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I found a route short enough for an entire roadtrip in one day! US-223 ran just 56 miles from near Somerset, Michigan to Toledo, Ohio in 1962. The Toledo Art Museum, is on Monroe Street, old US-223, near the end of the route in Toledo, Ohio. It was the best place I found on the trip.
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Pioneer Village is a museum run by the non-profit Harold Warp Pioneer Village Foundation. It began as a private museum and tourist attraction to showcase the development of technology, especially in the United States, from the pioneer days of 1830 to about 1953, when the village opened. Pioneer Village opened to the public in June of 1953 and was fully stocked with historical artifacts and buildings bought by founder Harold Warp just for this use. When I last visited in 1974, the village boasted over 30,000 artifacts, but now claims over 50,000 historical items, so the collection has grown. It is now the largest private collection of Americana anywhere. Nearly all items have been restored to working order. On Roadtrip-'62's Day 28, we spent half a day as we crossed Nebraska's prairie on US-6!
Among the places that you could see in 1962 and still can today is the Amana General Store. The Amana Heritage Museum operates it and stocks the shelves with dry goods and merchandise reminiscent of bygone days. They also operate the Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum, a blacksmith shop, a print shop and more in the Amana Colonies, just off US-6. Amana was one of many places we traveled to on Day 22 of my virtual roadtrip of US-2.
© Public domain photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey Collection, Library of Congress
roadtrip62 posted a gallery image in Member's GalleryUp until 1959, you could take a train from Boston or New York to Hyannis, Massachusetts. There was no year-round passenger service between 1959 and 1986, when Amtrak began running trains again. Even that service has ceased, but tourist day trip service has been available sporadically under different railroad names since. Today the Cape Cod Central Railroad provides both scenic and dinner trains. The same tracks used in 1962 pass cranberry bogs, sand dunes, and historic villages, roughly paralleling US-6.
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