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  • Foster Braun

    National Road Garage Sale 2018

    By Foster Braun

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     Click here to download.   In  our 2018 Spring Viva Las Vegas issue , under the Friends in the Fast Lane column, the lead story was about an 824 mile long garage sale!  In this American Road Trip Talk podcast,  you are going to meet Pat McDaniel, the lady who dreamed up this great gathering.  The Historic National Road Garage sale took place from May 31 to June 4 Along US 40 from Baltimore to St. Louis.  For ore information visit their Historic National Road Meanderings page on Facebook or www. oldstorefrontantiques.com      
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  • etchr66

    Geneva And Geneva On The Lake Ohio

    By etchr66

    It's summer time and its hot. What better way to cool down then to spend some time at the lake. With that in mind, our Namesake town for this entry is Geneva, Ohio and the nearby summer resort town of Geneva on the Lake. Both are located in Ashtabula County, which has a wealth of museums and sites of historic interest. In addition there are some eighteen covered bridges in the county, including both the longest and shortest covered bridges in the United States. Add the ten or so wineries in the county and what's not to like?   At 613 feet the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, loacted on Ashtabula County Road 25 just south of the city of Ashtabula, is the longest covered bridge in the country and the fourth longest in the world. The map coordinates are (41.855458,-80.762204). At just 18 feet the shortest covered bridge is the West Liberty Street Bridge in the town of Geneva. The map coordinates for it are (41.799183,-80.948532). [1]   Please comment if you like these entries or have any feedback to offer.   From the book "For Namesake, a Travel Book" [2]:   Geneva, Ohio is a town of 6,215 located in Ashtabula County along US Route 20. It lies 25 miles from the Pennsylvania border and 45 miles northeast of Cleveland. Geneva on the Lake is a town of 1,288, which lies 5 miles north of Geneva on Ohio Route 534. The county seat of Ashtabula County is Jefferson, located 10 miles southeast of Geneva. The closet college is Lake Erie College in the city of Painesville.   Ashtabula County was established in 1807 and was the first county created in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The area around Geneva was originally part of Harpersfield Township. In 1816 a small group of settlers decided to withdraw from Harpersfield and create their own community. They named it Geneva for the scenic town of Geneva, New York. With the completion of the Eric Canal in 1825, its location close to the lakefront added to its attraction. In 1829 the first post office was established. By 1840 the population was over 1,200. The Lake Shore railway came from Cleveland through Geneva to Ashtabula in 1852. The community of Geneva was incorporated as an official Ohio Village in 1866. By 1896 the village had a population of three thousand persons. In the early 1900’s Geneva gained its first automobile industry company with the manufacture of the Geneva Steamer in 1901. The company that manufactured this car closed just 3 years later. A few other attempts were made to manufacture automobiles in Geneva; however they too only lasted a few years. The grape industry has played an important part in the economy of Geneva and still does so today. In 1958 having obtained a population over 5000, Geneva was incorporated as an official Ohio “City”. [3]   Geneva on the Lake was Ohio’s first summer resort. It began in 1869 with the opening of the first public picnic ground on a bluff above Lake Erie known as Sturgeon Point. By the early 1900’s it had evolved into a camping and fishing playground for America’s elite. Incorporated as an Ohio Village in 1927; today it is a premier lakeshore vacationland. [4]   Ashtabula County has sixteen museums and sites of historic interest; the following is a sampling of those you may want to visit. The city of Ashtabula has Great Lakes Marine & Coast Guard Memorial Museum, Hubbard House (a northern terminus of the Underground Railroad) and Olin’s Museum of Covered Bridges. Conneaut has the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum. Shandy Hall, 2 miles south of Geneva, is the 1815 home of Robert Harper and said to be the oldest frame house in the Western Reserve to be preserved in its original form. Hartsgrove has the Presidential Museum. In Jefferson you will find a nice railroad depot and the Victorian Perambulation Museum. In Windsor there is the Servants of Mary Center for Peace featuring a fifty-foot statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There are eighteen covered bridges in Ashtabula County including the longest one in the United States, spanning a distance of 613 feet. [1] The warm breezes off of Lake Erie make this region a prime location for growing grapes and there are some ten wineries in the county. [5] Geneva hosts an annual Grape festival in September. Geneva on the Lake is a very popular summer resort with a strip of tourist oriented businesses and parks. To learn about all of the attractions in the area stop by the Geneva on the Lake Visitor Information center at 5536 Lake Road.   Enjoy the Lake Erie shoreline with boating, camping, hiking, fishing or just relaxing at Geneva State Park, just one mile from Geneva on the Lake. Additional recreation areas include Pymatuning State Park and Reservoir, Mosquito Lake State Park and Reservoir, Headlands Beach State Park, and Punderson State Park.   Notable residents of Geneva include Brian Anderson, major league baseball pitcher; Edward S. Ellis, dime novel author; and Ransom E. Olds, automobile industry pioneer.       Notes:   1. http://www.experience-ohio-amish-country.com/covered-bridges.html   2. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/   http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009   3. http://www.genevaohio.com/history.html   4. http://www.visitgenevaonthelake.com/history.htm   5. http://www.accvb.org/wineries.html   Picture is Harpersfield Covered Bridge, at 228 feet in length this was the longest covered bridge in Ohio until the construction of the Smolen-Gulf Bridge in 2008. Picture Credit: (Wikimedia Commons – User: Homefryes CC-BY-SA)
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  • Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Introduction

