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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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    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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London Kentucky & World Chicken Festival

This entry in the For Namesake blog is about London, Kentucky and the World Chicken Festival [1}, which this year is being held on September 25 to 28. This is one of 14 "London's" from the book "For Namesake, a Travel Book"[2]   London, Kentucky (37.128670, -84.083341)   London, Kentucky is a town of 7,993 located in Laurel County along US Route 25 and Kentucky Route 80, just east of Interstate 75 in the southern part of the state. London is the county seat of Laurel County. London has a satellite campus of Union College. The main campus is in Barbourville 20 miles to the southeast of London. London also has the Somerset Community College. Corbin, 10 miles south of London, has a satellite campus of Eastern Kentucky University.   The act that created Laurel County in 1825 provided for a popular vote to select the county seat. John and Jarvis Jackson’s offer of the site of London was accepted along with their suggestion that the town be named London. It is believed that they selected the name based upon their English ancestry and the hope that the new settlement might grow to be like its namesake. London was officially found in 1826. The post office was established in 1831 with Branham Hill as the first postmaster. The town was incorporated in 1866. [3]   London is the home of the World Chicken Festival that can draw as many as 250,000 people on the last weekend of every September. Attractions in London include the Camp Wild Cat Civil War Battlefield, Daniel Boone Motocross Park, Kinlee Stables, Laurel County History Museum & Genealogy Center, London Community Orchestra, London Dragway, London Laurel County Farmers Market, Mountain Life Museum and Rockcastle Adventures Canoe Livery. Barbourville has the Historic McNeil’s Crossing, Knox Historical Museum, and the Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site. Corbin offers the Cumberland Star Riverboat, Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum and the Sanders Café & Museum, in Colonel Sanders’ original restaurant. Manchester has the Clay County Community Farmers Market. Mount Vernon offers the Climax Horse Camp, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Rockcastle Speedway and Sigmon Farms. Somerset has the Carnegie Community Arts Center, Cedar Creek Vineyard, the Center for Rural Development Performing Arts, Children’s Botanical Garden of South Central Kentucky, Pulaski County Farmers Market, Sinking Valley Winery and SomerSplash Water Park.   The Daniel Boone National Forest located both to the east and west of London, has many campgrounds. Nearby lakes include Laurel River Lake and Wood Creek Lake. State Parks in the area include Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, General Burnside Island State Park, Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park and Pine Mountain State Resort Park.   Notable residents of London include Teel Bruner, College Football Hall of Fame inductee; Chera-Lyn Cook, beauty queen & Miss Kentucky in 1998; Roy L. Gilbert, American thoroughbred horse jockey; Flem D. Sampson, former governor of Kentucky; and Darrell Scott, country singer and songwriter.   Notes: 1. http://chickenfestival.com 2. http://​http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK 3. Rennick, Robert M., Kentucky Place Names (Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1987) p.178   Picture Credit: Laurel County Courthouse in London, Kentucky (Wikimedia Commons - User: W. Marsh CC-BY-SA)      

