Diary of Orrin Brown—Oct 29, 1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, Chattanooga, Tennessee Saturday–Oct. 29th It was quite cool last night but it has come of warm and pleasant there has about 400 new troops come in this morning from Ind. and Mich. wee were ordered to pack up and be ready to go to the front this morning. We packed up […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—Oct 27, 1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, Chattanooga, Tennessee Thursday–Oct. 27th It rained last night verry hard for a while but our mess kept pretty dry but there was lots of them that had no tent and got a good soaking when we got out this morning we found our dusty Camp Ground verry muddy. There were 50 […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—Oct 24, 1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, Chattanooga, Tennessee Monday–Oct. 24th We slept verry comfortable last night under our temporary tent, I took a dose of pill last night and feel a little better today, there has 3 or 400 new troops came in today and Sherman has sent in 1,300 Reb prisoners today taken between here and […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—Oct 18, 1864

Diary of Orrin Brown, on a train south of Louisville, Kentucky. Tuesday–Oct. 18th It is most a beautifull day, clear and warm but we had a verry hard frost last night, we arrived at Jeffersonville about 7AM, marched down to the river, got aboard the ferry boat, Isaac Bowman crossed over to Louisville were marched […]

Mapping the Census Flow

Americans are on the move.  About 20,000 more people moved from Los Angeles County, California, to nearby San Bernardino County, than in the opposite direction in 2007-2011.  The US Census Bureau has released new migration statistics based on their American Community Survey 5-year running average.  While I really don’t trust ACS for smaller, especially rural, places, […]

Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities: Planning for Broadband #apa13

Broadband is essential infrastructure for the 21st century. Just as paved roads, electricity and drinking water supported development in the last century, broadband communications is required for development today. Yet as author William Gibson said, “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” Hundreds of thousands of our friends and neighbors […]

Two Faces of Rural America

They publish some good maps over at the Daily Yonder. This week editor Bill Bishop updated the national map of unemployment for non-metropolitan counties. “Fascinating,” I’m sure you’re thinking.  Yes, i know we’ve all heard enough about the potential double-dip recession (The Ghost of the Great Reset?) to make us all nauseous, even before Wall Street […]

Traffic on Your GPS: Big Brother or a Helping Hand?

Location-based services website LBSzone.com has an interesting little article from NAVTEQ on traffic congestion. Navteq is the geographic information systems (GIS) computer mapping company behind most of our online maps, and many of the maps in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units many of us plug into or come with our cars these days. I don’t […]