The Town That Died November 22, 2014 No Comments

During the late 1800’s the area surrounding (the future site of the Town of Upland) this section of desert land was apart of Tom Green County. At that time Tom Green County had a long narrow strip running to the West. Most of the land was owned by DR. George Elliot, and described as that which held all tributaries of the Pecos River, including Wild China Pond, the Centralia Draw and Castle Gap Creek. DR. Elliot drilled a water well thirty feet deep to furnish his needs. From all accounts the well was better than most in the area. DR. Elliot then took about the task of building a home around the well. DR. Elliot built a two room rock house. There was a lot more rocks to be had than there was timber in the area.

In 1887, Upton County was created out of Tom Green County and named for two brothers, John C. and William Felton Upton, they were both Civil War Heroes. The two brothers were highly decorated and talked about during the Civil War. They had taken part in some of the major battles while they were on the font lines. In the early 1900’s there were only three families living in Upton County, Texas, They were the Jim O’Bryans, Frank Inghrams and the A. F. Schnauberts.

The Town of Upland was started around the turn of the century Henry Halff had a dream that there was sufficient underground water to support irrigation. A short time later, Mr. Halff had a team of surveyors lay out a town site and began to advertise lots for sale. People started flocking in and in 1907 , 102 citizens, headed by E. B. Coatwright petitioned the Postmaster General for a post office to be located at Upland, the name of a store , owned by Mr. Coatwright. The petition was granted, a school was established and in 1910, the population of Upland was 198. The names of the streets were Rankin, Mayfield, Grimes, Harlan, Christy, Powell, Elliot, Coatwright, Holmsly, and Phillips.

By 910 , Upland was a very thriving and prosperous town, with a general store built by Henry Halff but sold to Jno. R. Johnston. It also had a two-story hotel owned by N. A. Zinn, which had a small telephone office located in it. There was never an organized church in Upland, but ministers from all denominations would come by and hold church service. Weather permitting the services were held outside by the school house, in bad weather they would crowd inside the one room school house.

New Age Railroading July 20, 2014 No Comments

Two Evolution-Series locomotives with Oakland-bound shipping containers stand at the Davis, California, signal tower. They await a morning commuter train to clear the track. The light turns green to depart.

These modern locomotives, dubbed “world’s cleanest locomotives” were designed with six years and $200 million of research and development by the modern railroad industry. At up to 4400 horsepower, these locomotives have no compromises at the draw bar while lowering emissions and increasing fuel efficiency.

A gasp of air hisses through the snaking brake line as the engineer does a safety inspection and the sea container platforms prepare to roll. The lead locomotive blasts two bursts of horn. “Highball” is signaled.

A small whiff of exhaust hits my senses as the locomotives grind past. Clunk, Clunk, Clunk, Clunk, a flat wheel approaches and rolls along in pain. This car will be made note of, and the defect will be quickly swapped out on the modern railroad.

This is new age railroading

How to Find Gold March 14, 2014 No Comments

If you want to become a lot more successful at gold prospecting or gold nugget prospecting, the first thing to realize is that good research can make your job a lot easier whilst out in the field. Widespread internet availability today makes your research a whole lot easier and there is a great deal of information out there that you can search for. Another good resource of information is the local library in the area where you plan to go gold prospecting. Another aspect not to overlook is research via old books on the subject or even the diaries of old gold miners if you can find these. All of these avenues will eventually turn up for you, some awesome information and greatly increase your chances of finding a spot where you can find worthwhile deposits of gold that will be worth your time, locating and finding for yourself.

What else can you do?

Try finding old newspapers, old bulletins and geological books about mining, especially for gold. Geological maps can also help you in your search and you should be able able to find these too, via your local state university, another option. There is an old saying which goes along the lines of, ‘To find gold, go where gold has already been found’. So, try and find out where the placer workings were located, and try to find spots that others might have overlooked. Also contact governmental agencies in the area where you intend to prospect as all these avenues will assist you in your such to one degree or another.

Also contact any geology and prospecting clubs or associations in the area where you intend to start prospecting and don’t be afraid to ask of those members questions relevant to the subject, remember, most people like to talk about subjects which they have a passion for and sometimes depending on the circumstances, they may give you some really good pointers on good places to prospect for gold.

