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Volume 36 Issue 6 June 2021
Tri-State History September 1978 to September 1979
By Harold Morgan
September 1978: General Electric expanded its
Mount Vernon plant again because its Lexan and Valox
were both “explosive” new products. Sunbeam Plastics
was sold to a British firm for $5.75 million. An elevated
Division Street (now the Lloyd Expressway) from Third
Avenue to Division Street was favored by the city. The
Highway 41 truck safety check station near Ellis Park
October 1978: The Equal Rights Amendment deadline
for ratification was extended. Ten St. Mary’s Hospital
nurses completed Emergency Medical Training (EMT).
Four people were killed when two small airplanes hit
head-on on the runway of the Tell City airport. Seven
rapes were committed in the Hanie’s Corner area by a
single man; a man was arrested and charged for the rapes.
November 1978: Artist Norman Rockwell died in
Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Arson fires #11 and #12
hit the Ninth Street renewal area in Evansville. Asbestos
lung disease was being uncovered in great numbers
within American industries. The all-new University of
Evansville basketball team opened with a 63-58 win
over the Poland team in Roberts Stadium before a large
crowd. 409 deaths were reported at the “Jonestown
Camp” in Guyana, and a total of 912 people were found
dead by suicide. Work began on the Parkway Plaza Mall
in Madisonville. Jonestown Guyana cult leader James
Jones’s body was burned and spread over the Atlantic
Ocean. The U of E basketball team lost its second game
MJ Treasure Hunt Contest. .............................5
Embers over Greenwood. ..............................8
Picturing Our Past ...................................10
Misadventures of Bob Hollis ...........................12
Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Roberts Stadium basketball game. (Evansville Courier
to DePaul 74-55 before a crowd of 9,532 fans at Roberts
December 1978: Gasohol (gas and alcohol auto
fuel) could now be bought in Evansville at the Farm
Bureau Co-Op. A man washed two gallons of gasoline
into an Evansville sewer line at 1310 Stringtown Road;
it exploded and blew manhole covers off for two blocks.
Southwestern Indiana state police had a trooper shortage
of 13-each in the Evansville, Jasper and Terre Haute districts.
The Evansville Courier interviewed 102-year-old
Thomas Gentry, the grandson of Allen Gentry, who was
a close friend of Abraham Lincoln.
January 1979: The American Embassy in Iran urged
U.S. citizens to leave Iran. Researchers provided over-
Hometown History Contest. ..........................13
Cooking Corner. ....................................14
Brain Games. ................................... 16&17
Medical Matters .....................................18
Yesterdays Remembered ..............................20
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smoking may cause lung cancer in
humans. The deposed Shah of Iran
came to the U.S. for exile. The PPG
company began construction of its
$25 million plant on Highway 41
North. Bodies of 10- and 11-yearold
girls were recovered from flood
waters near Lodge Avenue, where
they fell through the ice covering.
February 1979: The American
economy declined with the fuel recession;
grocery prices were up 2.7% in
January. The EPA cited Alcoa and
SIGECO for smokestack emissions.
The Evansville 911 system was better,
but AT&T admitted that it still had
problems. The winter of 1979 became
the second coldest to 1978, which
was the coldest month in Evansville
history. 1899 dropped to the third
coldest year. Ayatollah Khomeini
took control in Iran. Cable TV began
in Evansville; hook-up was $20 plus
$7.50 each month. Evansville’s Ohio
Street bridge would remain in place
as an 88-year-old landmark. The Tri-
State had a 75% solar eclipse.
March 1979: Fuel shortages were
halting airline flights, and some Delta
flights into Evansville were cancelled.
Evansville purchased a $600,000
traffic light control system. An
Evansville electrician named Schenk
fell 52 feet to his death while working
on a sign at Third and Locust
Streets. The Audubon Raceway lost
two horse barns and 20 racehorses
to fire. ISU-Evansville was linked to
the Indiana State University system
computers. The Three Mile Island
nuclear power plant at Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania released radioactive
steam and water into the air and the
Susquehanna River; there was concern
of a total reactor “melt-down”
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(this became a world changing event). Mount Vernon’s
Babcock & Wilcox plant (B&W) had provided vessels
for the 3-Mile Island plant. B&W laid off 600 employees
and mothballed its $50 million plant; B&W reported a
lack of business was the cause for closing.
