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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.

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National Road Garage Sale 2018

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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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

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell, The Green Highway

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell The Green Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Sticker shock at the pump in 2011 and the fact that this year's Car of the Year at the Detroit International Auto Show was the electric powered Chevrolet Volt seem to indicate that Americans are beginning to take electric cars seriously. Nissan and Ford have joined GM in producing electric vehicles but the biggest limitation seems to be: How far can you go on the batteries?

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power

American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power Click here to listen... Click here to download...     When the weatherperson wants you to know just how cold things can get in case you were starting to feel sorry for yourself, they would probably say, "But in Cut Bank, Montana it's 40 degrees below zero." In our Winter 2010 Holiday Road Tour we visited the Glacier Gateway Inn and Plaza in Cut Bank where former owner Ron Gustafson had built the largest penguin inthe world t

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon In The Spotlight

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon in the Spotlight Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Starting in the1920's the art of neon lighting lit up American roadways and towns from coast to coast. In many ways it was arevolutionary as the digital artistry of today. Curiously, neon lighting made its way into the US from Europe by jumping across the country and landing in Los Angeles, California. So it's fitting that the City of the Angels should be the home of th

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos Click here to listen... (9:22) Click here to download... Claude Bell was a man who could dream bigger than most men can imagine. Two enormous concrete dinosaurs that command the Mohave desert town of Cabazon, California are silent witnesses to his hard work, persistence and vision. The desert dinos were featured in our Spring 2011 American Road Magazine column World's Largest Things. In every issue, author and artist Erika Nelso

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Vicki Royer: Ace In The Hole Part 2

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Vicki Royer: Ace in the Hole Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Behind all the romance of the motor courts that grew up in the early 50’s, there is a story of dedication and hard work on the part of the families that owned them. In this second part of our conversation, Vicki Royer, talks about how she landed at the Ace Motel in northwest South Dakota. She left home to pursue her own dreams, which took her to the gaming tables of La

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Ray Scriber: Part 1 Louisiana Main Streets

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Ray Scriber: Part 1 Louisiana Main Streets Click here to listen... Click here to download   Part 1 of 2 What do Fat Tuesday, Fasching and Mardi Gras have in common? They are the same food and fun festival celebrated throughout the great state of Louisiana. But the Pelican state is famous for much more than this one day of the year. In this two-part Trip Talk segment, Ray Scriber of the Louisiana department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism will open your

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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 Triptalk (Podcast)- Big Al Pelski: Toby's Clown School

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Big Al Pelski: Toby's Clown School Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Our Winter 2012 issue of American Road Magazine features a wonderful drive right down the middle of Florida on the Orange Blossom Trail. Just before you get to Lake Okeechobee you want to take time to visit the Toby the Clown Foundation in Lake Placid, the City of Murals. Big Al Pelski is the president of the Foundation and will be our guide during this podcast. If you

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Andy Coulson: Fish Boil Fame

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Andy Coulson: Fish Boil Fame Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Warning dieters. The following podcast may be dangerous for your diet! The White Gull Inn is a beautiful little hotel/bed and breakfast in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on the Door Peninsula. The winter edition of American Road Magazine features a tour of this colorful arm of the Badger state that forms the southern boundary of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. As you’ll hear, the White Gull I

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

Click here to listen… Click here to download … 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

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American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

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 Trip Talk (Podcast):randy Goodpasture: Flying Route 66: Part 2

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   The winter 2014-2015 edition of American Road Magazine was for the birds, with lots of wonderful stories and images of birds who have found unique roosts along the American Highway. Since we have our eyes on the skies, we thought that we would bring back a series of podcasts that we did about racing pigeons along Route 66 with Randy Goodpasture.   You only have to mention the words “Route 66” and people all over the world begin to conjure

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):mike Ippoliti: Saving The Barber Museum

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Tunnel Vision always provides our readers with snapshots of fascinating places along the American Road. Our Autumn 2014 issue featured a story about a Contrary Barber Pole at the National Barber Museum in the Columbus, OH suburb of Canal Winchester. Mike Ippoliti is the curator/director of the huge collection of tonsorial memorabilia and he joins us to talk about a recent tragedy that almost wiped out these beloved mementos of what has been

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

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

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast):heidi Vincent: National Motor Club Tips

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   A lot of our listeners/readers are avid travelers and many use the itineraries posted on our American Road Magazine homepage. The holiday season for 2014 is just starting to get into high gear whether grandma lives in Tampa, Fl or Topiniabee, Michigan, Spokane, WA or Seabrook Island, SC. The folks at the National Motor Club have your best interests at heart and have a special winter driving checklist to offer you. In this podcast

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

Click here to listen... Click here to download… 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 th

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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

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Virginia Sullivan: Cycling Route 66 Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   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 1, Ginny talks about the histor

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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

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Take 10 Photo Contest - September 2012 Deadline

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Beautiful photography has been a key part of the magic of American Road Magazine right from the start. How fitting, then, that we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the magazine with the Take 10 Photo Contest to find the best "ten themed" images of the American byways! Becky Repp invites you to help them celebrate their tenth anniversary year by sending them your favorite “ten” themed road trip photo! You could win $250 and have your photo

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Story House

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Nothing says Christmas like sparkling lights, mistletoe and ... leg lamps! That is, of course, if you are a fan of the 1983 holiday movie, A Christmas Story. The film chronicles a hilarious holiday season during the late 1950’s through the eyes of a child. In one classic scene the father proudly displays his sweepstakes prize, a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg. The movie was fiction but not the house. The home where the movie was film

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Sidlecki - You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   (In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the movie A Christmas Story, we are bringing back a podcast that features the interview with the curator of the house that was featured in the film.)   Nothing says Christmas like sparkling lights, mistletoe and leg lamps. That is, of course, if you are a fan of the 1983 holiday movie, A Christmas Story. The film chronicles a hilarious holiday season during the late 1950’s through the eyes of a child. In

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