What the First Road Trips Were Like

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A hundred years ago, traveling cross-country by automobile was intimidating, if not a little bit dangerous. Cars were unreliable. Roads were rough, and with the Interstate Highway System still decades away, a bewildering array of potential routes connected any pair of distant points.

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Hidden in Plain Site

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Thank God for the Renegades

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imageIn 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, a doctor from Vermont, was in San Francisco with his wife when he made a bet. It was for $50 and made on the spur of the moment, over drinks at the San Francisco University Club. It was about a car. More precisely, it was about what a car might be capable of. ARTICLE

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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The New York Central Mercury Locomotive

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Mercury was the name used by the New York Central Railroad for a family of daytime streamliner passenger trains operating betweenmidwestern cities. The Mercury train sets were designed by the noted industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss, and are considered a prime example of Art Deco design.

Embracing The Cold: A Workshop With Wim ‘The Iceman’ Hof

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Too comfortable with our instant-on-demand society, where we are never hungry, never cold, and never become true resilient?

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