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  • Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Introduction

    By Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Hello. Tho I am new to this media, blogging, I am not new to American Road. I've been around since the beginning. I do have a road trip web site, but decided to give this blog a try to post my rather infrequent road trips in the Memphis, TN, area.   Being nearly 73 years old I'm old enough to remember the good old days of 2-lane road travel. Indeed, I went with my folks in the late 40's and early 50's on several trips from southern Maine to the Dayton, Ohio, area to visit friends and relatives
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    Geneva And Geneva On The Lake Ohio

    By etchr66

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

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Carol Schwantes: The Original Sundae Click here to listen... Clickhere to download     Two Rivers, Wisconsin is a town in love with history. It has four historical settings that celebrate everything from the birth of one of America's favorite fountain treats to a labor saving device that everyone who has done laundry appreciates.Carol Schwantes, who is one of the guides at the Washington House Museum, is our guide to the wealth of history in this

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 2 Csi And The Repentant Assassin

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 2 CSI and the Repentant Assassin Click here to listen… Click here to download…   The St. Valentine's Day Massacre This is part 2 of our interview with Lt. MikeKline, Quartermaster for the Berrien County Sherriff's Dept. who is the keeper of the machine guns used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. During this concluding interview Lt. Mike reveals how examination of the guns used in the bloodbath became the key to launching w

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 1 Cowboys And Tommy Guns

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 1 Cowboys and Tommy Guns Click here to listen… Click here to download We wrap up our coverage of the Gangland fall 2011 issue of American Road Magazine with The St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. Our guest is Lt. Mike Kline, Quartermaster for the Berrien County Sherriff's Dept. on the shores of Lake Michigan. His office is home to the two Thompson submachine guns used in that bloodbath and in this first of two segments, Lt.Mike

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob Mcmurray: Rookwood Speakeasy

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob McMurray: Rookwood Speakeasy Click here to listen… Clickhere to download… Butte, Montana may sit a mile above sea level butsome of the most interesting secrets of this rugged mining town are underneathits current streets. In this podcast BobMcMurray, the owner of Butte Underground Tours is going to tells us all about alevel of history that folks were walking all over until it was recentlyrediscovered. Perhaps the mostfascinating find of all, the Rook

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Susan Anderson: Pretty Boy's Death Mask

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Susan Anderson: Pretty Boy's Death Mask Click here to listen… Clickhere to download…   Our fall issue of American Road Magazine has featured the theme of Gangsters. There have been some very interesting highlights, but possibly one of the most curious among them is the story of Pretty Boy Floyd's death mask. Charles Arthur Floyd's career as Public Enemy#1 ended in a hail of bullets on Oct 22, 1934 near the southeast Ohio town of East Liverpool. His bod

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Robert Raines: Gangster Museum Of America

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Robert Raines: Gangster Museum of America Click here to listen… Click here to download…   Hot Springs, Arkansas has a lot to be proud of including its salutary springs that have been refreshing folks since the beginning of our country and it is also the site of one of America's first national parks. However, Hot Springs is also noted as the favorite hang out for the country's most notorious gangsters during the first half of the 20th Century. All that

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dr. Cristina Schnider: Night Driving Safety

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dr. Cristina Schnider: Night Driving Safety Click here to listen… Clickhere to download…   What is the least favorite part of a trip? No matter where you are headed or how long the trip is, the least pleasant aspect of the journey is usually driving at night. Signs are harder to read, the fellow coming at you won't dim his headlights and there's always the concern that something will dart out in front of you, particularly on winding rural roads. You could

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Robert Cashel: Denver Mint Robbery Tour

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Robert Cashel: Denver Mint Robbery Tour Click here to listen… Click here to download…   The Fall 2011 issue of American Road Magazine is all about the lurid lives of America's gangsters, their hangouts, histories and holdups. One of the most famous heists of the 1920's was the Great Denver Mint Robbery for which no one was formally charged. Now you can try to solve the mystery yourself and have a great time getting to know Denver, Colorado with the Den

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dan Monaghan: Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dan Monaghan: Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail Click here to listen… Click here to download…     There are some special tools you'll want to have handy for this road trip: Bicarbonate of Soda,Tums, Pepto-Bismol and in extreme cases, a defibrillator. This all presumes that you stop and eat at each one of the restaurants marked on theGreen Chile Cheeseburger Trail in New Mexico! Come to think of it, you might want to set aside the next 12 months to hit eve