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Fred Heiss Sr. And Jr.: Melody Drive In, A Family Affair Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download The summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days, A Night at Drive In Part 2. This podcast is part 2 of a series focused on the Melody Drive In located in rural northern Indiana near the Bass Lake campground resort. Their family owned drive in is one of the few that still sport grass infield rather than asphalt or gravel and give an almost park like feel. But it has not always been nostalgic fun for the Heiss’s. Fred and his family have not only had to tackle rough economic times but also the wrath of Mother Nature. He will share the remodeling job a huge windstorm did to the big screens a few years ago.   #########   This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Finney County Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau which invites you to celebrate the 23rd Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City August 22 through the 24th. On the 4th weekend of August the west green of the Lee Richardson Zoo comes alive with sights and sounds of families enjoying food, music and children's activities. It’s the 23 annual Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, KS.   Bring your family and friends, grab your lawn chairs and make yourselves comfortable to enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival in a beautiful outdoor setting. It’s the pride of Finney County and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.   This year marks the 23nd year of the Tumbleweed Festival and we hope you will make plans to attend what we hope will be the best ever Tumbleweed Festival. For more information visit www. http://finneycountyctb.com/ and look under attractions. Don’t miss the fun. Garden City, KS Aug. 22-24. ######   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): Fred Heiss Sr. And Jr.: Melody Drive In, A Family Affair Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download … The summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days, A Night at Drive In Part 2. The best part about the more than 30 outdoor movie palaces reviewed is that the majority of them are still going strong. Being a family business seems to be one of the big factors in their survival. Families work cheap! Just ask Fred Heiss and his son Fred Jr. Three generations of their family have kept the Melody Drive In going in the beautiful countryside of Northern Indiana. In the first of two parts, father and son discuss the transition from 35 mm film to the high tech hard drives that deliver today’s box office hits and how Drive Ins are experiencing a revival.   #########   This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Finney County Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau which invites you to celebrate the 23rd Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City August 22 through the 24th. On the 4th weekend of August the west green of the Lee Richardson Zoo comes alive with sights and sounds of families enjoying food, music and children's activities. It’s the 23 annual Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, KS.   Bring your family and friends, grab your lawn chairs and make yourselves comfortable to enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival in a beautiful outdoor setting. It’s the pride of Finney County and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.   This year marks the 23nd year of the Tumbleweed Festival and we hope you will make plans to attend what we hope will be the best ever Tumbleweed Festival. For more information visit www. http://finneycountyctb.com/ and look under attractions. Don’t miss the fun. Garden City, KS Aug. 22-24. ######   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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Moscow, Idaho

This entry in our For Namesake Blog is about Moscow, Idaho. Moscow, Idaho is one of 6 Moscow's in the United states from the book For Namesake, a travel book - Places in America inspired by famous World Cities. [1]   Moscow, Idaho (46.732298, -116.999936)   Moscow, Idaho is a city of 23,800 located in Latah County along US Route 95 and Idaho Route 8. Moscow is the county seat of Latah County and is situated along the Idaho/Washington border 20 miles north of Lewiston. The city serves as the commercial hub of the Palouse region. Moscow is home to New Saint Andrews College, the University of Idaho and the University of Idaho Law School. The University of Idaho is a land grant institution. Eight miles west is another land grant college, Washington State University, in Pullman.   Settlers arrived in the Palouse region of Idaho in 1871 and established the town that would become Moscow. The original name for the community was Paradise Valley In 1875 the town’s first store was opened on Main Street. In 1877, Samuel Neff filed for a postal permit, using the name of Moscow because it reminded him of his hometown of Moscow, Pennsylvania. The city began to grow with the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1885. The city was incorporated as Moscow in 1887. Idaho achieved statehood in 1890. The University of Idaho opened its doors in 1892. England’s electronic rock group, The Cassandra Complex, made the city famous with their song Moscow, Idaho when it was released in1985. [2]   There is much to see and do in Moscow and the surrounding area. In Moscow you may visit the Appaloosa Museum, Camas Prairie Winery, Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center, Idaho Forest Fire Museum, Idaho Repertory Theater, Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, Latah County Historical Museum, Mary Jane’s Organic Farm, McConnell Mansion Museum, Moscow-Elk River Snowmobile Trails, Moscow Farmers Market,, Palouse Ice Rink, Palouse Recreation Trails and the University of Idaho Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Clarkston, Washington has the Asotin County Aquatic Center, Basalt Cellars Winery, Buffalo Eddy Petroglyphs, Iris Test Garden, Kiwi Helicopter Tours, Lewis and Clark Timeline, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Lower Granite Dam and the Valley Arts Center. Lewiston offers the Clearwater Canyon Winery, Clearwater River Casino, Garden Creek Ranch Conservation Area, Historic Sheep creek Ranch, Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, Lewiston Civic Theater, Lewiston Levees Parkway and the Nez Perce County Historical Society Museum. Pullman, Washington has the Cougar Gold Cheese Factory, Ferdinand’s Ice Cream, Palouse Discovery Science Center, Palouse Scenic Byway, Pullman Civic Theater and the Washington State University Theater.   South of Moscow at the Emerald Creek Garnet Area you may hunt for your own gems. There are two large lakes in the Moscow area; Dworshak Reservoir in Idaho and Lower Granite Lake on the Snake River Canyon in Washington. The Nez Perce National Historic Park is east of Lewiston. Idaho State parks in the area include Dworshak State Park, Hells Gate State Park Heyburn State Park and Winchester Lake State Park. Steptoe Butte State Park is in Washington, north of Pullman.   Notable residents from Moscow include Carol Ryrie Brink, author; Philip Habib, diplomat & peace envoy; and Josh Ritter, singer and songwriter.   Notes:   1. http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK   2. https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/about-moscow/history   Picture credit: Welcome sign at Moscow, Idaho (Wikimedia Commons - Robbie Love Giles© CC-BY-SA)  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Bloomer: Skyview Drive In, Belleville, Il

