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August 18, 2019

The rusting blast furnaces that tower over Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, once powered the largest shipbuilding company and second-largest steel manufacturer in the United States. For nearly 140 years, the Bethlehem Steel Corporation fueled American indust...

August 11, 2019

Tucked away from the sprawl of Philadelphia International Airport stands one of the most significant forts in American history. Fort Mifflin was a Patriot stronghold that defended the Delaware River during the early years of the Revolutionary War. Am...

August 4, 2019

This past week, I biked the Delaware and Lehigh Trail--a 140-mile towpath that parallels the Lehigh Navigation Canal, Lehigh Valley Railroad, and Delaware Canal from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, Pennsylvania. These transportation and commerce channels we...

August 3, 2019

Starting Point: Easton, Pennsylvania, Mile Marker 59 (9:45 a.m.)

End Point: Bristol, Pennsylvania, Mile Marker 0 (7:30 p.m.)

Total Distance Traveled: 59 miles (6.1 miles per hour)

I decided to explore the city of Easton the morning of my third and final...

August 3, 2019

Starting Point: Glen Onoko, Pennsylvania, Mile Marker 109 (9:45 a.m.)

End Point: Easton, Pennsylvania, Mile Marker 59 (7:15 p.m.)

Total Distance Traveled: 50 miles (5.3 miles per hour)

Despite the minor heat exhaustion episode I experienced yesterday, I...

August 1, 2019

Starting Point: Black Diamond Trailhead, Mile Marker 140 (12:45 p.m.)

End Point: Glen Onoko, Pennsylvania, Mile Marker 109 (4:00 p.m.)

Total Distance Traveled: 31 miles (9.5 mph average)

The Delaware and Lehigh (D&L) is a 165-mile recreational trail tha...

July 28, 2019

Stone Mountain is the centerpiece and namesake of one of North Carolina’s largest state parks. The 600-foot granite dome stands 2,305 feet above sea level and is part of a 25 square-mile pluton—a gigantic igneous rock that formed underneath the earth...

July 21, 2019

The American Revolution was far from a unified affair. Fierce partisan warfare between Loyalist (Tory) and Patriot sympathizers ravaged the fragile sociopolitical climates of the colonies, especially those in the South. Georgia and the Carolinas were...

July 14, 2019

Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Range, towering prominently over the highlands of North Carolina at 5,946 feet above sea level. The mountain derives its name from a crag on its rugged precipice called Profile Rock, which be...

July 7, 2019

The Blowing Rock is a small park in western North Carolina that has entertained tourists for nearly ninety years, while its legend has been a Native American oral tradition for countless generations. Long ago, during a period of tense conflict betwee...

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Hi everyone! My name is Tim Murphy. I'm a graduate of the College of William and Mary, passionate historian, and an avid outdoorist. A few years ago, I decided to start a website dedicated to our nation's rich history, diverse culture, and breath-taking nature. Follow along as we explore and discover the wonders America has to offer!

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