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  • Foster Braun

    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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  • Foster Braun

    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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  • 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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    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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Vienna, Missouri

Spring begins today (March 20). What better way to celebrate it than to get out and take a drive on the famous roads and highways of our great country. One such highway of course is Route 66. One namesake town very close to Route 66 is Vienna, Missouri, so it is the subject of this installment of the For Namesake" Blog [1]   Vienna, Missouri (32.18692, -91.94904) http://mapjam.com/vienna-missouri   Vienna, Missouri is a village of 610 located in Maries County at the Intersection of US Route

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dave Schaub: Iron Pants Marathon Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   In 2011 a California grocer named Dave Schaub drove his Brizio-built Custom ’32 Ford roadster through all 49 continental United States in an amazing 7 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes. We featured a picture of Dave at the finish line in Alaska in one of our recent Friends in the Fast lane Column.   In part two of our interview Dave describes how he made the incredible journey on 5 hours of sleep a day without being accompanied by a chase

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dave Schaub: Iron Pants Marathon Part 1

Click here to listen,,, Click here to download…   In 2011 the jovial California grocer drove named Dave Schaub drove his Brizio-built ’32 Ford roadster through all 49 continental United States in an amazing 7 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes. We featured a picture of Dave at the finish line in Alaska in one of our recent Friends in the Fastlane Columns. It was all part of an effort to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford University Hospital. In this first part of the interview

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Emmett Brown: Freshwater Fishing Museum Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Like any good fish story, the tale of the National Freshwater Fishing Museum located in the wooded lakeland of northwest Wisconsin is about a big one…that didn’t get away. In this second of two parts, Emmett Brown, the museum director, gives some of the vision and mission behind the Hall of fame. It is very much about protecting our valuable fish stocks and educating the public about ways to keep our freshwater resources healthy. Emmett

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Emmett Brown:freshwater Fishing Hall Museum Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   Like any good fish story, the tale of the National Freshwater Fishing Museum located in the wooded Lakeland of northwest Wisconsin is about a big one…that didn't get away. Emmett Brown, the current director of the Museum, takes us on a two part tour of this remarkable and growing collection of freshwater fishing memorabilia, hall of fame for the greatest fishermen and women and even home to over 100,000 lures, rods and reels. For a full artic

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Cairo, Georgia

This entry in the For Namesake [1] blog is Cairo, Georgia. (30.88101, -84.19922) http://mapjam.com/cairo-georgia   Cairo, Georgia is a town of 9,607 located along US Route 84 in the southwest corner of Georgia. The town is the county seat of Grady County and lies 15 miles west of Thomasville, Georgia and 40 miles north of Tallahassee, Florida. The town has a campus of Southwest Georgia Technical College. The main campus is in Thomasville, which also has Thomas University. Bainbridge College, a

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Paige Hunt: Tasty Home Of The Blues

Click here to listen... Click here to download …       The movie The Help took viewers behind the scenes of a post WWII southern society in the midst of change. It was filled with wit, insight and mouth-watering southern fried dishes. When Hollywood location scouts for the movie found Greenwood, MS, they knew that had struck gold. The architecture, cotton fields, fabulous food, and residents who welcome everyone with open arms were enough to convince producers that Greenwood was the pe

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Dublin, Indiana By Request

This entry in our For Namesake blog is by request and is about Dublin, Indiana. You will find this village and many many others in my book, "For Namesake"[1] If anyone has any other For Namesake places that they would alike to see in this blog, either from my book or not, please let me know.   Dublin, Indiana (39.812294,-85.206442)   Dublin, Indiana is a village of 790 located in Wayne County along Historic US Route 40. It lies 16 miles west of the larger city and county seat of Richmond. T

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Karen Raymore: Comfort Food Cruise 2014

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   For many of us this has been a hard winter that has kept us cooped up. Good news, there is an event taking place during the first two weeks of February that is guaranteed to get you out of the house if you live anywhere near Ohio. The scenic Hocking Hills area of Ohio just 40 Miles southeast of Columbus is hosting a Comfort Food Cruise Feb. 1-2 and 8-9, 2014. Karen Raymore, the Executive Director of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association ha

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Mike Wendland: Roadtreking

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Frequent listener to this podcast know Foster Braun as the host of American Road Trip Talk but most of the time I wear an entirely different hat. For 40 years I have been a radio broadcaster in Metropolitan Detroit and for the last 16 of those years, I have co-hosted a weekly program called the Internet Advisor. We help people with their computer problems and introduce them to experts in the field.   On the first show of 2014, I interviewe

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Erika Nelson: America's Favorite Roadside Attractions

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   For many years now Erika Nelson has been a big game hunter stalking her elusive prey all over the continental United States. The major difference is not the size of her quarry but that they stand still so patiently waiting to be captured. I am referring, of course, to the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Copies of the World Largest Things. Erika is a peripatetic artist who has scoured the American Road for the Largest

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Pick A Namesake Community For This Blog

This blog is based on Namesake communities from my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America inspired by Famous World Cities".http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK The book contains articles on 17 famous world cities and 185 cities, towns and vilages in the USA that have the same name. I believe it's a fun and enjoyable read.   I have been doing this blog now for awhile where I have been picking the Namesake communities to present. Now it's your turn to comment and let me know if there

