The Story of the Redwood on the Washington Mall

Most of the reference for this three-part story came from the book "Capital Losses," which is out of print. Look for it at your local library. For more information about the 1993 Chicago World's Fair, we recommend the following books:

 The World's Columbian Exposition–The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 by Norman Boltin and Christine Laing
This is a photographic history of the grand expo, which honored the 400 anniversary of Columbus's voyage to America, held on 600 acres of reclaimed swampland along the south shore of Lake Michigan from April to October 1893. Some 28 million visitors vieewed dozens of architectural wonders and 65,000 exhibits from all over the world. The centerpiece of this glittering "White City" was the debut of the first Ferris Wheel with its giant gondolas that held 20 people each.
8½" x 11" 166 pages, index, illustrated, paperbound
#427 Columbian Expo $21.95

 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The author of Isaac's Storm tells the spellbinding true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were linked by the greatest fair in American history: the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, nicknamed "the White City." The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's director of works and builder of the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" near the fairgrounds–a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber and 3,000-degree crematorium.Holmes used the fair and his own stanic charmes to lure scores of young women to their death."
6½" x 9½" 448 pages, index, hardbound ISBN0-609-60844-4
#428 Devil in White City $25.95

For general information about our National Parks, we recommend this book:
   Guide to the National Park Areas–Western States
by David L. Scott and Kay W. Scott
In this comprehensive guide to 190 national sites west of the Mississippi, the beauty, wonder, and history of these lands are at your fingertips. The informative text, which is enhanced by photos and 118 detailed maps, gives the facts needed to plan and tailor a visit to any park. They include info on an areas's history, lodging, camping, hunting, and fishing facilities; addresses and phone #s and more.
7" x 10" 357 pages, illustrated, paperbound
#426 National Park Areas West $18.95

Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

Flashbacks Volume One
  A Cartoon of the District of Columbia
Patrick M. Reynolds
brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city, despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity. This volume is almost out of print, hence the higher price.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $25.00 Order Flashbacks Vol. One
  Flashbacks Volume Two
DC Neighborhoods
  Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LeDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-33-2
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references: Combat Artists...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black Confederates... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Ghost stories...Silver Spring MD...Clovers...Hoover Airport...Slavery...President Garfield

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