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    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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  • 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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Help Your Website Everyday - Have A Right Start

Help your Website Everyday Have A Right Start - via Guy R Cook   The answer might well be this simple: Planning Session   All good websites come from a good plan. Sounds redundant, but it’s true. If you want to create a good and solid website, you need a good and solid plan. I know it’s hard to do, and I know you want to keep poking and playing with this exciting program, but it is time to take a break away from your computer and turn to the old paper and pencil. That’s right, we’re going back in time to when people actually wrote things down.   On a piece of notebook paper, or whatever is lying around, describe your site.   Take five to twenty minutes to come up with a purpose for your site, or better yet, call it your Mission Statement.   Answer the following questions: What am I going to do with this? Who is going to read this? What kinds of information will I be posting? Why am I doing this? Who am I doing this for? How often am I going to be posting and adding information?   Now, compile this information into a paragraph so it looks like this: This website will be dedicated to X, Y, and Z, and cover the topics of A, B, and C. The audience will   be __________ ________________ _______. I will be adding posts every _____________ about ________ _______ ______________.   I am doing this because _____________ _____________ __________________.      

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Edna Beaudoin: The Paper House

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The fall 2014 edition of our magazine had fun with the theme of Rock, Paper, Scissors and included stories about everything from a Wall of Scissors to a Waffle Rock and a Paper House. In this podcast we visit with Edna Beaudoin, who is the current caretaker of the Paper House, which is located in the scenic seaside town of Rockport, MA just north of Boston. What started out as a summer project in the 1920’s became a lifelong passion for an engineer named Ellis Stenman who used over 100,000 pieces of newsprint to complete the project. His grand niece Edna tends to the family heirloom which is open to visitors from April through October. For directions to this hidden gem and more information visit The Paper House online. This podcast is brought to you by:         ############     Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   **********       Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Story House

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Nothing says Christmas like sparkling lights, mistletoe and ... leg lamps! That is, of course, if you are a fan of the 1983 holiday movie, A Christmas Story. The film chronicles a hilarious holiday season during the late 1950’s through the eyes of a child. In one classic scene the father proudly displays his sweepstakes prize, a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg. The movie was fiction but not the house. The home where the movie was filmed sits in a working class neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. Our guest Steve Sidlecki describes the current state of the house, which is a museum for movie fans and the place where you can get your very own Leg Lamp!     This podcast is brought to you by:     ############   Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   **********           Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Veach: Veach's Toy Story Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In 2013 American Road Magazine featured a unique store in rural Indiana that has weathered the changes in American toy tastes for the past 75 years. Veach’s Toy Station has found a way to the heart of the child in all of us for three generation of the Veach family in Richmond, Indiana. In part 2 of the conversation that we had with John Veach, the current owner, he begins by reflecting on the reappearance of some of his favorite childhood toys. This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com. ********** Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Veach: Veach's Toy Story Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   It’s holiday time and that’s the time for giving toys to our favorite girls and boys. In 2013 American Road Magazine featured a unique store in rural Indiana that has weathered the changes in American toy tastes for the past 75 years. Veach’s Toy Station has found a way to the heart of the child in all of us for three generation of the Veach family in Richmond, Indiana. This podcast is part 1 of the conversation that we had with John Veach, the current owner, about the magic of selling toys for all those years. This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   **********   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Brady: Everglades Revival Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download … In our Fall issue of the magazine, the Tunnel Vision column features a story about Old 41 Caters to Gaters. It was the tale of the valiant efforts of John Brady, a local photographer, to save one of the last everglade showplaces in Florida: The Everglades Wonder Gardens. In part two we will hear about the colorful history of the original Wonder Gardens, their financial roots in gangland Detroit and how it has come to be one of the last places in Florida where you can see pink flamingos and still be sober! Please enjoy part two of this Everglades Revival. Visit the Everglades Botanical Gardens in Bonita Springs at http://www.evergladeswondergardens.com/ This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   ********** Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): John Brady: Everglades Revival Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In our Fall issue of the magazine, the Tunnel Vision column features a story about Old 41 Caters to Gaters. It was the tale of the valiant efforts of John Brady, a local photographer, to save one of the last everglade showplaces in Florida: The Everglades Wonder Gardens near Bonita Springs. In our first part of the story in this podcast, John tells the story of how this famous, original Florida roadside attraction was about to fade into history. But John and some other lovers of Florida’s wild beauty with the help of some “enthusiastic young alligators” turned a fading roadside attraction into a botanical garden. Enjoy part 1 of this Everglades Revival. Visit the Everglades Botanical Gardens in Bonita Springs at http://www.evergladeswondergardens.com/   This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.     **********       Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Ray Perszyk: Carboard Boat Museum Part 2

