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The Long View

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***** This is the view the commander of the stockade would have had. The stacked stone marks the corner of the stockade wall. About mid-frame on the left is the re-constructed north gate. Prisoners would enter through the exterior gate which would be closed before the interior gate was opened. They were 'issued' a loaf of bread and a prison uniform. For the rest, they had to fend for themselves. As we drove around the site, the storm clouds started moving in. ***** Clara Barton (click the link to see what wiki has to say about her) led the efforts to get medical supplies, aid, and care for the troops. President Lincoln authorized her to gather information on missing soldiers to inform their families. Barton came to Andersonville in July 1865 to identify and mark the graves of the dead.  *****

Sign of Inhumanity

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***** The perimeter of the prison stockade is marked with these white poles. The inner pole is the deadline. If prisoners were to move into the area between the stockade wall and the deadline they were shot on sight. No questions asked. The writings of one prisoner tells the story of a guard in the tower throwing a loaf of bread into the stockade. It landed between the wall and the deadline and another [starving] prisoner moved to retrieve the bread and was shot. The museum is full of stories of such events.  ***** In the background you can see one of the many memorials that stand on the property. This memorializes the Union solders from the state of Rhode Island. Farther back, you can  see the recreated stockade wall. *****  This is my contribution for this weeks signs, signs. Click the link to view more.  *****

Andersonville, National Prisoner of War Museum

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***** This courtyard is behind the National Prisoner of War museum at Andersonville. The courtyard, which contains a meandering stream, recalls the water themes common to many POW experiences, and a brick and bronze sculpture. If you walk out behind the sculpture, you can view the partially reconstructed prison stockade.  ***** The designers and members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War (AXPOW) believed that a place was needed to contemplate the difficult story of POWs and the initial concept of a water feature and sculpture was developed and approved by AXPOW. Because art is difficult to procure through government contracts, AXPOW took responsibility for raising the necessary funds. An artist was chosen and work began. Construction of the courtyard and the water feature required extra attention to the slopes and grade of the plaza to ensure the visual and audible effects of cascading water. The bronze sculpture of a the standing prisoner is actually part of the fountain with water…

Memorial Day

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***** We took a drive to Andersonville National Historic site today. Andersonville (aka Camp Sumter) is the site of a military cemetery and one of the most horrific prisoner of war camps during the last year of the Civil War. The prison was used for only 14 months and was built for 10,000 prisoners. At its peak, 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here and 13,000 of them died here from starvation, malnutrition, and disease. ***** Over the next few days, I will show you more of the historic site. ***** 

Almost Perfect

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***** Magnolia Blossom *****

Boy with a Dolphin

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***** by David Wynne donated by Count and Countess Theo and Ida Rossi di Montelera *****

Murder in the First Degree

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***** He has no defense. This was his second kill today. That's one lizard that's not saying TGIF... *****

What?

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***** I always use construction cranes to move porta-potties. I hope no one was in there ;-) ***** At the Mayo Clinic. They are enlarging their emergency room into a courtyard area and the only way to empty the tank was to bring it up and over the building.  *****

Dangerous???

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***** I guess this is a reminder for the pilots. I can't remember is this is Hartsfield in Atlanta or O'Hare in Chicago. ***** This is my contribution for signs, signs. Click the link to see more.  *****

Oakwood Cemetery

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***** Main entrance of Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester, MN, established 1863. The founding physicians of the Mayo Clinic are interred here in a very modest family plot along with 19,000 other souls. Oakwood Cemetery is located on high ground along the eastern bank of the Zumbro River. The shot below is one of three memorials that we found in the cemetery for individuals who donated their bodies to science.  *****
***** This is my contribution for the Taphophile Tragics meme. Click the link to view more. *****

Another Construction Road

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***** In order to save or retain the river flow around the heron rookery, they have to change the channel in the river. You can see the rookery in the trees in the upper left hand corner of the shot. I am wondering how the birds will handle all the commotion. Their fishing grounds have been disrupted for over a year now. ***** This is on the Georgia side of the river. The dump truck just left a load for the bulldozer to push into place. This stretch is just below City Mills dam that you can behind the railroad trestle. *****

