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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Thomas Thanas: America's Oldest Dairy Queen

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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