Browsing Tag »Unusual US destinations«

America’s First War on Terror: Sundown at Ft. Bowie, AZ

February 10, 2012

When he found the bodies, George Bascom was furious. Didn’t this prove what he had been saying all along, that the Indian chief and his followers were ruthless killers? They had undoubtedly slain the little boy too, which was why they had been refusing to return him. The four bodies were riddled with lance holes. […]

Deep Reservations: Visiting a Haunted Indian School in Concho, OK

January 13, 2012

The ghosts of children are said to haunt the abandoned hallways of the Concho Indian Boarding School in Concho, Oklahoma.  Paranormalists take their EVP recording devices to the school and pick up the sounds of disembodied voices.  The air grows chilly.  Doors slam.  Objects come flying out of nowhere. The school is actually a complex […]

Jesus Christ vs Harry Potter: Two Orlando Theme Parks Build Their Brands

December 14, 2011

People disagree about Jesus.  That’s no surprise.  Jesus Christ, the man of sorrows, the Son of God, the lamb, Jehovah, the almighty, is a slippery character.  By comparison, Harry Potter is easy. The Harry Potter saga consists of seven books and a single, consistent narrative.  The Jesus saga, by comparison, is a tad confusing. Pick […]

Houses of Horror: The Serial Murder Sites of Chicago and Milwaukee

October 27, 2011

A popular trope in horror is the isolated farmhouse, the remote village, where gruesome serial murders take place.  Innocent victims stumble onto the site and are brutally tortured and slain. Shockingly the only thing flawed with this rendition is the setting.  The most notorious serial murders have not taken place in remote, out-of-the-way places, but […]

Dirty Business: Looking into a Mine Disaster in Beckley, WV

August 4, 2011

At around 3:25pm on April 5, 2010 Rex Mullins and Nick McCroskey were working 1000 feet underground at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. Mullins, a 50 year old mining veteran, was working with McCroskey, a 26 year old graduate of Bluefield College, on the shearer of a 100 ton longwall mining […]

Running on Empty: A Strange Visit to the Pennsylvania Oil Sites

June 10, 2011

It would make your eyes burn.  It would irritate your throat.  Those who tried to use it as a lamp oil ended up with a thin layer of greasy soot on their skin.  Even those who had used it as a patent medicine reported poor results. It was more than useless.  It was a nuisance.  […]

Setting Out to Discover America

January 7, 2011

My name is Malcolm Logan.  I travel America. Some folks say they know what America is.  Lots of folks say they know what it ought to be.  I say let’s have a closer look, because America is not so easy to pin down. The only way to get a true sense of this extraordinary country […]