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  1. Foster Braun

    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 Meanderings page on Facebook or www. oldstorefrontantiques.com
  2. 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
  3. Foster Braun

    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.
  4. 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 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. ############ 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.” ######## Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  5. Foster Braun

    Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

    Sidney, Nebraska had the reputation of being the Toughest Town on the Tracks in the late 1800's. These images are part of the 150 anniversary celebration Aug. 18-21, 2017.
  6. Foster Braun

    Glenn House

    In spring 2017, the Voices from the Backstairs Tour was launched at the restored Victorian mansion within view of the Mighty Muddy Mississippi. According to Tom Grantham, President of the Glenn House Historical Association, the tour is an American version of Downton Abbey, covering much of the same world changes. An upper apartment, accessed from the rear of the house, which was the servant quarters, has been completely restored. In this episode of American Road Trip Talk, Tom fills in the history of this elegant Mississippi mansion.
  7. 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 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 ######### Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  8. Foster Braun

    Veils, Vettes and Vows

    Images from the Haggerty display at the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan. Drive thru wedding chapel for renewing vows while in cars.
  9. Click here to listen… Click here to download… 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. ######## Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  10. Click here to listen Click here to download … 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. ############# Video of the inauguration of Land and Sky Byway Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  11. Foster Braun

    Land and Sky Scenic Byway

    Images from NW Kansas LSSB.
  12. Click here to listen… Click here to download… 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. ############ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  13. Foster Braun

    Hull's Trace Byway

    Images of the first road into Michigan as explored by Rusty Davis and the other volunteers from the River Raisin Battlefield Park
  14. Click here to listen… Click here to download… 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. **************** Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  15. Foster Braun

    Erika Nelson, World's Largest Things

    Erika Nelson is the artist who created traveling art show called The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Copies of the World's Largest Things. http://www.worldslargestthings.com/
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