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    American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

    By Foster Braun

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    In the rough and tumble days of the late 1800’s, the little town of Sidney, Nebraska was an important military and commercial outpost on the railroad lines that were becoming the arteries of American expansion. It was indeed the Wild West, populated by such colorful characters as Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane and earned the moniker, Toughest Town on the Tracks.
    In 2017 what was once called Sinful Sidney is celebrating its Sesquicentennial ( that’s 150 candles) between Aug. 18-20 with a double extravaganza. One is man-made and the other is Mother Nature made and utterly unique. Our guest Heather Haussmann, Cheyenne County Visitor and Convention Bureau, which is based in Sidney, has all the details for both events.


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    Sinful Sidney’s Sesquicentennial
    This summer the “toughest town on the tracks” is rolling out the red carpet for lovers of the Wild West and good old fashioned family fun. Whether you are a classic car enthusiast, history buff or just making plans for a family vacation, you’ll want to save August 18-21 for a visit to Sidney, NE.

    If any place knows how to throw a great party, it’s Sidney. Over the last 150 years the town, known as the “Wickedest Town in the West”, has seen the likes of Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane. Good food, non-stop entertainment, a classic car show and loads of activities for kids will be topped off by two extraordinary light shows. The first one will be a spectacular firework display on Sunday night at the Cheyenne County Fair Grounds. The second one will be a once in a lifetime experience put on Mother Nature.

    On Monday, August 21, Western Nebraska will be one of the best places in the country to watch a total eclipse of the sun—make Sidney your hub. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in continental United States for the 38 years and you will have one of the best seats in the house. Nebraska is one of a few places in the country that will be under the complete blackout as the moon blanks out the sun and day turns to night for nearly 3 minutes. It will be an historic event for young and old alike.

    This summer Sinful Sidney 150 will be an awesome opportunity to enjoy a good old fashioned community celebration and get a good night’s rest before witnessing the rare historic event of a total solar eclipse. It’s an experience your family will treasure for the rest of their lives.

    Don’t forget to mark the dates, August 18-21, 2017 in Sydney, NE. It’s going to be an unforgettable event that you won’t want to miss. For more information visit cheyennecountytourism.com and follow the celebration on Facebook at “Sinful Sidney 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration.”
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  • Foster Braun

    National Road Garage Sale 2018

    By Foster Braun

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     Click here to download.   In  our 2018 Spring Viva Las Vegas issue , under the Friends in the Fast Lane column, the lead story was about an 824 mile long garage sale!  In this American Road Trip Talk podcast,  you are going to meet Pat McDaniel, the lady who dreamed up this great gathering.  The Historic National Road Garage sale took place from May 31 to June 4 Along US 40 from Baltimore to St. Louis.  For ore information visit their Historic National Road Meanderings page on Facebook or www. oldstorefrontantiques.com      
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  • etchr66

    Geneva And Geneva On The Lake Ohio

    By etchr66

    It's summer time and its hot. What better way to cool down then to spend some time at the lake. With that in mind, our Namesake town for this entry is Geneva, Ohio and the nearby summer resort town of Geneva on the Lake. Both are located in Ashtabula County, which has a wealth of museums and sites of historic interest. In addition there are some eighteen covered bridges in the county, including both the longest and shortest covered bridges in the United States. Add the ten or so wineries in the county and what's not to like?   At 613 feet the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, loacted on Ashtabula County Road 25 just south of the city of Ashtabula, is the longest covered bridge in the country and the fourth longest in the world. The map coordinates are (41.855458,-80.762204). At just 18 feet the shortest covered bridge is the West Liberty Street Bridge in the town of Geneva. The map coordinates for it are (41.799183,-80.948532). [1]   Please comment if you like these entries or have any feedback to offer.   From the book "For Namesake, a Travel Book" [2]:   Geneva, Ohio is a town of 6,215 located in Ashtabula County along US Route 20. It lies 25 miles from the Pennsylvania border and 45 miles northeast of Cleveland. Geneva on the Lake is a town of 1,288, which lies 5 miles north of Geneva on Ohio Route 534. The county seat of Ashtabula County is Jefferson, located 10 miles southeast of Geneva. The closet college is Lake Erie College in the city of Painesville.   Ashtabula County was established in 1807 and was the first county created in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The area around Geneva was originally part of Harpersfield Township. In 1816 a small group of settlers decided to withdraw from Harpersfield and create their own community. They named it Geneva for the scenic town of Geneva, New York. With the completion of the Eric Canal in 1825, its location close to the lakefront added to its attraction. In 1829 the first post office was established. By 1840 the population was over 1,200. The Lake Shore railway came from Cleveland through Geneva to Ashtabula in 1852. The community of Geneva was incorporated as an official Ohio Village in 1866. By 1896 the village had a population of three thousand persons. In the early 1900’s Geneva gained its first automobile industry company with the manufacture of the Geneva Steamer in 1901. The company that manufactured this car closed just 3 years later. A few other attempts were made to manufacture automobiles in Geneva; however they too only lasted a few years. The grape industry has played an important part in the economy of Geneva and still does so today. In 1958 having obtained a population over 5000, Geneva was incorporated as an official Ohio “City”. [3]   Geneva on the Lake was Ohio’s first summer resort. It began in 1869 with the opening of the first public picnic ground on a bluff above Lake Erie known as Sturgeon Point. By the early 1900’s it had evolved into a camping and fishing playground for America’s elite. Incorporated as an Ohio Village in 1927; today it is a premier lakeshore vacationland. [4]   Ashtabula County has sixteen museums and sites of historic interest; the following is a sampling of those you may want to visit. The city of Ashtabula has Great Lakes Marine & Coast Guard Memorial Museum, Hubbard House (a northern terminus of the Underground Railroad) and Olin’s Museum of Covered Bridges. Conneaut has the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum. Shandy Hall, 2 miles south of Geneva, is the 1815 home of Robert Harper and said to be the oldest frame house in the Western Reserve to be preserved in its original form. Hartsgrove has the Presidential Museum. In Jefferson you will find a nice railroad depot and the Victorian Perambulation Museum. In Windsor there is the Servants of Mary Center for Peace featuring a fifty-foot statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There are eighteen covered bridges in Ashtabula County including the longest one in the United States, spanning a distance of 613 feet. [1] The warm breezes off of Lake Erie make this region a prime location for growing grapes and there are some ten wineries in the county. [5] Geneva hosts an annual Grape festival in September. Geneva on the Lake is a very popular summer resort with a strip of tourist oriented businesses and parks. To learn about all of the attractions in the area stop by the Geneva on the Lake Visitor Information center at 5536 Lake Road.   Enjoy the Lake Erie shoreline with boating, camping, hiking, fishing or just relaxing at Geneva State Park, just one mile from Geneva on the Lake. Additional recreation areas include Pymatuning State Park and Reservoir, Mosquito Lake State Park and Reservoir, Headlands Beach State Park, and Punderson State Park.   Notable residents of Geneva include Brian Anderson, major league baseball pitcher; Edward S. Ellis, dime novel author; and Ransom E. Olds, automobile industry pioneer.       Notes:   1. http://www.experience-ohio-amish-country.com/covered-bridges.html   2. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/   http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009   3. http://www.genevaohio.com/history.html   4. http://www.visitgenevaonthelake.com/history.htm   5. http://www.accvb.org/wineries.html   Picture is Harpersfield Covered Bridge, at 228 feet in length this was the longest covered bridge in Ohio until the construction of the Smolen-Gulf Bridge in 2008. Picture Credit: (Wikimedia Commons – User: Homefryes CC-BY-SA)
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  • Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Introduction

