Miscellaneous

Tarnished Gems

The celebrity association is lengthy. At one of the hotels an impromptu reception was held for Clark Gable and Carol Lombard after their wedding in the spring of 1939. Edsel Ford and his travel companions had stayed at the hotel in July 1915. The neighboring hotel was...

Ghost of Christmas Past Or Ghost of Christmas Future?

Sobering. Disturbing. Haunting. These words are apt descriptors for a few of the places visited during my travels over the years. On a cold, drizzly day in January, I stood in the trenches near Sanctuary Wood a short distance from Ypres Belgium where thousands of...

Turn Left At The Bridge That Used To Be Painted Yellow

"The best commentary on the road between Santa Fe and Albuquerque is that it took us less than three hours to make the sixty-six miles, whereas the seventy-three miles from Las Vegas to Santa Fe took us nearly six." Emily Post, By Motor to The Golden Gate, 1916. The...
A Man Named Carter

A Man Named Carter

The Cartercar, not to be confused with the Cartermobile manufactured in Hannibal, Missouri or the Cartermobile manufactured in Hyattsville, Maryland, was promoted in marketing campaigns as "The Car of A Thousand Speeds" and "The car with no gears to strip, no clutch...

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Here Is To New Adventures!

Here Is To New Adventures!

An argument could be made that the great American love affair with road trips began with the bicycle. During the 1890's the country was consumed with bicycle mania and that included touring. In June 1899, Frank Burtt whose family had made a fortune with an iron...

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Extra! Extra! Chevy Began As An Import

Extra! Extra! Chevy Began As An Import

Okay, I may be stretching a point here. It may be like making the argument that the wheel bearing is connected to the muffler. Still, technically, the origins of Chevrolet are as an import. The story kicks off on Christmas day, 1873. The was the day that Louis Joseph...

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Of Dreams & Dreamers

Of Dreams & Dreamers

The old hotels are just one block off of Route 66 in Cuba, Missouri. Few travelers or enthusiasts give more than a passing glance to the forlorn looking old structures, and fewer still are aware of their rich history or their link to classic Hollywood. If Terry West...

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Of Dreams & Dreamers

Of Dreams & Dreamers

The old hotels are just one block off of Route 66 in Cuba, Missouri. Few travelers or enthusiasts give more than a passing glance to the forlorn looking old structures, and fewer still are aware of their rich history or their link to classic Hollywood. If Terry West...

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Immortality Or Something Damn Near Like It

Immortality Or Something Damn Near Like It

There is a pantheon of automotive pioneers that obtained a dubious form of immortality as the reward for the transforming of obscure concepts and ideas into realities. As with Jello or Kleenex, it is as a brand name that they are remembered while their first names, as...

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Memories

Memories

Memories are funny things. They add seasoning to life, and they can be made fresh and vibrant by a song, a smell, a touch, an empty old highway baking under a desert sky, or even an old truck. Such was the case with the drive home from Needles, California after a day...

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