Carnival Circus Midway - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The American Treasure Tour always seems to have something knew up its sleeve.  We mentioned a man named Bob Omrod and his amazing miniature collection a few weeks ago.  We are still working on that, getting it ready for its debut.  But we can't wait to tell you about another new addition - our 'new' 1940's Carnival Circus Midway.  New is in quotes because, although it is new to us, it was actually made in the 1940's.  It is a perfect complement to the hand-made tabletop circus created by John and Hilda Newman, and the big tent and freak show model on its other side.  But it's also quite different from both of them.

It came to us from an extremely fun shop located in Moundsville, West Virginia - Johnny Shar's Ice Cream Parlor.  We promise to take good care of it, Johnny.  It was clearly created in the days before plastic dominated toys - the lead-poured people surround miniature rides that are made of metal, and run using sewing machine motors and old-fashioned leather belts.  The attractions on display include a merry-go-round, ferris wheel, one-car train, skyride, and other pieces that are really too cool for words.  They also look much better than our pictures show, too.  We promise.
QUESTION:  Why was Moundsville named Moundsville?
A)  After Jason Mounds
B)  After Grave Creek Mound
C)  After the Mounds Battlefield of the Civil War
D)  After the Mounds Refinery
ANSWER BELOW

DOUBLE VICTORY.  Two extremely important victories happened on this day during the American Revolution.  In 1777, the Patriot forces under Horatio Gates (but thanks to the expert leadership of then-Patriot Benedict Arnold) defeated a much-larger British army at the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights, in upstate New York.  If that didn't make the day awesome enough for the cause, three years later, the Battle of Kings Mountain would be a second victory on this day during the Southern Campaign of the Revolution, in South Carolina.  Go Team!

OLLIE!  Turning 72 today, Oliver North was certainly one of the more controversial figures during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, when he got caught up in the Iran-Contra scandal that gained much publicity in the late-1980's.  We won't bore you with the details, if you don't already know them.  Let's just say it is proof positive that American-Iranian relations have always been a little ... shall we say, controversial?  Nowadays he lives in relative obscurity, which is likely much better than what he had during the height of his fame.

QUOTE:  I came here to tell you the truth, the good, the bad, and the ugly. - Oliver North

ANSWER:  B)  After Grave Creek Mound, believed to have been created between 250 and 150 B.C. by the Adena Culture.