Click here to listen... Click here to download …     The Summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days of summer, A Night at the Drive In Part 2. This issue features more than 30 outdoor movie theatres. According to Steve Bloomer, second-generation owner of the Skyview Drive In of Belleville, Illinois, things have never been better. We know you will enjoy Steve’s stories in this podcast as he describes a family business he has been involved with since the first time he watched a movie from the projection booth when he was 5 years old. The Skyview took off in the late 40’s and doesn't look like it is going to land any time soon.   #########   This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Finney County Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau which invites you to celebrate the 23rd Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City August 22 through the 24th. On the 4th weekend of August the west green of the Lee Richardson Zoo comes alive with sights and sounds of families enjoying food, music and children's activities. It’s the 23 annual Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, KS.   Bring your family and friends, grab your lawn chairs and make yourselves comfortable to enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival in a beautiful outdoor setting. It’s the pride of Finney County and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.   This year marks the 23nd year of the Tumbleweed Festival and we hope you will make plans to attend what we hope will be the best ever Tumbleweed Festival. For more information visit www. http://finneycountyctb.com/ and look under attractions. Don’t miss the fun. Garden City, KS Aug. 22-24. ######   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): Olga Herbert: Postcard Museum

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Summertime and the living is easy or so the so went in the famous operetta Porgy and Bess. We certainly hope the arrival of our summer edition of American Road Magazine is adding to your summertime relaxation.   In our Friends in the Fast Lane column made a stop at a unique exhibition at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum in Latrobe, PA. There we met executive director, Olga Herbert, who described the Postcard Exhibit which launched in May of 2014. Thousands of postcards from destinations along the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania are on display but there is one very special part of the museum exhibit that requires your participation! Olga explains all.     ######### This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Finney County Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau which invites you to celebrate the 23rd Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City August 22 through the 24th. On the 4th weekend of August the west green of the Lee Richardson Zoo comes alive with sights and sounds of families enjoying food, music and children's activities. It’s the 23 annual Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, KS.   Bring your family and friends, grab your lawn chairs and make yourselves comfortable to enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival in a beautiful outdoor setting. It’s the pride of Finney County and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.   This year marks the 23nd year of the Tumbleweed Festival and we hope you will make plans to attend what we hope will be the best ever Tumbleweed Festival. For more information visit www. http://finneycountyctb.com/ and look under attractions. Don’t miss the fun. Garden City, KS Aug. 22-24. ######   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): Linda Sweat: Odessa,tx Jack Rabbit Central Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine featured an article entitled Hopping the Hippety Highway by Jillian Gurney. The author followed rabbit trails all over the country tracking down big bunnies. One of the stops was Odessa, Texas, home of the largest jackrabbit in the world. In this second of a two-part interview with Linda Sweat of the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau we will find out about the surprising cultural oasis that this west Texas town has become. ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB wants you to get in on all the fun planned for this busy summer. For more information on upcoming events Click Here       ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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): Linda Sweat: Odessa,tx Jack Rabbit Central Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine featured an article entitled Hopping the Hippety Highway by Jillian Gurney. The author followed rabbit trails all over the country tracking down big bunnies. One of the stops was Odessa, Texas, home of the largest jackrabbit in the world. In this two-part interview with Linda Sweat of the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau we will find out about the history of the rascally native jackrabbits and even more about the surprising cultural oasis that this west Texas town has become. ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB wants you to get in on all the fun planned for this busy summer. For more information on upcoming events Click Here   ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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): Dan Parsons: Nanticoke Heritage Byway