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   In our Fall 2014 issue of American Road Magazine an article entitled Rock, Paper, Scissor featured a visit to the Cardboard Boat Museum in New Richmond, Ohio. Our guest for part 2 of our podcast about the museum is Ray Perszyk a colorful Ohio river man who is the chairman of the Cardboard Race Committee. It might seem remarkable that craft made of something so frail as cardboard could last up to 10 years and be featured in the museum. That is where we pick up our conversation with Ray in today’s podcast. This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   **********     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Greg Perszyk: Cardboard Boat Museum Part 1

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Normally you wouldn’t associate anything make out of cardboard with the word “racing” but the paper flotillas of New Richmond, Ohio defy that notion. In our Fall 2014 issue of American Road Magazine a clever article entitled Rock, Paper, Scissor included a visit to the Cardboard Boat Museum in that little Ohio river town. Our guest is Ray Perszyk a colorful local who is the chairman of the Cardboard Race Committee. In this part of conversation, Ray talks about the race and its origins and in part of our podcast he will focus on the museum that has collected some of these remarkable vessels over the last decade.     This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.       **********         Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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Athens, Georgia

Our Namesake[1] city this time is Athens, Georgia   Athens, Georgia (33.956093, -83.388951)   Athens, Georgia is a city of 115,452 located in Clarke County along the routes of US 29 and US 441. The city lies just 60 miles northeast of Atlanta near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Home to the University of Georgia and Piedmont College, it also features a restored Victorian era downtown full of art galleries, shops, nightclubs and fine dining establishments.   Athens officially became a town in 1806 and was built on the banks of the Oconee River adjacent to where the University of Georgia was established in the late 1700’s. The area was named Athens after the city in Greece, by John Milledge, a university trustee and later Governor of Georgia. The city was a significant supply center for the Confederacy in the Civil war and still hosts a confederate memorial located on Broad Street near the University Arch. [2] If Civil war history is a passion for you, war exhibits are on display at the T.R.R. Cobb house at 175 Hill Street and you may pick up a map and brochure to the Heartland of the Confederacy Civil War Trails at the Athens Welcome Center at 300 N. Thomas Street. Athens also boasts the worlds only double barrel cannon. Built in 1863 at a local foundry and featured in Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! The cannon can be found at the intersection of City Hall, College, and Hancock Streets.   Additional historical sites of interest in Athens include the Morton Theater, built in 1910 as one of the first African-American Vaudeville theaters; the First African Episcopal Methodist Church, built in 1866; Athens First Presbyterian Church, built in Greek Revival style in 1855 and remodeled in 1902; and the home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, the first Justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court. The home was built in 1845 and is on the driving tour offered by Classic City Tours. You can take a tour of historic Athens daily at 2:00 PM starting from 280 E. Dougherty Street.   The University of Georgia also has a rich history. Established in 1785, it was our nations first state charted university. The university was part of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, admitting its first two black students in 1961. This was a big deal for Athens whose public schools remained segregated until 1970 despite the famous Brown Vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling in 1954. Today the university is home to some 34,000 students and boasts a visitor center, arboretum, performing arts center, Stegeman Coliseum for basketball and Sanford Stadium, home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team. Holding 91,780 cheering fans it is the nations 5th largest on campus stadium. Athens also hosts Piedmont College, a private liberal institution established in 1897, and Athens Technical College, which offers associate degrees.   Other attractions in Athens include the Classic Center Theater, The Terrapin Brewery and the 40 Watt Club where you may enjoy the Athens music scene. If Art is your thing you might enjoy visiting the Georgia Museum of Art, Lyndon House Art Center, Lamar School of Art and ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art). And you won’t be able to miss “We Let the Dawgs Out” which features some three dozen larger than life Bulldogs spread throughout the city. If flowers interest you don’t miss the State Botanical Gardens and ask at the Welcome Center about the Georgia Antebellum Trail. Parks also abound in Athens including Oconee Forest Park, Sandy Creek Park, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and Memorial Park, which has a zoo “Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail”.   Notable residents and natives of Athens, Georgia include: Actress Kim Basinger, Musician Leo Kottke, NFL Football player Dunta Robinson, and Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Fran went to Athens High School and the University of Georgia where he was quarterback of the Bulldogs and led them to a conference championship in 1959.   Yes there is much to see and do in Athens, Georgia. Discover it all at the “Explore Georgia” Web Site. [3] Athens is included in the Historic Heartland region.   Notes:   1. www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK   2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens,_Georgia   3. http://www.exploregeorgia.org   Picture Credit: Street Scene in Athen's Georgia (Wikipedia Richard Chambers Public Domain)  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Kim Jondahl: N. Dakota's Magnificent Museum