    By Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Hello. Tho I am new to this media, blogging, I am not new to American Road. I've been around since the beginning. I do have a road trip web site, but decided to give this blog a try to post my rather infrequent road trips in the Memphis, TN, area.   Being nearly 73 years old I'm old enough to remember the good old days of 2-lane road travel. Indeed, I went with my folks in the late 40's and early 50's on several trips from southern Maine to the Dayton, Ohio, area to visit friends and relatives. I look back and think, good old days?? Hot summer days on the road in a 10 year old Chrysler with no AC?? Motels that were more cabin than motel and usually not air conditioned?? Greasy spoon diners - tho most were pretty good. But, it was still exiting for a 10 year old to see what was around the corner. Kids miss so much today on vacation trips on the interstate. And there's not much new around the corner - or down the road, either. Got a Mickey D's in your home town - you'll find many along the road - along with BurgerKing, Wendy's, shopping malls with the same stores. No, kids today miss a lot.   Back in 1953 I was crazy enough to go to the west coast, from Maine, with a buddy of mine, on 20 to the mid-west where we picked up 66 to California. Then 101, more or less north to Oregon and Washington, then home to Maine, mostly on 20, but some on 30, 6 and 2. We were celebrating the big transition from child-hood to adult-hood - getting our drivers licenses. At the time, in Maine, you could get a license at 15 - Maine was largely rural and farm land so 15 year olds were expected to drive the family farm equipment, trucks, etc. Can you imagine two 15 year olds driving across country today?? Probably wouldn't get out of the state, to start with.   So, I'll probably be posting more on my new blog as time goes by. Won't be every day, won't be ever week. We'll try to find something to add at least inside a six month window.   Happy, and safe, travels everybody.
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  • Foster Braun

    American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

    By Foster Braun

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    In the rough and tumble days of the late 1800’s, the little town of Sidney, Nebraska was an important military and commercial outpost on the railroad lines that were becoming the arteries of American expansion. It was indeed the Wild West, populated by such colorful characters as Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane and earned the moniker, Toughest Town on the Tracks.
    In 2017 what was once called Sinful Sidney is celebrating its Sesquicentennial ( that’s 150 candles) between Aug. 18-20 with a double extravaganza. One is man-made and the other is Mother Nature made and utterly unique. Our guest Heather Haussmann, Cheyenne County Visitor and Convention Bureau, which is based in Sidney, has all the details for both events.


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    Sinful Sidney’s Sesquicentennial
    This summer the “toughest town on the tracks” is rolling out the red carpet for lovers of the Wild West and good old fashioned family fun. Whether you are a classic car enthusiast, history buff or just making plans for a family vacation, you’ll want to save August 18-21 for a visit to Sidney, NE.