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine Tunnel Vision highlighted the birth of a new scenic roadway, the Nanticoke Heritage Byway which will eventually traverse parts of southern and western Delaware. In this podcast Dan Parsons, a historic preservationist for the Delaware, tells us about the importance of this unique byway and its link to the beginnings of our nation. To keep up with the Nanticoke Heritage Byway development, visit their Facebook page.     ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB wants you to get in on all the fun planned for this busy summer. For more information on upcoming events Click Here       ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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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Lisbon, Maine And The Moxie Festival

This entry in the "For Namesake" blog is about Lisbon, Maine, home of the World Famous Moxie Festival which takes place this year on July 11 - 13.     Moxie is a unique New England soft drink with a taste that you have to experience for yourself. Moxie started out as a "Nerve Food" and was first introduced by Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine as a patent medicine in 1876. Back then it was given out by the spoonful to cure any number of medical conditions. In 1884 Dr Thompson began to market it as a soft drink. You may learn all about Moxie and this years festival at: http://moxiefestival.com Come join in the fun and try some Moxie, it really is very good. Lisbon, Maine (43.996006, -70.061090) http://mapjam.com/lisbonmaine   Lisbon, Maine is a town of 9,009 located in Androscoggin County along Maine Route 196. Within the town of Lisbon there is a Census Designated Place (CDP) called Lisbon Falls, where Moxie Soft Drinks originated, with a population of 4,420. Lisbon lies along the Androscoggin River, ten miles southeast of Auburn, the county seat. The closest colleges and universities are Bates College in Lewiston, Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Southern New Hampshire University of Maine in Brunswick. Auburn has Central Maine Community College, which offers associates degrees.   The town of Lisbon proclaims the area was settled as early as 1628, however, evidence suggests that only part time settlers were in the area at that time, and full time settlers did not arrive until 1766. Between then and 1800, several saw mills and grist mills were being operated in the region. The area at that time was part of the town of Bowdoin, until 1799 when it was incorporated as the Town of Thomsonborough. Wanting a shorter name, in 1802 the residents changed the name to Lisbon, after the Portugal capital city. The mills in the area continued and were greatly expanded in the 1860’s when the Worumbo, Farwell and Farnsworth mills were erected, employing hundreds of workers. Most of the mills are gone now except for a lumber mill near the Little River Bridge, which has been in operation at that site for nearly 200 years. Lisbon has always been a melting pot of many nationalities including English, French, Slovak and German. Lisbon Falls is now a part of the town of Lisbon, however at one time there was such a rivalry between the two, that a marriage between someone from Lisbon and Lisbon Falls was considered a “mixed marriage”. Sports have always been important in Lisbon and at one time they had a semi professional baseball team called the Worumbo Indians. [1] [2]   In Lisbon you may visit the Maine Art Glass Studio and Sanctuary Gallery. Lisbon holds an annual Moxie festival every summer. There are also several historical structures listed on the National Register of Historical Places including Cushman Tavern, Farwell Mill, Shiloh Temple, St. Cyril & St. Methodius Church and Worumbo Mill. Nearby Auburn offers the Androscoggin Historical Society, Androsoggin County Courthouse, Auburn Fire Department Museum, Bel Air Flight Tours, Full Moon Alpacas & Country Store, Knight House Museum and Lewiston/Auburn Little Theater. Just across the river, Lewiston has the Bates College Museum of Art, Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston/Auburn Arts, Lewiston/Auburn Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston Maineiacs Hockey, Maine Music Society, Museum Lewiston/Auburn, Northeast Charter Tours and the Public Theater. In Brunswick you may see the Bayview Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin International Music Festival, C.G. Jung Center, Crystal Spring Farm, Five Rivers Art Alliance, Joshua L Chamberlain Museum, Maine State Music Theater, Peary-Macmillan Artic Museum, Pejepscot Historical Society Museums, Skofield-Whittier House, Spindleworks Art Center, The Theater Project and VSA Gallery.   For fishing visit A1 Schenk’s Fishing Guide Service in Lewiston or Captain Doug Jowett Fishing Tours in Brunswick. For boating there is Lake Auburn Dresden, the large Sebago Lake or Seaspray Kayaking Tours in Brunswick. Winter Skiing is available at Lost Valley Ski near Auburn. Near Freeport there are some sand dunes known as the Desert of Maine. There are several state parks in the area including Bradbury Mountain State Park, Peacock Beach State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Range Ponds State Park, Reid State Park, Sebago Lake State Park and Thomcrag Bird Sanctuary. Near Popham Beach State Park is the Fort Popham State Historical Site.   Famous persons from Lisbon include humorist and author John Gould and horror writer Steven King. United States Senator Olympia Snowe, lives in nearby Auburn.   Paris, Maine another "For Namesake" town is located 30 miles northwest of Lisbon.   All "For Namesake" towns are from my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in AMerica Inspired by Famous World Cities". [3]   Notes:   1. http://www.lisbonmainehistory.org   2. http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=2200   3. http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK   Picture Credit: Balloons Over Androscoggin River in Auburn near Lisbon, Maine. (Wikimedia Commons - Kevin Fellow Public Domain)  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Mike Cline: Great American Roadside Art

