Many are familiar with the Tweetsie Railroad amusement park that has carried millions of tourists around Blowing Rock, North Carolina since 1957. In 1953, however, that train and the romantic dream of American railroading so captivated three Harrisonburg men that they brought the train to the town of Penn Laird, on Route 33 just north of the Augusta County line.
A baffling Sherlock Holmes-like mystery at Western State Lunatic Asylum (now Western State Hospital) that became hopelessly mired in a political tug-of-war at the time still remains unsolved 134 years later. On February 24, 1883, seven male patients lost consciousness after receiving their morning liquid medication. Four of them died immediately, and another two died in the next three days, One recovered.
A year following the 1893 nationwide financial panic, a small group of “expert investigators” arrived one afternoon at the Waynesboro train station. After supposedly running some tests at the Jordan Farm on the South River they declared oil was present just below the surface. A derrick was constructed, local investors were secured, a manager named Tony Page took charge and in 1895 drilling commenced. After reaching 600 feet much water was produced but no oil, and investors began grumbling.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".