    By Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Hello. Tho I am new to this media, blogging, I am not new to American Road. I've been around since the beginning. I do have a road trip web site, but decided to give this blog a try to post my rather infrequent road trips in the Memphis, TN, area.   Being nearly 73 years old I'm old enough to remember the good old days of 2-lane road travel. Indeed, I went with my folks in the late 40's and early 50's on several trips from southern Maine to the Dayton, Ohio, area to visit friends and relatives. I look back and think, good old days?? Hot summer days on the road in a 10 year old Chrysler with no AC?? Motels that were more cabin than motel and usually not air conditioned?? Greasy spoon diners - tho most were pretty good. But, it was still exiting for a 10 year old to see what was around the corner. Kids miss so much today on vacation trips on the interstate. And there's not much new around the corner - or down the road, either. Got a Mickey D's in your home town - you'll find many along the road - along with BurgerKing, Wendy's, shopping malls with the same stores. No, kids today miss a lot.   Back in 1953 I was crazy enough to go to the west coast, from Maine, with a buddy of mine, on 20 to the mid-west where we picked up 66 to California. Then 101, more or less north to Oregon and Washington, then home to Maine, mostly on 20, but some on 30, 6 and 2. We were celebrating the big transition from child-hood to adult-hood - getting our drivers licenses. At the time, in Maine, you could get a license at 15 - Maine was largely rural and farm land so 15 year olds were expected to drive the family farm equipment, trucks, etc. Can you imagine two 15 year olds driving across country today?? Probably wouldn't get out of the state, to start with.   So, I'll probably be posting more on my new blog as time goes by. Won't be every day, won't be ever week. We'll try to find something to add at least inside a six month window.   Happy, and safe, travels everybody.
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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 articles in that issue focused on the Neon Boneyard of Las Vegas, also known as the Neon Museum. In this podcast Danielle Kelly, Executive Director of the museum, fills in some of the history of the display and shares her own artistic passion for preserving these unique works of art.   Find out more information about the Neon Museum. visiting hours and tours by going to www.neonmuseum.org.   This Podcast is Brought to you by: For more than forty years, Vandalia has been celebrating their history with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, which is the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2013, the event will be held September 27 & 28. To coincide with the Grande Levee’, the Vandalia Tourism Commission will be hosting their Annual Harvest Festival downtown Saturday, September 28th with fun for every member of the family. For more information, contact Vandalia Tourism Center at 618-283-2728 or email tourism@vandaliaillinois.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.com/   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 that role and the remarkable corn maze created at the Jonamac Orchard to celebrate the event. Let’s just say that this isn't Old MacDonald’s corn maze; it covers 10 acres with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges!         This Podcast is Brought to you by: For more than forty years, Vandalia has been celebrating their history with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, which is the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2013, the event will be held September 27 & 28. To coincide with the Grande Levee’, the Vandalia Tourism Commission will be hosting their Annual Harvest Festival downtown Saturday, September 28th with fun for every member of the family. For more information, contact Vandalia Tourism Center at 618-283-2728 or email tourism@vandaliaillinois.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.com/   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 that run through Rome, including Routes 26, 46, 49, 69 and 365. Rome is located 15 miles northwest of Utica, the county seat of Oneida County. The Eric Canal and the Mohawk River run through the city. The closest colleges are in Utica. There you will find a campus of Empire State College, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica and Utica College of Syracuse University. Rome is the home of the former Griffiss Air Force Base, which is now the Griffiss International Airport.   The area around Rome between the Mohawk River and Indian Creek was originally called the “Carrying Place” The early Dutch inhabitants called it “Trow Plat” and the Indians called it “De-o-wain-sta” meaning the place where canoes were carried from one stream to the other. Tradition has it that two forts were built here in the early 1700’s known as Fort Bull and Fort Williams. By 1756 both had been destroyed. Fort Stanwix was built in 1758 and was an important outpost in the American Revolutionary War. Settlers began arriving in the area after the war as early as 1784. The first Gristmill in the area was erected on Wood Creek in 1795. The community of Rome was formed in March of 1796. In 1797, the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company completed a two-mile canal connecting the Mohawk River with Wood Creek. In 1800 the first church was formed. On July 4, 1817 ground was broken for the Eric Canal. Rome was incorporated in March of 1819 and was named for the classical city in Italy. Some sources indicate that Rome was not incorporated until 1870. Its location on the Erie Canal and the New Central Railroad made Rome the most important stop between Utica and Syracuse. The Watertown and Osgdensburgh Railroad and the Oswego & Rome Railroad also ran through Rome. There were three Iron Companies in Rome during its early years; the Rome Iron Works, the Rome Merchant Iron Mill and the Rome Iron and Steel Bloom Company. In the 1900’s Copper ore became an important product for the city. [2] [3]   Places of interest in Rome are the Capitol Theater, Eric Canal Village, Fort Stanwix National Monument, John B. Jervis House, John F. Kennedy Civic Center (Home of Rome Frenzy Hockey), Rome Art & Community Center, Rome Historical Society Museum, Rome Sand Plains Conservation Area, Rome Sports Hall of Fame, Sears Oil Company Museum, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution and Utica Rome Speedway. The nearby county seat of Utica has the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Children’s Museum of Utica, Fountain Elms Mansion, F.X. Matt Brewing Company, Hotel Utica (1912), Mohawk Valley Ballet, Munson-Williams Proctor Art Institute, National Distance Running Hall of Fame, Oneida County Courthouse, Oneida County Historical Society, Players of Utica, Sculpture Space, Stanley Center for the Arts, Utica Memorial Auditorium, and the Utica Symphony Orchestra. Turning Stone Resort and Casino is located southwest of Rome on NY Route 365 and I 90.   There are several state forest areas to the north of Rome. Nearby lakes include Delta Lake, Hinckley Reservoir, Kayuta Lake, and Oneida Lake. State parks in the area include Chittenango State Park, Delta Lake State Park, Pixley Falls State Park and Verona Beach State Park. The Adirondack Mountains and Adirondack Park lie to the northeast of Rome.   Notable residents of Rome include Francis Bellamy, author of the United States Pledge of Allegiance; Walter R. Brooks, children’s author; Mark Chadbourne, composer and recording artist; Jerry Cook, former NASCAR driver; Richie Evans, former NASCAR driver; Henry A. Foster, United States Representative & Senator; Alex Haley, author of Roots; John B. Jervis, civil engineer; Tome Myslinski, NFL football player; and Benjamin Wright, Chief Engineer of the Erie Canal.   Notes:   1. http://www.amazon.com/For-Namesake-Travel-Book-ebook/dp/B00CBM6JFK/ or   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-namesake-a-travel-book-places-in-america-inspired-by-famous-world-cities-rick-etchells/1115130086?ean=2940016722009   2. http://history.rays-place.com/ny/onei-rome.htm   3. http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=1548   Picture: Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome , New York (Wikimedia Commons - National Park Service Public Domain)  

