Off the Path from New York to Boston

Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.

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It’s not easy being a gun manufacturer in 2018. Remington Firearms recently filed for bankruptcy in Hartford. But the making of guns has been an intricate part of our history. Back in the mid-1800s, one gun maker went beyond just the making of firearms. He wanted to create a workplace utopia at his factory in Hartford, Conn.

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Most people have no idea there’s a state park named for Donald Trump. It’s a patch of untended weeds and brush that’s been described as an abandoned wasteland in Westchester County, New York. And it’s pretty hard to find.

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There are lots of stories and rumors about secret societies at elite colleges. Skull and Bones is the oldest and most notorious secret college society in America. Not much is known about what goes on at Skull and Bones, but you can easily find its headquarters on the campus of Yale University in New Haven.

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It’s one of the world’s great literary mysteries: a 15th century book full of bizarre illustrations of imaginary plants, astrological signs, surreal figures and landscapes. Its origins are unknown, its creator anonymous. And it’s written entirely in an unknown language that’s stumped the world’s greatest codebreakers.

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Most people think of the Men in Black as the cool, stylish heroes of the movie franchise. They kept the world safe from aliens. But among the UFO subculture, the Men in Black are entirely different. They’re shadowy figures who come after people who claim to experience paranormal activity. The idea of these Men in Black started in the 1950s – and one of the most notorious encounters happened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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