The first electric marquee appeared on Broadway in 1891 at a theater on Madison Square at Broadway and 23rd Street. The famous Flatiron Building now occupies the site. By midway through the following decade, the street blazed with electric signs as each theater announced its shows and stars in white lights. With the advent of a subway system, several lines converging at 42nd Street and Broadway, Times Square became the obvious choice for a new theater district. There were so many theaters with bright white lights, it became known as the “Great White Way”!
Girona is a city in northeastern Spain on the Costa Brava, which is near the French border. The Romans originally built Girona and its original city walls survived until the late 19th century when the walls were demolished, allowing for city expansion. Girona’s history includes twenty-five sieges, during which it was captured seven times. In May of 1809, thirty-five thousand French Napolenoic troops besieged the town, which held out until December 12, 1809 when it was forced to capitulate because of disease and famine.
In 1891, to provide a distraction for a rowdy Springfield College class during a brutal New England winter, James Naismith was ordered to create an indoor athletic game. Springfield College was, at that time, a YMCA training school.
The game, that became basketball, started with players dibbling a soccer ball up and down a court to score points by landing the soccer ball in a peach basket attached to a ten foot high railing.
New York City’s famous street, Broadway, is associated with live theater and Times Square, but Broadway is also one of the world’s longest streets. It originates in Lower Manhattan at Bowling Green and ends in Albany, New York, a distance of 150 miles. Broadway’s original name was the Wiechquaekeck Trail, an Algonquin Native American trade route.
In 1935, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, 22-year-old Clark Byers began painting “Visit Rock City” on barns along U. S. Highways.
When Byers retired in 1968, he had some nine hundred barns in nineteen states to his credit. There are now fewer than one hundred remaining.
The property owner was usually compensated with free passes to Rock City, and a sack full of promotional items such as a thermometer. Those not needing a thermometer were paid $3.00.
The highway beautification act in the mid 1960s, or the Ladybird Act as it was nicknamed, required many of the Rock City messages painted on barns to be removed. Byers was nearly electrocuted in 1968 during a thunderstorm while painting over a barn message. Afterward, he retired from barn painting to work his farm in Falling Water, Georgia where he died in 2004.
Making one's own whiskey, moonshine, was as natural as feeding cattle to folks in rural America for generations. It became big business during probation and gave birth to the modern stock car racing circuit.
An example of life before the horseless carriage.
As the automobile began to make its appearance in rural America, many a land owner decried the "the devil wagon". It frightened livestock, rutted every road it traveled and was too wide to easily pass in a horse drawn wagon.