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The City’s Whale-Oil Pipeline

The City’s Whale-Oil Pipeline

During the city’s post-Civil War boom, a panel of eminent politicians, including the governor, mayor and state surgeon general, met to plan the future growth of the city. Several advances were made. In an effort to provide more room for growth, Bankton’s Marsh was filled in with refuse, which increased the size of the city…

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Friday Facts: Thanksgiving Parade, Freon, Events

Friday Facts: Thanksgiving Parade, Freon, Events

:: Number of states represented by marching bands in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 5 :: Number of people saved by this year’s parade Grand Marshal, Janelle Welks, when that van went off of Pier 8 in June: 7 :: Number of candidates for next year’s mayoral race who will be marching in the parade:…

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Urban Legends: Kiddie TV Murder, Satanists in the City

Urban Legends: Kiddie TV Murder, Satanists in the City

Here is an overview of some of the most well-known urban legends to haunt our city—none are true, but they reflect the fears and excitement of bygone times. Kiddie TV Murder (1957) Mystery has long swirled around the death of children’s TV personality Samantha Smith, who was found murdered in her home on June 28th,…

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Urban Legends: Secret Subway, Haunted Skyscraper

Urban Legends: Secret Subway, Haunted Skyscraper

Every city has urban legends, and our city is no different. These stories grow over time, whispered in hushed tones in the corridors of power, retold to generations of passengers by gregarious cab drivers, or a vaguely remembered by an aging bartender at one of the city’s many watering holes. They may have been based…

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