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   For many of us the image of North Dakota the pops to mind comes from the movie Fargo: A vast sea of white snow, bitter cold and knife like winds. Needless to say there is much more to the Peace Garden State than that and the newly expanded State Museum in Bismarck says it all. Our guest today is Kim Jondahl, Communication and Education Director for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. At the end of October 2014 the state opened a magnificent 97,000 sq ft expansion that includes to very big and very popular figures.     This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   ############     The Illinois Route 66 Association. Route 66 Where the Mother Road Begins ############ Levy County Florida. Come explore our coast **********     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):heidi Vincent: National Motor Club Tips

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   A lot of our listeners/readers are avid travelers and many use the itineraries posted on our American Road Magazine homepage. The holiday season for 2014 is just starting to get into high gear whether grandma lives in Tampa, Fl or Topiniabee, Michigan, Spokane, WA or Seabrook Island, SC. The folks at the National Motor Club have your best interests at heart and have a special winter driving checklist to offer you. In this podcast we speak with Heidi Vincent, President of NMC about their services and specifically about their holiday driving tips. This podcast is brought to you by: ############ Legal Wheels helps you save time and money when dealing with today’s most frequent, vehicle-related legal matters. Coverage includes Repossession, Lemon Law Matters, Document Review and many more for as low as $49.95 annually. Visit them at mylegalwheels.com.   ############       The Illinois Route 66 Association. Route 66 Where the Mother Road Begins         ############         Levy County Florida. Come explore our coast **********         Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Kathy Long: Turning The 101 Purple

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In the Friends in the Fast Lane column of our Fall 2014 edition, we highlighted the official designation of a portion of a famous California costal highway as part of the Purple Heart Trail. In reality the famous commemorative trail is not a contiguous, physical route but rather a symbolic system of roads honoring the men and women of our armed forces over the decades. In this podcast we speak with Kathy Long, Ventura County Supervisor, about the official inclusion of scenic coastal Highway 101 in southern California in this honorific highway system.   This podcast is brought to you by:   ############   The Illinois Route 66 Association. Route 66 Where the Mother Road Begins ############   Levy County Florida. Come explore our coast ********** Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Bob Craig: Diner Days Doubleheader

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Drive in theatres have been featured in a couple of issues of our magazine because they are a unique part of the American Road heritage. The same goes for diners; we even have a regular column called Diner Days. In our Summer 2014 issue we featured the Mayberry Diner and Drive In, a unique combination of these two classics. In this podcast we talk with Bob Craig the owner of this fine establishment located in the mountains of central Virginia near Smith Mountain Lake. You’ll never guess where Bob found his diner and how it came to be the dynamic doubleheader that it is.   This podcast is brought to you by: ############     The Illinois Route 66 Association. Route 66 Where the Mother Road Begins   ############     Levy County Florida. Come explore our coast **********           Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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Warsaw, Indiana