April 1979: WNIN radio began broadcasting.
Truckers began a nationwide strike that would last 10
days. Construction of the Riverview Commerce Center
on Main Street in Evansville was announced; Citizens
Bank was the primary partner. A rabies outbreak among
wild animals in southern Indiana counties caused concerns.
B&W said it was blameless over the 3-Mile Island
plant near-disaster and charged that the plant operators
must receive much more training. The closing of
all B&W reactors was proposed and seven plants were
closed for safety improvements.
May 1979: The Evansville airport radar system was
upgraded. The Newburgh water system had been operating
for eight months without fluoride. (Newburgh had
begun fluoride treatment in 1976.) A citizen’s committee
recommended a new airport terminal for Evansville.
Most Evansville gasoline service stations would close
for a “gasless weekend” on May 17-20. Concerns grew
across the nation over the shortage of gasoline. America's
DC-10 passenger airplane with 3 engines on takeoff.
nuclear reactor unrest was eased by reports of improved
training for the accidental loss of reactor cooling water.
275 people died from a failed DC-10 takeoff crash at
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport; one of its three engines broke
away and fell onto the runway. All DC-10 airplanes were
grounded. (The DC-10 airplane had one engine on each
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ing in Evansville. PPG began construction
of its $25 million plant
on Highway 41 North. University
of Evansville was a charter member
of a new basketball conference with
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Xavier of Ohio, Oral Roberts and
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million addition to its Mount Vernon
plant. Lazarus and J.C. Penny would
be two anchor stores in the new
Eastland Mall. More space would be
allocated for general aviation at the
General Motors would loan
up to $230 million to the Chrysler
Corporation. Several people were
arrested in Kentucky’s largest drug
bust at the Providence, Kentucky airport.
A Piper Cub airplane crashed
while landing on the Lawndale
parking lot and it slid onto the
Washington Square parking lot
across Washington Avenue; there
were no injuries; the airplane was
part of an airplane show that was
held on the parking lot.
September 1979: SIGECO
opened its A.B. Brown power plant
in Posey County. The old tattered
flag that had long flown above the old
Vanderburgh County Courthouse
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employees; one stood on the fiveinch
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Part 1: The Unspoken
By Peggy K. Newton
May 31 through June 1 marks the
100th anniversary of the Tulsa Riot.
The nation’s worst race riot began on
the basis of unfounded rumors and
ended with the destruction of nearly
the entire northeast section of the
city. The smoldering ruins attested to
the fact that thousands of Black residents
were suddenly left homeless
and hundreds of their friends and
families were wounded and/or dead.
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is sure just how many of the people
They had lived and thrived in
the area that was so prosperous that
it was known as Black Wall Street.
They owned and operated 191 businesses,
including 30 grocery stores
and a number of theaters, hotels and
transportation services. Three lawyers,
two dentists, 15 doctors and
one chiropractor had their practices
here. A library, two schools, a hospital,
and an office of the Tulsa Public
Health Services served the people,
along with the fraternal lodges and
churches throughout the district.
It was perhaps too prosperous in
the minds of some of Tulsa’s white
You remember learning about
this in 4th grade history, right?
About how the area was vandalized
and looted by out-of-control white
men carrying rifles and other weapons
and about the area being blitzed
by a dozen airplanes from which
turpentine-soaked fire bombs were
dropped on homes, businesses and
We don’t remember it because
it wasn’t taught in schools. I became
aware of the Tulsa riot a year ago and
felt bad about not knowing about it.
The Tulsa Riot, or more accurately
the Tulsa Massacre, was barely mentioned
in newspapers after 1921.
So no, don’t feel bad if you can’t
remember something you weren’t
taught: a horrific event that was
swept away in secrecy for 75 years or
so. As shocking and painful as it is to
read accounts of it 100 years later, it’s
important to know that something
on this scale of tragedy and horror
did happen. Anyone with an ounce
of decency and a caring heart will
pray that something like this never
The first news story to reach
Evansville appeared as bulletins on
the front page, though not under a
banner headline, of The Evansville
Courier on the morning of June 1.