Squash Blossoms

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***** Cleaned ***** ***** Stuffed. I didn't have enough goat cheese to 'really' stuff them. ***** ***** Dipped in beaten egg and deep fried in canola oil. *****

Hunter's Pub

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***** In Harris County, GA. Not much to look at inside or out, but the food can't be beat. They cater to the crowd that  likes a good steak and has the money to pay for it. The nightly special is often fish. The rest of the menu is just plain good food. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself if you are ever in the neighborhood. You can read more reviews at urbanspoon. *****

# 98

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***** We live just up the road from the East Alabama Motor Speedway, but we have never been to the races there. We do hear them running on Saturday nights all summer long. I don't know in which division this little hotrod runs, but it sure look like it would be fun to take it for a spin.  *****

Another Rehab

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***** A second mill building of the P&E mill complex is being converted into condos. They are installing a tin roof, gutters, and windows. Stay tuned. Next time they have a tour I am going to go. I have to think about my maintenance free retirement living.  *****

Honkers Baseball

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***** The Honkers are part of the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate baseball league. Each summer, college ball players move to Rochester play baseball. The have won 5 championships since 1994.  ***** The Painted Goose 'Play Ball' is part of the Rochester Arts Council The Goose is Loose campaign.  ***** This is my contribution for signs, signs. Click the link to see more signs.  ***** 

Cactus Flower

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***** Starring Walter Mattau, Goldie Hawn, and Ingrid Bergman (1969) *****

The American Dream

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***** Painted by Gayle Dahl for the Rochester Arts Council. The Goose is Loose *****

Alien Communication?

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***** No, only some surveyors marks down on the river walk.  *****

April Showers ...

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***** ... bring May flowers. Is it OK to say I want one of these for my yard?  ***** Happy Friday everyone! *****

Pencil Art

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***** In the lobby of the Mayo Clinic.  Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the piece or the artist.  *****

Country's on Broad

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***** Country's on Broad. Today's Special: Pig Tater. Hmmm Hmmm good! This is my contribution for signs, signs. Click the link to see more. *****

On the Roof

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***** On the roof. Phenix and Eagle mill. *****

justForFun

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***** After a disappointing 'super moon' shoot. This is the best shot of the night.  *****

Cloudy Sky

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***** The work on the 14th Street Bridge will be completed this fall.  *****

Time to Catch Up

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***** I went to take a look at the new work on the river today. You can see here where they have built another construction road so they can work on the Georgia channel. I believe the Alabama channel in [almost] complete. From the13th Street bridge, you can see the back side of the P&E powerhouse. I will have to get around to the front soon to gt a shot without water running through it. It also appears that they have started some restoration work on the powerhouse buildings. It will be interesting to see what type of business finally takes up residence there. I heard that it will probably be a restaurant.  *****

There's No Place Like Home

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***** TGIF *****

Dalai Lama

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***** While we were in Rochester, we had an opportunity to see the Dalai Lama. He gave two lectures while visiting the Mayo Clinic for his annual checkup. The first lecture, was for 100 Asian students studying medicine. He was also interviewed by Piers Morgan. I just happened to come upon him and his entourage while heading back to my dad's hospital room. The bottom shot is my direct-eye contact experience. Yes, he as was looking directly to me. My husband asked why was the shot blurry, my response 'I was bowing'. ***** Later that evening, we took my father to the Meditation room for a change of scenery. As we were preparing to take him back to his room, one of the secret service agents said that we might want to wait because the Dalai Lama was on his way to his room! Well of course we would wait. We were hoping that he might stop and speak with my dad, in fact I think he was heading our way, when the woman (standing on his left in the bottom shot) firmly gripped his hand…

Chateau Theater

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***** or Barnes and Noble Bookstore For a complete description of this historic theater, check out Wiki. This is my contribution for signs, signs, follow the link for more. *****

Foundation House

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***** This is Foundation House. The tower was constructed for star-gazing by Dr. Will Mayo and family. This home sits on Pill Hill (formerly called College Hill) behind St. Mary's hospital. The entire neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. *****