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Conquistadors in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Conquistadors in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

The Euro-centric history I learned in school in the 1960s was woefully inadequate. I suppose that’s the best they could do. After all, the world is a big place with lots going on. There was only enough time to cover the Big Picture. That’s why I was shocked to learn, only a few years ago, of Spanish Conquistadors in the […]

The Saltville Muck Dam Tragedy

The Saltville Muck Dam Tragedy

Background: The Saltville Muck Dam broke around eight o’clock on Christmas Eve,1924. The dam held back a pond filled with 27 years of chemical waste released by the Mathieson Alkali Works. When the dam broke, a 100-foot-high wall of toxic sludge cascaded down the Holston River, destroying homes and farms, killing 19 people, and rendering the river lifeless for decades. […]

Floyd Allen And The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre

Floyd Allen And The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre

It started with a kiss and ended with a courtroom shootout. Five people died, and seven were wounded. A year and two weeks later, Floyd Allen and his son Claude were executed in Virginia’s electric chair for the courthouse murders. The kiss lit the fuse on a pre-existing political powder keg. Two of Floyd’s nephews, Wesley and Sidna Edwards, were […]

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