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Christmas In Madrid, New Mexico

This entry in the "For Namesake"[1] blog is about Madrid, New Mexico. Madrid, once a company coal mining town, was famous from the 1920's to the 1940's when miners would light up the winter sky with some 150,000 Christmas lights powered from the company's coal fed generators. Today this tradition has been revived with the town being lit again by its artisans and shop owners. Explore the Christmas events and all there is to see and do in Madrid at http://www.visitmadridnm.com   Madrid, New Mexi

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Mike Gassman: Santa's Christmas Catsup Climb

Click here to listen... Click here to download … Collinsville is a little town in southwest Illinois with a big roadside attraction that’s hard to miss and that will be even harder to miss this Christmas season. Towering over a hundred feet above the town’s main road stands the world’s largest catsup bottle, a symbol of both the town’s proud past and valiant efforts to save the landmark during the 1990’s. In this podcast Mike Gassman, President, CEO and Big Tomato of the non-profit World’s

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New Madrid, Missouri

This entry in the "For Namesake"[1] Blog is about the town of New Madrid, Missouri. Incorporated in 1808 It is believed to be the oldest town west of the Mississippi River, albeit it is not too far west. It has an interesting history. A series of strong earthquakes that nearly destroyed the entire region began 202 years ago this December.   New Madrid, Missouri (36.586449, -89.527855) http://aMAP.to/newmadrid-missouri   New Madrid, Missouri is a town of 3,116 located in New Madrid County alo

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Berlin, New Jersey

This entry in our blog about namesake cities [1] is about Berlin, New Jersey. Berlin, New Jersey is one of some 15 Berlin's that are incorporated communities in the United States.   Berlin, New Jersey (39.791226, -74.929054) http://aMAP.to/berlin-newjersey   Berlin, New Jersey is a town of 7,588 located in Camden County along US Highway 30. It lies just 16 miles southeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Berlin is a designated Borough of New Jersey. There is also a Berlin Township and unincor

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Robert Huttinger: Covered Bridges-There's An App For That!

Click here to listen... Click here to download Believe it or not, covered bridges are as American as apple pie. According to Robert Huttinger, web designer and covered bridge aficionado, what we might consider quaint rural river crossings are very particular to North America. Robert is not only knowledgeable about these architectural wonders but he also wants to make sure that the rest of us can find them. That is why he developed a covered bridges app or program for the iPhone or iPad, a port

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

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Jay Allen: Painting the Town Click here to listen... Click here to download…       The picture above is one of 43 murals created by Jay Allen our guest on this week's American Road Trip Talk. Jay's sign painting company, Shaw Craft Signs collaborated with renowned muralist Bill Hueg to produce these historic gems in Illinois cities under a grant obtained by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. During our interview Jay will give you the full history o

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):mary Ellen Hennesy Nottage: Csi Indiana Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download   This is Part 2 of our interview at the Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis.   Sometimes the best visits you make during a vacation are those unique, hidden attractions that aren't on the big maps. It's a special little cafe, a unique overlook or a remarkable museum that is full of extraordinary displays. Such was my experience when I visited the Indiana Medical History Museum off US 40, the National Highway, just outside dow

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Mary Ellen Hennesy Nottage: Csi Indiana Part 1

Click here to listen...   Click here to download …   Sometimes the best visits you make during a vacation are those unique, hidden attractions that aren't on the big maps. It's a special little cafe, a unique overlook or a remarkable museum that is full of extraordinary displays. Such was my experience when I visited the Indiana Medical History Museum off US 40, the National Highway just outside downtown Indianapolis. There I met Mary Ellen Hennessey Nottage, the passionate curator of med

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Georgetown, Delaware And "punkin Chunkin"

This entry in the "For Namesake" blog is about Georgetown, Delaware. [1] A mere 8 miles away at the Wheatley farm near Bridgeville is the home of the "Punkin Chunkin" contest held every year in early November. This year's contest will be held on Friday November 1 through Sunday November 3. It may be your opportunity to see a world record "Chunk" from a variety of pumpkin throwing contraptions from trebruchet's to air cannons and every thing in between. For more info see the contest website at ht

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Silva: Road Warriors Favorite Beast

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   We all have a trusted steed that carries across the American Road whether it’s a vintage VW Campervan or the latest Hybrid. But there is group of travelers with a peculiarly deep passion for an historic American Road vehicle: The GMC Motorhome. From 1974-1978 GMC made the only RV produced by a major automaker. Of the 12,000 made, 8000 are believed to still be on the road.   The GMC motorhome was not a home stuck on top of a truck frame; it was

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Dublin, Ohio Plus "our National Road" Across Ohio

Recently I had an opportunity to spend two days driving across the Buckeye State of Ohio on US 40, "Our National Road". So in this entry I am going to blog about Dublin, Ohio as our "Namesake" city and share some highlights and photos of some of the things to see along Our National Road.   Dublin, Ohio from the book "For Namesake, A Travel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities [1]   Dublin, Ohio (40.099229, -83.114077) http://aMAP.to/dublin-ohio     Dublin, Ohio is a

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