Monday, September 22, 2008


In this year's version of "Journey To The Center Of The Earth", we weren't told when it was taking place exactly, only that the main characters were in San Francisco. But by the clothing, we could tell it was during the Victorian Age, would could be called the Wild, Wild Northwest.

But we soon learned that it had to be 1867. When Mrs. Dennison mentioned that her husband went missing in Alaska four years earlier, Professor Brock called it Russian territory. She quickly reminded him that it now belonged to America.

And it already had its most infamous nickname: "Seward's Folly".

From Wikipedia:

The Alaska Purchase (otherwise known as Seward's Folly or Seward's Icebox) by the United States from the Russian Empire occurred in 1867 at the behest of Secretary of State William Seward. The territory purchased was 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km²) of the modern state of Alaska.
Seward's Day, in honor of William H. Seward, is a holiday in Alaska on the last Monday of March which celebrates the United States' purchase of Alaska from Russia. Seward's Day is also an alcohol-free day in many cities such as Ketchikan, one of Alaska's major port cities — though the one-day alcohol ban is not observed in all cities.

Toby O'B

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