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Chambers Bay is the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open Championship.

Today, the best golfers from around the world will tee off in the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course outside of Tacoma, Washington.

On top of making history as the first course in the Pacific Northwest to ever host the event, Chambers Bay has an interesting story of its own. The site was once home to an ancient Native American fishing village, a military fort, a sand and gravel mine, a conservation area, a waste water treatment facility, and now, of course, a championship-caliber golf course.

But of the many historic venues that have hosted the U.S. Open over the years, only four have transcended the game of golf and established themselves as icons of American history as National Historic Landmarks. Continue reading to find out which courses have made the cut.... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Summer Concert Series] Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by David Weible

 

Summer is concert season, and as part of our own summer concert series, we're putting the spotlight on places that have witnessed some of the most memorable musical performances in American history. Some are traditional venues, and others… well, not so much. But they all have two things in common: terrific music and fascinating history.

Liner Notes

Performer(s): Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carl Perkins, the Tennessee Three, and the Statler Brothers

Venue: Folsom State Prison

Location: Represa, California

Date: January 13, 1968

Memorable Moment: The night before the show, Cash was presented with an original recording of an inmate who was serving life at Folsom. He liked the song, “Greystone Chapel,” so much, he recorded it as part of the show the next day.

Show Vibe: Roughly 1,000 inmates desperate for entertainment but surrounded by armed guards provided a unique atmosphere.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Welcome back, Historic Bars series! Let's start it off right with a trip to Milwaukee.

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The Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery is now a tavern, event center, and gift shop.

Before it was in the hand of every horn-rimmed, flannel-clad, suspender-wearing urban farmer (read: “hipster”), Pabst Blue Ribbon was a classic, blue-collar American beer down on its luck.

The same could be said for the actual Pabst Brewery, though its hero was a genuine, good-natured guy by the name of Jim Haertel, now the owner of Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[PHOTOS] Harewood: A Tour of Samuel Washington’s Home

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by David Weible 1 Comment

 

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Sure, you learned about George Washington in grade school, but how much do you really know the Washington family?

The PreservationNation blog was lucky enough to score a tour of the West Virginia home of Samuel Washington, younger brother of George. Read on for exclusive photos and a glimpse into the history of one of America's most famous families.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

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There are alternatives to Dominion's current plan to construct high-voltage transmission lines across the James River.

Despite the fact that it would destroy the public’s enjoyment of a beautiful stretch of river, ruin the historic context of irreplaceable historic assets like Jamestown and Colonial Parkway, and mar a landscape that’s been largely unchanged for thousands of years, Dominion Virginia Power still wants to construct high-voltage transmission lines across the James River.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are alternatives.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

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Colonial Parkway offers a variety of stunning vistas of the James, from marshy inland waterways to vast expanses of open river.

For local residents and international visitors alike, the Colonial Parkway is an important part of experiencing the beauty and the history of the James River.

The 23-mile scenic roadway, administered by the National Park Service, connects Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown, three of Virginia’s most important historic sites. The roadway was designed to fit into the landscape, unobtrusively snaking its way from site to site through forest, marshland, and along the scenic James River.

But of all the historic and cultural sites along the river, Colonial Parkway may be affected the most by Dominion’s plan to construct high-voltage transmission lines. Its grandest view of the river -- one that has gone largely unchanged since even before Captain John Smith first sailed its waters in 1607 -- would be ruined by the construction of Dominion’s transmission lines, effectively destroying the cultural heritage that generations have fought to create and protect.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.