This entry in the For Namesake[1] Blog is Warsaw, Indiana.   Warsaw, Indiana (41.238091, -85.852748)   Warsaw, Indiana is a city of 13,559 located in Kosciusko County along Indiana Route 15, just south of US Route 30. It is the county seat of Kosciusko County and lies 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Old Route 30 that passes through the city is the final alignment of the Lincoln Highway. [2] Warsaw has been given the nickname of “Lake City” because of its many nearby lakes. It is also often called “The Orthopedic Capital of the World” due to the many companies in the city that manufactures orthopedic devices. The closest college is Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake.   Kosciusko County was organized in 1836. Warsaw was plated in October of that same year and was named for the capital of Poland. The first Post Office was established in 1837. Warsaw had a population of just over 750 when it was incorporated in March of 1854. The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad reached Warsaw in May of that year. A city fire department was organized in 1859. Gas streetlights came in 1880 and were replaced by electric lights in 1897. The Warsaw Summer Resort Association was founded in 1885 for the purpose of establishing Warsaw as a resort community. That same year, Revra DePuy pioneered the orthopedic industry when he founded the DePuy Manufacturing Company. The Winona Interurban electrified trolley car system was started in 1903, tying Warsaw to Winona Lake and eventually to Goshen and Peru. Starting in the 1950’s Warsaw’s economy shifted from agricultural to industrial. From the 1960’s to the 1990’s the land area of the city tripled through a series of annexations and additions. [3]   In Warsaw you may visit Adventures in Ballooning, the Hallmark Ornament Museum, Kosciusko County Courthouse, Lake City Greenway, Old Jail Museum, Wagon Wheel Theater, Warsaw Biblical Garden, Warsaw Performing Arts & Theater Group and Williamson’s Llama Farm. Columbia City offers Shannon’s Art & Inspiration, Thomas R. Marshall Home, Whitley County Civil War Memorial, Whitley County Courthouse, Whitley County Farmers Market and the Whitley County Historical Museum. Mentone has the Hidden Gallery of Fine Art and the Lawrence R. Bell Aircraft Museum. North Webster has the Dixie Boat Lake Tours and the Webster Ski Bees. In Rochester you may visit Artistic Impressions, the Coleman Lantern Museum, Dead River Woods Tours, Fulton County Courthouse, Fulton County Museum, Prill School Museum, Round Barn Museum and Siders Blueberry Farm. Nearby Winona Lake offers the Billy Sunday Home Museum, Bluse Heron Art Works, Canal Street Art Gallery, Mount Memorial Art Gallery at Grace College, Reneker Museum of Winona History and the Winona Bike Trail System.   There are many lakes, both within Warsaw and the surrounding area. These include Big Barbee Lake, Big Chapman Lake, Center Lake, Hidden Lake, Hoffman Lake, Pike Lake, Tippecanoe Lake, Lake Wawasee, Webster Lake, and Winona Lake. Nearby Conservation areas are Canter Lake Wetland Conservation Area and Pisgah Marsh Non-game Area.   Notable residents of Warsaw include Ambrose Bierce, author; Rick Fox, former NBA Basketball player; Bryan Hickerson, Major League Baseball pitcher; Merlin Hull, former member of the United States House of Representatives, Hal Kratzch, original member of the Four Freshmen singing group; and Reuben Williams, Union general during the Civil War.   Picture Credit: Downtown Scene in Warsaw, Indiana (Wikimedia Commons - Derek Jensen Public Domain)   Notes:   1. www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK   2. Butko, Brian, Lincoln Highway Companion (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 2009) P. 132   3. http://02adf28.netsolhost.com/dotnetnuke/HistoryofWarsaw/tabid/129/Default.aspx  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marty Doepke: Pops Craft Soda Route 66

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   In the summer edition of American Road Magazine Erika Nelson, author of the Think Big column, found a big bottle of pop to quench her thirst: a 66 ‘ bottle to be exact outside of Pops Restaurant in Arcadia, OK. We talked extensively in another podcast with her about the enormous roadside attraction but the restaurant behind it looked just as interesting. Enter Marty Doepke, General Manager for Pops Restaurant. In this podcast Marty gives us the background of why Pops has that name and describes the amazing 700 + kinds of soda on display from Kona Coffee flavor and Prickly Pear to Bacon and Ranch Dressing flavored Soda.   ############         This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com. ********     Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com. **********     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: America's Largest Pop Bottle

Click here to listen.. Click here to download..   Erika Nelson is someone who is hard to catch up to because she is always on the road and always traveling. The big game she is hunting, literally Big Game, are the largest attractions along the American Road. Erika then turns them into the smallest replicas of the Largest Attractions on the American Road. And she has a travelling collection. She also contributes a regular column about her finds called Think Big. True to form the story that appeared in the summer edition of American Road Magazine was about the largest soda bottle on the American Road. Erika Nelson tells us the full story of her find in our podcast. ############ This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com.   ******** Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com.   **********       Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Parker Hills: Grant's Scenic Battle Byway

