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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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  • etchr66

    Geneva And Geneva On The Lake Ohio

    By etchr66

    It's summer time and its hot. What better way to cool down then to spend some time at the lake. With that in mind, our Namesake town for this entry is Geneva, Ohio and the nearby summer resort town of Geneva on the Lake. Both are located in Ashtabula County, which has a wealth of museums and sites of historic interest. In addition there are some eighteen covered bridges in the county, including both the longest and shortest covered bridges in the United States. Add the ten or so wineries in the
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Danielle Kelly: Neon Boneyard

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Nothing evokes the magic, the tainted/painted history of the showplace of the west Las Vegas, Nevada like the gaudy brilliance of its brash neon signs. Our summer 2013 issue was entitled Electric Avenue and dedicated to the neon signs that pointed the way to lodging, lunch and lots of roadside attractions but none could quite match Las Vegas for pure size and scope of magnificent displays of gas and glass.   One of our Tunnel Vision article

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Sue Hronik: Amazing Maze

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   The Lincoln Highway celebrates it's 100th birthday in 2013. Around Labor Day the small farm community of Malta, Illinois celebrated the centennial with the opening of an amazing corn maze. Malta was the site of the first test mile of concrete that would become part of the Lincoln Hwy and eventually reach the Pacific Ocean. Our guest Sue Hronik , is the program director for the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition and she will explain all about t

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Rome. New York

In this Blog about Namesake cities I have posted about towns named Athens, Florence, London, and Paris. So I thought that this time I would post about a town named Rome. There are eight "Rome's" in my book "For Namesake, aTravel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities".[1] This one is in the state of New York.   Rome, New York (43.212847, -75.45573) http://aMAP.to/romenewyork     Rome, New York is a city of 33,725 located in Oneida County. There are several New York Routes

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Stacy Rushton: Blast From The Past

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In Tacoma, WA, summer 2013 ended with a Blast From The Past at the LeMay Family Collection. What began, as a personal collection of vintage cars more than 40 years ago is now the largest private collection in the world with 2,200 vehicles according to the Guiness Book of World Records. The Blast from the Past annually raises funds to help local charities and serves as a showcase for the highlight of the upcoming Annual LeMay Car Show, Auc

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Hutson: Neon Resurrection Part 2

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W2CWbGxx] Click here to listen…[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/21e37ada-19b8-4fe7-9956-c8816b23a0f1.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   The summer 2013 issue of American Road Magazine focused on: "Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright". Dave Hutson, our guest in this podcast, is the man who brings the warmth of yesterday back to those glowing gas sentinels. He is the owner of Neon Time, a company in suburban St. Louis, MO that special

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

New London, Minnesota

This entry is about New London, Minnesota, a small town with a surprising number of attractions. New London is just one of 14 "London's" that you can read about in my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America inspired by Famous World Cities". [1]   This month New London will celebrate two events that it sponsors every year. The first is the 27th running of the New London to Brighton Antique Car Run. Details are available at: http://www.antiquecarrun.org Next on August 17 they will

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Hutson: Neon Resurrection Part 1

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WHhxRq4x] Click here to listen…[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/b1e47a9d-1432-3de0-d733-c47e2e919e99.mp3] Click here to download ...[/url]   Our summer 2013 issue of American Road Magazine is focused around: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In this podcast we meet Dave Hutson, the man who brings the warmth of yesterday back to those glowing gas sentinels that once beckoned us to spent the night or to enjoy some homemade comfort food

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Jim Thole: Neon Heritage Preservation Part 3: The Dream Team

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The summer 2013 issue of our magazine features the theme: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In the Motoring the Mother Road column, I wrote about an ambitious Neon Heritage Preservation program led by Jim Thole, a member of the board of the Missouri Route 66 Association. Be sure to check out the magazine issue for great photos and more details.   In 2008, a terrible windstorm blew through St. Louis, MO and nearly tore down a neon

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Jim Thole: Neon Heritage Preservation Part 2: Relighting Route 66

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   The summer 2013 issue of our magazine features the theme: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In the Motoring the Mother Road column, I wrote an article about an ambitious Neon Heritage Preservation program led by Jim Thole, a member of the board of the Missouri Route 66 Association. Be sure to check out the magazine issue for great photos and more details.   In 2008, a terrible windstorm in St. Louis, MO nearly tore down a neon sign

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Jim Thole: Neon Heritage Part 1

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WhsnYZQx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/df3a35a3-1cd0-e7fd-f069-87b7011cf299.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   The summer 2013 issue of our magazine features the theme: Neon Sights that Keep the Night Bright. In the Motoring the Mother Road column, I wrote an article about an ambitious Neon Heritage Preservation program led by Jim Thole, a member of the board of the Missouri Route 66 Association. Be sure to

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Paris, Tennessee

July 14 this week was French National Day, known more commonly to us as Bastille Day. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, an event that celebrated the end of the French Revolution. It also corresponds to the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The French celebrate this day with gatherings and fireworks much as we celebrate our July 4 Independence Day. So I thought it appropriate that this entry in the For Namesake Blog should be for a town in America named after the French Cit

