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Photography Challenge Day 151 (A day late): Throwback Thursday to old headstones

Well this post is a day late–while I had decided on the topic, I couldn’t quite decide on which exact pictures to share, so I decided I’d look through them again today and decided. So the pictures are all throwbacks to my trip to Boston last year.

Boston is one of my favorite places to visit—it has history, science, and numerous things to do; plus a semi-decent public transportation system. With it being one of the oldest cities on the east coast, one of my favorite things to do is walk the Freedom Trail (of course walking the whole thing depends largely on the weather for that day).

Marking the spot of the Boston Massacre

The Freedom Trail is a two and half mile path through the north end of Boston, that connects sixteen different historical sites and/or monuments. Most of the sites are free, though there are some that require an entrance fee (such as Paul Revere’s house, and one or two of the churches).

I find it fascinating and somewhat calming to walk through the old cemeteries and look at the different headstones that are still somewhat readable after a few hundred years. Some of the headstones you can’t read anything, but you still see some of the stone work that went into the headstones.

The artwork on the tombstone for John Hurd
Some more of the stonework that has survived centuries.

So when walking through Granary Burying Ground, you can see monuments to different historical figures such as:

Paul Revere’s burial site.
Monument to Ben Franklin
Monument to John Hancock

I have other pictures of gravestones (from this graveyard and others) from when I lived in Boston (I would head to the north end almost every other weekend, and I did enjoy wandering through the cemetery and look at the headstones), that I’ll post within other topics as well over the next few weeks.

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Two for One: National Lighthouse Day and Photography Challenge Day 6

Today’s post is going to be doing double duty: It’s an odd-ball holiday, so I have that plus I’m going to do a throwback Tuesday (instead of an transformation Tuesday). So the pictures are all throwbacks to when I managed to visit or pass by different lighthouses. So today is National Lighthouse Day. It all started in 1789, when Congress passed an act that called for the establishment of lighthouses, buoys, beacons, and public piers; in addition to the commission of the first federal lighthouse. Though as the centuries passed and technology advanced—lighthouses weren’t needed as much. Though in 1989 (two hundred years to the date), a new resolution was passed that designated that particular date (August 7, 1989) as National Lighthouse Day. The problem was that—the resolution didn’t state that the date was to be recognized yearly as National Lighthouse Day.

So while we haven’t seen the date officially designated as National Lighthouse Day, it is still celebrated as such by the ones who are caring for these buildings and their place in American history.

I find lighthouse to be fascinating—both in terms of what they do: guide ships and warn of bad weather, and the fact they’re tiny little houses. True it isn’t the most glamorous lifestyle, and it is probably really quiet, but it would be interesting to have it for say a week or so.

So over the years there have been a few lighthouses that I’ve been to, mainly in Minnesota (along Lake Superior), and then a couple out on the East Coast, and then one down in Texas a couple of years ago.

    Split Rock Lighthouse over looking Lake Superior

The one I’ve been to the most is Split Rock Lighthouse on the shore of Lake Superior. This lighthouse was constructed from 1905 to 1910 in response to the destruction of almost thirty ships on Lake Superior in November of 1905. It is now operated as a state park on the shore of Lake Superior.

When I was out in Boston I went out to the islands in the harbor a couple of times and passed this lighthouse on the way:

               Lighthouse in Boston Harbor

 

When I visited the park with family members on a quick trip up to Maine before heading back to OK, I was experimenting with different filters and camera apps for the iPhone—hence the sepia look to the photo.

     Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Maine

The Portland Head Lighthouse was first lit on Jan 10 1791. Now the light and fog signal are maintained by the United States Coast Guard, while the rest of the park (and lighthouse) are maintained by the Town of Cape Elizabeth.

 

Port Isabel Lighthouse, Port Isabel Texas

We went down to South Padre Island a few years ago for vacation, and passed by this lighthouse going to and from the island to the mainland. The Port Isabel Lighthouse was constructed in 1852 and was near different battles throughout the years (the 1865 battle of Palmito Ranch during the Civil War; and the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma during the Mexican War). Again with the progression of technology, Port Isabel Lighthouse last shone it’s light in 1905. It was designated a state park in 1952. In the late 1990s a visitor center was built, and in 2000 the restoration was completed.

So if you want to learn more about Split Rock Lighthouse, Port Isabel Lighthouse, or the Portland Head Lighthouse below you will find links to the appropriate webpages on the parks. **This is my way of sharing references and hopefully helping others learn about other places in the US.

Split Rock Lighthouse: www.mnhs.org/splitrock/learn/history

Portland Head Lighthouse: https://portlandheadlight.com/about-us

Port Isabel Lighthouse: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-park/port-isabel-lighthouse/history

One thing I actually would like to do is to try to visit (or see) lighthouses in other states as well (namely along the east and west coast–but also the other areas along the Great Lakes as well).

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