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Episode 26 – The Oroville Dam


Back in episode 20 we talked some about the Mother Orange Tree of Butte County which used to be located at a bridge crossing the Feather River.  That tree was moved and other bridges were built in the area to accommodate a huge engineering and infrastructure project, one of the largest in CA at that time.  What we built was a landmark feat that is now recognized as the tallest dam in Butte County, oh…and the tallest dam in California…oh, and the tallest dam in the United States still to this day.


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Episode 25 – The Watts Towers


(Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)

I have heard them described as ugly or an eyesore.  I have also heard them described as a feat of human artistic ingenuity.  Whatever you may think of their aesthetics, you cannot but marvel at the feat of creation that you will find when you travel deep into the southern end of Los Angeles to a community known as Watts – where an Italian immigrant who was known locally as Simon decided to build something that took over 33 years to construct.  



Episode 18 – Point Sur


There is a lot of beauty along the Central Coast as you head down the Pacific Coast Highway – leave from the Carmel area south you will pass Point Lobos and head to the undefined area known as “Big Sur.”  After you pass over the most photogenic Bixby Creek Bridge you start to see a huge rock off the distance by itself. As you get closer you notice buildings on that rock surrounded by beaches and a large open field – and unfortunately you aren’t allowed to drive in – the area is blocked by fences…unless you plan a trip around a certain time  on a certain days where you get to do one of the great walking tours on the central coast.



Karl and Sutro


“Karl and Sutro”

Sutro Tower was once considered an eyesore but is now one of the most interesting landmarks in the San Francisco. When Karl the Fog comes around it can lead to some wonderful images.


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Episode 13 – The Ghost Fleet

At the end of the second World War the United States had plenty of extra naval vessels – from cargo ships to tankers to buoy tenders to Liberty Ships to crane ships that were used all over the oceans of the world.  We decided at the time that while we didn’t need all of these ships in operation, we needed to retain them in something like a storage somewhere in case we would need anytime in the future. A number of locations across 10 states were selected to park and mothball these vessels.  The Suisun Bay, an area of water that connects the San Francisco Bay and Carquinez Straight with the mighty rivers of the Delta, was selected as one of the primary sites.