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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, Auction & Swap Meet around Labor Day weekend.   According to our guest Stacy Rushton, Office Manager for the LeMay Family Collection, in 2013 the Blast from the Past featured a very unique restored item from 1961. LeMay Family technicians normally specialize in revitalizing Edsels, Packards and Duessenbergs but I guarantee that you will never guess what it was that they restored in 2013. Don’t miss this fascinating peek at a unique charity event at a very special spot on the American Road.   This Podcast is Brought to you by: This podcast is brought to you by Vandalia, Illinois where you’re invited to take a peek at ALL makes and models at the 4th Annual Vandalia Illinois Lions Club Car and Truck Show August 24 and 25th. Admission is FREE with live dancing and 50s and 60s music at the Lake Pavilion from Fanfare Band featuring Kittie Moller. For more information visit midwestallfordnationals.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.com/   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 specializes in restoring neon signs. He is also part of the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee that was formed by the MO Route 66 Assoc. in 2008 to save endangered historic neon signs along the Mother Road.   In this second of two conversations, Dave shares some of the secrets to resurrecting the glow back in a motel’s marquee and restoring the allure of an historic St. Louis donut shop. You’ll find that the skill of “bending glass” and giving it the perfect hue is a precise and rare skill.   This podcast is brought to you by Vandalia, Illinois where you’re invited to take a peek at ALL makes and models at the 4th Annual Vandalia Illinois Lions Club Car and Truck Show August 24 and 25th. Admission is FREE with live dancing and 50s and 60s music at the Lake Pavilion from Fanfare Band featuring Kittie Moller. For more information visit midwestallfordnationals.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.com/   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 celebrate the New London Music Festival. There is a nice website for this with videos of all of the performers at: http://newlondonmusicfestival.com   New London, Minnesota (45.30108, -94.94418) http://aMAP.to/newlondon-minnesota     New London, Minnesota is a town of 1,251 located in Kandiyohi County along Minnesota Route 9. The motto of New London is “Life, Simply Better”. It lies 15 miles northeast of Willmar, the county seat of Kandiyohi County. The nearest colleges and universities are in St. Cloud, 40 miles to the northeast of New London. There you will find St. Cloud State University, a campus of Global University/Minnesota School of Business and a campus of Rasmussen College. Willmar has a campus of Ridgewater College, a 2-year community college.   A Swedish emigrant named Louis Larson discovered the falls on the Crow River near the site of New London in 1860. Within the next two years he built a cabin there and started construction of a dam and sawmill. In August of 1862, the Dakota Indian War broke out, forcing Larson and other settlers in the area to flee for their safety. In 1865 Larson returned with another settler named Samuel Stone. They rebuilt the dam and sawmill and also added a gristmill. Setters in the area would come to them for lumber, flour and other items. Larson named the small community that had sprung up New London, after New London, Wisconsin. By 1868 the population had grown to about 40 people with three stores and a blacksmith shop. The tiny town became the county seat of Mononagalia County from 1866 to 1870 when it was merged with Kandiyohi County. The original courthouse still stands on Main Street in town. [2] The town mill remained in operation for 73 years until 1938 when the federal government acquired the mill, the dam and the water rights for a fish hatchery, which is now operated by the state of Minnesota. The railroad arrived in 1886 connecting New London to Willmar and St. Cloud. The New London Library was founded in 1887 starting with $50 in books raised by the local students. [3]   For a small town, New London has a number of attractions including the Art House Gallery, Glacial Lakes Bicycle Trail, Kaleidoscope Art Gallery, Little Crow Water Ski Shows, Little Theater of New London, Monongalia Historical Society & Museum and the New London Fish Hatchery. New London is home to the New London Music festival and the New London to Brighton Antique Car Run, both of which are held every August. The small community of Eden Valley has the Amaze’n Farmyard with 19,000 square feet of mazes and farm animals. Litchfield offers the Forest City Stockade, the Grand Army of the Republic Hall & History Museum and the Litchfield, Civic Arena. 7 Miles east of Litchfield, in Darwin, you will find the Darwin Twine Ball, the largest ball of twine in the world made by a single person. Paynesville has the Antique Center, Paynesville Antique Mall and the Paynesville Historical Museum. In Spicer you may see the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and the Spicer Castle. Willmar offers The Barn Theater, J&L Bison Ranch, Kandiyohi County Historical Museum, Memorial Room in Willmar City Auditorium, Mikkelson Falls Flyers Boat Collection, Schwanke Museum and the Willmar Arts Council. Willmar is located at the southern end of the Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway, which runs some 245 miles throughout this part of Minnesota. [4]   There are many lakes in this area of Minnesota; the largest are Green Lake, Lake Koronis, Long Lake, Mud Lake and Norway Lake. Nearby state parks include Glacial Lakes State Park, Monson Lake State Park and Sibley State Park. For winter sports, Powder Ridge Ski Area is located to the east of New London near the community of Kimball.   Notable residents of the county seat of Willmar include Bradley Joseph, music composer; George Nelson, former NASA astronaut; Kenneth L. Olson, Medal of Honor recipient; Albert E. Rice, politician; Marion Ross, actress best known for her role as Marion Cunningham on TV’s Happy Days; and Curt Swan, illustrator of Superman comics.   Notes:   1. http://www.amazon.com/For-Namesake-Travel-Book-ebook/dp/B00CBM6JFK/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-namesake-a-travel-book-places-in-america-inspired-by-famous-world-cities-rick-etchells/1115130086?ean=2940016722009   2. http://www.newlondonmn.com/images/history_sign.jpg   3. http://www.rootsandroutes.net/body.htm?http&&&www.rootsandroutes.net/londonmn.htm   4. http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/11186/index.html   Picture is the Beach at Sibley State Park near New London. Picture Credit: (Wikimedia Commons - John Mahowald CC-BY-SA)

