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GeoCache the Underground Railroad

Posted by on Jul 28th, 2014 in Lane Trail Blog | 2 comments

Lane Trail Map websiteMy Kickstarter campaign is launched. Help me and my geocaching partner, Melissa Gard, raise the money required to obtain the supplies, hide the caches, upload to the national geocaching website and get this path listed as an official GeoTour.

 

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Quindaro Geocache

Posted by on Jul 26th, 2014 in Lane Trail Blog | 0 comments

wyandott-reserveNext week, our first geocache will be placed and enabled to be found via the geocache app on your phone. If you do not have the geocache app, click here.

My geocaching partner, Melissa Gard, and I are planning on hiding a series of geocaches in Quindaro  as part of our Kickstarter campaign to raise money. This money will pay for our expenses to place a series of geocaches along the Underground Railroad from Missouri to Nebraska. We will follow the route taken by John Brown in the winter of 1858-59. Brown liberated 12 Missouri slaves and hit every major Underground Railroad station from Missouri to Canada.

A little known memorial to John Brown stands in Quindaro. The money for this statute was raised by packing plant workers, house maids, chauffeurs, gardeners and other low paid African Americans in 1911. This statue commemorated John Brown and stood at the site of John Brown statute 2Western University, the first school for freed persons west of the Mississippi.

Abraham Lincoln tour

Posted by on Jul 6th, 2014 in Lane Trail Blog | 0 comments

100330-hannibalmarktwain.grid-6x2From Marceline along Route 36 to Hannibal for a look at the Tom Sawyer whitewashed fence. I still say I “Tom Sawyered” someone into doing something once in a while. I have always noticed that when Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain writes about a young boy, the boy thinks and acts exactly like I did as a kid. I recently was at Prosperos Book Store in KC. They sponsored dramatic readings of short stories by Twain. One of the selections was A Dog’s Tale. I strongly suggest you read A Dog’s Tale (click on the title to read the book online).  Missourians should be required to visit Hannibal and read Mark Twain. If you have ever read Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, sitting by the Mississippi, looking bhlargeup at Spyglass Hill then across to an island in the River brings those stories to life. I can see these two little boys running through the streets, swimming in the river, climbing the hill, going to the graveyard at night with a dead cat and hiding from Injun Joe.  Speaking of Injun Joe, the Cave is a great tour. The Mark Twin Memorial Lighthouse on top of Cardiff Hill is very cool.

Well, a soda and a Subway Sandwich beside the Mississippi and on the road again.

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