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    American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

    By Foster Braun

    Click here to listen… Click here to download… 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
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    National Road Garage Sale 2018

    By Foster Braun

    Click here to listen...  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 Meande
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    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
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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
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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 b

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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

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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 film

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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

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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 Veac

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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

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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 hi

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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

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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 conversati

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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 bec

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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 m

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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

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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, a

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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 Virgi

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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 ofte

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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 u

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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 tha

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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

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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

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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: moonshi

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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 N

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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 r

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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 coun

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