Because much of the damage in Tulsa
occurred overnight, the news was still
breaking as the Courier was going to
press. The entire coverage was under
the headline, “Race Trouble Causes
Death of One Negro,” as follows:
“TULSA, Okla., May 31. —
One negro was killed and two whites
and three negroes were wounded
in race trouble here tonight when a
score of armed white persons clashed
with about 200 armed negroes who
gathered in the vicinity of the courthouse
after a negro had been arrested
for an alleged attack on a white girl.
Scattered firing continued near midnight,
while the body of the dead negro
still lay on the street.
“OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.,
May 31. — Three units of the Oklahoma
national guard were called
out by Adjutant General Charles F.
Barrett late tonight to assist police
officials at Tulsa in handling the race
“Gov. J.B.A. Robinson said tonight
that following a call from the
Tulsa chief of police, he had given
Adjutant General Barrett full authority
to proceed at his discretion.”
For the next three days, Evansville’s
three newspapers, as did newspapers
across the country, devoted
space to the latest developments
on the story: Oklahoma Governor
J.B.A. Robertson called for the National
Guard to come in to alleviate
the situation; declared martial law in
Tulsa County and called for a grand
jury investigation. During the peak of
the violence, residents — including
mothers and children, many wearing
their bed clothes and often barefooted
— ran from the city to seek safety
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without food and water, for two days
before returning to what was left of
their homes. In most cases nothing
The American Red Cross arrived
in Greenwood to see what the
returning residents saw — literally,
scorched earth. Brick buildings
were demolished. Frame homes were
burned to ashes. Offices, businesses
and even churches were simply gone.
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Picturing Our Past
by Pat Sides,
Archivist at Willard Library
Gulf Oil Station
This 1958 photo reveals how much time has changed
ordinary activities in American life. The era of full-service
gas stations vanished decades ago, and along
with them the opportunity for drivers to pull into
stations and say “fill
‘er up” to a uniformed
attendant, who often
checked tire pressure
levels, added oil, or
as well. Many gas stations
who could provide tune-ups or more complex engine
work. The first known self-service station appeared
in California in 1947, but by the 1970s, they were
on the decline, partly because of gas shortages during
that decade that caused many to close. In this photo,
an attendant chats with a customer as he pumps gas at
a Gulf Oil station on Covert Avenue. MJ
The doctors and nurses of the Red Cross who came to
care for the injured and dying didn’t have a hospital to
use. It, too, was gone.
Naturally the nation’s newspapers voiced their opinions
on the causes and possible remedies for what happened.
The Literary Digest of June 18, 1921 summarized
the opinions in what we call “soundbites” today. If you
replaced “negro” with “Black” you’d swear the opinions
were written in, say, 2021.
The Oklahoma City Leader newspaper, for example:
“Mob violence has become common, and if the tendency
is not checked, one may not measure the depths of sorrow
The Dallas News reflected a surprisingly liberal viewpoint,
that the guilt from the Tulsa tragedy “attaches itself
mostly to the white race.”
The Emporia Gazette, Emporia, Kansas: “Of course, it
was not the best of the white race that created the hellish
situation in Tulsa. But none the less, the best of the white
race is responsible. The leadership of a community is responsible
for the deeds of the community.”
A Black newspaper, the Kansas City Call: “No matter
who kills the most, mobs are an indictment of all the
citizens and of the best citizens more than any of the others.
We maintain that white civilization is on trial when
negroes are persecuted, for it is the law as created by the
Anglo-Saxon which is treated with contempt when our
rights are overridden.”
The Oklahoma (City) Black Dispatch: “Whatever
the issue, the fact remains undisputed that in Tulsa, in a
white-man’s country, the negroes were attempting to uphold
the law and white men were attempting to destroy
Other newspapers suggested unemployment, disrespect
for the law, “Eastern propagandists” (also called
“professional agitators”) stirring discontent among the
Black people, and the increase in gun purchasing by Black
people and whites alike.
James Weldon Johnson, at that time the secretary of
the NAACP, was quoted in Literary Digest: “One incident
never causes a race riot; the causes accumulate for
weeks and months before the outbreak. If the stories told
by refugees from Oklahoma are true, conditions virtually
of slavery, similar to those laid bare recently by Governor
Dorsey in Georgia, prevail in Oklahoma. Robbery of negro
tenants, brutalities of every description, burning of
homes, and enforced labor for a mere subsistence wage
will inevitably bring about trouble.”
