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Worcester City Walls Frog Gate Frog Gate was a minor postern gate leading to a mill in the castle ditch. The wet ditch here was fed by the Frog Brook. The gate was first recorded in 1467 and probably demolished in the late seventeenth century. Remembering Vincent and Rhoda Jarvis and their family from Upton-upon-Severn who often visited this Faithful City.
Museum of Royal Worcester - Severn Street, Worcester, United Kingdom
Ici, le jeune Louis XIII fut intronisé, une heure après la mort de son père Henry IV.
English translation: Here, the young Louis XIII was inducted, an hour after the death of his father Henry IV. [AWS Translate]
Louis XIII enthroned - 8 rue des Grands Augustins, Paris 6th arr, Paris, France
CASTELLANI CADUTI PER LA PATRIA DURANTE LA PRIMA GUERRA MONDIALE 1915 - 1918
English translation: CASTELLANI FELL FOR THEIR HOMELAND DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1915 - 1918 [AWS Translate]
Piazza Mazzini, Castel Goffredo, Italy
This tablet, a tribute of personal respect and affection has been placed here to mark the spot where on the 15th of Sept 1830 the day of the opening of this rail road the Right Hon, William Huskisson MP singled out by the decree of inscrutable providence from the midst of the distinguished multitude that surrounded him. In the full pride of his talents and the perfection of his usefulness met with the accident that occasioned his death; Which deprived England of an illustrious statesman and Liverpool of its most honored representative which changed a moment of the noblest exultation and triumph that science and Genius had ever achieved into one of desolation and mourning: and striking terror into the hearts of assembled thousands, brought home to every bosom the forgotten truth that "in the midst of life we are in death."
Huskisson Memorial, cutting nr Parkside Road, Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
The Monument, was designed by Robert Hooke FRS in consultation with Sir Christopher Wren, was built 1671-1677, on the site of St Margaret Fish Street Hill. To commemorate the Great Fire of London 1666. the fire burnt from 2 to 5 September, devastating two-thirds of the city, and destroying 13,200 houses, 87 churches, and 52 Livery Company Halls. The Monument, a freestanding fluted Doric column topped by a flaming copper urn, is 61m/202ft in height, being equal to the distance westward from the site of the bakery in Puddin Lane where the fire first broke out. It's central shaft originally housed lenses for a zenith telescope, and its balcony, reached by an internal spiral staircase of 311 steps, affords panoramic views of the city. The allegorical sculpture on the pedestal above was executed by Caius Gabriel Cibber and shows Charles II coming to assist the slumped figure of the City of London. St Magnus the Martyr Fish Hill Street, ot the south, leads to St Magnus the Martyr, a Wren church, alongside which is the ancient street which led to the medieval London Bridge
Fish Hill Street, London, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #3338
Mentone. Smallest County Seat in Texas. Only town in Loving County -- last organized, most sparsely populated (both in total and per square mile) county in Texas. Established 1931 and named for an earlier town (10 miles north) which legend says was named by a French surveyor-prospector after his home on the Riviera. With population of 42, Mentone has no water system. (Water is hauled in.) Nor does it have a bank, doctor, hospital, newspaper, lawyer, civic club, or cemetery. There are only two recorded graves in county; some Indian skeletons, artifacts are found. Oil farming, cattle county. (1967) #3338
?, Mentone, TX, United States
Nevada Historical Marker #198
Steamboat Springs. These natural hot-springs are notable for their curative reputation. They were acclaimed by President Ulysses S. Grant when he visited in 1879.Early emigrants thought they looked like a distant Steamboat because of their puffing and blowing. Felix Monet located the springs in 1860, and Doctor Joseph Ellis subsequently added a hospital and bathhouses in 1861-1862.Comstock mining and the coming of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in 1871 caused Steamboat to become a terminal. Materials for the silver mines were transferred to freight wagons for the steep haul to Virginia City at this point. The completion of the tracks abolished the need for a junction, but the resort’s popularity reached its peak with the bonanza days during the 1870s.With the failure of the Comstock mines in the 1880s, attendance at the springs waned. Fires destroyed the luxurious buildings, but the therapeutic waters remained. Health seekers, and conditioning athletes continued to visit here, and the springs even produce mineral muds sought by cosmeticians and race horse owners.
Carson-Reno Highway, Reno, NV, United States
Texas Historical Marker #11749
Saint Philip's Episcopal Church. In 1877 Bishop R. W. Elliott of the Missionary District of West Texas envisioned a church for the nearly four million recently freed black citizens of Texas. His campaign for sunday Schools and other religious services for African Americans was cut short by his retirement, but his actions carved a path for the future. Under the authority of Bishop James Steptoe Johnston, the first Episcopal Church for African Americans in the Diocese of West Texas was established in 1895. The first home of "St. Philip's Episcopal Church for Negroes" was an old German Methodist church in downtown San Antonio later known as La Villita. In 1898, the church began a vocational school for African American young people which in 1923 became known as St. Philip's College. After many years at La Villita, the congregation was forced to find other homes. Beginning in 19917, several locations served in turn as houses of worship for St. Philip's. A new church was erected on Pecan Valley Drive in 1963; it remained the only predominantly African American church in the diocese until 1964. A full parish since 1967, St. Philip's provides support for many Episcopal programs and funds and is active in community outreach and fellowship. (1998) #11749
1310 Pecan Valley Dr., San Antonio, TX, United States
Jefferson County. Formed March 26, 1804 out of Lycoming County and named for President Thomas Jefferson. Until 1806 attached to Westmoreland County, then to Indiana County until 1830. Noted for its coal and lumber industries. Brookville, county seat, was incorporated 1834.
County Courthouse, Main St. (Rt. 28) at Pickering, Brookville, PA, United States