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Sarah Focke: Lincoln Highway Centennial Part 2

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W7ZcNNQx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/e0b62854-539f-40ec-d5df-ebd6514eadd0.mp3] Click here to download …[/url]   The last weekend of June 2013 in Kearney, NE marks the 100th Birthday Party for the Lincoln Highway, one of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America. In Part 2 of our Centennial Celebration for the Lincoln Highway, Sarah Focke, of the Kearney Convention

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Sarah Focke: Lincoln Highway Centennial Part 1

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WlXjSSzx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/6db33191-f238-8f52-c68d-5223d61a0259.mp3] Click here to download …[/url]   The last weekend of June 2013 in Kearney, NE marks the 100th Birthday Party for the Lincoln Highway, one of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America. In Part 1 of our Centennial Celebration for the Lincoln Highway, Sarah Focke, of the Kearney Convention

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Geneva And Geneva On The Lake Ohio

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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etchr66

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Jim Kopp: Drive In Jeopardy

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/Ww5hbb8x] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/597f823a-1d82-084b-0fac-c2777dec9d27.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   Perhaps no other roadside attraction is as closely identified with the American Road as the neighborhood drive in movie theatres that once dotted the US map. Sadly the ritual of warm summer evenings with the family piled in the car to watch the latest blockbuster has gone the way of the Edsel in mos

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Mike Gassman: The Big Tomato

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WTSVRRyx] Click here to listen...[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/542b72de-4321-14bc-cfa0-58bb7acc6194.mp3] Click here to download [/url]   The rich earth of the Mississippi River bottom just east of St. Louis has long been a place to grow some of the best produce in the country. In particular, it was something of the tomato capital of the Midwest for many decades. What better monument to that juicy history than a massive catsup bottle, m

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

U. S. Open And Lima, Pennsylvania

This week the 113Th U.S. Open Golf Championship is being held at Merion Golf club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The U. S. Open is one of the four golf major tournaments held each year. As such all of the top golfers in the world will be there. Merion Golf Club was established in 1896 and has hosted more USGA championships than any other golf course in America. This week's U. S. Open will be the eighteenth such tournament held at Merion. For more information and to enjoy all the action see the tourna

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Florence, Kansas

This entry in our Blog about Namesake Cities is about Florence, Kansas. I chose this town because I spent the Memorial Day weekend visiting my Mother in Law who lives in nearby Newton, KS.   Florence, Kansas was once a busy railroad town that reached a peak population of nearly 3000 in the 1920's. Since then it has declined and today is a mere shadow of its former self. Still though it has an interesting history. The very first overnight establishment opened by the Fred Harvey company was the

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Max Armstrong:tractor Heritage Tour 2013

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The great Heritage Tractor Adventure is taking place again between June 7 and 10th in the rich Illinois farmlands just outside of Chicago. The adventure, with a three-day tractor ride, combines vintage farm tractors and displays with entertainment, great food, and family fun. WGN-720 AM's own Farm Reporter, Max Armstrong, an avid collector himself, will be setting off on the adventure with you. His knowledge of the Midwest farming community,

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

California National Parks + Georgetown, California

I have just returned from a week's vacation to Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks in California. Each of them are fabulous in their own way and I would highly recommend that you visit them in you are able to. Like the Grand canyon you need to see these at least one time in your life.   On the first day of our trip we flew in to Fresno and then drove to Three Rivers, California to spend the night. Three Rivers is just south of Sequoia National Park.   The next day we spent in

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson:the Pirate And The Baseball

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WPnsY5mx] Click here to listen... [/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/1f2ea1f9-62ce-9954-f601-c3c0f55b4d61.mp3] Click here to download … [/url]   Erika Nelson has dedicated her life to hunting down the world’s largest attractions along the American Road and then creating The World’s largest collection of the World’s Smallest Replicas of the World’s Largest Attractions. Erika is an artist and regular columnist who journals here trophy finds in

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Florence, Oregon

This installment of our blog about places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities is about Florence, Oregon. It is from the Book "For Namesake, a Travel Book". Florence is an interesting place with a very nice bridge across the Siuslaw River. This week they hold their Annual Rhododendron festival from May 17 to May 19. If you aren't able to visit check out the pictures of Rhododendron's on Either Google or Bing Images, very nice. Also be sure to read up on the famous exploding whale incident

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Virginia Sullivan: Cycling Route 66 Part 2

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W2llWfCx] Click here to listen...[/url] http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/215e88c5-da76-3683-3c13-ac7207386297.mp3] Click here to download…[/url]   For most of us the idea of rolling down Route 66 involves a nostalgic trip on 4 wheels powered by a motor. For Virginia Sullivan that’s two wheels too many and her vehicle runs on legs. She is part of Adventure Cycling Association based in Missoula, Montana. I caught up with her on a Skype connection

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

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