    If any place knows how to throw a great party, it’s Sidney. Over the last 150 years the town, known as the “Wickedest Town in the West”, has seen the likes of Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane. Good food, non-stop entertainment, a classic car show and loads of activities for kids will be topped off by two extraordinary light shows. The first one will be a spectacular firework display on Sunday night at the Cheyenne County Fair Grounds. The second one will be a once in a lifetime experience put on Mother Nature.

    On Monday, August 21, Western Nebraska will be one of the best places in the country to watch a total eclipse of the sun—make Sidney your hub. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in continental United States for the 38 years and you will have one of the best seats in the house. Nebraska is one of a few places in the country that will be under the complete blackout as the moon blanks out the sun and day turns to night for nearly 3 minutes. It will be an historic event for young and old alike.

    This summer Sinful Sidney 150 will be an awesome opportunity to enjoy a good old fashioned community celebration and get a good night’s rest before witnessing the rare historic event of a total solar eclipse. It’s an experience your family will treasure for the rest of their lives.

    Don’t forget to mark the dates, August 18-21, 2017 in Sydney, NE. It’s going to be an unforgettable event that you won’t want to miss. For more information visit cheyennecountytourism.com and follow the celebration on Facebook at “Sinful Sidney 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration.”
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– James Schulte: Toy Treasure Trove

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- James Schulte: Toy Treasure Trove Click here to listen... Click here to download... Nothing brings back the wonderful moments of our childhood like seeing our favorite toy, whether it was a classic Barbie doll or one of the original GI Joe's. The city of Wheeling, W.Va is home to a treasure trove of those great memories all collected in Millers Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. Alan Miller and his son assembled toys dating from the 1890's along with an impressive collection of trains and housed them in a Victorian mansion. The National Road column of the American Road 2010 Winter issue tells the full story of their collection.   On this American Road Trip Talk I speak with James Schulte. The curator of this remarkable museum is in his mid-20's and many of the toys and trains are quite a few times his age but James has a tremendous grasp of the collection and a vision for its future. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- James Schulte: Toy Treasure Trove Click here to listen... Click here to download...   This American Road TripTalk is brought to you by Houma, LA. You are invited to discover a truly unique and authentic Cajun Mardi Gras celebrated nowhere else but in Houma, Louisiana - in the heart of the Cajun Wetlands. Festivities start February 25 and run to Mardi Gras on March 8, 2011. For more information check out their flier. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

Palmantier's Motel

This is a first for me. I'm trying to get information on the history of the Palmantier's Motel. Anyone know anything about it? We're now open for business! We have nightly and weekly efficiency rooms. They're huge rooms. We fell in love with the place at the action and just had to have it. So now we're the proud new owners. We are a family owned and operated business. Mom and Pop Motel also my son helps run the place. We're very interested in the history. The house that came with it sits on the corner of Baywood and Rt 30 Lincoln Highway was built in 1875. It was the original Palmantier's Tourist Home. I'm still digging for info. Please help if you know anything. Also come see us and ride your bike if you own one. The rooms have garages!!

RainiePalmantier

RainiePalmantier

 

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Ann King: Virtual Route 66

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Ann King: Virtual Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Some call it The Mother Route 66, others America's Main Street. Bobby Troup encouraged a footloose, post-war America to "Getyour kicks on Route 66". But until now no one has ever created a way for people to enjoy this great highway without ever driving a mile on it. I'm talking about a Virtual Tour ofRoute 66. In 2010 three graduate students, Ann King, Tina Lai and Marc Meyer from California State University East Bay campus created "The Mother Road Multimedia Experience". The project was described in the Tunnel Vision column of the Winter 2010 edition of The American Road Magazine. My American Road TripTalk guest is Ann King, one of those bright young students, who combined the best of cutting edge technology with a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle to provide a virtual tour of a portion of Route 66. You won't want to miss a moment of our conversation. Watch this Virtual Route 66 Video.   American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Ann King: Virtual Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download...   This Podcast is Brought to you by: For more than forty years, Vandalia has been celebrating their history with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, which is the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2013, the event will be held September 27 & 28. To coincide with the Grande Levee’, the Vandalia Tourism Commission will be hosting their Annual Harvest Festival downtown Saturday, September 28th with fun for every member of the family. For more information, contact Vandalia Tourism Center at 618-283-2728 or email tourism@vandaliaillinois.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.com/   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

