Our first encounter with an American desert came in driving Interstate 15 north from Los Angeles to Las Vegas through the High Mojave. Where we expected to find Lawrence of Arabia waving from atop a sand dune, we instead crossed a moonscape of barren rocks and tumbleweed half-hidden […]
From 1897 until 1917, “Sporting Houses” were not only legal in New Orleans, they provided the city with its largest and most reliable income source. Tourists were sold Blue Books listing every available woman in town by race. For a license fee of $100 per courtesan and $250 […]
On July 21, 1861, exactly 155 years before Donald Trump accepted the nomination of the Republican Party last Thursday, the US Army set out into Virginia under some of the most ossified Generals in American history to take control of the Manassas railway junction and quell a disturbance […]
As any American schoolchild knows, the United States were physically united on May 5, 1869, when a silver hammer drove the Golden Spike into the iron rails of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Summit in Utah. 500 officials attended the ceremony, perched on the […]
The Mission Style is still with us in its various reincarnations. Here are 11 photos of the originals, from the Alamo to Alta California.
Our nominee for Best Guide Ever is Jimmy Miller, son of the original and justifiably famous Alligator Annie, who whiled away an entire day exploring the cricks and bayous of southeastern Louisiana with us. We met him early in the morning at the Bayou Delight Restaurant on Bayou […]
You never know whom you’re going to meet in Mexico City. Here, we were minding our own business at the Aztec ruins off the Zócalo, when we were swamped by the Miss Universe pageant. The contestants do these side trips to provide local color for the eventual show, […]