As a feature in the Travel section this weekend makes clear, if you’re looking you can find interesting history and culture in all kind of “unexpected” places. What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever been? Why?
From a garage in Silicon Valley to the site of a Native American village buried in a mudslide in Washington State, “12 Unexpected History Trips” describes the history to be found in places all over the United States. Here is the entry on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama:
In early 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. began leading voting rights demonstrations that culminated in the 54-mile historic march from Selma, Ala., to the state capital of Montgomery. Today, on the Selma to Montgomery March Byway (byways.org/explore/byways/2050/index.html), visitors can follow the footsteps of the civil rights marchers by car, beginning in Selma at the Brown Chapel (410 Martin Luther King Street; 334-874-7897; visits by appointment), which was the headquarters of the voting rights movement, and continuing on to the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute (1012 Water Avenue, Selma; 334-418-0800; www.nvrm.org).
The museum is at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the first Selma march was stopped on “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, by law enforcement officers who unleashed tear gas and billy clubs on protesters.
The second march began two days later, led by the Rev. Dr. King, who led 2,000 people from Selma to the bridge, where he stopped to pray. The third and final march took place on March 21, 1965, this time federally sanctioned and with the protection of hundreds of federal agents and National Guardsmen ordered by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Drivers on the historic byway can stop at the city of St. Jude, where the marchers camped on an athletic field in the historic district the night before reaching the capital; that same evening, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. performed at a rally there. In Montgomery, on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol Building (600 Dexter Avenue), Dr. King delivered his “How Long, Not Long” speech to a crowd of 30,000. Less than five months later, the groundbreaking 1965 Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Johnson.
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Free sample essay on The Most Beautiful Place I Have Seen. There are so many nice places on the earth. They are scattered across the country. Every place has its own distinct features.
There are so many nice places on the earth. They are scattered across the country. Every place has its own distinct features. Some places have scenic beauty in abundance while many are famous for their architectural wonders. In addition every person has different tastes, choices and likings. Several people enjoy the sight of scenic beauty; some are attracted towards places of historical and archaeological interests. A few may be interested in visiting places of religious importance.
I have visited so many places of historical and tourist interest. But the visit which has a lasting impression on my mind is the visit of Kashmir. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It is said to be the heaven on earth. It has the accolade of being “The Switzerland of India”. I was wonderstruck to see the ravishing beauty of Kashmir. With snow-clad mountains, tall-trees of Chinar, lush green plains and valleys, Kashmir is one of the most bewitching places on earth. It has been a great attraction for the tourists all across the country and abroad as well.
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Kashmir is located in the Himalayan region. It is widely famous for its rich flora and fauna. The place holds great importance for the tourists who want to visit religious places. Kashmir is the home of deities and bounties. Kashmir has historical monuments, picturesque spots, enchanting landscapes and green forests in abundance. Some rare species of wild animals are found in the high altitude of Kashmir. Kashmir has been the abode of saints and sages. It is the land of gods and goddesses. Its serpentine rivers, huge calm lakes, mighty waterfalls, long lines of cypress trees are some of the delightful attractions for the tourists.
Wild strawberries are grown all over the Kashmir. Varieties of flowers add to the beauty of Kashmir. It is one of the best natural spots of India. Its exquisite scenery, superb sights, green fields combine to add to the grandeur of this God-gifted paradise on earth. Apart from the scenic beauty, the Shalimar and Nishaat Bagh, have great historical importance. They were built by Mughal King Jehangir.
The Chashme Shahi is known for its medicinal values. The Tattapani or the Sulphur lake water is believed to cure different types of skin diseases. Gulmarg and Sonmarg are the trekker’s trails. Chandanwari, Verinag, Anantnag and Nagin Lake are worth seeing places. The scene of Dal Lake with houseboats and their reflections in still waters of the lake present an impressive sight. The cave of Amarnath where the temple of Lord Shiva is located is a marvellous place for the religious tourists. Situated at a height of 15,000 ft., it is crowded during the month of September-October. Besides, there are shrines of historical and religious interest. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit these places from all across the country.
Kashmir is abundantly endowed with some of the best hill stations in India. They are Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam and Khilanmarg. Apart from having great scenic attraction, these places are good health resorts. Khilanmarg is the best place where tree-line ends in Kashmir.
All these and many more like its cultural hues, narrow ravines and gorges as well as hills and dales make it a heavenly abode on earth. Indeed, the beauty of Kashmir is enchanting.