B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too
Kuna Glacier circa 1975

The Kuna Glacier circa 1975. It no longer looks like this.

I Ching Trigrams

"Face it Tim, we’ve broken the sky, and we will have to pay for it.", Martin Cohen

  • Quaternary Geographer
  • Professional Cartographer/Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Park Ranger
  • Database Application Developer (Informix, PostgreSQL, MySQL etc)
  • HTML, CSS, PHP and most recently Drupal Designer
  • Retail Grunt
  • Mark Twain Aficionado

North America: 1895 - Spokane to the Cascades Switchbacks

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 23:04 -- scott

Taking credit, or at least the money, for James Fennimore Cooper's literary offenses; Great Northern Railway equipment, club life along the journey; Harrington, Washington; the Channeled Scablands and Missoula Floods; Wilson Creek, a railway division point; Wild Horse herds in Ephrata; Packing for travel and shaving; the Rock Island Bridge, boon and bane; Wenatchee Valley, once a salmon fishery; Leavenworth and the Tumwater Canyon Route; Pullman Carbuncles.

North America: 1895 - Missoula to Spokane

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 13:55 -- scott

Mark Twain and party travel on the Northern Pacific Railway from Missoula, Montana to Spokane, Washington, through Idaho. We hear about the Arlee Pow Wow, the Missoula floods and Clara plays a Chopin nocturne. Mark still shows his bigotry towards American Indians by his annoyance with "squaws" foraging and begging in the back streets of Spokane.

North America: 1895 - Great Falls to Butte

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 23:15 -- scott

Mark Twain, his wife Livy and daughter Clara, along with Major Pond and his wife take the Montana Central Railway from Great Falls, Montana to Butte, Montana. The video touches upon a number of historical events and locations along the way. The train passes Egbert Malcolm Clarke's ranch, whose death touched off one of the bloodiest massacres perpetrated by the US Army. The train travels through a Missouri River canyon that experienced a major dam failure. The video also touches on the silver mining financial bubble that burst just two years before Mark's visit.

North America: 1895 - Crookston to Great Falls

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:25 -- scott

Mark is the very first guest at the Crookston Hotel, in Minnesota. He gives a show there then boards the Great Northern Railway train for Great Falls, Montana. He travels through the wheat fields of North Dakota then the high plains. The route follows the Missouri River from Williston to Fort Buford, then through the Glasgow region of Montana past Fort Assinaboine to Fort Benton, then into Great Falls. We sample bits of the history of the railway and of the native peoples displaced by it.


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