Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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Google Sightseeing: Fill ‘er Up!

As I mentioned today in the article on the Teapot Dome Service Station, I’ve just posted an article to Google Sightseeing loaded with all sorts of uniquely-designed roadside filling stations/gas stations (I couldn’t use the Teapot Dome in that article because Google Maps, sadly, has no imagery of it). If you’ve ever wanted to see…

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Teapot Dome: How a Presidential Scandal Led to a Teapot-Shaped Service Station

The Teapot Dome scandal of 1922-23 tarnished an entire US presidency and resulted in the first instance of a US Cabinet member being sent to prison for actions committed in office. It also resulted in the construction of an incredibly unique service station in the middle of the state of Washington that became a rather…

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