Remember also to always make sure that in the area where you intend to start your gold prospecting that you have in advance all the required permissions from the land owner and don’t be surprised if s/he is very annoyed with you, if you do not seek this permission first. It is polite and common courtesy to ask first. Again preparation is key. Driving long distances only to find out the land status does not permit gold prospecting can be very disheartening. If you do your research in advance, many of these kind of problems can be overcome which will aid vastly to your overall enjoyment whilst prospecting for gold nuggets out in the field.

Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding September 3, 2013 No Comments

China’s giant pandas are considered a living national treasure and are loved by not only Chinese people, but people around the world. The giant panda’s natural habitat is in China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu Provinces, and due to habitat loss, the giant panda’s population has dwindled to less than 1,000, 80% of which are located in Sichuan Province. Chengdu’s Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has been working hard to ensure a future for these beloved creatures.

Located 10 kilometers (6 miles) from downtown Chengdu, the Breeding Center opened in 1993 for the sole purpose of breeding, researching and educating the public about China’s giant pandas. The Breeding Center covers an area of over 92 acres, and is home to several species of rare and endangered animals. The Breeding Center’s research center has three floors dedicated to research, and one floor used to educate the public on the research to promote China’s endangered species. Their highly trained staff of 46 has collaborated with researchers from 8 different countries and currently has 15 guest experts from other countries currently working with them in the Breeding Center. The panda nursery is home to the center’s infant panda population. It is many visitors to the center’s favorite places. There are large open areas for the giant pandas to roam free. The Breeding Center is home to many firsts. It was the first to achieve breakthroughs in captive breeding. They have set up the largest semen and cell bank for the giant pandas as well as the first giant panda studbook in the world. Because an adult giant panda eats up to 40kg (80 pounds) of bamboo a day, a large number of plants and over ten thousand clumps of bamboo have been cultivated to provide food for the giant pandas. The center has plans to add another 500 acres of land on which to simulate a natural environment in the hopes of preparing giant pandas for release into the wild.

The center works had to promote public awareness for wildlife and environmental conservation. The Breeding Center believes that people must work together to promote conservation and protect endangered species. The Breeding Center is the first endangered species conservation institution in China to have a dedicated conservation education department with dedicated full-time educators.

Apprenticeship Better for Future Architects July 20, 2013 No Comments

You may as well learn architecture on your own. It could very well be a waste of your parent’s hard earned money. Some unfortunate folks probably have no choice but to go to places like Lame Caught Wand Swindlersity of Creative Wasting Money where the lecturers are of low quality (a paper PhD does not make one a good lecturer). The Lame Caught Wand architectural course is so lame that you may as well buy architectural books & learn the design softwares on your own which by the way is how I did it. In fact, you would be paying around a total of US $35,000 for your five year course & only to find the library to be your best friend.

Hey, friend, use the US $35,000 to buy your own architectural books, design softwares, professional plotters, & as start up capital for your own architectural office! The lecturers at Lame Caught Wand architectural school are losers whose only reason to be having the job as a lecturer is to help pay their over inflated bills. The careless & show up only to get paid attitude of the lecturers must stop. Until then they continue to be numb skulls who have their heads in the clouds because they think that they see the world better with their architectural diploma, bachelor, master, phd, prof, & what have you. Their papers are their overblown pride while their knowledge is like only a mere drop in the vast ocean of knowledge.

I am informing you that one can acquire better knowledge on architectural forums than at a Lame Caught Wand architectural course. Anyway, don’t learn architecture because it is a elementary subject easily manipulated by white collar criminal educational institutions to provide a low standard Architectural education. The climax of architectural education at Lame Caught Wand is that one learns to make something so simple sound clever & confusing. Some people refer the course as “learning to talk cockerel”. Could you decide to go to Curtains University from Lyme Caught Wand, then you can “learn to talk cockerel” in a way down most south island slang. One would be better off learning other more intellectual things. Anyway, forget studying architecture in colleges or universities & go start your apprenticeship in a real Architecture practice.