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National Road Garage Sale 2018

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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      
 

OK Corral: Setting the Record Straight with Ike Clanton

Click here to listen… Click here to download.  In the winter of 2018, American Road Magazine published a 15th Anniversary issue of the magazine to highlight the special people and places we have visited during those years. One of our favorites was Terry “Ike” Clanton, a descendant of one of the cowboys cut down in the infamous battle of the OK Corral. The story has always been seen as a paean to Old West rough justice where retribution was swift and final. "Not so!" says Terry Clanton. So we invite you to listen to a very different side of the story…what famous announcer Paul Harvey used to call…the rest of the story. Here is Terry Clanton in an interview from 2017.  You can read more details in vol. 15, num. 4 of American Road Magazine. *******************************     OK Corral Podcast Final.mp3

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Mermaid Revival

To inaugurate a new era and look at American Road Magazine, we are reviving a feature that has helped our readers dig deeper and enjoy more fully the articles that appear in our quarterly magazine.  Just over 10 years ago we published our first podcast.  American Road Magazine  has been noted for its great photography and prolific prose.  Therefore It was a novel thing, at the time, to introduce a spoken segment as an offering to its readers. In the brief decade since, podcasts have become more and more prevalent forms of communication for everything from newspapers to budding gurus. Therefore we are launching our shiny, new website with a new series of regular podcasts.  They will focus on the people and places that we visit in the magazine.  Today we travel back to conversations recorded in 2007 with retired Mermaid, Barbara Wynns, whom you can see pictured in her heyday at Weeki Wachee Spring.   We hope that you will enjoy these conversations and join us here often. Click here to listen to the Podcast. Click here to download the Podcast.

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American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

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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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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Voices From The Backstairs: Tom Grantham

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The Glenn House, a restored Victorian mansion with views of the river on Spanish Street, has been a classic part of Cape Girardeau, MO since it opened for tours in 1980 after a substantial restoration and regularly offers tons of reasons to visit, from their Christmas tours to their inclusion in First Friday with the Arts, Pumpkinpalooza, whiskey tastings and everything in between. Now the folks at the Glenn House are bringing the stories of the domestic staff to life with their new Voices from the Backstairs tour.

When Christmas 2016 wrapped up, instead of returning the decorations to their second floor storage room where they'd been kept for decades, they were moved off site and the restoration of the servant's room began.The Historical Association of Great Cape Girardeau operates the Glenn House, and members rolled up their sleeves and went to work fixing damage to the plaster ceilings and walls, painting, tracking down a period correct light fixture and rewiring it and selecting furnishings at local antique shops that would speak to the experiences of a servant from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

Members also researched and created an interpretive program, so when you tour the Glenn House, you can hear what life was like for domestic help at a time of great change for our nation. The servant's room will be included on normal tours of the Glenn House, and stay tuned for special "Voices from the Backstairs" tours that will enter the home in the back, just like a servant would have, and focuses on the kitchen, wash room, servant's room and the rest of the home through the lens of those who worked there.

The Glenn House welcomes guests for tours Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 4 p.m., May - October. For more information, see VisitCape.com/Discover/The-Glenn-House

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Rachel Flynn, Veils, Vettes And Vows

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One of the great American Road annual events is the Woodward Dream Cruise held each year on a stretch of Woodward Avenue in Detroit, MI that runs from Detroit city limits to the suburb of Pontiac nearly 30 miles to the north. The day features classic cars that have been lovingly cared for traversing some of the oldest paved road in the country. Hundreds of thousands of classic car enthusiasts and curious fans line the entire route. Some large parking areas a reserved for special displays by companies that serve this audience.

Our show today focuses on a unique display that was part of the 2016 Woodward Cruise. The classic car insurance company Hagerty, based in Traverse City, MI, created a drive thru display called Veils, Vettes and Vows. Our guest, Rachel Flynn, the Hagerty Youth Advocacy Coordinator, will fill you in on this fun and popular site. You won’t want to miss this interview.




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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Roxie Yonkay: Land And Sky Byway

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In our recent volume 15, number 1 there was a story in the Friends in the Fast Lane column about the National Scenic Byways Program 25th anniversary. The Scenic Byways 25! event was celebrated at the US Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC. That same month in Kansas a brand-new byway was inaugurated: The Land and Sky Byway.

