History Detectives

Season 5 Episode 507

Episode Seven

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Aug 20, 2007 on PBS
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Episode Seven
Red Cloud Letter - A Nebraska man obtained a curious letter from his grandfather, who spent time on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation during the early part of the 20th Century. The letter, from the sculptor of Mount Rushmore to a Lakota leader named James Red Cloud, makes several ambiguous references to treaties between the U.S. government and the Lakota, and, moreover, to Borglum's desire to help the tribe. '32 Ford Roadster - A man in Benicia, CA owns a 1932 Ford roadster that, upon purchase, had an engine too powerful for normal driving. Our contributor suspects his car was used for dry-lake racing, a sport that had its heyday in Southern California in the 1930's, and 1940s. Cast Iron Eagle - One of the main attractions at a family-run zoo in Sussex, NJ is a majestic, 12-foot-high cast iron eagle perched on an orb in the center of the park. Our contributor's grandfather founded the park 1927, and family lore is that the eagle had once been perched atop an old post office in New York.moreless

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