Wilmington (Delaware) Every Evening: “This is not
the first race riot within recent years to occur outside of
the Mason-Dixon line. In East St. Louis, Ill., which is distinctly
a Northern city, 125 persons were killed on July
7, 1917. In Washington, D.C., seven persons were killed
and scores injured in riots which began July 19, 1919. A
few days later, beginning July 26, in Chicago, which is
certainly not a Southern city, 38 persons were killed and
500 wounded. On October 2, the same year, in Elaine,
Ark. — which calls itself Midwestern — 30 persons were
killed and hundreds were wounded in the street-fighting.
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Three days before that, in Omaha, Neb., which is certainly
Western, three persons were killed in race riots and many
wounded. The mayor of the city was hanged by rioters, but
cut down in time to save his life.”
The kkk, dormant since Reconstruction, was in rebirth,
attributed to the motion picture Birth of a Nation
with its racist portrayal of Black people and glorification of
the klan (which I refuse to capitalize). The sitting president
at the time, Woodrow Wilson, was said to have remarked,
“It's like writing history with lightning. My only regret is
that it is all so terribly true.”
To understand what happened, why the Tulsa Massacre
was invisible for nearly a century, and why it’s important
today, we need to go back to life in Greenwood before
the massacre, and to a nineteen-year-old man named
Dick Rowland and a seventeen-year-old elevator operator
named Sarah Page. MJ
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When I was 13 years old, I spent some time as a
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bike onto the golf course parking lot, a golfer named
Hubert Cokes asked me if I was a caddy and I told him,
“yes sir!” He told me to grab his clubs and “Come on.”
Everyone knew that Mr. Cokes was a
big tipper, and when we went around
the building there were several caddies
standing there. Whenever you wanted
to caddy you would sign up and if someone
wanted a caddy they would take the
next name on the list. A golfer could
also pick anyone he wanted. As I walked
by the group, one of the guys (we will
call him “Big Mouth”) let me know that
I was not welcome and that he would
take care of me later. After we played 18
holes, I was paid $5 (which was a lot of
money back then — especially for a 13-year-old) and I
headed for my bike. As I went around the building there
was Big Mouth and some of his buddies. He told me that
he wanted half the money. I told him “no way” and then
we squared off.
Now, as I was growing up, my dad always taught me
that if you had to fight, you always take the first punch.
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He had said to hit him square in the nose, make his eyes
water and then you have the advantage. However, I had
seen cowboys, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, whip guys
in the movies almost every Saturday at the Columbia
Theater. They always let the villain take the first swing
or the first shot — that was the
cowboy way. So we started duking
it out. He took one wild swing and
missed and I hit him square on the
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and 200 pounds! I played cowboy
and let him stand up. MISTAKE!
When he stood up, he was mad, and
it looked to me as if he had grown
6 more arms — and fists. He ran at
me flailing his arms and looked like
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into a corner and went to work. I was defending myself
but he got in a few good shots — no blood. At that time
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The years have gone and many
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All Jokes Aside
by Sally (Angermeier) Primus, M.D.
Did you know that over 80 percent
of seniors have cataracts? Well,
the other 20 percent have Buicks!
All jokes aside, cataracts are one of
the most common conditions affecting
us as we age. It is important
for patients to know what a cataract
is, when to have cataract surgery,
and what to expect when that time
Inside the eye, there is a lens
that focuses light into the eye. The
lens is clear when we are young and
becomes cloudy as we age. This is a
normal aging process and not usually
considered a “disease”. Once it becomes
cloudy enough to affect your
quality of life, we discuss surgery.
When a patient comes to me for
a cataract surgery evaluation, the first
question I ask is “Are you bothered
by your vision?” If the answer is “no”,
then that patient doesn’t likely need
surgery. I value quality of life over
any number on an eye chart. Cataract
surgery is a safe surgery, but complications
are possible. So, if you aren’t
having a problem with your vision,
why take the chance? For people having
trouble with their vision, however,
cataract surgery can be a wonderful
way to improve your quality of
Lastly, it is important to know
what to expect with cataract surgery.