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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 along the American Highway. Dave is the owner of Neon Time, a company that specializes in restoring neon signs in suburban St. Louis, MO. He is also part of the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee that was formed by the MO Route 66 Assoc. in 2008 to save endangered historic neon signs along the Mother Road. In this first of two conversations, Dave shares the challenges of putting the glow back in a motel’s marquee and restoring the allure of an historic St. Louis donut shop. Listen closely and you will learn the art of creating that special Neon glow. This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ########   Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 sign, which had been a local landmark. Jim Thole and his fellow committee members sprang into action and the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee began its crusade to turn historic neon lights back on Route 66. In our final podcast in this series, Jim Thole will introduce us to the other members of the Neon Heritage Committee, reveal how they get the sign owners to allow their signs to be restored and look to the future of preservation. This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ########   Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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, which had been a local landmark. Jim and his three fellow committee members sprang into action and the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee began its crusade to turn historic neon lights back on Route 66. In this second of three podcasts Jim outlines the ambitious projects that he and the committee have accomplished during the last 5 years. This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ########   Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 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, which had been a local landmark. Jim and his three fellow committee members sprang into action and the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee began its crusade to turn historic neon lights back on Route 66.   In the fall of 2011, I met Jim while on a visit to St. Louis just after the re-lighting of the Crestwood Bowl sign in suburban St. Louis County. In this first of three podcasts Jim Thole focuses the conversation on the restoration of the Crestwood Bowl sign. In our next podcast Jim will outline the ambitious projects that he and the committee have accomplished during the last 5 years.   This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ########   Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 City of Paris. In my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book" I write about thirteen such incorporated towns named Paris.[1] For this entry I have chosen Paris Tennessee where they have a very nice 60 foot high replica of the Eiffel Tower. The tower is located on Maurice Fields Drive near the intersection with Volunteer Drive. Here are the coordinates (36.286774, -88.301557) and a link to a map http://aMAP.to/eiffeltower-paristn       Paris, Tennessee is a city of 10,156 located in Henry County along US Routes 79 and 641. Tennessee Routes 54 and 69 also pass through the town. Paris is on a fork of the West Sandy River and is the county seat of Henry County. It lies 90 miles west of Nashville. The closest college is Bethel College in McKenzie.   Henry County was formed in 1821 and was named for Patrick Henry. The town of Paris was established as the county seat in September of 1823, becoming West Tennessee’s oldest incorporated community. The town was named for the French capital in honor of Lafayette who had visited Tennessee in the early 1800’s. The county’s first courthouse was a two room “dogtrot” type of log cabin built that first year. Court was held in one room while pies and liquor were sold in the other room. Henry County sent more than 2,500 volunteers to the Confederacy in the Civil War giving it the title of Volunteer County of the Volunteer State”. In March of 1862 Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant, attacked the Confederate encampment at Paris. General Nathan Bedford Forrest of the Confederacy began his Johnsonville Campaign at Paris Landing in October of 1864. In World War II Camp Tyson was built south of Paris and trained thousands of American servicemen for the Barrage Balloon Service of the Coast Artillery Corps. The camp also held German prisoners of War. In 1821 Henry County’s first tourist attraction Sulphur Well, was created by accident when a well was sunk in an attempt to locate a salt bed on a Chickasaw Indian reservation. A summer resort was established there allowing persons to take the waters to promote their health. Many sought refuge there during an 1837 yellow fever epidemic. Sulphur Well was covered up in 1944 when the Tennessee Valley Authority created Kentucky Lake, the largest man made lake in the United States. Paris Landing State Park was created at the lake in 1945 and Paris became known as the “Capital City of Kentucky Lake”. [2]   In Paris you may see the Eiffel Tower Replica (60 feet high), Henry County Courthouse, Historic Downtown Paris with a walking tour, Krider Performing Arts Center, Paris Henry County Arts Council, Paris Henry County Heritage Center, and the Paris Winery. Paris is known as the home of the “World’s Biggest Fish Fry” which is held every April. In nearby Mackenzie you may visit the Gordon Browning Museum and Veterans Memorial Park. Fort Donelson National Battlefield is located at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area near the community of Dover.   The Land Between the Lakes is the name of the region to the northeast of Paris that is between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. There you will find Paris Landing State Park and the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. Other recreational sites in easy driving distance from Paris include Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Stewart State Forest and the West Sandy Wildlife Management Area.   Notable residents of Paris include Howell Edmunds Jackson, United States Supreme Court Justice; Vernon Jarrett, newspaper columnist; Bobby Jones, Grammy Award winning gospel singer; Cherry Jones, Tony Award wining actress; Charles Gilbert “Chick” King, Major League Baseball player; Henry Neal, pianist & part of the piano duo Nelson and Neal; James D. Porter, Jr., former Tennessee Governor; and Stephen M. Veazey, president of the Community of Christ.   Another Namesake Town, "Milan Tennessee", lies just forty miles to the southwest of Paris.   Notes:   1. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/ http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009   2. http://www.paristnchamber.com/history.htm   Picture credit (Wikimedia Commons - User: Chiacomo Public Domain)  