Foster Braun

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Joann Sasse Givens: Lincoln Remembered Weekend

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- JoAnn Sasse Givens: Lincoln Remembered Weekend Click here to listen... Click here to download... Abraham Lincoln, one of America's greatest presidents, spent much of his early political career in the old state capitol in Vandalia, Illinois. So it's fitting that the Vandalia would be the site for the "Lincoln Remembered" Weekend. Feb. 11th and 12 Vandalia is going to be the focus of multiple historical anniversaries including the remembrance of Lincoln's Farewell Address and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and a Lincoln Victory Ball. Joanne Sasse Givens, Vandlia's Director of Economic Development and Tourism, gives us all the details in our podcast. If you are a Civil War buff or an admirer of Abraham Lincoln, this is a must see event. For more information call Connie Bolyard - 618.283.4206; Mary Cole -618.283.1161; or Mary Truitt - 618.283.153 American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- JoAnn Sasse Givens: Lincoln Remembered Weekend Click here to listen... Click here to download... This American Road Triptalk is sponsored by the city of Vandalia, IL which invites you to the "Lincoln Remembered" Weekend. Friday, February 11th, 2011 11:00 am - Community Reading of the Lincoln Farewell Address at the Vandalia Statehouse. 7:00pm -11:00pm "Lincoln Victory Ball" Civil War Era Ball at Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street. General public, re-enactors of all ages invited. Those in costume North or South attend for free, not in costume $5 admission. Salt Caller with music and dances of the time period. Refreshments will be served Saturday, February 12th, 2011 11:00 am - Roll Call of Fayette County Veterans of the Civil War at the Old State Cemetery (Moose Lodge if inclement weather) Persons with ancestors who fought North or South are encouraged to answer the roll call for their relatives. 9:30 am- 1:45pm Open House -The National Road Interpretive Center - with new exhibits. 2:00pm- Presentation on Lincoln by Dan Guillory, noted scholar, author, and lecturer at the Statehouse. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Sponsors: Vandalia Historical Society, WKRV: The Curve, First National Bank, Dr. Brian & Laura Dossett, Vandalia Tourism Commission, The Leader Union.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section.   See you soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Wayne Bronner: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Wayne Bronner: Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Over 50 years ago a man named Wally Bronner, the son of German immigrants, bucked family tradition and opened Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, a Christmas store that has become a holiday landmark throughout the Midwest. In this edition of the American Road Triptalk, you'll meet Wayne Bronner, the founder's son, and learn how Wally's dream grew into a Christmas Wonderland the size of nearly two football fields. For more information on the items carried by Bronner's or the store itself visit Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland online. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Wayne Bronner: Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland Click here to listen... Click here to download... This American Road Triptalk is sponsored by the city of Vandalia, IL which invites you to the "Lincoln Remembered" Weekend Feb.11 and 12,2011 to enjoy a special weekend of historic speeches, a Lincoln Victory Ball and so much more. For more information call (618) 283-1152 or email Joann Sasse Givens at econdev@vandaliaillinois.com. Visit the Vandalia website for visitor information. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section.   See you soon on the great American Road.    

