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    Map Of Road Original

    From the album: Hull's Trace Byway

    The 1824 map credited to the National Archives, College Park, MD
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    Hull's Trace Map

    From the album: Hull's Trace Byway

    Credit Bill Saul from Burton Collection
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    Courderoy Logs

    From the album: Hull's Trace Byway

  4. 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
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    Inside Shell

    From the album: Erika Nelson, World's Largest Things

    The empty shell of building waiting for Erika's magic touch and transformation into the museum.
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    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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    Erika Nelson portrait

    From the album: Erika Nelson, World's Largest Things

    Erika and her traveling exhibit of Roadside memorabilia.
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    1895 building

    From the album: Erika Nelson, World's Largest Things

    Building in Lucas, KS donated by local businessman to house the permanent collection of Erika's replica's.
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    Logos

    Logos of all TripTalk Sponsors.
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    Rock Climbers 298x243

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    Scudder Model T Group

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    Family Reunion Shed

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    Frosty Morning

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    Loft Cottage

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    Danielle Kindred 300x225

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    Sunset Mural Lo Res

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    Artist Danielle Kindred

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    Motel Sign

  19. 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 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. ######### The American Road TripTalk is brought to you by Marinette County, Wisconsin where you’re invited to visit the real north. ########### Visit Springfield Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s hometown, where History Comes Alive. From June 7 – August 13, experience nineteenth century life and even meet Mr. Lincoln himself. Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition! Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets"]http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadmagazine.com/previewmag.html"]http://americanroadm...previewmag.htm
  20. 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 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. ########## Visit Springfield Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s hometown, where History Comes Alive. From June 7 – August 13, experience nineteenth century life and even meet Mr. Lincoln himself. 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
  21. 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 for your next Midwest road trip. ########## 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
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    Young Lincoln

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    Presidential Travel in Illinois

    Illinois is home to three of our nation's top executives: Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Ronal Reagan all called it home and Pres. Barak Obama live there for a long time as a member of Congress.
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