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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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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 3

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush.   In

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

Click here to listen Click here to download 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

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Dave Silva: Road Warriors Favorite Beast

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   We all have a trusted steed that carries across the American Road whether it’s a vintage VW Campervan or the latest Hybrid. But there is group of travelers with a peculiarly deep passion for an historic American Road vehicle: The GMC Motorhome. From 1974-1978 GMC made the only RV produced by a major automaker. Of the 12,000 made, 8000 are believed to still be on the road.   The GMC motorhome was not a home stuck on top of a truck frame; it was

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to listen… Click here to download … 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 ar

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

Click here to listen... Click here to download. 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

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

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

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

Click here to listen … Click here to download … 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 commi

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Biggest, Tinniest, Biggest Collection

American Road Trip Talk (podcast): Erika Nelson. Think Big! Click here to listen... Click here to download...     This podcast is sponsored by the City of Joliet, IL who want you to include their Festival of Trees from Nov. 22-28, 2010 on your holiday itinerary.   Hi, it's good to be back with our American Road Podcasts, conversations with authors, fellow travelers and interesting people we meet along the way. My name is Foster Braun and I have had the pleasure of doing these intervie

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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 (Podcast): Bob Lichty: Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Part 2

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

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Rosemary Rubin: Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Part 1

Click here to listen Click here to download … 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 d

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

Click here to listen... Click here to download 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

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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): Dan Gavinski: Dell Duck Dynasty Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download… 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. T

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dan Gavinski: Dell Duck Dynasty Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download … 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)

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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 Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Silva: Gmc Motorhome, A Passion For The Past

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) - Dave Silva: GMC Motorhome, A Passion For The Past Click here to listen… Click here to download…   We all have a trusted steed that carries across the American Road whether it’s a vintage Campervan or the latest Hybrid. But there is group of travelers with a peculiarly deep passion for an historic American Road transport: The GMC Motorhome. From 1974-1978 GMC made the only RV produced by a major automaker. Of the 12,000 made, 8000 are believed to still be

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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

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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 in

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Heather Taylor: Historic Hotel Trip Guide

Click here to listen… Click here to download…   One thing American Road readers seems to have in common is that they are avid travelers. It’s not enough for most of us to get information about sites; we want to be there as well. A new tool to help you find a very special place to stay is the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation which is found at www.historichotels.org. Heather Taylor is a spokesperson for National Historic Hotels of America and she will share some of the

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Margaret Dunning: 102 In The Fast Lane Part 1

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Margaret Dunning may be 102 years old, but most of us might find it hard to keep up with her. In a recent issue of our magazine this remarkable woman was featured for her participation in a classic car event with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster. During an extended interview with Margaret, she shared about her love for cars and told some fascinating stores about the beginnings of motor travel in America. In this first of a two-part interview, Mr

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Becky Repp: Road Repp On Byway Board

Click here to listen... Click here to download ...   Rebecca Repp is the General Manager of American Road Magazine which she publishes along with husband Thomas Repp. Normally Becky stays behind the scenes but in the 2014 Spring Issue she stepped from behind the headlines into our Tunnel Vision section. There we learned about her appointment as a director of the National Scenic Byways Foundation. This group is a non-profit group organized in 2003 to help Byway committees all over the coun

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