Our guest on this American Road Trip Talk is Roxie Yonkay, byway coordinator and PR manager for the Goodland Visitors and Convention Bureau. Roxie will describe the highlights of this brand-new byway which has a unique claim to fame: it’s the only agriculturally focused byway to date in America.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Rusty Davis: Michigan's Underwater Byway

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Credit the dedication of passionate volunteers like Rusty Davis for finding the links to Michigan's first highway, Hull's Trace. It was part of the road carved out of the wilderness called Michigan and Ohio that followed well worn Native American trails and figured in the failed attempt to hang on to fort Detroit during the War of 1812. Some of that road, also known as Hull's Trace, follows existing highways, like M125 in southeast Michigan along the western shore of Lake Erie. Other parts of the old highway can been seen poking out of the shallows of that shore when the water is low.

Our guest on this American Road Trip Talk is Rusty Davis. He is a volunteer at the River Raisin Battlefield Park in southern Michigan who has dedicated himself to uncovering and recognizing this historic byway. Rusty will uncover the fascinating story of Hull2019s Trace, a road that figured into the history of the War of 1812 and the development of Ohio and Michigan.
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: The Collection Finds A Home

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After a long hiatus, we are back on the American Road with the folks who are part and parcel of the stories in our magazine. In this first edition, we meet Erika Nelson, one of the authors who has given us a unique view of the American Road’s roadside attractions for over a decade.
Erika is kind of a travelling evangelist for folk art both collecting it and encouraging its creation. She has chronicled bigger than life attractions along our nation’s byways: Everything from the biggest duck on Long Island to the largest baseball bat in Louisville, Ky and an enormous catsup bottle that serves as the water tower in Collinsville, IL Erika has collected these and miniaturized them into…the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things.

I caught up with Erika recently at her home base in Lucas, KS where she is now planning on establishing a world HQ for her collection. A local businessman donated an historic building as a base for her miniatures and she is going to spend 2017 setting up her base of operations in the Sunflower State. You’re going to love Erika’s definition of the kind of art she scours America’s backroads to find.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Billy D. Abner: Lil Abner Motel

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Our Summer 2016 issue was dedicated to the theme of Comic Strips and the American Road. Our Memory Motel column focused on the Li’l Abner Motel in eastern Kentucky. You might imagine a rustic and rugged haven of rest that matched the cornpone antics of Al Capp’s famous characters like Mammy Yokum, Daisy Mae and Lil Abner himself. But as you will hear from Billy D. Abner, the current proprietor, that is far from true, although the motel is still nestles in the beauty of the Red River Gorge and some of the finest rock climbing in the country. Billy’s accent may be a bit thick but I think that you will enjoy getting to know his down home hospitality and make the Lil Abner Motel a favorite stop on your journey.

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast) Jim Cassler: Three Roads Tour 2016

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Road tours have become immensely popular with our readers and listeners. What better way to enjoy our great national than along its classic two lane arteries? Roads like the National Road, the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 evoke childhood memories for many of us following WWII and the postwar baby boom leading to the arrival of motor courts/motels and wonderful roadside attractions.

This year the National Lincoln Highway Association has organized another wonderful road tour. Organizer Jim Cassler is our guest on this podcast and he spells out the route for the Three Roads Tour 2016. The trip begins in Cumberland, MD on June 17, 2016 and ends 8 days later in Joliet, IL near the Route 66 Museum in downtown Joliet. Jim describes what goes into one of these tours and, while membership for this one is closed, it might just whet your appetite to look for the next road tour you find on a favorite stretch of two lane majesty through the heart of America. You can follow the Three Roads Tour progress by visiting www.lincolnhghwayassoc.org.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Cory Jobe: Presidential Travel

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The state of Illinois has long been known as the Land of Lincoln because of the wealth of tourist attractions around the 16th President throughout the state. However, Cory Jobe, Illinois’ Director of Tourism, would like you to know that there are three other first executives who call the Prairie State their home. In this edition of Trip Talk, Cory will reveal three main locations for those sites in hopes that you will include them in the itinerary for your next Midwest road trip.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: Think Bigger

