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  1. I just wanted to let everyone know that I have started a new Blog on American Road. It is entitled "For Namesake". It is about cities and towns in America that were inspired by Famous World Cities. With each installment of this blog we will explore towns in our great country that have the same names as famous world cities. Places like Athens, Berlin, Cairo, Dublin, London, Paris, etc. Many of these are along famous highways like Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, Yellowstone Trail, etc., while others are on back country roads that you might otherwise never drive on. So far I have posted an introduction Blog and two towns, Athens, Texas and Florence, Oregon. Many more will follow every week or two. If you can't wait to read about them all (185 or so in total) you can read ahead by going to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and downloading a copy of my Ebook about them "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities". Search for it by my name Rick Etchells. Hope that you all enjoy - I wrote it for all of us that have an urge to wander even if that is only in your armchair with a map and a suitable cool drink alongside. etchr66 (aka Rick Etchells)
  2. My name is Rick Etchells. I love to travel 2 lane highways and read about the history of the towns and cities along the back roads of America. Several years ago now I created the American Road Magazine Index. I maintain and update it with each new issue. The index is now available as a online database that allows you to search for the Magazine articles by Road Name, Route, Topic, Author, Department, etc. As I woud travel the back roads and the famous highways such as Route 66, The Lincoln Highway, Our National Road, etc., I often ran across towns that had the same name as famous world cities, towns such as Athens, Berlin, Cairo, Dublin, London, Paris, etc. I would always wonder how did they get those names and what their history was. I became so intrigued by this that I finally wrote and published a book about them. The book was recently released as an Ebook. It is entitled "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America Inspired by Famous World Cities". It is available for the Kindle and devices with a Kindle app at the following Link: http://www.amazon.com/For-Namesake-Travel-Book-ebook/dp/B00CBM6JFK. It is also available for the Barnes and Noble Nook and devices with a Nook App at : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-namesake-a-travel-book-places-in-america-inspired-by-famous-world-cities-rick-etchells/1115130086?ean=2940016722009 I believe that the towns talked about in the book would be of interest to the readers of American Road so I decided to start this blog to introduce them to my fellow roadies. With each installment we will talk about one of the towns from the book. In total the book talks about 17 Famous World Cities and 185 places in America that have the same names. The list includes: 14 towns named Athens 15 towns named Berlin 07 towns named Cairo 09 towns named Dublin 15 towns named Florence 13 towns named Geneva 17 towns named Georgetown 06 towns named Havana 06 towns, named Lima 09 towns named Lisbon 14 towns named London 05 towns named Madrid 10 towns named Milan 06 towns named Moscow 13 towns named Paris 08 towns named Rome 11 towns named Vienna 08 towns named Warsaw
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