Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10 More Reasons to Like Ike

One of the best political slogans EVER was I Like Ike even if it was before your time it is a label that stuck with the 34th president of the United States.

The Eisenhower National Historic Site is located in Gettysburg, PA,  a farm property that juts up to the Gettysburg Battlefield last owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower when he died in 1969. Here is a link to a previous blog on the Eisenhower NHS , in case you missed it and have an interest.

Dwight was originally named David after his father, but the names were switched by his mother early on to distinguish between the David's in the house.

Although Dwight connected with and said he was from Kansas, there is a town inTexas that also has bragging rights. David Dwight Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas when his family lived there from 1889 to 1892.

Dwight D.(the D stands for David) was born in this house, October 14, 1890 on Lamar Road a very quiet and peaceful area of Denison, Texas today.

The house was open to the public in 1948, after a retired teacher, Jennie Jenkins contacted Eisenhower to confirm if he had been related to the people she remembered that had rented a home along the railroad in Denison. This was confirmed by Ida Eisenhower, his mother. Eisenhowser's father briefly worked for the railroad as a wiper, earning $10 a week. The railroad that passed in front of the house.

The house and the six acres around it have bee maintained by the Texas Historical Commission since 2008.

 A statue stands in the side yard. It is one of five that were created by Robert Lee Dean.  The others are located at West Point, Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas, the U.S, Embassy in London, and Normandy, France.

How about that? I never knew I had this picture, which was taken through a tour bus window as we passed the U.S. Embassy in London. There stands General Eisenhower.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the beautiful gardens in Denison that create a peaceful and serene atmosphere that I am sure Ike would like, designed and maintained by the Grayson County Master Gardeners.

Not only were the butterflies all aflutter, the hummingbirds most attracted to the red flowers were also buzzing about the birthplace of our 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

 Also located at the State Historic Site

Visitor's Center

Restroom with Picnic Area in the back.

The Red Store

which I am not sure this is true, but all these buildings looked like structures that were also preserved and belonged to the area.

Eisenhower's Birthplace is a Texas State Historical Site and one that is maintained with dignity and pride in Denison, Texas.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home are located in Abilene, Kansas.

Eisenhower National Historic Site is located in Gettysburg, PA.

I have not been to Kansas yet, so I can't speak to that location but I really felt I got to know Ike in Gettysburg and it was nice to see where he was born in Texas.

Sometimes I never know why I take some pictures but I pay attention and my mind remembers, so I found this picture of Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel outside of Denver, Colorado, the eastbound lane is named for the governor and later senator that lobbied for an Interstate Highway to be built across Colorado and the westbound lane is named for President Eisenhower authorized and signed the bill created the Interstate Highway System.

 The Eisenhower Tunnel according to Wikipedia, carries Interstate 70 under the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. With a maximum elevation of 11,158 ft (3,401 m) AMSL, it is one of the highest vehicular tunnels in the world. The tunnel is the longest mountain tunnel and highest point on the Interstate Highway System. Maybe that was what inspired me to take the picture, Crossing the Continental Divide is always a momentous occasion. One of the longest and highest tunnels also rates it points.

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