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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 and Visitors Bureau gives you all the details on the upcoming celebration. Car buffs, Lincoln Highway aficionados and the Lincoln Highway Association are all gathering for a big week of celebration between Sunday, June 30 and July 5.   This podcast is brought to you by:   ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ######## Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road Magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 and Visitors Bureau gives some of the background on why her fair city of 30,000 was chosen to host the party. Sarah will also fill us in on the history of this main line for autos across the heart of America. Don’t miss part two when she will give you all the details on the upcoming celebration.   This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ########   Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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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 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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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 most places. But the good news is that people like Jim Kopp of Stephens City, VA are hard at work keeping that tradition alive. Our guest on this podcast runs the Family Drive In, a 500 car, outdoor, twin theatre that is the last remaining Drive In in northern Virginia about an hour west of Washington, D.C. Jim is not only passionate about keeping this unique entertainment experience alive but he has found a very special way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Drive In Theatres in America. He helped create a category for an upcoming episode of Jeopardy. The venerable game show will air a special, July 4th show featuring a category called At The Drive In. Don't miss this historic holiday special. Jim will share all the details in today’s podcast.   Look for an upcoming issue of American Road Magazine that will celebrate 80 years of Drive In pleasure in America.   This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ######## Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/  

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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, masquerading as the city water tower for Collinsville, Ilinois? In this podcast you’ll meet the Big Tomato himself, Mike Gassman, who along with his wife and many other volunteers have successfully fought to preserve their unique roadside attraction.   This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ######## Joplin, MO The Mother Road is calling the world to Joplin, MO. Get the family calendar and make plans for the Route 66 International Festival this August in Downtown Joplin. The-3 day International Festival will be a celebration of the heritage of historical Route 66. The gathering will feature cultural performances, car show, Route 66 quilt exhibit, crafts and food vendors. Authors, artists and collectors of everything Route 66 will gather to share their passion for the history and preservation of the famed highway. The Route 66 International Festival will be held August 1-3, 2013. For more information visit www.route66internationalfestival.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/  

