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Feb 22, 2010 9:53 AM CST
Name: Huckleberry
Washington, D.C.
A National Historic Landmark
Also named: Benjamin F. Alien House, Frederick M. Hubbell House, and Iowa Governor's Mansion
Polk County, IA
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places: 06/17/1972

Terrace Hill (1868) is an exceptional example of the French Second Empire Style identified as a prototype of the style. Designed by one of Chicago’s most important nineteenth century architects, William W. Boyington, Terrace Hill represents a pure, minimally altered, grand scale Second Empire house constructed for domestic use at the height of the style in the United States. Its interiors are among the best preserved for the period. Since 1976, it has served as the residence for Iowa’s governor and a historic house museum.

Visit the National Register of Historic Places online and learn more about the Whitewater Hotel, view the official nomination and pictures, and check out other featured properties. (http://www.nps.gov/nr/)

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Imagehuckleberry
Feb 26, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Huckleberry
Washington, D.C.
This week's featured historic site is.....

The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run, Essex County, New York

Carved out of wilderness and surrounded by forested land on all sides, the one and one-half mile long Olympic Bobsled Run was constructed in 1930 and built specifically for the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. The course was designed by Stanislaus Sentzytsky, a renowned German course designer, who designed a course that was radically different from its European counterparts. The Lake Placid course was longer, steeper, and featured a more pronounced drop in curves than European runs, which allowed for steadier driving and faster speeds than those obtained on prior bobsled events. After the American team won two gold medals and one silver in 1932, bobsledding, previously unknown in America, captivated the country’s interest, and U.S. teams dominated the sport until 1956. Although portions of the course have been retired, parts of the original Olympic Bobsled Run continue to be used for training and recreation.

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Imagehuckleberry
Mar 17, 2010 8:19 AM CST
Name: Huckleberry
Washington, D.C.
This week's featured historic site is.....

USS Macon Airship Remains, Monterey County, California

When the USS Macon was christened on March 11, 1933, it was the most sophisticated of the Navy’s lighter-than-air (LTA) fleet. The Macon exhibited the highest expression of naval LTA technology during its short career. At 785 feet in length, the airship’s size captured American fascination during flyovers of U.S. communities as chronicled in numerous advertisements, articles, and newsreels. The dramatic loss of the Macon and its sister ship, the Akron,within two years of each other contributed to the cancellation of the Navy’s rigid airship program. The archeological remains of the USS Macon lie off California’s Big Sur coast in NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The site also contains the remains of four of the airship’s squadron of small Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk scout aircraft which the Macon carried in an internal hangar bay.

Visit the National Register of Historic Places online and learn more about the Whitewater Hotel, view the official nomination and pictures, and check out other featured properties. (http://www.nps.gov/nr/)

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