This will become an entry composed of links to sites of historical interest related to Costa Rica. Let's see where this trail goes eh?
This link is our own which we built before Google online had done a better job of scanning this excellent article: Holidays In Costa Rica circa 1858 . I think of the author of these 3 articles in 1860's editions of Harpers Magazine as the "first gringo tourist".
Since then I have spent time following the trail of this remarkable author: "this required further reading - on the remarkable life of Thomas Francis Meagher. I also like Wikipedia's description which goes into depth about the strange death of Mr. Meagher when he "fell" off a steamboat on the Missouri river in 1867 just a few years after his remarkable trip to Costa Rica." Thomas had an amazing career - sentenced to death for inciting revolution in Ireland, escaping from a prison island in Tasmania, becoming a lawyer in New York, traveling in Costa Rica and recording his impressions at a remarkably pivotal point in Costa Rican history, training a brigade (the famous Irish Brigade of which he became the Brigadier General) to fight for the Union in the US civil war, killing most of the fighting Irish of New York, becoming acting governor of Montana and being thrown overboard from a paddle steamer running guns to eliminate indians. One busy dude!
One obscure fact about him was that he somehow acquired the concession to build the Limon Alajuela railroad on one of his trips to Costa Rica. This is a section of the old railroad still in local use on the Caribbean slope near Siquirres.
Here's a few more links which I'll work on as time permits:
the Pura Vida Hotel reading list - this is a pretty good start for those wanting to read more details.
A Facebook link of historical photos from San Ramon - some old pics from a town just west of us
historic photos from the 1920's - and more - nice old photos of our town Alajuela
a Flikr album including 1948 revolutionary photos - the one titled "my dad" shows why the army just had to go
Tramways of Costa Rica - rare photos of the "electric wire" trams that once ran in San Jose
historical and political flags of Costa Rica - an oddball collection
a personal collection of family photos from the mid 1900's - I liked his crazy uncle best
The Sixaola Bridge - not strictly historical, but this bridge should have been years ago
The Fillibusters - a marvelous link for those interested in the lunatic and filibuster, William Walker
Some excellent Costa Rican links - Latin American Studies by Dr. Antonio Rafael de la Cova
Entry in process and . . . yes, the ox cart is still in use in the cane fields east of the lovely market town of Turrialba.