Great Falls, MT

Great Falls takes its name from a series of five falls on the Missouri River, and there is a hydroelectric dam on every single one of them. It is also the home of the Roe River, known as the world’s shortest, though this claim is contested. It flows from a spring for a few hundred feet before reaching the Missouri.

New York, NY

A mere two winters ago I was running in Central Park almost daily. My wife had a short-term assignment at Lenox Hill Hospital and we lived in a tiny studio on the Upper West Side. At 5:30 we would meet near the John Lennon memorial, each day a little less dark than the one before.

Schenectady, NY

This was called the Great Western Gateway because it’s the most level route to the interior of the U.S. anywhere between Maine and Georgia. The “Great” part of the name fell out of use somewhere along the way.

Fredonia, NY

2021 is supposed to be the fourth and final year of an improvement project here that was to include a decorative perimeter fence, landscaping, replacement of walkways, and updates to the lighting fixtures and two water fountains (one pictured). I wonder how it’s coming along.

Albany, NY

The way it was explained to me, part of the reason for this building’s size and shape was to completely cut off the grand Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints that is tucked tightly behind it, in ultimately a Catholic versus Protestant squabble. I learned that on my tour of the Cathedral. When I took a tour of this building, the story never came up.