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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 tournament website [1] I would love to go but its's a long way from Texas so I will enjoy it from the comfort of my armchair. Please comment if you are able to attend.   Ardmore is a suburb of the major city of Philadelphia on its west end. Interesting enough Ardmore itself could have been one of our Namesake Cities as it was originally named "Athensville". It was renamed to Ardmore in 1873.[2] The Lincoln Highway, passes through Ardmore on US 30.   Our Namesake City for this entry is Lima, Pennsylvania which is located just 10 miles to the south west of Ardmore at the intersection of Pennsylvania Routes 352 and 452. This is just north of yet another famous US highway, US 1. Another Namesake City, "Berlin, New Jersey" lies 24 miles south east of Ardmore across the Delaware River. You may read about it and many other Namesake Cities in the book "For Namesake, a Travel Book"[3]   Here is the Information about Lima from "For Namesake":     Middletown Township was established in 1687. The name is thought to come from its location in the center of what was then Chester County. In 1806 Phillip Yarnell obtained a license to open and operate a tavern at the Middletown Crossroads. That spot was then known as Lima, although no one knows why it was named that. The tavern was known as the Pine-Apple and became a wild place known for its cheap whiskey. It was so wild that Phillip had much difficulty in maintaining his liquor license from year to year and the place became known as Wrangletown. A post office was established there in 1832. It was originally named Hamor’s Store presumably because it was located in the general store that had been built there in 1829. A lumberyard was opened in the area about that same time. The tavern closed for good in 1836 and soon there after the name of the locality reverted back to Lima. [4] Lima was never incorporated and is officially a Census Designated Place or CDP.   There are many attractions in the communities near Lima. Brookhaven offers the 1724 Old Chester Court House, Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation. Chadds Ford has the Brandywine River Museum. Chester is on the Brandywine Scenic Byway and has Harrah’s Casino. Chester Springs offers Eagle’s Crest Vineyard, Halls Covered Bridge and Historic Yellow Springs. In Media you may visit Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation with Civil War Reenactments, Delaware County Courthouse, Hedgerow Theater, Linvilla Orchards, Media Theater for Performing Arts, Middletown Friends Meetinghouse, Pennsylvania Veterans Museum and the Turning Point Art Gallery. Newton Square has Bartrams Covered Bridge, Fox Leap Vineyards and the Paper Mill House Museum. The community of West Chester offers the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Brandywine Ballet, William Brinton 1704 House, Debottis Art Gallery, Harmony Hill Covered Bridge, Strodes Mill Gallery, The Arts Scene and West Chester Railroad. There are a total of fifteen covered bridges in nearby Chester County. [5] Just a half hours drive from Lima are the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. See all the attractions in Philadelphia at the “Visit Philly” web site [6] and those in Wilmington at the “Visit Wilmington” web Site. [7]   Tyler Arboretum in Media is one of the largest arboretums in the northeastern United States. It offers 650 acres of plantings and some 20 miles of trails. Nearby is Rose Tree Park. You can try your luck at fly fishing at FlyFish Pennsylvania, also in Media. Just to the north are Springton Reservoir and Ridley Creek State Park.   Notable residents of Delaware County include Danny Bonaduce, actor; Mary Ellen Clark, Olympic diver; Ed Dougherty, professional golfer; Tina Fey, actress; W.C. Fields, comedian; Harry Kalas, sportscaster; Todd Rundgren, singer-songwriter; Ethel Waters, jazz vocalist; and Ed Yarnall, Major League baseball pitcher from Lima.   Notes:   1. http://www.usopen.com/index.html   2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardmore,_PA   3. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/   http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009   4. Ashmead, Henry Graham, History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884) p. 630 http://www.delawarecountyhistory.com/documents/Delco-Ashmead.pdf   5. http://pacoveredbridges.com   6. http://www.visitphilly.com   7. http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com   Picture Credit: Wikimedia Commons - User:Smallbones Public Domain "School at Middletown Friends Meetinghouse near Lima, Pennsylvania"

