Molossia: Nation Building on a Tiny Scale

The west has a long tradition of enjoying the eccentricities of oddball characters - people like Joshua Norton, who declared himself Emperor of the United States in 1859 and was treated with honors by san Francisco citizens for the rest of his life.   There’s even a movement today to name the bay bridge for …

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Dignity Graces a South Dakota Riverbank

  A new statue overlooks the Missouri River in the central part of South Dakota. Called Dignity, it’s a 50 foot tall image of a Native American woman and is made of stainless steel and glass. It is a magnificent work of art, Designed by Dale Claude Lamphere and erected recently, in September 2016. It …

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The Emperor of the United States

  California is known for some pretty odd characters. It started in the early days; the crazy time of the 49’ers brought out some outrageous personalities. One of the biggest was Joshua Abraham Norton - The Emperor of the United States. Norton was an Englishman that grew up in South Africa. He was a successful …

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