When the lens of the eye is removed,
a small implant is placed in the eye
to help you see. Even with the standard
implant covered by Medicare,
most people are legal to drive without
glasses, and many even have no
glasses prescription in the distance
at all. Most people will need glasses
to read, but often the “cheater” reading
glasses from the pharmacy will do
just fine! Patients with strong glasses
prescriptions before surgery are often
amazed with their new vision. For
patients with the desire to have even
more freedom from glasses, there are
special upgrades to the lens available
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The biggest concern I have about
cataracts is that so many patients
think their visual problems are due to
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Estate Planning for a
When I meet clients and gather all the information
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one question I always ask is about the current and
nticipated health of their future heirs of their estate.
y role is to gather and determine what is the best plan
or them. Many times, clients have young children who
eed a trust because of the ages. Others want a trust to
ontrol distribution to a financially irresponsible heir or
omeone who has issues such as gambling, alcohol, drug,
r other life issues such as marital discord.
However, this article will touch on when clients have
eirs disabled from birth with problems such as cerebral
alsy, cystic fibrosis, and Downs Syndrome; or other
ealth issues, injuries, or conditions that developed later
n their heirs’ lives. Many clients have heirs, including
dult heirs who live independently but are on “needsased”
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ousing, SNAP-food stamps that have strict financial
imitations, usually with limits of $2,000 of countable
ssets. A direct inheritance would jeopardize these benfits.
One way to avoid your heirs losing these benefits for
these “needs-based programs” is to create a trust known
as a special needs or supplemental needs trust and leave
their heirs’ share in this trust versus leaving it directly
to your loved one. The trust basically provides that the
funds can be used for the disabled beneficiary but not
considered “available” that would jeopardize benefits
from needs-based programs, such as SSI or Medicaid.
The funds in these special needs trusts can only supplement,
and not supplant or replace government benefits.
The trust can be set up in your Last Will and
Testament, called a “testamentary trust” or can be a
stand-alone trust with contingent beneficiaries in the
event the disabled heir does not survive you, or at a later
time when the disabled beneficiary passes away. Similar
trusts can be set up by a healthy spouse if they would pass
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way to protect the marital assets. These supplemental
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All my life I have wanted to take
a long trip on a train. While visiting
me recently, my niece announced
that her church friends were going to
take a trip to Grand Canyon on an
Amtrak. I quickly announced that I
wanted to go, and her response was
quick! “Put your money where your
mouth is!” I took the phone number
and signed up for the trip that afternoon.
The date for our departure was
about a month away, so I had plenty
of time to prepare.
I had lived in San Diego for
20 years, so I was familiar with the
weather, high deserts, and other
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weather phenomenon. But I will
have to say that this trip sure took
me by surprise.
We drove to St. Louis, where we
boarded the first train, only to disembark
and re-board one in Kansas
City. We were to ride this train all the
way to Flagstaff, Arizona. Imagine
my surprise when I saw my first
‘room’! It was made up and ready for
me to go to bed, and there was exactly
8 inches between the edge of my
bed and the wall that held the sink I
was to use to brush my teeth in and
wash my face. I could hardly stand
upright as I edged myself around the
corner to the bathroom that had a
functioning toilet and a shower overhead.
try to use the
shower, but it
dripped into my dry clothing while I
used the toilet!
Riding the train is an unusual
experience. Remember, it is running
on a track so it is constantly sort of
“rolling” side to side as it moves. I
sometimes use a cane when I walk
since I feel unsure of my footing, and
I have a horrible fear of falling. So,
even with a cane, I still felt unsure
when I stood up on this moving
We walked down a VERY narrow
aisle to another car where we
could have a meal. That aisle was
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about 24 inches wide. Crossing
between cars struck fear in my heart
that it surely would come apart when
I was between the cars. However, I
safely crossed many times during the
trip and not once did the cars come
The dining car was a spacious
place with many booths where we
could eat our meal and visit while
watching the world go by outside
the windows. Sometimes, as we travelled,
we seemed to be going at a leisurely
pace, then suddenly, the train
would take off and go at a breakneck
speed as if it were being chased by
As we travelled through the
plains, I was not surprised at the
scenes. I knew from reading about
the area that it was desolate and
barren. However, as I watched the
landscape pass before me, I found
it to be a bit strange. I expected to
see large cattle farms, farm houses
of great proportions, and barns that
housed many animals. So imagine
my surprise when there were none
of those. We rarely passed by to see
any dairy cattle, making me wonder
where their milk came from in
Kansas. I saw only one mule deer. He
had a facial expression that made me
wonder if he was surprised at seeing
a fleeing train, and I was equally surprised
at seeing him.
