Highway history

The Sunshine Bridge, a Florida Experience

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The Sunshine  Skyway Bridge is a biggie!  This highway bridge on I-275 near Tampa Bay crosses 29,040 feet which comes out to about 5.5 miles. Held up by cables, this bridge from the distance shines bright gold in the sun and looks a bit like a golden sailboat floating above the bay.  It is easy to […]

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My brush with the Beatles at Walnut Ridge

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Walnut Ridge, Arkansas is a small town with a big story.  It all begins September 18, 1964, when the Beatles made a brief stop in town that now has spanned the years.  Today, visitors can see the image of the FAB four on a mural and more and their brief visit has spiraled (since 2011) […]

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Mother Jones, a legend in our backyard

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Right in the midst of central Illinois is the history of a firebrand woman that changed the history of labor.    Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, was a Scottish immigrant that came to Canada with her family during a famine.  Born in 1830, she died 100 years later and was buried in […]

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Mahan Filling Station, a Route 66 landmark at Fulgenzi's

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Are you a Route 66 enthusiast?  If so, you might want to stop at the Mahan Filling Station. This former gas station, thought to be one of the earliest dating back to around 1917, has returned to its roots.  Built by Butler Manufacturing in Springfield, Illinois, today the station sits on the property of Fulgenzi’s […]

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The Oasis, a Diner on the National Road

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There is something to be said about the only Diner on the National Road in Indiana. Besides having that distinction, the wonderful Oasis is one of less than five historical diners to remain on US 40 from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. For those like me in Central Illinois, the Mother Road is Route 66, […]

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