Somehow, Mountain Home, Idaho, isn't in the mountains. In fact, it was founded when one town more or less swiped a post office from another. In this episode, we talk about this little town's peculiar history, as well as Evel Knieval's fateful fall in the nearby Snake River Canyon. Along the way, we'll meet a scoundrel stage coach baron and visit a charming wall made of pennies.
We check out Bloomfield, CT, one-time home to the New England Muscle Bicycle Museum and the most depressing group of Whigs in the world. Also: Legends of black dogs in the nearby Hanging Hills, and Harriet Beecher Stowe's declining years.
Why was Orford, New Hampshire's original name "Number Seven." Who is the ghostly presence that stalks nearby Mount Moosilauke? And who really invented the steam engine? We answer those questions, and more, in this episode on Grafton County, NH.
We are joined by a REAL LIVE one-time Oxford, Mississippi resident who fills us in on the city's history. We then take a dive into the Ole Miss riots, when white supremacists tried to stop James Meredith, the Universty's first black student, from enrolling.
We take a trip to Cleveland County, Arkansas and find out how Coach Bear Bryant gained his name and Stephen Dorsey lost a county. Hint: Wrestling bears is better for your reputation than stealing railroads.
Bonus episode! Moxie LaBouche of Your Brain on Facts tells us macabre stories from Richmond, Virginia
We are joined by guest Moxie LaBouche of the Your Brain on Facts podcast to discuss some creepy goings-on in Richmond, Virginia. Confederate statues, grave robbers and even a vampire each make an appearance.
We visit Itasca County, home of lakes, logging and long-ago louts. We tell the story of Sam Christy, an 1880s roustabout who could take a real beating, and look at one of the last altercations between the US Army and a Native American group, the Battle of Sugar Point. Also, who stole the ruby slippers?
We look at the history of Tensas Parish and uncover a terrible story of voter suppression in the wake of Reconstruction.
The atlas takes us to Lake County Oregon, home to geologic oddities and the rumors of rangewars past. We tak about alkali lakes where fish won't swim and the legacy of the Sheepshooters.