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   The Tunnel Vision Column of our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine featured a bizarre piece of art called the “Paulverizer” in front of an auto recycler on Highway 501 in Buena Vista, VA. It is just one of dozens of huge, humorous and highly imaginative works of art created by Mark Cline. In our interview, I hope you will catch some of Mark's passion for creating these merry roadside monsters that have found homes all over the country. His one regret is that his may be a dying art. ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB wants you to get in on all the fun planned for this busy summer. For more information on upcoming events Click Here   ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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): Jim Kor & Bruce Sewart: Urbee 2 Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine we presented the story of a three wheeled, bullet-shaped orange car called the Urbee 2 in our Friends in the Fast Lane column. The strange little car represents the vision of Jim Kor and Bruce Stewart to build an aerodynamically perfect and absolutely energy efficient vehicle. In Part 2 of the Urbee 2 story, Jim and Bruce describe how 3D Printing will give their ultra efficient vehicle the ability to cross the US on just 10 gallons of gas.     ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB reminds you to: Get out your light saber and wake up the Wookie. It’s time for the 5th annual Star Wars Day, June 7th at the Joliet Public Library. For more information Click Here     ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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): Jim Kor & Bruce Sewart: Urbee 2 Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   In our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine, you’ll find a story about a three wheeled, bullet shaped orange car called the Urbee 2 in our Friends in the Fast Lane column. The strange little car represents the vision of Jim Kor and Bruce Stewart to build an aerodynamically perfect and absolutely energy efficient vehicle. In Part 1 of the Urbee 2 story, Jim and Bruce share the journey that is taking them toward an historic voyage on the American Road.         ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB reminds you to: Get out your light saber and wake up the Wookie. It’s time for the 5th annual Star Wars Day, June 7th at the Joliet Public Library. For more information Click Here         ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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): Mike Conlin: Finding The Jefferson Highway

