10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About American History

May 9, 2014
American History DC

Source: Pat Dollard

George Washington was the first President of the liberty-loving nation, and The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Both of these comprise rather well-known events throughout the course of American history. But there’s a wealth of hidden history nuggets that you might not know about. Here are ten of them.

American History Declaration Of Independence

Source: When In Time

1. The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, since at the time at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber. The democratic delegates eked out the document’s first and second drafts—completed on June 28th and July 2nd 1776, respectively—on Dutch hemp paper. The final document had a more official air, though, as it was printed on parchment.

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Portland’s Breathtaking Japanese Gardens

January 31, 2014

Amid rainy evenings and vast expanses of trees in Portland, Oregon, lies a beautiful 5.5-acre space known as Portland’s Japanese gardens. Considered the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, these gardens attract thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The park, which has existed for nearly 50 years, contains five different Japanese gardens: the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Tea Garden and the Sand and Stone Garden.

Colorful Japanese Gardens

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The Photogenic Proxy Falls Of Oregon

October 24, 2013

Proxy Falls Oregon

Cascading for 226 feet over mossy basalt, the Proxy Falls serve as one of Oregon’s most photographed land features. With views like this, it’s obvious why.

The Incredible Colors Of Oregon’s Crater Lake

May 14, 2013

Crater Lake Oregon

Best known for its water clarity and blue hue, this west coast caldera looks great in any light.

Oregon’s Captivating Crater Lake

April 9, 2013

Crater Lake Oregon

Famed for its deep blue color and clarity, the lake’s fine features don’t have such a tranquil origin. Without the colossal collapse of Mount Mazama, Crater Lake would have no caldera to fill.

The Earth’s Natural Punch Bowl

April 2, 2013

Punch Ball Falls Oregon

Tucked away within the Columbia River Gorge are Oregon’s Punch Bowl Falls, which gets its name from the bowl shape the falling water makes when impacting the pool.