Roadside America

Author: Jack Barth
Publisher: Fireside Books
ISBN: UOM:39015017676399
Size: 19.69 MB
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A trivia-filled odyssey across America that tells the reader, for example, where to see the world's largest twine ball and how to locate the Lawrence Welk museum.

Remembering Roadside America

Author: John A. Jakle
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9781572338333
Size: 10.84 MB
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The use of cars and trucks over the past century has remade American geography—pushing big cities ever outward toward suburbanization, spurring the growth of some small towns while hastening the decline of others, and spawning a new kind of commercial landscape marked by gas stations, drive-in restaurants, motels, tourist attractions, and countless other retail entities that express our national love affair with the open road. By its very nature, this landscape is ever changing, indeed ephemeral. What is new quickly becomes old and is soon forgotten. In this absorbing book, John Jakle and Keith Sculle ponder how “Roadside America” might be remembered, especially since so little physical evidence of its earliest years survives. In straightforward and lively prose, supplemented by copious illustrations—historic and modern photographs, advertising postcards, cartoons, roadmaps—they survey the ways in which automobility has transformed life in the United States. Asking how we might best commemorate and preserve this part of our past—which has been so vital economically and politically, so significant to the cultural aspirations of ordinary Americans, yet so often ignored by scholars who dismiss it as kitsch—they propose the development of an actual outdoor museum that would treat seriously the themes of our roadside history. Certainly, museums have been created for frontier pioneering, the rise of commercial agriculture, and the coming of water- and steam-powered industrialization and transportation, especially the railroad. Is now not the time, the authors ask, for a museum forcefully exploring the automobile’s emergence and the changes it has brought to place and landscape? Such a museum need not deny the nostalgic appeal of roadsides past, but if done properly, it could also tell us much about what the authors describe as “the most important kind of place yet devised in the American experience.” John A. Jakle is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Keith A. Sculle is the former head of research and education at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. They have coauthored such books as America’s Main Street Hotels: Transiency and Community in the Early Automobile Age; Motoring: The Highway Experience in America; Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age; and The Gas Station in America.

Road Trip

Author: Richard Longstreth
Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books
ISBN: 0789332922
Size: 11.47 MB
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A loving tribute to American roadside and advertising architecture from a lifelong enthusiast with a unique collection of photography. With a focus on vernacular roadside architecture built between 1920 and the late 1960s, Road Trip is a time capsule of an extraordinary era and its roadside buildings, restaurants, gas stations, motels, and places of amusement, most of which are now long since gone.

Roadside Attractions

Author: Brian Butko
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811743617
Size: 16.29 MB
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Hit the open road for fun and wackiness as the Butkos visit offbeat attractions from coast to coast--dinosaur parks, miniature golf courses, populuxe motels, vintage amusement arcades, classic diners illuminated in neon, and even the world's largest ball of twine. More than fifty fellow authors and artists offer stories about their favorite attractions or recall memorable trips. Visitor information is included to help plan quick visits or an entire road trip.

Roadside America

Author: Lucinda Lewis
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 0810945401
Size: 11.88 MB
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"In Style" hailed Lewis's "Roadside America" as "a ride through the history of the automobile--for those who lust for the open road." Now, building on the success of that evocative celebration of America's love affair with the automobile, comes a year's worth of fabulous automobiles from all eras.

Roadside Attractions Coloring Book

Author: Steven James Petruccio
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486486956
Size: 11.52 MB
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Venture slightly off the beaten path to color 30 quirky sites, including Georgia's giant peanut, the Golden Driller in Oklahoma, Cadillac Ranch in Texas, and other kooky spots.