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Think Big Vault

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Think Big Vault Click here to listen... Click here to download…     If you're guarding America's wealth, you better have a really good lock on your front door, particularly when the year is 1922. It was an era of gangsters and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland was determined to be ready for anything. That was why they installed the world's largest bank vault door, a 100-ton lid on the nation's cookie jar. In the

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History Click here to listen… Click here to download…   He may not be Babe the Blue Ox of Paul Bunyan fame, but Ollie has one big advantage: He can be whatever color you make him! I'm talking, of course, about the friendly mascot for the Illinois National Highway Association, Ollie the Ox. You can find his smiling face and many other characters that were part of the wagon trains moving through the Illinois wilderness, in a 13 p

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue Of Dreams

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue of Dreams Click here to listen… Click here to download…   Henry Ford's favorite roadway received a high tech, solar powered salute in the summer of 2011 when the National Scenic Byway conference named the Woodward Avenue Tributes the best interpretive highway project in the nation. Detroit's Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) helped erect the 30 ft. tall, cylindrical glass and concrete pillars that feature solar-po

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   The notion of a high-tech tour of Amish country is a bit of a contradiction in terms. You normally identify the Amish with horses and buggies, kerosene lamps, quaint clothing and NO electricity. However, Jackie Hughes and the folks at the Elkhart Convention and Visitors Bureau have managed to combine the two opposing concepts in one excellent package: The Heritage Tr

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure Click here to listen... Clickhere to download... Fred Sachtleben isn't proud that he had ignored his father's stories of pioneer adventure, but he's making up for it now. Fred's dad was one of the first people to travel the then brand new Lincoln Highway from Chicago to San Francisco in 1915. That was all ancient history until just after Fred's father passed away and he found an honorary medal and a handwritten d

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download... In May of 2011, a caravan of antique cars set out on a very special pilgrimage to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's oldest roadways, the National Road. Within a generation of the Revolutionary War, President Thomas Jefferson began building the road to open up America's new territories. Two centuries later, Mary Truitt, president of the Illino

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 1

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road at 200 Part 1 Click here to listen... Clickhere to download   Mary Truitt, Pres. Illinois National Road Assoc. and Gary Kruger. In May of 2011, a caravan of antique cars set out on a very special pilgrimage to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's oldest roadways, The National Road. Within a generation of the Revolutionary War, President Thomas Jefferson began building the road to open up America's new te

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet Of Lucas

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet of Lucas Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Who in their right mind would make a public restroom look like a giant toilet?! Well, the cityof Lucas, Kansas of course! Almost a year ago we told you about a folk art project called Bowl Plaza. The Grassroots Art Center director Rosslyn Schultz shared their vision for an enormous outdoor restroom crafted by local artists in the shape of a toilet bowl, wat

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download   When the Mother Road calls, few can resist her. Route 66 is a long way from Vince Cricchio's New Jersey home, but when he got the call, he and his wife grabbed their video gear and spent 2010 travelling the heartland of America. They recorded the stories and chronicled what Vince likes to call "one long amusement park" from Chicago to Santa Monica pier in Cal

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Double your pleasure, double your fun…and right now some of you are singing the name of a favorite gum. Actually we're talking about one of the most unique drive in theatres in North America because it's the only place in the country where you get both a motel room and a drive in theatre all in one. Our guest, George Kelloff, is the proprietor of the Best Western Movie Manor

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum Click here to listen.. Clickhere to download   All that glittered soon became gold when it came from Los Angeles, California for most of the last century. Hollywood was the hub of America's movie, radio and TV industry turning Midwest girls, like Jean Harlow (pictured above) into The Blond Bombshell, with the help of famed make up artist Max Factor, in the early twenties. Today we are going to visit with Donelle Dadig

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines To Palms Highway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines to Palms Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...       Some wags say the camel is a horse designed by acommittee. The same might be said forthe Jefferson Highway! This long forgotten but now much cherished classic American highway once stretched from the pines of Manitoba, Canada to the sultry palms of New Orleans. My guest is Mike Conlin, a map maker by trade, who is the president of the new Jefferson Highway Asso

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live The King

American Road TripTalk (podcast)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live the King Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...     Our summer 2011 issue of American Road Magazinefeatured a special section highlighting 26 classic Drive In's across NorthAmerica. In today's episode we meet GregGreenhill who represents the second generation to run the King Drive Inn, in Russellville,AL. He and his family have found a surefire formula for drawing families that's as treasured as the recipe for AuntBea

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