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It’s a brand new year for American Road Trip Talk. We normally use this podcast to introduce you to the people and places behind the stories in the magazine. In this edition we are going to meet one of the authors who has given us a unique view of the American Road’s roadside attractions for over a decade. Erika Nelson is a traveling artist who has chronicled bigger than life attractions along our nation’s highways. Everything from the biggest duck on Long Island to the largest baseball bat in Louisville, Ky and an enormous catsup bottle that serves as the water tower in Collinsville, IL Erika has collected all of these and miniaturized them into…the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things.
In this conversation Erika will explain her recent hiatus from the magazine to work on a project in Georgia. She will also share some very special memories of former President Jimmie Carter in Planes, GA and her vision of what is coming up in this year’s Think Big column.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Muriel Eason: Tracks Across The Border Byway

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In the summer issue of American Road Magazine an article in our Friends in the Fastlane column featured a new byway that will thrill fans of the old west. It is called the Tracks Across Borders Byway and it traces a route from southern Colorado to northern New Mexico along the top of the continental divide. As our guest Muriel Eason, commissioner for the byway, will explain it is not the sort of hike you want to take in your prize sports car but four wheelers will delight in the rugged trails. Saddle up, and join us for a ride over the divide into the history of the Old West.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Katherine Hayes: Lincoln Funeral Train

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This edition of American Road Trip Talks goes behind the scenes of an article and picture that appeared in our Spring 2015 issue 2. The focus was on a remarkable sculpture display in the town of Troy, Ohio featuring a 31’ tall sculpture of Abraham Lincoln that will delight all of you Lincoln fans. But in the course of my conversation with Katherine Hays, Executive Director of Main Street Troy I discovered the really big event: the display of the Funeral Train of Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 10-13, 2015.

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This podcast is brought to you by Vandalia Illinois where they invite you to get into the swing of the Harvest Festival Sept. 25 and 26th in beautiful downtown Vandalia.

Vandalia, Illinois will be the home to many events this fall. On September 25 and 26, 2015, the City will be buzzing with their annual Harvest Festival event that is held in the beautiful Downtown Vandalia. On Friday night, come enjoy live music and the annual Ham and Bean dinner sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening! On Saturday, the fun continues along Gallatin Street, with vendors, merchant sidewalk sales, several activities for the kids, paintball gun shooting booth, Little Miss & Mister Pageant and new this year, Talent Showcase 2015!!! For more information on the Harvest Festival, please contact the Tourism Office at 618-283-2728. Attendance to all events is FREE of charge.   **********


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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Cindy Small: Amish Country Bike Tour

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This American Road Trip Talk podcast is a little different because the event we are talking about has yet to appear in our magazine. We did, however, think that you would enjoy knowing about the 29th Annual Amish Country Bike Tour because it is such a wonderful way of getting to know America’s first state, Delaware. The two wheeled excursion takes place on September 12, 2015 and offers 5 separate routes around Dover, DE with level courses that are comfortable enough for young families or challenging enough for professional riders. Our guest is Cindy Small, Executive Director of the Kent County Tourism Bureau who started the conversation by giving us a little history lesson.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Paul Gilger: Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Part 4

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The Tunnel Vision column of our Spring 2015 American Road featured an article entitled Joy to the Road about the centennial of a remarkable journey from Detroit to San Francisco by Henry B. Joy, first president of the Packard Motor Car Company in 1915. Between the end of June 2015 and the first week of July, another group of Lincoln Highway enthusiasts made that same trip in 12 days. Their tour guide was Paul Gilger who also led the mapping committee for the tour.

In this final podcast in the Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour series, Paul describes the complicated process of putting a cross country tour together. Some of the most enthusiastic travelers are the international visitors who make up a large part of the traveling band, particularly the Germans who have taken a particular shine to Route 66.
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As a tribute to the 60th Anniversary of the 1955 Chevy, Danchuk has partnered with Woody’s Hot Rodz and Super Chevy Magazine to bring you the Tri-Five Nationals, August 14-15, 2015 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green Kentucky. There will be a Tri-Five Only car show, full quarter mile drag racing, which will be heads up Tri-Five only racing, a Gasser Gathering, Autocross Challenge, cruise-ins, and to top it all off: Golden Star Auto and Woody’s Hot Rodz will be giving away an all new Woody’s built 1955 Chevy 2-door sedan!

Go to www.thetrifivenationals.com for more information and register so you don’t miss the fun. The 1955 Chevy will only turn 60 once and believe us…you don’t want to miss this monumental event!