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   2016 will mark the official 100th anniversary of our numbered highway system. Up to 1926 the process of naming, building and publicizing a stretch of roadway was very much a local affair. The results were often confusing if pleasantly familiar to the home team. The named trails served a valuable purpose in their day, but they began to pass into history when the American Association of State Highway Officials formally adopted the U.S. numbered highway system on November 11, 1926.   The Spring 2014 issue Friends in the Fast Lane column highlighted the efforts of Solomon Valley US 24 Association to rediscover one of those named highways, the Midland Trail, We spoke with Joan Nothern in an earlier podcast about those efforts.   In this podcast we are going to reach back into our archives for a conversation from the Spring 2011 issue with another leader in the movement, Mike Conlin, a map maker by trade and one of the movers behind the recreation of the Jefferson Highway. This remarkable ribbon of highway stretched from north of the US border in Canada all the way to the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB reminds you to: Get out your light saber and wake up the Wookie. It’s time for the 5th annual Star Wars Day, June 7th at the Joliet Public Library. For more information Click Here     ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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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Milan, Michigan

This month's "For Namesake" town is Milan, Michigan, one of 10 Milan's in the US from the book "For Namesake - a Travel Book"[1]   Milan, Michigan (42.084126, -83.681074) http://mapjam.com/milanmi   Milan, Michigan is a town of 5,836 located in Monroe and Washtenaw Counties along US Route 23. It lies 20 miles northwest of Monroe, the county seat of Monroe County and 15 miles south of Ann Arbor, the county seat of Washtenaw County. Milan is on the Saline River, which is a tributary of the River Raisin. The closest universities are Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Concordia University in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor also has a campus of Cleary University. US Route 12 that passes north of Milan, through the community of Saline, is known as the Pulaski Memorial Highway.   The first settler in what would become the town of Milan was John Marvin who arrived in 1831. The same year, Bethuel Hack and Harmon Allen arrived. These three men, with their families, formed the nucleus for the present day Milan. There was no master plan for a town, it just sort of happened on its own. By the spring of 1833 there were enough settlers in the area for a post office. It was established with Bethuel Hack as the first postmaster, and designated as Farmersville, because it was primarily a farming community. In 1834 David A Woodard took over as postmaster and promptly renamed the community as Woodard mills in honor of himself. A short time later Henry Tolan, the town druggist served as interim postmaster and again renamed the town; this time to Tolanville, also after himself. In 1836 the townsfolk chose to name the town Milan, after the township that it was a part of. Milan Township had been named after the Italian city because of its many immigrants from that country. The Postmaster General agreed that henceforth all mail for the town would be directed to Milan. Milan was officially accepted as a Home-rule Village in 1885. Eighty-two years later, in 1967, it was formally incorporated as a Michigan City. [2]   In Milan you may visit the Hack House Museum, Milan Dragway, Talladay Farms Corn Maze and the Wasem Fruit Farm. The larger city of Ann Arbor offers the Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Charles Baird Carillion, Cobblestone Farm Museum, Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Gerald R. Ford Library, Kempf House Museum, Kreft Center Gallery, Leslie Science Center, Matthaei Botanical Garden, Michigan Theater, University of Michigan Art Museum, University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archeology, University of Michigan Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry and the Washtenaw County Courthouse. Dundee has Farmer J’s Corn Maze, Hoopt’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, Old Mill Museum and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail. Monroe offers the Eby Log Cabin, Farmer Charley’s Corn Maze Adventures, Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Historical Museum, Monroe County Labor History Museum, River Raisin Battlefield Visitors Center, Sawyer Homestead (1873) and the Vietnam Veterans Historical Museum. In Saline you may visit Coleman’s Corn Maze, Lotz Orchard, Saline Depot Museum, Rentschler Farm Museum and the Spotted Dog Winery. Ypsilanti offers the Makielski Berry farm, Michigan Firehouse Museum, Riverside Arts Center, Wiards Orchard, Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, Ypsilanti Fire Station Museum and the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.   There are two lakes near Milan along the Huron River; Ford Lake and Belleville Lake. State parks in the area include Cambridge Junction Historical State Park, Lake Huron State Recreation Area, Pinckney State Recreation Area, Waterloo State Recreation Area and Walter J. Hays State Park.   Notable residents of the Washtenaw county seat of Ann Arbor include Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist; Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker; Loren D. Estleman, author; Jim Harbaugh, former NFL quarterback; Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza; Iggy Pop (James Newell Ostenberg, Jr.), rock musician; Bob Seger, rock musician; Samuel C.C. Ting, Nobel Prize winning physicist; and Martha Vickers, actress.   Photo: Saline River Dam in Saline near Milan, Michigan (Wikimedia Commons - Dwight Burdette CC_BY-SA)   Notes:   1. http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK   2. http://www.historicmilan.com    

