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Manhattan, 1887


When my great grandparents landed at the Castle Garden immigration depot at the tip of Manhattan in 1887, this is what New York City looked like, at least on one street. It must have been exciting, traveling from the far reaches of Germany in Eastern Europe, likely visiting the cities of Stettin, Berlin and Bremen along the way, and ending up in New York City after crossing the Atlantic before setting out for their final destination, South Dakota.


Freaky. Arcing Electricity from a Power Pole Ignites an Unlucky Tree.


The firefighters and power company were on top of the situation quickly, the arcing electricity and subsequent fire, thankfully. Unsure how the tree is faring, though.

The wind storm was impressive. There was plenty of rain, too, quite heavy at times. It’s been an unusual winter, extremely wet, even by Seattle standards.

The lights flickered a bit in the Redmond library this afternoon. The wind kept blasting away, last night and into today. It has finally died down.