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A visit to the ice fields, bundle up
A few weeks ago we talked about the ice in Braidwood. Today we travel a bit east, to Custer Park to view the workings of an industry that created a village. We travel with Thomas H. Evans, a former Custer resident. He wrote a memoir of life and times in Custer titled "On the Banks of the River." He will be our guide as we step into the way-back machine as we set the controls for Custer Park, 1880.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The earliest days: A pioneer reunion
When folks first arrived in this area, they were busy building a community, and no one had time to document what they were doing. As the 1880s opened, they finally stopped and looked around and realized that many among them were passing away. Soon a wave of nostalgia swept the area.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Keeping the peace, one man's story
It takes a special person to be a police officer, of that there is no doubt. This is as true today as it was in the 19th century. One special Braidwood man stands out in the chaos that was early Braidwood. We tell his story today.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Changing fast, beautiful downtown Ritchie
When I tell folks that I live in beautiful downtown Ritchie, they laugh. Well, I do, or rather, I do live in what's left of what might have become at least a small village. It was the railroad that created it, and it was the lack of railroads that caused its decline.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
New Year's traditions, what brings you luck?
Have you made your resolutions yet? Are you buying special foods for the first day of the new year? Have you got your date lined up?
Thursday, December 29, 2016


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