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On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart flew away from a town called Lae in the South Pacific. Earhart was attempting to circumnavigate the globe. After taking off from Lae, she disappeared. The Superhero Historians will investigate her life, her final flight, and the possible outcomes to that flight.
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Monday, October 16, 2006

The Big Apple

Barley Hugg, Location Historian

Ahh, New York City, the city that never sleeps.  Home to the Yankees and the Knicks.  Also, I may add, great pizza all over the city.  I thought salmon could never be beat… well it can’t be, but that New York City pizza.  Hmmm.  Sorry, let’s get back on topic.  New York was also home to both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Hamilton owned a country estate he named “The Grange.” This estate and surrounding 32 acres stood several miles outside the city in what is now Harlem, it cost him $22,220.  Aaron Burr owned a mansion named “Richmond Hill” which was also occupied by John Adams and used as a headquarters by George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Here are some other facts you’ll find interesting. New York City’s population at the time was around 65,000 people.  Today its population is over 8 million.  Duels were illegal in New York.  In 1800, Aaron Burr ran the New York political machine called Tammany Hall.  Tammany Hall helped Burr secure the Vice Presidency.  William “Boss” Tweed made Tammany Hall even more famous, or I should say infamous, during the 1850’s due to his corruption.  His illegal activities were highlighted by political cartoonist Thomas Nast, the creator of the elephants for Republicans and the donkey for Democrats.  But we will save that talk for a later topic.

Just an FYI, the National Park Service keeps “The Grange” as a historic location.  Hmm, pepperoni and cheese just wafted through the air.  See ya!

By: Barley Hugg, Location Historian
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