Click here to listen... Click here to download   In the summer issue of American Road Magazine we took a jog through the Deep South in Tunnel Vision and explored the Grand Gulf-Raymond Scenic Byway. Signs have finally been put up that tells the story of this 50 mile stretch of southern byway beauty which traces one of the most significant marches in America’s bloody Civil War. Our guest on this podcast is Ret. General Parker Hills, a Civil War military expert and longtime supporter of the Grand Gulf-Raymond Scenic Byway. Journey with us as he describes the route and its relationship to General Ulysses Grant’s pivotal victory at Vicksburg.   ############   This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com. ********     Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com. **********     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Doug Nutter: Moonshine Festival Special Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download&hellip   Over the last few years American Road Magazine has featured stories about the Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio. This beautiful part of the state is quite different from the flat farms lands of the north and east of the Buckeye state. In the Hocking Hills the land begins to roll gently as it heads southeast into the Appalachian Mountains and the Virginias. This is a two-part conversation about a time-honored tradition of the region: moonshining! While the typical homemade and very illegal distillery is still plentiful in the area around New Straitsville, OH, our guest Doug Nutter runs the completely legal and highly taxed Straisville Special Moonshie Co. Doug’s fountain of hooch became legal just in time for the 2014 New Straitsville Moonshine Festival, which has been going on for a long time.   In Part 2 of our conversation with Doug Nutter, we talked more about the New Straitsville Moonshine annual festival, his own family’s recipe and a little about how to make their brand of firewater. ############     This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com. ********     Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com. **********     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Doug Nutter: Moonshine Festival Special Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download,,,   Over the last few years American Road Magazine has featured stories about the Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio. This beautiful part of the state is quite different from the flat farms lands of the north and east of the Buckeye state. In the Hocking Hills the land begins to roll gently as it heads southeast into the Appalachian Mountains and the Virginias. This is a two-part conversation about a time-honored tradition of the region: moonshining! While the typical homemade and very illegal distillery is still plentiful in the area around New Straitsville, OH, our guest Doug Nutter runs the completely legal and highly taxed Straisville Special Moonshie Co. Doug’s fountain of hooch became legal just in time for the 2014 New Straitsville Moonshine Festival, which has been going on for a long time. In this Part 1 of our conversation, Doug Nutter shares the fascinating history of moonshining in the Appalachians where it is a survival business, family heritage and a big part of the culture. In Part 2 Doug will talk more about the festival and the his family’s recipe and how the process works. ############ This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com.   ******** Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com.   **********     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Anaise Berry: National Scenic Byway Foundation

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   As a reader of American Road Magazine, you know we are all about enjoying and preserving America’s Scenic Byways. They are not just great vacation destinations but are also vital economic links to a host of communities offering entertainment, opportunities to learn and appreciate our heritage and taste the wonderful variety of American cuisine; but this is a delicate ecosystem that needs support. Anaise Berry, our guest, is the chair of the National Scenic Byway Foundation, an organization formed to support byways around the nation. Our own Becky Repp, General Manager of American Road Magazine, was recently named to this prestigious board. In our conversation Anaise tells us more about the critical mission that the Foundation performs since Federal Funding was removed a few years ago. ####### Click here to visit The National Scenic Byway Foundation Click here to find a central listing of the National Byways Click here to visit the Illinois River Road Scenic Byway ###########     This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com.   ********     Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com.   **********       Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Andre Dager: A Velvet Centennial

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   There is just no better treat on a hot summer day than a scoop of ice cream. Our Friends of the Fastlane column in the Summer Edition celebrated one of America’s oldest ice cream companies, Velvet Ice Cream as they celebrated their Centennial. What adds to the charm of this family owned creamery is that is located in the heart of central Ohio’s countryside in Utica, Ohio 45 minutes north of Columbus. Andre Dager, one of the three sisters who run the company, gave us a family history and a peek at some of the special flavors created to celebrate this wonderful event.   *********   This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com. ********   Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com. **********   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Becky Repp: Road Repp On Byway Board

Click here to listen... Click here to download ...   Rebecca Repp is the General Manager of American Road Magazine which she publishes along with husband Thomas Repp. Normally Becky stays behind the scenes but in the 2014 Spring Issue she stepped from behind the headlines into our Tunnel Vision section. There we learned about her appointment as a director of the National Scenic Byways Foundation. This group is a non-profit group organized in 2003 to help Byway committees all over the country share resources and ideas for growth. Becky Repp brings her considerable insight into the national Byway scene as a resource for this support group.   ********* This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois Heritage Corridor who invite you to wrap up your summer with a roar at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill Sept 11-13. The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup starts here with three days of rip roaring, heart pounding entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit chicagolandspeedway.com. ********   Today’s podcast is also brought to you by Vandalia, Ill where for more than forty years, they has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn. Bring the entire family for a wonderful harvest festival at the Vandalia Grande Levee. For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email: lpaslay@vandaliaillinois.com. **********   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/  

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