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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 Clifton Hotel in Florence. Today it is a museum and restaurant. You can read about Florence at the city Web Site [1].   Here is a view of the Santa Fe Railroad Depot today in Florence.   There is an interesting double stone arch bridge over the Cottonwood River located south of the small community of Clements which is northeast of Florence along US 50. [2]     From "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities"[5]:     Florence, Kansas is a village of 465 located in Marion County along US Routes 50 and 77. It lies 12 miles southeast of the county seat of Marion. The Cottonwood River flows just to the east of the village, which promotes itself as “Nestled in a Valley of Opportunity”. The closest colleges are Tabor College near Hillsboro and Bethel College in North Newton.   Florence was organized by the Florence Town Company, a group of men who proposed to build a town site where the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad would cross the Cottonwood River. It was established in 1870 and named in honor of the daughter of Samuel Crawford, ex governor of Kansas and member of the Florence Town Company. For a long time it was the only town in Marion County with a railroad. In the 1890’s as many as eight passenger trains a day would come through town. Florence was incorporated in 1872 and grew to its peak size of between 2000-3000 by the early 1920’s. Running water came to the village in 1888; the source was the Cottonwood River. As the village grew, a better source was required and in 1920 it switched its water supply to Crystal Spring, which supplies cool, good tasting 99.96% spring water to the village water tower to this day. Being on the River, flooding of the town occurred on numerous occasions. The most serious was in 1951 when 90% of the town was under water up to a foot and a half deep. In 1964 levees were constructed to the south and east of town and since then no flooding has occurred. [3]   In the early 1870’s the Fred Harvey Company was founded with the purpose of offering good food in clean elegant restaurants to the traveling public throughout the southwest. In 1878 they opened there first overnight establishment, the Clifton Hotel in Florence. By 1884 at their peak, there were seventeen “Harvey Houses” along the Santa Fe Railroad. Learn about their history and see pictures at the Harvey House Home page on the web. [4] Today the Clifton Hotel is a museum and restaurant. Other places of historic interest include the Doyle House from 1881, the 110-foot landmark water tower from 1888 and the Bichet School east of town from 1896. The Santa Fe depot was built in the early 1900’s but is now closed. Every year Florence sponsors the “Tour De Florence” a bicycle tour through the nearby Flint Hills. They also have a farmers market and yearly Spring Flings and Labor Day festivities. Nearby, three museums of interest are; Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Mennonite Heritage Museum in Goessel and Roniger Memorial Museum in Cottonwood Falls. The Roniger Museum has an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. The Flint Hills Scenic Byway runs along US 177 through the village of Strong City. In the western part of Marion County traces of the Santa Fe Trail still exist.   There are two large parks in Florence, Moses Shrine Park and Grandview Park. Boating is available at Marion Reservoir northwest of Marion. Southeast of Marion is a smaller lake, with a beech for swimming, at Marion County Park. Thirty miles south of Florence is Eldorado Lake and State Park. Hiking trails are available and a small head of Bison can be seen at the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve north of Strong City.   Notable residents of Florence include J. Ware Butterfield, Charles O. Fuller and J. K. McLean; all members of the Kansas House of Representatives.   Notes:   1. http://www.florenceks.com   2. http://kansastravel.org/clementsbridge.htm   3. http://www.florenceks.com/text/city/city_history.htm   4. http://www.harveyhouses.net   5. http://www.amazon.com/For-Namesake-Travel-Book-ebook/dp/B00CBM6JFK/   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-namesake-a-travel-book-places-in-america-inspired-by-famous-world-cities-rick-etchells/1115130086?ean=2940016722009   Article Picture is the 1896 Bichet School located east of Florence, Kansas. Photo Credit: (Wikimedia Commons – User: Brylie CC-BY-SA)    

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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, and passion for vintage tractors, makes this an event worth your while. That is why we are bringing you this vintage American Road Trip Talk interview with Max himself.   For more details about the Heritage Tractor Adventure 2013 June 7-10 visit www.heritagetractoradventure.com   This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ##### 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, and passion for vintage tractors, makes this an event worth your while. For more details about the Heritage Tractor Adventure June 7-10, 2013 visit www.heritagetractoradventure.com.   ##### Want to experience the authentic South? Visit the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn., home of Blues, Cotton and the Scenic Hatchie River. Enjoy traditional blues music during the Exit 56 Blues Fest in May or tour the childhood school of Tina Turner. That's just a sample of what awaits you. Go to west TN heritage.com.   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/    

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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 Sequoia National Park and visited the big trees including the General Sherman Tree and took a hike to the top of More Rock.   The General Sherman Tree is the Largest Tree in the World based on the volume of wood and too large to get in one single photo. This will give you some idea of its size.   The Hike to Moro Rock was well worth the more than 350 steps UP that it took to get there. Here is just part of the view from the top.   We spent the night at Montecito Sequoia Lodge which is located on the Generals Highway right between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks. They had a small lake which you could row a boat on and great meals. The meals which included Dinner and a great breakfast are all part of the lodging price which was quite reasonable.     The next day we spent the morning driving through Kinds Canyon and then drove on to our base of operation for visiting Yosemite National Park. Here is a view of the Canyon.     Our base of operation for our visit to Yosemite was the Highland House B&B near Mariposa just one hour from the west entrance of Yosemite. I highly recommend this B&B, very friendly folks, great breakfasts and more hummingbirds than I have ever seen in one spot at a time.     We had two days to visit the park. The first day was very full from 9AM to about 7 PM visiting the Yosemite Valley, driving the Tioga Road which we were surprised to find open tis early in the year and seeing Hetch Hetchy which forms mush of the water supply for the city of San Francisco. Do a web search on Hetch Hetchy and read about its amazing history and the controversy with none other than John Muir.   Here is a view of the reservoir.     The 2nd day we drove the southern part of the park and visited the Mariposa grove of big Sequoia trees, took the road to Glacier Point. THe lead photo of this blog entry is taken from Glacier Point. We also stopped at Tunnel View. Here is a photo of yours truly from Tunnel View.   After a fabulous time with a third night at the Highland House B&B, it was a grueling day of travel back home to Houston. We arrived back home at 12:30 AM the next day.   You may ask what does all of this have to do with our Namesake towns that we have been talking about. Well just about a 100 miles northwest of Yosemite National Park you will find the town of Georgetown, California. Georgetown was founded as part of the California Gold Rush of 1849 so it has quite a history also. If it wasn't for it and the many other Gold camps, California would be quite different than it is today.     Georgetown, California is a town of 2,367 located in El Dorado County along California Route 193. It lies 12 miles north of Placerville, the county seat of Eldorado County and 12 miles east of Auburn. The nearest colleges and universities are in Sacramento, the capital of California. These include the California State University Sacramento Campus, Capital Bell College and Trinity Life Bible College.   For more information on Georgetown please see my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities" at the the links given below.   Links:   For Namesake at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Namesake-Travel-Book-Inspired-ebook/dp/B00CBM6JFK   For Namesake at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-namesake-a-travel-book-places-in-america-inspired-by-famous-world-cities-rick-etchells/1115130086?ean=2940016722009   Montecito Sequoia Lodge: http://www.mslodge.com   Highland House B&B: http://www.highlandhouseinn.com/?gclid=CIHCo4GSoLcCFYFQ7AodSSsAAw        