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Rick Jones: Pancake Challenge

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) Rick Jones: Pancake Challenge Click here to listen... Click here to download     It might not look like much but only 18 people in the last 25 years have been able to down a plate of pancakes like this in 30 minutes or less. I interviewed Rick Jones, the owner of the Seiad Valley Cafe which sits near the middle of State Hwy 96 that winds its way from Yreka, CA on the southeast to O'Brien, OR. on the northwest. It is one of the few places that still remembers the "Lost State of Jefferson" which was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of the American Road Magazine. Rick Jones is a rugged western mountain man with few words but a quick wit as you will find out when you listen to the interview. This podcast is sponsored by Chautauqua County, NY. Request a travel guide and journey to this land of renewal. Call 866-908-4569 or visit www.tourchautauqua.com   American Road Trip Talk (podcast) Rick Jones: Pancake Challenge Click here to listen... Click here to download   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Sharon Tesch: Super-sized Santa

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Sharon Tesch: Super-Sized Santa Click here to listen... Click here to download...   The little village of Christmas, Michigan was built on a dream in the 1930's that was almost wiped out by fire. But the spirit of Christmas is alive and well on the shores of Lake Superior and is home to the world's tallest Santa Claus. My guest Sharon Tesch is the proprietor of Santa's Workshop where Christmas reigns all year 'round. We will be talking about the history ofthis resilient little community in just a moment. By the way you better be careful about being naughty or nice around Christmas because this Santa can see a long way. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Sharon Tesch: Super-Sized Santa Click here to listen... Click here to download... This podcast is brought to you by Chautauqua County, New York where they invite you to: Engage your spirit and Excite your mind at Chautauqua Institution, a century old vacation learning destination. Learn the power of laughter at the Lucille Ball - Desi Arnaz Center. Energize your soul with lake and snowsports. Request a travel guide and journey to this land of renewal. Call 866-908-4569 or visit TourChautauqua.com. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Cat Bonciu: Buchanan Tavern

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - Cat Bonciu: Buchanan Tavern Click here to listen Click here to download   Leave it to an American immigrant to give President James Buchanan his due. Catalin Bonciu is the proprietor of the Buchanan Pub and Hotel in Mercersberg, Pennsylvania along Highway 16. This is part of the Buchanan Trail highlighted in our fall 2010 edition of the American Road Magazine. Cat bought the historic building that once belonged to James Buchanan's father and lovingly restored and improved it. As you can hear in the interview, Cat Bonciu has a genuine respect for this unheralded president and his restoration is both a labor of love and respect. Find out more about the Tavern and Hotel by visiting the James Buchanan Hotel website.   American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - Cat Bonciu: Buchanan Tavern Click here to listen Click here to download     See soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Ann Wescott: Cave Caroling

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - Ann Wescott: Cave Caroling Click here to listen... Click here to download     It is one of the most unique Christmas events on the American Road. Imagine the songs of the season echoing through Mother Nature's concert hall...underground. That is exactly what is going on from Dec. 3 through the 5th at The Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark in southwest Wisconsin. Ann Wescott from the Cave of the Mounds joins me to talk about the concert experience and the remarkable natural wonders of the Cave of the Mounds which have been drawing thousands of travelers who visit the caves just west of Madison, Wisconsin. Check out their website for more information about the Caves and the series of concerts.   American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - Ann Wescott: Cave Caroling Click here to listen... Click here to download   This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Bowl Plaza

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Rosslyn Schulz: Bowl Plaza Click here to listen Click here to download   The drawing above is the architect's vision of a unique restroom behind the Grassroots Arts Center in Lucas, Kansas. Our guest Rosslyn Schulz, who is the Executive Director of the Center, shared about the loving and artful details that are going into this project which should be complete in the spring of 2011. You can find more about themany facets of the project by visiting their website in particular, check out the beautiful paper mosaics. Read the full story about this project in the Tunnel Vision column of the autumn issue of American Road magazine available at major bookstores, newsstands and at Americanroadmagazine.com.When you visit our homepage be sure to check all the features we offer from trip planners to special bargains and product reviews. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Rosslyn Schulz: Bowl Plaza Click here to listen Click here to download This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jay Allen: Lincoln Highway Mosaics

