Author Archives: Mike Dixon

Researching the Greenwood Delaware Disaster of 1903

Recently I have been doing research on a deadly Delaware tragedy that spurred a vice-president of the Pennsylvania Railroad to push for national safety transportation regulations.  Following a number of accidents involving powerful explosives, including a catastrophic one in Greenwood, … Continue reading

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A Day of Horror in Greenwood as Train With Deadly Cargo Explodes

In the little town of Greenwood a day and night of horror arrived abruptly while a blinding snowstorm pummeled Delaware on Dec. 2, 1903.  In those treacherous conditions, the brakes of a shifting engine failed, causing it to slide out on the … Continue reading

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Tri-State Marker Trail Dedication and Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Mason Dixon Survey

Press Release — Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve June 6, 2015 (National Trails Day) 9am to 1 pm Download a flyer here. It has all the hikes and details about the event! Join the Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve … Continue reading

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94-Year Old Relative of Officer Killed in Line of Duty in 1915 Attends Wilmington Police Ceremony

May 8, 2015, the Wilmington Police Department unveiled a memorial wall honoring the ten members of the Wilmington Police Force who have been killed in the line of duty .  A member of the current police academy, the 96th class, read … Continue reading

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Maryland Paper Money: An Illustrated History, 1864-1935 Released

A new regional title, Maryland Paper Money:  An Illustrated History, 1864-1935, by J Fred Maples has been released.  This 348-page hardcover book documents Maryland’s national currency era of banking from 1864 to 1935.  Among 300 photos of surviving notes are … Continue reading

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History Happy Hour Features Talk about Steamboats on the Chester River

Press Release — Historical Society of Kent County Join us for History Happy Hour from 4 to 6 on Friday, May 1 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street, Chestertown. The Chester River was one of the earliest rivers … Continue reading

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Drys Walk in Dover to Stop the Flow of Booze in 1907

For the first time since 1856 prohibition became the law of the land in part of Delaware, following one of the most exciting elections the State had ever seen at that time.  A question had been put before the voters, … Continue reading

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