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: Titanic Turtle

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   The Think Big Column in our magazine is a regular platform for some of the most remarkable sights along the American Road. Erika Nelson is the peripatetic folk artist who chronicles kings and queens of the highway like the largest ketchup bottle or biggest baseball bat in the World’s Largest Collection of the Smallest Replicas of the World’s Largest Things. In this conversation Erika shares her most recent find: a titanic turtle in North Dakota that is displayed in our Spring 2014 issue. How does she find these roadside behemoths? You'll just have to listen to our conversation to find out that and much more.     ###### This podcast is brought to you by the Illinois' historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor which lies between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, It’s an outdoor recreational dream, beginning with miles of trails and waterways stretching from suburban Chicago all the way to Starved Rock State Park.   The Illinois National Heritage Corridor CVB reminds you to: Get out your light saber and wake up the Wookie. It’s time for the 5th annual Star Wars Day, June 7th at the Joliet Public Library. For more information Click Here     ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ######   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): Joan Nothern: Rediscovering The Midland Trail

Click here to listen… Click here to download… In the Spring 2014 issue in the Friends in the Fast Lane department, we show a Kansas artist David DeArmond who was so moved by the 1916 Midland Trail Tour guide that he began painting scenes mentioned in the book. Now people like our guest, Joan Nothern, of the Solomon Valley Hwy 24 Heritage Alliance are making that nearly century old driving guide come alive. Joan is the president of that association and right here shares the story behind their efforts to rediscover the forgotten transcontinental Midland Trail. Joan will share the vision she and her associates have for restoring the awareness of this remarkable homemade link between oceans that sprang up in the early days of touring cars. To spur that effort on, the alliance is going to showcase the historic Midland Trail Guide at the Kansas Sampler Festival on May 3-4in Wamego, KS. For more information about that festival visit     ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ###### ######   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): Laura Chisholm: Butterfly House St. Louis, Mo

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Butterflies normally conjure up beautiful images of colorful, delicate winged creatures flitting by your mind’s eye. How about throwing in a few thousand cockroaches you can play with and lots of hungry caterpillars? In the Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine in our US 40: Across the Middle Department, I described some of the Looking Glass Insects I discovered at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This remarkable facility is located in a beautiful park just west of St. Louis in the suburb of Chesterfield. Laura Chisholm, Living Collections Manager, takes us on a quick tour of the insides of this beautiful facility that you will want to make a must visit on your next trip to the Gateway of the West, St. Louis, MO.     ###### History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ###### Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ###### ######   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 Koehler: Steamboat's Rascally Rabbit

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In the Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine our Memory Motel column was all ears as we swept down into the mountain resort of Steamboat Springs to visit the Rabbit Ears Motel. Ironically, as Greg Koehler, our guest and owner of the motel will tell us, the name has more to do with geology than a certain rascally cartoon character. On the other hand the inn’s overactive sign did create something of a distraction for visitors to the famous Steamboat Springs right across the street. Greg also shares an honest look at the hard life of maintaining a motel. It’s a real labor of love.     ######   History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ######   Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ###### ######   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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Havana, Florida