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Jay Allen: Painting the Town Click here to listen... Click here to download…       The picture above is one of 43 murals created by Jay Allen our guest on this week's American Road Trip Talk. Jay's sign painting company, Shaw Craft Signs collaborated with renowned muralist Bill Hueg to produce these historic gems in Illinois cities under a grant obtained by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. During our interview Jay will give you the full history of the mural pictured above in Dixon, IL and its connection with a very important American president. Visit the full gallery of these historic murals to see more of these beauties. Jay is affiliated with the Wall Dogs, a national organization of artists who gather to paint murals at cities all over the US.   View the full story of this project in the Tunnel Vision column of the Autumn issue of our American Road magazine available at major bookstores, newsstands and at Americanroadmagazine.com. When you visit our homepage be sure to check all the features we offer from trip planners to special bargains and product reviews.       This Podcast is Brought to you by: For more than forty years, Vandalia has been celebrating their history with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, which is the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2013, the event will be held September 27 & 28. To coincide with the Grande Levee’, the Vandalia Tourism Commission will be hosting their Annual Harvest Festival downtown Saturday, September 28th with fun for every member of the family. For more information, contact Vandalia Tourism Center at 618-283-2728 or email tourism@vandaliaillinois.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.com/   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

Foster Braun

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American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Abe Clymer: Honest Abe

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Abe Clymer: Honest Abe Click here to listen... Click here to download... This week's guest pictured above with his model is Lewis "Abe" Clymer of Vandalia, Il. Truth is that Lewis, or "Abe" as everyone has known him for more than the last half century, is the spitting image of Abraham Lincoln and learned at an early age to put it to good use. He is a Lincoln interpreter and you can find out more about him in the National Road column of the Autumn 2010 edition of the American Road Magazine. American Road magazine is available at major bookstores, newsstands and at Americanroadmagazine.com. When you visit our homepage be sure to check all the features we offer from trip planners to special bargains and product reviews.     American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Abe Clymer: Honest Abe Click here to listen... Click here to download... This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone you think might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section.   See soon on the great American Road.   Foster Braun is a veteran broadcaster in Detroit, Michigan where he currently hosts the weekly technology program The Internet Advisor on WJR 760 AM.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Biggest, Tinniest, Biggest Collection

American Road Trip Talk (podcast): Erika Nelson. Think Big! Click here to listen... Click here to download...     This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary.   Hi, it's good to be back with our American Road Podcasts, conversations with authors, fellow travelers and interesting people we meet along the way. My name is Foster Braun and I have had the pleasure of doing these interviews over the last five years but this is the first chance that I have had to get back to doing them regularly. In my professional life I have been a radio broadcaster for over 35 years on Detroit's Great Voice of the Great Lakes,WJR-AM, where I have been doing The Internet Advisor for the last 13 years.   I'm delighted to start the new series with Erika Nelson, a regular contributing editor to the Think Big column. It was fun to find out Erika's driving passion (pardon the pun) to collect the smallest replicas of the largest features she can find on the American Road. She has quite a collection and in the interview you will find how she started her fascination with the huge roadside attractions that led to her rolling collection. You can see Erika's treasures at The World's Largest Things.   American Road Trip Talk (podcast)–Erika Nelson. Think Big! Click here to listen... Click here to download...   This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct anything you like about our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone you think might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section.   See soon on the great American Road.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

 

The Driskill—austin, Texas

I took a quick business trip last month to Austin, Texas. The trip was so short that I had absolutely no time for playing tourist. However, I stayed at a beautiful historic hotel: the Driskill. (I figured that I needed to see something of historic interest while I was in Austin!).   The Driskill was built in 1886 and is listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America. You may read a bit about the history here: http://www.driskillhotel.com/about-texas-hotel.php. An historic time line may be found at: http://www.driskillhotel.com/historic-hotels-timeline.php   The hotel was beautiful and the service was spectacular. The rate for a basic room, after taking advantage of one of their special offers, was comparable to other hotels in the area. There are special price offers at their website: http://www.driskillhotel.com/special-offers.php   The only downside of staying at the Driskill was the road construction taking place downtown. The construction made navigating the downtown area a bit challenging. That inconvenience aside, I would recommend an overnight stay at the Driskill.

beckyrepp

beckyrepp

 

