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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
« Last post by bambam on Today at 01:43:23 PM »
Amen to that Chief !

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The Tailgate / What is this? 10-20
« Last post by remrogers on Today at 10:34:29 AM »
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The Tailgate / Today in history 10-20
« Last post by remrogers on Today at 10:26:05 AM »
1803

On this day in 1803, the U.S. Senate approves a treaty with France providing for the purchase of the territory of Louisiana, which would double the size of the United States.

At the end of 18th century, the Spanish technically owned Louisiana, the huge region west of the Mississippi that had once been claimed by France and named for its monarch, King Louis XIV. Despite Spanish ownership, American settlers in search of new land were already threatening to overrun the territory by the early 19th century. Recognizing it could not effectively maintain control of the region, Spain ceded Louisiana back to France in 1801, sparking intense anxieties in Washington, D.C. Under the leadership of Napoleon Bonaparte, France had become the most powerful nation in Europe, and unlike Spain, it had the military power and the ambition to establish a strong colony in Louisiana and keep out the Americans.

Realizing that it was essential that the U.S. at least maintain control of the mouth of the all-important Mississippi River, early in 1803 President Thomas Jefferson sent James Monroe to join the French foreign minister, Robert Livingston, in France to see if Napoleon might be persuaded to sell New Orleans and West Florida to the U.S. By that spring, the European situation had changed radically. Napoleon, who had previously envisioned creating a mighty new French empire in America, was now facing war with Great Britain. Rather than risk the strong possibility that Great Britain would quickly capture Louisiana and leave France with nothing, Napoleon decided to raise money for his war and simultaneously deny his enemy plum territory by offering to sell the entire territory to the U.S. for a mere $15 million. Flabbergasted, Monroe and Livingston decided that they couldn’t pass up such a golden opportunity, and they wisely overstepped the powers delegated to them and accepted Napoleon’s offer.
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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
« Last post by chieftain on Yesterday at 05:06:50 PM »
43 more crappie today......tip is... crappie and cold beer go great together.....visitors can't see pics , please register or login
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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
« Last post by bambam on Yesterday at 02:18:38 PM »
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this? 10-18
« Last post by remrogers on Yesterday at 09:05:42 AM »
 :highclap:Todd is sharp as a pin and correctly identified this item. A different take on the mortar and pestle.  :highclap:
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The Tailgate / Today in history 10-19
« Last post by remrogers on Yesterday at 08:59:23 AM »
1869
Construction begins on the Sutro Tunnel in Virginia City, Nevada

On this day in 1869, the famous Prussian-born mining engineer, Adolph Sutro, begins work on one of the most ambitious western engineering projects of the day: a four-mile-long tunnel through the solid rock of the Comstock Lode mining district.

One of the richest silver deposits in the world, the Comstock Lode had been discovered by prospectors in 1859, and it quickly became the focus of the most intensive mining activity in the West. But as miners sank shafts ever deeper into the rock in search of more silver and gold, they began to encounter large amounts of water that had to be pumped to the surface at great expense. If only some means could be found to drain the water horizontally, the mining companies would save a fortune.

Adolph Sutro’s tunnel was intended to do just that. Sutro-who had already demonstrated his technical brilliance by inventing a new way to extract silver from waste rock-proposed to blast a large horizontal tunnel right through the rock of the neighboring Mt. Davidson and straight into the heart of the Comstock mine. Mine water would thus drain through the tunnel without need for expensive pumps, and the mining companies would also be able to use the tunnel to move men and ore in and out of the mine, greatly reducing transportation costs.

While all involved agreed that technically Sutro’s tunnel would be a boon to the Comstock, progress on the project was continually slowed down by resistance from some of the major mining interests who feared that Sutro would use his tunnel to take control of the entire lode. Only after securing European capital was Sutro able to complete the $5-million project in 1878.


Every bit as successful as promised, the Sutro tunnel drained some two million gallons of water from the mines per year and greatly reduced transportation costs. Unfortunately, by 1878, the richer sections of the Comstock Lode had been tapped out, and the mine had begun to steadily decline in profitability. Sutro, though, succeeded in selling his tunnel in 1879 at a fantastic profit. He moved to San Francisco where he became one of the city’s largest landowners as well as the city’s mayor from 1894 to 1896.
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The Tailgate / Re: How to fight an illegal alien !
« Last post by nastygunz on Yesterday at 08:02:01 AM »
Good question!?
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The Tailgate / Re: How to fight an illegal alien !
« Last post by riverboss on Yesterday at 06:54:12 AM »
Is it one arm pit or both?

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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Sunset addiction
« Last post by FinsnFur on October 18, 2018, 10:35:46 PM »
Thats pretty cool. I love the mountain silhouettes  :bowingsmilie:
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