As we travelled on, I took notice
of the trickling streams. They seemed
like ditches to me but went across
the landscape for miles. Someone
told me that they call them rivers!
Being a writer, I could envision stories
about where those streams began
and where they went. The water
didn’t seem to be clear, but kinda
I certainly decided that if you
had a big trash truck, I know where
you could make a lot of money. I
was shocked to see that there didn’t
seem to be any kind of trash removal
in any of the towns. Trash was piled
behind every house, business, or
shanty. Old cars were upside down
and tractors likewise, and also pickup
trucks. Empty barrels, tubs, logs,
lumber, and anything else that you
can imagine. What a shock! And,
it wasn’t only in Kansas, but New
Mexico and all the towns after we left
St. Louis. Maybe that was their way
of 'mowing' the backyard. Just pile
the junk there!
As we traveled on, we moved
from the plains into the mountain
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ranges. They were spectacular. I
couldn’t seem to get enough of the
pageantry. I saw lots of snow on the
top of the peaks, and I wondered if
we were too early to enjoy the West.
Even though we were in a mountainous
landscape, there were very
few homes and they all seemed small
and unassuming. Traveling from
the tree-lined mountains on into
Arizona, the mountains changed to
copper rock. This was the home of
the Pueblos from an earlier time.
To refresh your memory on a bit of
history, these were the homes of the
Indians who had carved a lifestyle
into the side of a solid rock mountain
and had dwelled in these areas
for many years. I cannot imagine
how they lived and ate, but history
tells me that they survived in small
holes in the side of these mountains.
I imagined their lifestyle and how
hard it must have been. I could have
stayed a few days exploring their
lives, but the train wanted to go on.
There was a company called the
Pink Jeeps that would take you up
close to the Pueblos to make your
visit more complete, however it was
a 45-minute walk down the canyon.
This was not something I felt
I could do. The weather was not
being friendly! It was 40 degrees
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and a strong gale nearly took your
breath away. I was slowly beginning
to freeze. The road back to Flagstaff
was rougher than you can imagine.
We came back into town and
had dinner with my friends. By the
time we were back at our hotel, I was
nearly frozen. I went immediately to
bed. I had never heard of “Altitude
Sickness”, but I guess I had a good
case of it. Apparently my oxygen
level in my blood had fallen to dangerous
levels. When morning came,
there was 3 inches of snow on the
ground and it was snowing fiercely,
but I was still sick. I called my doctor
at Gateway and was told to get to an
emergency room immediately. SO…
my wonderful trip to the west ended
in a hospital emergency room where
they were trying to get my oxygen
level up while my travelling companions
were out shopping and seeing
the area. I left that hospital room
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a proper number by the time I got
At 4:30 A.M. we were to board
the Amtrak for the return trip to
Indiana. Of course, the train was
running late, and waiting for nearly
2 hours in a cold waiting room didn’t
improve my health much. However,
the trip back to Kansas was fabulous.
I had a wonderful room at the head
of one of the cars, with a window on
each side and a wonderful chair that
unfolded into a bed. while the steady
‘roll’ of the train rocked me to sleep.
I LOVED IT!
Needless to say, the trip was an
unusual one. I loved the train ride,
seeing the landscape, visiting the
Pueblo area, and even eating what
they thought was Mexican food in
a restaurant. (Believe me, it wasn’t
Los Bravos style!) And the food on
the train was FABULOUS. I had
shrimp & lobster, chateaubriand, a
Chinese dish that was luscious, and
even a hot dog. My niece says that
they are going across the top of the
country next year from Wisconsin to
Washington. Am I going with them?
Not without that heavy-as-lead oxygen
machine. But I am sure saving
my money to help me decide. Believe
me, this is one of my most memorable
Yesterdays Remembered. MJ
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