Traveling With A Pet

If you travel with your pets, as we do, you would appreciate a resource to identify nearby veterinary services in case of an emergency. I found this great website providing a way to search for accredited veterinarian hospitals on your travel route.   http://www.healthypet.com/RelocationAndTravel/TripPlanner.aspx   I hope it is helpful!

beckyrepp

beckyrepp

 

Trip To Colorado

I took a fast, but fun, trip to Northeast Colorado on business almost two weeks ago. I stayed in Greeley. I had a little time to explore--not nearly enough. Greeley has some wonderful attractions: The Centennial Village (you can take a virtual tour here: http://www.greeleygov.com/Museums/centennialvillage.aspx), the Greeley Freight Station Museum (http://www.gfsm.org/), and a fun little drive-in with great food: JB's.

beckyrepp

beckyrepp

 

A Refreshing Idea For Turkey In The Summer

Hello everyone and Happy Fourth of July Well today it is raining up here on the Hill, but I still have grille cooking on my mind. A couple of weeks back I had friends over for dinner and came up with a refreshing idea for grilling the turkey breast. During the holidays, one of our local grocery stores had cut up turkey breast fillets and wrapped them in bacon to sell in packs. They make cooking turkey simple and very easy without the mess. I had bought quite a bit of these breasts and put alot of them in the freezer after using some for the holidays. During the holidays, I just bake or pan cook them and have the traditional holiday condiments to go with the turkey, nothing out of the ordinary. So going through my freezer, I had found the turkey I did not use, and thought of how could I use it to make a nice Summer grilled dish. So here is what I came up with.   This is an easy dish that can be prepared easily in a camper or RV. Thaw the turkey, remove the bacon (it is only on there to help add some flavor), and place the breasts in a large ziplock bag. Then take a can of crushed pineapple and ad to the bag, juice and all. Added a little cranberry juice and seal the bag, place in refrigerator and marinated for 4 hours.   Get some some green onion, fresh grape tomatoes, white onion, zuchinni, green pepper, a fresh pinapple, and a box of wild rice at the store. Cut the vegetables lengthwise and placed them on a slightly oiled sheet pan to roast at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes. Slice off the bottom and top of pineapple. Remove the outside skin from the pineapple, best done with a good French or cutlery knife by holding pineapple upright and slicing just underneath the outside in a downward motion, then cut the fruit lengthwise into 2 inch pieces.   Fire up the grille and began cooking the turkey, seasoned it with a lime pepper seasoning, (can find in spice section or Sams' Club sells the big containers) flipping after about 12 minutes. I reccommend keeping the grille covered. Vegetables in oven. Follow the directions on the rice to get that going on the burner. That type of rice usually takes about 25 minutes. Now as option, you can take another can of crushed pineapple in a sauce pan, add a little cranberry juice, heat it up almost to a boil while stirring, and then add a cold water cornstarch mixture. (2 tblsp. cornstarch to just enough water to dissolve it) Pour slowly into the sauce and stir until it thickens just a little.   The pinapple pieces place on the grille for about 3 minutes on each side, just enough to heat and grille the outside. Some nice grille marks will also form. Pretty cool way of using turkey outside of the holidays. Goes great with a bottle of good chardonnay or even a margarita.   Plate up and enjoy!!!   Sincerely,   John Courter, CTA Museum Hill Bed and Breakfast St. Joseph MO

roadwarriorvet

roadwarriorvet

 

Trip To Illinois On The Lincoln Highway

I traveled to Illinois in June. It was a quick business trip. But, I did have an opportunity to meet the great staff of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition: Bonnie Heimbach (Executive Director) and two of her staff (Mary Jo and Sue). You may stop in and visit them at 200 South State Street; Belvidere, Illinois 61008.   If you're traveling the Lincoln Highway in Illinois this summer, be sure to download their trip itinerary: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/docs/itineraries/IllinoisLHCoalitionItinerary.pdf   and visit their website: http://www.drivelincolnhighway.com/

beckyrepp

beckyrepp

 

