Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Marking Time #32 - Fort Worth Stock Exchange

Fort Worth is "Cowtown" and the best place to take in a wagon load of cowboy culture is the Fort Worth Stockyards.  The area is rich with history and today's marker belong's to the Fort Worth Stock Exchange:

The marker reads:

     Headquarters, one of greatest cattle markets in the world.  In late 1860s Fort Worth was stop on cattle trails. Market for West Texas organized 1870s. First trader, T. B. Saunders, Sr., soon was joined by others. 
     First small packing houses were followed (early 1900s) by multi-million dollar plants. By 1910 trading almost doubled. 
     This structure was erected in 1902-03 to house the Stockyards Company, Livestock Commission, and buyers officers, surrounded by lawns (now parking lots). In 1944, was purchased by United Stockyards Corporation. 

The building is still used to this today.  Additionally, inside is the Stockyards Museum which houses a variety of historic artifacts:

One of the more interesting and unusual pieces in the museum is easy to miss if you're not looking for it.  The Palace Light Bulb is a world record holder as the Second Longest Burning Light Bulb in the world:

This beauty has been burning for 105 years straight.  More Stock Exchange info is packed into this video we shot a few years ago:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stuff We Saw in Charlotte Part 6 - Light Show (With Video)

Not far from the Green is the Duke Energy Center.  It looks like any other building in the daytime:

But at night 45,730 LED lights light it up in different colors. The colors are meant to raise awareness of local groups and events. At the top of each hour there's a light show at the top. Here's a look:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stuff We Saw in Charlotte Part 5 - Gold Rush

Earth science is clearly in our wheelhouse.  Many people don't realize how much ground that covers.  But if you look, you'll be able to find it.  Where did we find it in Charlotte?  We struck gold at our next stop, The Wells Fargo History Museum.

These samples are similar to the types of gold that 19th century prospectors sold to Wells Fargo.  According to the display gold sold for about $17 an ounce.  Several creative exhibits gave more information about gold including its infamous heaviness:

Visitors can lift up each sample from the bottom to get a comparative feel of heftiness compared to copper, silver and lead.  Which leads to the old time processing methods used to get the gold into something more recognizable:

So we see the final product to the delight of pirates and treasure hunters everywhere:

Tune in again for more Charlotte stuff!  (Probably snow related)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stuff We Saw in Charlotte Part 4 - Hot Dog

Exploration can be strenuous.  It takes a lot of energy to walk the streets of Charlotte with nothing but a camera and a healthy dose of curiosity.  Refueling is essential as thoughts turn from the sights to the flavors of the Queen City.  Local eateries vie for the attention of weary travelers like us with an array of aromas competing for the lunchtime dollar.

But nothing beats the best.  And according to this neon (the best source of info) we found the best:

Green's Lunch is Charlotte's Oldest restaurant.  They've been at it since 1926 and they know what they're doing.  Hot dogs are their specialty but their menu also includes  burgers, sandwiches and salad.  They're also known for their breakfast including livermush.

Inside there is not an ounce of pretension.  Blue collar and white collar customers, brought together by their shared love of good food, enjoy lunch side by side.  Order at the counter and within minutes you'll have a mouthful of history.

And this is what all the fuss is about:  A couple of Cheese Dogs with the works.  That includes mustard, ketchup, homemade cole slaw, freshly chopped onions (no onions on mine though) and their secret homemade chilli.

Lunchtime well spent.  Stop by tomorrow for another helping of Charlotte, NC!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stuff We Saw in Charlotte Part 3 - Welcome to the Jungle

Not every day in Charlotte, NC can be 65 degrees and sunny.  Weather, as it does, can and will change and that's what happened to us.  It's the type of thing that changes something like this:

Into something like this:

What a difference a day makes.  All this wintery mix made us crave the kind of warmer climates that attract lizards, reptiles, amphibians and bugs of the tropical variety.  They always seem to know the cool places (or rather warm places) to hang out.

Stumbling into the Discovery Place was serendipitous since their handy rainforest exhibit was ready to warm me up.

We were even able to share our weather woes with this slightly out of focus turtle (and his friend).  I'd like to think his name is Jimmy or something similar:

More Charlotte shenanigans coming tomorrow!