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    Posted: 02 Sep 2014 at 05:21
I find history most interesting when I can follow in the footsteps of historical figures.  Where I live, in South Central Oregon, USA,  I have, so far, been able to follow in the footsteps of :
  • J.C. Fremont when he led a group of adventurers through the area in the winter of 1843
  • Captain Jack as he led his followers into the lava beds of Northern California and fought the U.S. Army during the Modoc War of 1872 and 1873
I find this way of experiencing history by experiencing the places these people traversed particularly fulfilling.  I call this "historical exploration.  

Have you done this sort of exploration?  Whose footsteps have you followed?
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Some years ago, y wife and I visited Thailand, and went to see the so-called Bridge over The River Kwai.
 
I say "so-called" because there is no River Kwai, it was an invention of movie makers back in the late 1950s.
 
We visited the International War Cemetary, the JEATH Museum, and then travelled on the same Burma Railway which was built by allied slave labour during WWII.
 
As many Australians died while building the railway, I feel, in some small way, that I have travelled in their footsteps.
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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Some years ago, y wife and I visited Thailand, and went to see the so-called Bridge over The River Kwai.
 
I say "so-called" because there is no River Kwai, it was an invention of movie makers back in the late 1950s.
 
We visited the International War Cemetary, the JEATH Museum, and then travelled on the same Burma Railway which was built by allied slave labour during WWII.
 
As many Australians died while building the railway, I feel, in some small way, that I have travelled in their footsteps.

I was also there a few years back. It was quite sobering to look at the rows and rows of headstones, marking those that died between the ages of about 20-22. 

I was glad to see groups of Thai school kids there, being taken on an educational outing. It's a good idea to remember history, bleak as it may be on occasion.
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First of all, welcome to the forum HE (if you don't mind my abrv.)   Wink

The historical footsteps I follow are very different... - from the remains of our forefathers in and before the migration age, the bronze- and Ironage, up through the Viking- and Middelage to more recent times.  
I love exploring the history of my old town here, where the written story goes back to around 1000, and the king send for "The English" to help us build the first church and within 200 years, more than 2000 churches were build across this little nation....
In this town alone we had 3 monasteries and 5 churches for a population of less than 1500 people - there were hardly room for anything else within the city walls.

Randers around 1300


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Thanks for the welcome North,

History is indeed very relative.  Here in Oregon/USA, modern history (after native history which began something like 10,000 years earlier) began with Juan Cabrillo in 1543, and he just passed by.  Serious exploration of the northern part of the state started in 1805 with Lewis and Clark followed by David Thompson.  The first permanent settlement was Astoria - 1810 - and that brought fur traders that traveled much of the state. 

When I lived in New England, history was much older - to well before the Revolutionary War, but that's only back to 1500 or so.  Then, when visiting Rothenburg, Germany I learned the new walls were built in the 1200's and that is considered quite recent. 

I thought I was walking in some older footsteps here in the U.S. a few years back.  Runestone State Park in Oklahoma claimed to be a place visited by Vikings in the 8th century, but that is generally considered false now.

So,  here I am walking in the footsteps of an 1872 Indian War.  History is everywhere - some is older than others - always great to experience.

H.E.
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