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Georgia ‘Places in Peril’ list: Places to see and save before it’s too late

ATLANTA — The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation this week named an antebellum railroad depot in Northwest Georgia and nine other structures to its annual list of “Places in Peril.” The historic Tunnel Hill railroad depot was built using limestone from nearby Chetogetta Mountain beginning in 1848, the same year work on a nearby 1,477-foot-long tunnel started. Both were built as the state-owned Western & Atlantic Railroad was constructed to connect Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Family Travel in the Electronic Age

Today, the world is a completely different place. Every impression can be posted instantly, liked, commented on, shared with friends, tweeted, re-tweeted, and instagramed, and that’s just for starters. What’s truly mind boggling as a parent, is how knowledgeable and proficient my kids are at all of this. So the question is, do we let the kids stay connected electronically when on a family trip, or force them to shut down and reconnect the old fashioned way. What place if any do electronics have on a family road trip?

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Government shutdown cost states $2.2B, study reveals

The federal government shutdown that ended last week cost states with national landmarks an estimated $2.2 billion in lost tax revenue, according to a new study. Released by NerdWallet, the study shows California, which is home to 27 national landmarks, lost $648 million in the shutdown while Virginia, home to a number of Civil War re-enactments and battlefields, lost $608 million. The National Park Service accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget,

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Arizona to pay to reopen Grand Canyon

The state of Arizona has reached an agreement with the U. S. Department of Interior to re open Grand Canyon National Park using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown, Gov. Jan Brewer announced. Brewer has made re-opening the national park a core focus ever since the threat of the shutdown appeared on the horizon weeks ago, the governor’s office said in a release. “I’m gratified the Obama administration agreed to reverse

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Waco Suspension Bridge is older than the Brooklyn Bridge

WACO, Texas — The Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge are among the country’s most iconic spans, but so too is the 143-year-old Waco Suspension Bridge. While lesser known, the Waco Bridge opened to traffic in January 1870, making it roughly 13 years older than the more famous Brooklyn Bridge. For its part, the 475-foot-long Waco Bridge forever changed travel in the area. Built at an estimated cost of roughly $141,000 (estimates vary) and designed

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Southern Museum to honor members during gala

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will honor their members during the upcoming Heroes and Legends Gala. The Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Embassy Suites in Kennesaw. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight; additional sponsorship levels are also available. This year’s Gala has a Gone with the Wind theme, and attendees are encouraged to dress in period

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Georgia museum opens display of artifacts from Biblical times

LaGRANGE, Ga. — The Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange recently unveiled its new Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery to display artifacts from the Bronze Age through the late Byzantine Period. The gallery includes more than 300 artifacts on permanent loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The LaGrange museum is one of just seven museums in the world — and one of four in the United States — selected by the IAA to receive a

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TripAdvisor: America’s Top 10 Winery Tours

TripAdvisor today announced the top 10 winery tours in the United States, based on the reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travelers. Top 10 Winery Tours in the U.S.: 1. Pride Mountain Vineyards , St. Helena, California Two-thousand feet above the Napa Valley floor, guests of this 235-acre estate will enjoy exquisite views of Mount St. Helena while touring sun-soaked vineyards. After visiting the production facility, the 90-minute experience concludes in the 23,000 square-foot cave where

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Federal Government Shuts Down, Travel Continues

The federal government may have shuttered its doors Tuesday, but travelers might not have noticed. That’s because most employees responsible for screening baggage and passengers are considered essential employees. Same with air traffic controllers, who reported to work Tuesday to oversee the nation’s skies, but the Federal Aviation Administration’s development of the so-called “NextGen” air traffic control system is postponed. “The majority of our officers who screen passengers/luggage will remain on the job,” Fox News