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Amish Country, Lancaster PA

In the southeast corner of Pennsylvania is Lancaster County. The County is famous for its population of 45,000 of the states 65,000 practicing Amish. Pretty as a Postcard I come to Amish Country this first day of Fall seeking the postcard version of what I think it to be.  There is just the first hint of coolness in the air. The apple trees are bursting with Gala and Granny Smith apples. Pumpkins, gourds, and haystacks are dotting the landscape.  I’m not sure what to expect or even what I’m looking for, but I just head[…]

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Gateway Arch, St. Louis

Is there anything more iconic Americana than the Gateway Arch in St. Louis?  Along with the Statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore, the Gateway Arch is a truly unique destination.  At 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch is the tallest manmade monument in the US.  Formerly designated as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and redesignated as the Gateway Arch National Park in 2018.  The park is 91 acres and includes, the Old Courthouse, the Mississippi Riverfront, and green spaces. Though truly American the arch is a world-renowned masterpiece of modern architecture. A competition is[…]

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The Corn Palace – Mitchell, SD

Build it and they will come The Corn Palace is dreamed up in 1892, just three years after South Dakotas’ statehood, by a group of local businessmen. They desire to increase the local population in order to secure the success of their ventures. They decide to build a Corn Palace that might help convince potential residents of the area’s agricultural abundance. The Corn Palace, in all its grandeur, and its annual fall Corn Belt Exposition grew in popularity. By 1905, the local businessmen who support the Palace determine that they[…]

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The original vision is of Old West heroes being carved into a granite mountainside. That is until sculptor Gutzon Borlum decides that four presidents representing Americas 150 years are more appropriate. Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and rain alone shall wear them away. -Gutzon Borglum. Borglum was working on the Stone Mountain Project in[…]

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Amarillo, TX: Route 66 –

I don’t follow Route 66 as much as I had hoped, in fact, there isn’t much left traveling from Oklahoma City to Amarillo. It is mostly I-40 with a few stretches of the original highway. There isn’t a whole lot going on this section of the iconic highway. In such, I don’t see many of the venues that the highway is known for. However, there are many things to explore during my brief visit to Amarillo. Cadillac Ranch Erected in 1974 (relocated in 1997) by a group of artist known as[…]

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The Creole Nature Trail –

The Creole Nature Trail – The Creole Nature Trail is a 108-mile driving trail; one of the 43 designated All-American Roads in the USA.  The road loops through Southwest Louisiana between Lakes Charles and the Gulf of Mexico in an area referred to as the Louisiana Outback.  The Outback is an incredible mesh of natural ecosystems: marshes, prairies, and beaches providing an amazing opportunity for viewing wildlife in its natural habitat. The area, with an abundance of fresh and salt water, is home to over 400 species of birds, 35[…]

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