My Use of The Free Encyclopedia

I use, and quote, Wikipedia  almost exclusively as the source for more detailed information on any area we have visited.  I have modified what I found by reducing the amount of information I found to fit the more limited space of our pages and/or by using the more common American English spelling and non-metric measurements.  In doing this I have not modified the Wikipedia authors' information or intent.  I have removed individual links to other Wikipedia references from copied articles for ease of reading.  


Please follow up on any information found on a visit's page by going directly to Wikipedia for fully documented information. 


I have found Wikipedia to be perfect for efforts like this website and I intend to continue to encourage all viewers to utilize his most valuable source of information.  


Wikipedia requires financial support as it is not a government but a public sponsored entity. Please read the notice form Wikipedia below and contribute to this precious resource. 


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Why your donation is needed:

bulletWikipedia is non-profit, but it's the #5 website in the world -- serving 470 million people every month with billions of page views.
bulletWe work hard to keep our operation lean. Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.
bulletWe will never run ads. Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong in Wikipedia.
bulletIf everyone reading this made a small donation, we would only have to fundraise for a few hours. Not everyone can or will donate, but each year just enough people decide to give.
bulletWe only raise what we need. When we've raised our budget, we stop fundraising for the year. 

This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia

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