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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 the Think Big column of each American Road Magazine. In the spring 2013 issue, the world’s largest Pirate kidnapped her attention outside of Treasure Island, Florida. Erika not only tells how this unique landmark captured her attention but she also gives us a great reason for taking a second long look at these colossal monuments across America and at their communities.   This podcast is brought to you by: ##### Springfield, Illinois . 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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ##### 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, and passion for vintage tractors, makes this an event worth your while. For more details about the Heritage Tractor Adventure June 7-10, 2013 visit www.heritagetractoradventure.com.   ##### Want to experience the authentic South? Visit the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn., home of Blues, Cotton and the Scenic Hatchie River. Enjoy traditional blues music during the Exit 56 Blues Fest in May or tour the childhood school of Tina Turner. That's just a sample of what awaits you. Go to west TN heritage.com.   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road agazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/      

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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 below - unbelievable. If anyone has visited Florence please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of it.     Florence, Oregon is a town of 8,466 located in Lane County along the Pacific Coast Highway, US Route 101. It lies along the Pacific Coast at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, some 50 miles west of Eugene, the county seat of Lane County. There is a satellite campus of Lane County Community College in Florence. The main campus is in Eugene as is the University of Oregon. US Highway 101, known as the Pacific Coast Highway, runs mostly along the coast from Port Angeles, Washington to Los Angeles, California. It is highly scenic and almost as historic and famous as Route 66. When you drive it, enjoy the beautiful scenery, but beware that is can be a twisty windy road in many areas. Learn about it at the us-101.com website. [1]   The first settlers in the area around Florence were the Siuslaw Indians. Lane County was established in 1851. White settlers came to the area around Florence in the 1870’s. The story of how the settlement received its name is a matter of discussion. Historical records at the University of Oregon indicate that a sailing vessel named Florence was wrecked nearby along the coast in 1875. Legend has it that a wooden board, with the name of the boat on it, was found by local Indians and given to the townspeople. Thomas Safly supposedly nailed this board to the hotel in town, that was also the post office, and with that the town was named Florence. Others claim that the town was named for State Senator A.B. Florence. He was a supporter of the coastal region and it would be logical that the townspeople might name their town after him. The early 1880’s saw the growth of sawmills and a salmon cannery along the Siuslaw River in the area. The town was incorporated in 1893. [2]   Florence has a number of places listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among them is the Edwin M. Benedict House, said to have inspired Ken Kesey’s Stamper house from his novel “Sometimes a Great Notion”. The William Kyle and Sons mercantile building dates from 1901 and the Art Deco Siuslaw Bridge from 1936. There are two museums in town, the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum and Dolly Wares Doll Museum. The waterfront Old Town district has a number of excellent seafood restaurants. You can try your luck at Three Rivers Casino located just outside of town on the Florence-Eugene Highway (Oregon Route 126). Ten miles to the north of town you may view Sea Lions at Sea Lion Caves, said to be the world’s largest sea cave. If covered bridges strike your fancy, there are some 20 of them located throughout Lane County. [3] Every May, since1908, Florence has hosted its annual Florence Rhododendron festival.   Florence is the site of the infamous exploding whale incident. This took place in 1970 when the Oregon State Highway Division thought it would be a good idea to blow up a beached sperm whale with dynamite. Needless to say they got more than they bargained for. You can watch the video at “The Exploding Whale .com” web site [4]   Florence abounds in opportunities for outdoor recreation. Head a few miles south to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, where you can hike or ride a dune buggy on the extensive coast side sand dunes, some of which reach 500 feet in height. Or you may take a jet boat or old fashioned sternwheeler out on the Siuslaw River. Fishing and boating are available at any of 17 lakes in the area. The Oregon coast has more than 60 State Parks or recreation sites. The five near Florence are Jesse M. Honeymoon Memorial State Park, Darlingtonia State Nature Site, Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor, Carl C. Washburne Memorial State Park, and Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint.   One famous resident of Florence is poet Scott Wannberg, author of the book “Strange Movie of Death”.   Notes:   <http://www.us-101.com>
<http://www.northwestmagazines.com/oregon_coast_florence_origin_of_name.php>
<http://www.lanecounty.org/About/Documents/Cov_Br_Bro_03.pdf>
<http://www.theexplodingwhale.com>
Photo Credit: (Wikimedia Commons – Sam Beebe CC-BY-SA)  

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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 a while back to talk about an ambitious Route 66 mapping project and to learn about the association. In part 2 of our conversation, Ginny explains how this great cycling group sprang up in remote Missoula, Montana.   ************   This podcast is brought to you by: Springfield, Illinois .   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 visit-springfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile. & Levy County Florida   Have you ever wanted to just get away from it all? Escape to our cozy seaside towns where amazing sunsets, excellent fishing and crystal clear springs await your arrival. Come RELAX in Levy County, Florida. Explore our website www.visitnaturecoast.com   ##### Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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