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Paul Gilger: Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Part 3

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The Tunnel Vision column of our Spring 2015 American Road featured an article entitled Joy to the Road about the centennial of a remarkable journey from Detroit to San Francisco by Henry B. Joy, first president of the Packard Motor Car Company in 1915. Between the end of June and the first week of July 2015, another group of Lincoln Highway enthusiasts are going to make that same trip in 12 days and their tour guide will be Paul Gilger who also led the mapping committee for the tour.

In this third podcast in the Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour series, Paul Gilger shares fascinating stories about the original Lincoln Highway Tour. You will find out that there is a particularly sticky form of mud in Iowa, that the road got some urgently needed repairs after a miserable Thanksgiving and that the final stop of the Lincoln Highway was built with the ruins of the San Francisco earthquake.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Bob Lichty: Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Part 2

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The Tunnel Vision column of our Spring 2015 American Road featured an article entitled Joy to the Road about the centennial of a remarkable journey from Detroit to San Francisco by Henry B. Joy, first president of the Packard Motor Car Company in 1915.
Between the end of June 2015 and the first week of July, another group of Lincoln Highway enthusiasts are going to make that same trip in 12 days. They will be lead by the husband and wife team of Rosemary Rubin and Bob Lichty (pictured above).
In this second of four podcasts, Bob Lichty, a veteran of a number of Lincoln Highway adventures, will talk about the tour itself and the route that will take the group 2,836 miles to the shores of the Pacific.
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Rosemary Rubin: Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Part 1

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The Tunnel Vision column of our Spring 2015 American Road featured an article entitled Joy to the Road about the centennial of a remarkable journey from Detroit to San Francisco by Henry B. Joy, first president of the Packard Motor Car Company in 1915. Henry mounted his trusty Packard I-35 and navigated the often-muddy trails that were the Lincoln Highway just two years after the route had been established from New York to San Francisco. Henry’s destination was the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in the newly resurrected City by the Sea, which had risen from the rubble of a disastrous earthquake.
Between the end of June 2015 and July 8, another group of Lincoln Highway enthusiasts are going to trace that same 2,836 mile trip in 12 days. They will be lead by the husband and wife team of Rosemary Rubin and Bob Lichty who are veterans of the route and our guests for this podcast. In this first of four podcasts, Rosemary Rubin, a veteran of a number of Lincoln Highway adventures, will start the conversation talking about the history of the highway.
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dan Gavinski: Dell Duck Dynasty Part 2

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Our Spring 2015 issue of American Road Magazine was dedicated to the Trail of the Ancients, finding some of the American Road’s oldest attractions. The Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River are one of Nature’s works of art in Southwest Wisconsin that have been a tourist attraction since just after the Civil War. It is also the site in 2015 of the 70th anniversary of its famous Duck Tours. No we aren’t talking about a feathery parade. These DUCKS are six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2-ton trucks used during World War II.

This podcast is the second of two conversations with Dan Gavinski, the General Manager of the original Wisconsin Ducks and Dells Boat Tours, who has risen from parking lot attendant to running the whole show. In this interview Dan talks describes the remarkable Ducks and other aspects of the high powered aquatic entertainment at the Dells and finally about the upcoming 70th Anniversary celebration.
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This podcast is made possible by the Illinois Route 66. They invite you to a whole weekend of fun on the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville, is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore. For maps, updates, news, and complete event schedules, go to www.bluecarpetcorridor.org.

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We’re also sponsored by Heritage Corridor Event of the Month. Star Wars fanatics! Join us at the Joliet Public Library's 6th Annual Star Wars Day! A Kickoff parade, free prizes and activities and tons of costumed characters. Saturday, June 6th from 11am to 4pm. May the force be with you!
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dan Gavinski: Dell Duck Dynasty Part 1

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Our Spring 2015 issue of American Road Magazine was titled The Trail of the Ancients, finding some of the American Road’s oldest attractions. The Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River are one of Nature’s finest works of art and have been a tourist attraction since just after the Civil War. The Dells are also the site in 2015 of the 70th anniversary of the famous Duck Tours. These amphibious vehicles (DUKW’s or popularly known as Ducks) are six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2-ton capacity truck used by the U.S. military in World War II and introduced to the Dells in 1946 at the end of the war.

