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Zealandia Castle and John Evans Brown’s Family

John Evans Brown, who built Zealandia Castle on the mountain that the tunnel in Asheville passes through. - Zealandia Castle and John Evans Brown's Family – Greeting from the Past
John Evans Brown, who built Zealandia Castle on the mountain that the tunnel in Asheville passes through.

I was contacted by Nathaniel Blood, a descendant of John Evans Brown, who built Zealandia Castle on the mountain that the tunnel in Asheville passes through.

Nathaniel Blood’s father, William Alexander “Lex” Blood, was John Brown’s great-grandson.  Lex Blood’s father’s mother was Katie E. Brown. She is the one that published John Brown’s journal from Asheville to the Gold Fields, Memoirs of a Forty-Niner. Continue reading Zealandia Castle and John Evans Brown’s Family

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Daemonelix, Devil’s Corkscrews

Frederick C. Kenyon with a Daemonelix, Devil's Corkscrew Photo owned by the University of Nebraska - Daemonelix - Devil's Corkscrews - Greetings from the Past
Frederick C. Kenyon with a Daemonelix, Devil’s Corkscrew
Photo owned by the University of Nebraska

In the late 1800s, a rich trove of fossils was discovered in what is now northwestern Nebraska. Paleontologists visiting the Agate Springs quarries found these strange tree-sized underground spiral formations. They are made of hardened earth that that twists like a screw for nearly ten feet.   Continue reading Daemonelix, Devil’s Corkscrews