Listeria – Inspiration Point

24 May

In the last post, I wrote about the list by True West of historic sites “that will make you weep.” That article contains a couple of secondary lists. One of those is “10 Western History Shrines That Will Inspire You.” Following are the ones that I have visited.

1. The Arch, St. Louis, Missouri – It is impressive to see. Driving into St. Louis, anyone can see that it dominates the skyline. However, I never saw it as inspiring. That could be because I have never been in it. I have been at its base and in the underground museum about westward expansion. However, my dislike of heights has kept me from going to the top. By the way, its real name is the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

2. The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas – In the last post, I wrote about my disappointment with the Alamo. Any place where people gave their lives is a place of inspiration. However, I cannot get over my initial feelings about the site.

3. Custer National Cemetery, Little Big Horn National Historic Battlefield – Before you get to the welcome center or the battlefield, you pass the cemetery. Like other military cemeteries, this one makes you think about all of those who gave their lives for their country. Our nation has not always gone into a fight for a just reason, but that does not lessen the sacrifices of those who served.Montana 2012 and Other Stuff 123

4. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho – The last time I was in the park was with my dad, my brother and my nephews. We did not go into the heart of the park but walked around the Mammoth Hot Springs and the Yellowstone River. The natural wonders are amazing, and the power of the earth is inspiring. Everyone should see Old Faithful at least once.Montana 2012 and Other Stuff 275

5. The Palace of the Governor’s, Santa Fe, New Mexico – I could have been there this week but had other things to do. It is the oldest government building in the United States. Today, it is a museum, but it has witness great events in history. It has been under Spanish rule and American rule. Heck, it has also been under Confederate rule. Governor Lew Wallace finished his novel, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, within its walls.SONY DSC

6. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California – My wife and I drove across the bridge on our honeymoon. It is a cool feeling to drive across one of the most famous bridges in the world. However, I did not expect all of the people walking and cycling across it. Just thinking about the power of the currents underneath is enough to inspire.image-25

8. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota – This is truly an amazing site. Looking up at George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln is an inspiring view. However, I cannot help but think that the Black Hills were taken from the Native Americans to get at its gold.

9. Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, South Dakota – This one is also in the Black Hills and is the Native American answer to Mount Rushmore. Crazy Horse was a famous warrior, but I wonder what he would think about a mountain being carved into his likeness. There are no known photographs of Crazy Horse, so we have no idea if this looks like him. On top of that, they have been carving the mountain for decades, and it is nowhere near finished. When I see it, I cannot help but think that the Native Americans are getting shafted again.

There is another list called “10 Western Sites That Will Make You Misty.” Next time, I think I will skip that one and move on to another subject. I do not find it very interesting or misty.

8 Responses to “Listeria – Inspiration Point”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong May 24, 2014 at 03:28 #

    I’m envious. We have been to the Golden Gate … but as for the rest? We live in hope.

    • Rick May 24, 2014 at 03:33 #

      They are all great places to visit. It’s hard to choose one, but I would make it Yellowstone.

  2. returntothe80s May 24, 2014 at 16:23 #

    Another great post! The Golden Gate Bridge brings back memories. When I wad in the Navy, I was stationed at Oakland Naval Hospital. So I saw most of the San Francisco sites, including the bridge. Then I was shipped out for Desert Shield/Desert Storm on a hospital ship. When the war was over, we sailed back in. We came in to a big homecoming, and had the pleasure of going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge. And I thought going over it was awe inspiring! Imagine heading under the bridge with it being lined with people shoulder to shoulder screaming and cheering for you. The memory still gives me the chills (in a good way).

    • Rick May 24, 2014 at 17:29 #

      That must have been cool. Of course, you guys deserved a homecoming like that. Thank you for your service.

  3. John S May 24, 2014 at 23:40 #

    Reminds me how much I’d love to spend six months in the US just travelling around one day.

    • Rick May 25, 2014 at 02:29 #

      That’s exactly what I would like to do in your part of the world.

  4. jcalberta May 25, 2014 at 00:32 #

    Seen Yellowstone – camped there long ago. Rushmore and Golden Gate.

    In Canada I have one thing I want to achieve: a sail on the legendary Bluenose schooner.
    Alas, the recent replica has not raised it’s masts yet. I’m waiting.

    • Rick May 25, 2014 at 02:30 #

      That sounds cool. My dream Canadian destination is Lake Louise.

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