This podcast is the first of two conversations with Dan Gavinski, the General Manager of the original Wisconsin Ducks and Dells Boat Tours. In part one of our story, Dan recounts both the history of the Ducks at the Dells and his own rise from parking lot attendant to running the whole show. In our second podcast Dan will talk more about the Ducks themselves and the upcoming 70th Anniversary celebration.
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This podcast is made possible by the Illinois Route 66. They invite you to a whole weekend of fun on the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville, is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore. For maps, updates, news, and complete event schedules, go to www.bluecarpetcorridor.org.

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We’re also sponsored by Heritage Corridor Event of the Month. Star Wars fanatics! Join us at the Joliet Public Library's 6th Annual Star Wars Day! A Kickoff parade, free prizes and activities and tons of costumed characters. Saturday, June 6th from 11am to 4pm. May the force be with you!
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Thomas Thanas: America's Oldest Dairy Queen

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   That soft, sweet, summertime sensation better known as DQ or Dairy Queen has been a favorite diversion on the American Road celebrated its 75th birthday in March 2015. In the fall of 2013 I traveled to downtown Joliet, Illinois to visit the site of the very first DQ in America. Our Spring 2015 issue is dedicate to the oldest things along the American road and this certain fits the bill. My tour guide was former Joliet City Manager Thomas Thanas and, while our tour had to be virtual because the building no longer housed the original Dairy Queen, it was conducted alongside the very real Route 66 in downtown Joliet. Join us as we find more about the birth of this icy American Road icon.     *********** This podcast is made possible by the 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival coming May 2nd & 3rd. The festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend, making for a great shopping and sightseeing experience.   Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda. Visit www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org for full details.   ************     Isn't it time you found your next natural adventure? Come explore, relax, refresh, discover. Levy County, the heart of Florida's Natural Paradise, is waiting for you on the Gulf Coast 103 miles north of Tampa! Visit Levy County during their "Watermelon Festival" in Chiefland, Florida June 6, 2015. It will be a wonderful way to start your summer. For more information visit www.visitnaturecoast.com Levy Co Florida.     ************     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Preview the current issue:

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Mike Marselis: Granddad The Fish

Click here to listen... Click here to download ... The Spring 2015 issue of American Road Magazine was dedicated to tracking down the Ancients along the American highway. One of the stories was a fish tale about the oldest resident at the world famous Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Its name is “Granddad”, and he’s an Australian lungfish, a scaly survivor of prehistoric times found in very few places around the globe. Our guest, Mike Marselis, is one of the aquarists at the museum who has some interesting stories to tell about Granddad.   *********** This podcast is made possible by the 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival coming May 2nd & 3rd. The festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend, making for a great shopping and sightseeing experience.   Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda. Visit www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org for full details.   ************   Isn't it time you found your next natural adventure? Come explore, relax, refresh, discover. Levy County, the heart of Florida's Natural Paradise, is waiting for you on the Gulf Coast 103 miles north of Tampa! Visit Levy County during their "Watermelon Festival" in Chiefland, Florida June 6, 2015. It will be a wonderful way to start your summer. For more information visit www.visitnaturecoast.com Levy Co Florida.     ************   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: [url= http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets]http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Doris Schneider: The Big Duck

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   The winter issue of American Road Magazine featured an article entitled American Road’s Big Birds. The story stretched from coast to coast and the steamy south to the cold north in the search of truly large birds or to be more precise their artistic representations like the 21-ton Pheasant in Huron, S. Dakota or the Big Duck on Long Island, NY. In today’s podcast Doris Schneider, the VP of the Friends of the Big Duck is going fill us in on more of the background of this enormous replica which actually gave its name to a style of architecture.     Visit the Big Duck online at www.bigduck.org and look for them on Facebook.   *********** This podcast is made possible by the 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival coming May 2nd & 3rd. The festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend, making for a great shopping and sightseeing experience.   Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda. Visit www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org for full details.   ************ Isn't it time you found your next natural adventure? Come explore, relax, refresh, discover. Levy County, the heart of Florida's Natural Paradise, is waiting for you on the Gulf Coast 103 miles north of Tampa! Visit Levy County during their "Watermelon Festival" in Chiefland, Florida June 6, 2015. It will be a wonderful way to start your summer. For more information visit www.visitnaturecoast.com Levy Co Florida.   ************   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm        

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