This entry in our For Namesake Blog [1] is about Havana, Florida, the "Arts and Antiques" Capital of northern Florida.   (30.62728, -84.41483) http://mapjam.com/havana_florida   Havana, Florida is a town of 1,754 located in Gasden County along US Route 27 and Florida Route 12. It lies 11 miles east of Quincy, the county seat of Gasden County and 12 miles northwest of Tallahassee, the Florida capital. The nearest universities are Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University in Tallahassee. Tallahassee also has Tallahassee Community College, a 2-year college.   The town of Havana was chartered in 1906. Its economy was primarily based on tobacco for the cigar industry. Because of this, the town was named for Havana, Cuba. The town suffered economic hardship when the cigar industry moved to Central America in the 1960’s when many people were forced to move away. In 1983, two antiques shop owners in Tallahassee were looking to relocate and wanted to buy an old building on the main street in Havana. They were delighted that for just twice as much money they were offered the entire block of buildings. This was the beginning of transforming the town of Havana into the art and antique Mecca that it is today. With many antique type shops in the same area, the business of all of them continues to grow. It has also helped that they work together and not against one another and participate in joint advertising and marketing. In addition to the antiques there has been a resurgence of interest in the historic homes of old Havana. Through out its history Havana has lived through many devastating fires in 1909, 1916, 1973 and most recently in the year 2000 when the Havana Canning Company Warehouse burned down. [2]   With more than 30 antiques and art oriented shops, Havana is known as North Florida’s “Arts and Antiques Capital” and is a prime stop on the Florida Arts Trail. The Planters Exchange, Inc. building and the Dr. Malcolm Nicholson Farmhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Havana sponsors three annual festivals including the Havana MusicFest each April and the Bead and Jewelry Fest and Pumpkin Fest in October. The county seat of Quincy is known as the “City that Coca-Cola built” because of the large amount of the company’s stock once owned by the town’s residents. Quincy has a designated historic district, nine structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bell and Bates restored Hardware store and the Gasden Arts Center. The state capital of Tallahassee offers the Goodwood Museum and Gardens, the Governors Mansion, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, John G. Riley Museum of African American History and Culture, Knott House Museum, Lemoyne Center for Visual Arts, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Mission San Luis, Museum of Florida History, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Pebble Hill Plantation, State Capitol Complex, Tallahassee Automobile Museum, Tallahassee Ballet, Tallahassee Museum, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Union Bank Museum.   Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, located south of Tallahassee on the coast, offers a habitat for migratory birds. The nearby Apalachicola National Forest offers many campgrounds. There are five fairly large lakes and eleven state parks within an hours drive of Havana. The lakes are Lake Jackson, Lake Lamonia, Lake Miccosukee, Lake Seminole and Lake Talquin. The state parks are Alfred B. Maclay Gardens, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs, Florida Caverns, Lake Jackson Mounds Arch, Lake Talquin, Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic, Ochlockonee River, San Marcos de Apalache Historic, Saint George Island, Three Rivers, and Torreya.   Notable residents from the county seat of Quincy include Nat Adderly, Jr., music arranger for Luther Vandross; Lady Chablis, actress; Billy Dean, country music singer; Dexter Jackson, NFL football player & Super Bowl XXXVII Most Valuable Player; and Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world.   Notes:   1. http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK   2. http://www.havanaflorida.com/history.aspx   Picture: Street scene in Havana, Florida (Credit - Wikimedia Commons - Tim Ross Public Domain)  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 3

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush.   In part three and our final interview with Marsh Gillies, the current innkeeper shares a wonderful story about the bawdy mermaid sign that once graced her Lodge and the artists who have memorialized the inn.                   ######   History comes alive everyday in Springfield, Illinois! It’s interactive time-travel fun for the entire family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300 …or, go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. ######   Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ###### ######   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): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 2

Click here to listen...   Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush.   In Part Two of our three-part interview with Marsh Gillies, the current innkeeper along with her husband, she describes the colorful history of the Lodge itself and how her family overcame a terrible tragedy to maintain the historic inn.   ######   Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ###### ######   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): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush. In part one of our interviews with Marsh Gillies, the current innkeeper along with her husband, we will find out about the fascinating history of an area of the Canadian Rockies that has been a gathering place for millennia due to its healing waters. In parts 2 and 3 Marsha will share the colorful history of the Lodge itself and her family’s overcoming tragedy to maintain it. Don’t miss any of these installments! ######   Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time. ###### ######   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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