Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Florida Keys Extension Railroad "Dogbone" Artifact.....


Back during the 1990's I was contacted by Dan Gallagher who was with the Pigeon Key Foundation in the Florida Keys regarding some old bottles that had been found around Pigeon Key. I took a ride up to the Key and spoke with Gallagher who showed me several cases of bottles collected and had a nice visit of the museum. Gallagher was a very interesting man to talk to and had much info on the Seven Mile bridge that ran over Pigeon Key as well as the Florida Keys Extension Railroad that ran from Miami to Key West. The 128 mile railroad was built back in 1905 to 1916 by Henry Flagler and linked the mainland to the Keys and Key West...


During my visits with Gallagher at Pigeon Key he advised me to keep and eye out for small cement artifacts that looked like "Dogbones" that were used to test the strength of the concrete used in the construction of the bridges. At that time Gallagher did not have any examples of this artifact for the museum and could only describe them to me... 


Since that time Gallagher has written several books on the construction of the railroad and the work camps that housed the workers. Above is a page from his book showing the "Dogbone" artifacts with description. 


During this recent trip to the Keys I had the opportunity to dive the area again looking for old bottles known in the area. On my first dive I descended directly on two of these "Dogbones" sitting in the sand. I had hoped to find a few broken pieces for my collection and was happy to find a total of three intact specimens...


Specimens that have been submerged in saltwater over long periods of time must be soaked in freshwater for extended periods to leach out the salts. If not many artifacts like porous cement will deteriorate once exposed to air. Here are some of the artifacts soaking in a dish where the freshwater is easily changed daily. Both specimens are covered with marine growth and have been soaking for weeks at time of this photo...


I took one of the artifacts and cleaned it down to the bare cement to show the exact shape of the "Dogbone". This specimen will be allowed to dry out completely and then will be sealed in polyurethane for protection...


Research found that this type of testing is still in use and is used to determine the "Tensile" strength of the cement used in the concrete for projects. I found this photo of testing equipment recently...


Now that we have pinpointed a very productive site for these artifacts I hope to get back down to the Keys soon to continue the "Hunt"....





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Thursday, October 16, 2014

And yet President Obama plays Golf while ebola comes to the United States.....



Here we have the report on how while the country is dealing with the ebola virus spreading, president Obama plays golf instead and doing something about it......

Monday, October 13, 2014

Baitfish....

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Trip out to the Vandenberg wreck South of the Florida Keys near Cudjoe Key....
Just hanging out watching the baitfish...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And here they told us there were NO WMD's in Iraq?......


Isis storms Saddam-era chemical weapons complex in Iraq

Facility containing disused stores of sarin and mustard gas overrun by jihadist group


The jihadist group bringing terror to Iraq overran a Saddam Hussein chemical weapons complex on Thursday, gaining access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin.
Isis invaded the al-Muthanna mega-facility 60 miles north of Baghdad in a rapid takeover that the US government said was a matter of concern.
The facility was notorious in the 1980s and 1990s as the locus of Saddam’s industrial scale efforts to develop a chemical weapons development programme.
Isis has shown ambitions to seize and use chemical weapons in Syria leading experts to warn last night that the group could turn to improvised weapons to carry out a deadly attack in Iraq.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commander of Britain’s chemical weapons regiment, said that al-Muthanna has large stores of weaponized and bulk mustard gas and sarin, most of which has been put beyond ready use in concrete stores.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10913275/Isis-storms-Saddam-era-chemical-weapons-complex-in-Iraq.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



To my Liberal NPR friends.....

All during the 2012 Presidential election you guys preached and reminded me at every opportunity that Romney was part of the evil 1%er's and that there was NO WAY he could understand or represent me as President...


But yet now I see you have no comment on or even mention that Senator Mark Warner (Dem) of Virginia has a average net worth of over $257,000,000, or $257 million, or quarter of $1 Billion, or how he could represent me?.......

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Senator Mark Warner (Dem).....


With all of the 414 Golf courses we have here in Virginia, why haven't we seen President Obama here campaigning for Mark Warner who has voted 97% of the time with Obama??......

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Buena Vista Labor Day Parade ~2014~

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Several observations from this weekend’s Labor Day Parade down in Buena Vista, Virginia..
  1.          It’s nice to be able to show up at a decent time just before the parade starts as compared to getting there hour and half earlier and trying to coordinate volunteers, committees, officials, etc. (Herding Cats)…
  2. 2.      Ridding “Shotgun” in the float pulling truck is much easier on the paws. Easier to observe the crowds and point out interesting factoids instead of later “Did you see that?”…..
  3. 3.      As I watched Democrat Senator Mark Warner (D) crisscross the street many times trying to shake as many hands and possible (with dependent local media in tow) it was obvious and easy to note how many empty business storefronts he walked past. Something that he stressed in his speech after the parade was jobs and helping business growth. But yet the local media failed to ask the Senator of five years how this happened during his watch and what did he do about it…
  4. 4.      Sit back and watch the mass of Democrat (paid) college kids all dressed in campaign shirts wandering aimlessly with the candidate down streets they had never seen before. Obvious for none of these hirelings associated with or even talked with or walk with the Rockbridge Democrat float that was just ahead of the blue-mass…
  5. 5.      Note the numerous Republican yard signs that the Dem-muchkins blocked by putting the Democrat Warner yard sign directly in front of them. This is not new and many people see this tactic and comment it over the years. “Think you might win a person’s vote by doing this?”
  6. 6.      Observe the usual hundreds of Democrat Warner signs on the hill near the Maury River just before the pavilion. Again, obviously none of the “Paid” volunteers walking with the Senator are from this area or part of the local Democratic committee….  
  7. 7.      Senator Warner is known for his legendary perspiration during parades and once again no change. Only hope he sweats that much on election night. No worries, if in fact he becomes “unemployed” after election night he still has an average net worth of over $257 MILLION so he will survive. Sure, he understands what you guys are going through in Buena Vista…..
  8. 8.      After watching Warner’s speech I could only notice how he did not mention President Obama once during his speech. And Warner is a guy they tell me voted with Obama 97% of the time during his five years in the Senate…
  9. 9.      Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Delegate Ben Cline took the time during their speeches to point out the failures of the Obama administration and the support Obama got from Warner. The “Boys were off the Leash”….
  10. 10.   3rd Party Libertarian candidate Sarvis got to talk last and immediately picked fights with the audience from the “Left & the Right” at which time the Republican crowd left the Pavilion. Common knowledge is that “Libertarian” candidates tend to take votes away from the Republican candidate as compared to the Democrat guy. Needless to say it was fun to watch the hired Demo-college kids sitting there with blank stares wondering if they should still applaud the Libertarian guy who just got trashing their democrat candidate as well…..The “After Party”…..