, Kiki de Montparnasse, modèle et égérie, Erik Satie, compositeur, Rainer Maria Rilke, Tristan Tzara, Vladimir Maïakovski, poètes, et Louis Aragon qui y rejoignait Elsa Triolet. "Ne s'éteint que ce qui brilla ... Lorsque tu descendais de l'hôtel Istria, Tout était différent Rue Campagne Première, En mil neuf cent vingt neuf , vers l'heure de midi ..." Louis Aragon (Il ne m'est Paris que d'Elsa.)

English translation: In the creative effervescence of the 1920s, Hotel Istria welcomed, among other artists, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Moïse Kisling, painters, Man Ray, photographer, Kiki de Montparnasse, model and mighty, Erik Satie, composer, Rainer Maria Rilke, Tristan Tzara, Vladimir Maiakovski, poets, and Louis Aragon who joined there Elsa Triolet. “Only that which shone... When you came down from the Hotel Istria, Everything was different in Rue Campagne Première, in 1929, around noon...” Louis Aragon (I'm Paris only from Elsa.)

29 rue Campagne-Première, Paris, France

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Texas Historical Marker #02710

Jail Square. First mapped in 1825 as "Market Square," but had become "Jail Square" prior to 1836 when Gonzales was burned by order of Gen. San Houston to prevent buildings and supplies falling into possession of oncoming enemy, Gen. Santa Anna. #2710

?, Gonzales, TX, United States

Cuthbert Morrell House. Acquired and restored by York Conservation Trust in 2006, this building is named after Cuthbert Morrell (1872-1959), co-founder of the trust. It was originally built in the late 19th century as an extension of St Anthony's Hall to accommodate part of the Blue Coat School.

47 Aldwark, York, United Kingdom

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