automotive history

Welcome to El Trovatore

Welcome To El Trovatore - Unincorporated. When I discovered that simple sign in the basement of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts in Kingman, Arizona, I had my second piece of hard evidence that the urban myth was a reality. But I lacked answers. And nearly five...

Campgrounds and One Dollar Soup

Tales of campgrounds and one dollar soup in Denny Gibson's new book Tracing a T to Tampa are richly illustrated snapshots of a road trip in 1920. But this book is also the story of one mans quest for a family connection. It piqued my interest, and provided a bit of...

No Mere Highway

It is no mere highway. It hasn't been since the U.S. Highway 66 Association was established in the early spring of 1927. And now, in the era of renaissance, this storied old highway has transcended its original purpose. It has been been transformed into the modern...

Epic Road Trips

Telling the story of epic road trips. Sharing epic road trips. Making, and surviving, a few epic road trips. In a nut shell that sums up things rather nicely as road trips of an epic nature have been a big part of my life since at least 1959. And epic road trips have...

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EV Adventure on Route 66

An EV adventure on Route 66. Me. The fellow that courted his dearest friend forty two years ago in a 1946 GMC. The same person that envisions an adventure on Route 66 during the centennial year in a 1929 Ford Model A just made a 400 mile trip from Kingman to Winslow,...

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Road Trip

Road trip. Route 66, a highway, a television program, a road trip inspiring song and a destination. Memory making, epic adventures on the open road. It's as American as apple pie, hot dogs and a marketing campaign that encouraged people to see the U.S.A. in their...

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Planes, Trains, Route 66 and St. Louis

Planes, trains, Route 66 and St. Louis were the topics of conversation with author and historian Joe Sonderman on the August 6, 2023 episode of Coffee With Jim. The program definitely provided me with added incentive to explore St. Louis during the Jim Hinckley's...

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The Route 66 Centennial

The Route 66 Centennial

In 2026 the Route 66 centennial will spark the largest block party in American history. In preperation of this mega event the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield is about to unveil the Route 66 Experience that was developed in partnership with Ace Sign Company....

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Conrad Shenfield: An Entrepreneurial Tale

Subjugation of the Hualapai people followed a brief war in the late 1860s. And as a result, over the course of the next twenty years the northwest corner of the Arizona territory was inundated with a veritable flood of prospectors, ranchers, miners, investors, crooks,...

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Casting A Long Shadow

The towering old stone hotel has been casting a long shadow in the historic heart of Kingman, Arizona since 1909. It is a tangible link to Arizona territorial history, a nearly forgotten chapter in Ford family history, and even with famous Hollywood celebrities. John...

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December 2023