Introduction

Hello. Tho I am new to this media, blogging, I am not new to American Road. I've been around since the beginning. I do have a road trip web site, but decided to give this blog a try to post my rather infrequent road trips in the Memphis, TN, area.   Being nearly 73 years old I'm old enough to remember the good old days of 2-lane road travel. Indeed, I went with my folks in the late 40's and early 50's on several trips from southern Maine to the Dayton, Ohio, area to visit friends and relatives. I look back and think, good old days?? Hot summer days on the road in a 10 year old Chrysler with no AC?? Motels that were more cabin than motel and usually not air conditioned?? Greasy spoon diners - tho most were pretty good. But, it was still exiting for a 10 year old to see what was around the corner. Kids miss so much today on vacation trips on the interstate. And there's not much new around the corner - or down the road, either. Got a Mickey D's in your home town - you'll find many along the road - along with BurgerKing, Wendy's, shopping malls with the same stores. No, kids today miss a lot.   Back in 1953 I was crazy enough to go to the west coast, from Maine, with a buddy of mine, on 20 to the mid-west where we picked up 66 to California. Then 101, more or less north to Oregon and Washington, then home to Maine, mostly on 20, but some on 30, 6 and 2. We were celebrating the big transition from child-hood to adult-hood - getting our drivers licenses. At the time, in Maine, you could get a license at 15 - Maine was largely rural and farm land so 15 year olds were expected to drive the family farm equipment, trucks, etc. Can you imagine two 15 year olds driving across country today?? Probably wouldn't get out of the state, to start with.   So, I'll probably be posting more on my new blog as time goes by. Won't be every day, won't be ever week. We'll try to find something to add at least inside a six month window.   Happy, and safe, travels everybody.
 

Spring 2010 Issue Is A Sell-out Success!

The Spring 2010 issue is sold out. Only a few autographed copies remain. You may still find copies at bookstores & newsstands (see a partial list at: http://americanroadmagazine.com/docs/bookstore.pdf). You may also find copies at independent outlets including: Cozy Dog, Munger Moss, Arizona Route 66 Museum, Afton Station, and the Mother Road Museum.

beckyrepp

beckyrepp

 

A Museum With History That Should Never Be Forgotten

Hello everyone!! As the weather gets nicer, more the public will be out and about on the road, enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, road trips, and all the unique places the US has throughout its road systems. This country's interstate system is one that can anyone with a vehicle or motorcycle just about anywhere, and if the interstate does not go directly to that place, there are many, many roads and old highways that can get us to where we need to go. In the Midwest there are so many different things to see and it is much more than the perception of farms and cornfields. That is what this blog is about, what is out there in the Midwest regions, the Heartland of this country. I will start by writing about a very unique museum with historical significance that should never be forgotten. The World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO is well worth a visit.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpZfmlFiolQ     The Liberty Memorial - World War I Museum is a tour through world history. This museum tells the story of WWI, how it began, the people involved, the struggles, etc. During a visit to take time and read all the little placards throughout the outer rim of the museum as well as those on the walls inside about specific individuals. They all tell a unique story and this puts a very emotional human element to this time period. The placards capture the stories of real people from all walks of life thrown into a harsh and unforgiving environment. I created a short album in the gallery, highlighting some of the wall murals that the museum recieved over time. Below is also the link to the museum:     The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City a605202ccad4dac   The museum is one of many things to see and do during a road trip into the Midwest. I will be creating a bunch of topics as time moves on about the region that will make for a real interesting and knowledgable get away road trip. Safe traveling everyone!!     Sincerely,   John Courter-(CTA-Certified Tourism Ambassador) (Owner, Museum Hill Bed and Breakfast, St, Joseph, MO)

roadwarriorvet

roadwarriorvet

 

Wi Yellowstone Trail Menomonee Falls To Oshkosh

On the way home from the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism I decided to take the Yellowstone Trail home since it was a beautiful spring day. I placed a bunch of photos in the gallery from along the way- however the photos are reversed so they start near Waupaca and end in Germantown.   WI Yellowstone Gallery   Here is a handy guide for the Yellowstone Trail- Online WI Yellowstone Guide

WisHxGeek

WisHxGeek

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