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Posted in American Countryside Louisiana

Jean Lafitte

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/02/07Feb23-Jean-Lafitte.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)He’s still regarded as an important figure in New Orleans and American history.  And although almost two centuries have passed,…

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Posted in American Countryside Iowa

The Composer Comes to Spillville

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/02/06Feb23-Bily-Clocks-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In the summer of 1893 a unique visitor arrived in Spillville, Iowa.  He loved the place so much that he…

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Posted in American Countryside Iowa

Ford’s One Million Dollar Offer

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/03Feb23-Bily-Clocks-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In 1928 the Bily brothers received quite an offer from Henry Ford.  He offered them one million dollars for something…

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Posted in American Countryside Iowa

The Amazing Bily Clocks

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/02Feb23-Bily-Clocks-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The Bily brothers were farmers near Spillville, Iowa.  But it’s what the brothers did when they weren’t farming that has…

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Posted in American Countryside Texas

The First Televised State Funeral

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/01Feb23-Sam-Rayburn-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In November of 1961, this small town in north Texas was overwhelmed with people coming to pay their respects to…

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Posted in American Countryside Texas

It’s Better to be the Speaker than President

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/31Jan23-Sam-Rayburn-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Many governors, senators and representatives may aspire to one day become president of the United States.  However, this man believed…

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Posted in American Countryside Texas

Sam Rayburn

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/30Jan23-Sam-Rayburn-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In Bonham, Texas you can find the boyhood home of Sam Rayburn.  The small town is also host to the…

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Posted in American Countryside Minnesota

Loading the Largest of Ships

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/27Jan23-Two-Harbors-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)They are some of the largest boat docks you’ll ever see.  Not mere spots on a lake from which to…

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Posted in American Countryside Minnesota

Two Harbors

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/26Jan23-Two-Harbors-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today Duluth, MN and Superior, WI are major shipping points on Lake Superior.  However, turn back the clock a century…

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Posted in American Countryside South Dakota

Al’s Great Pies

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/25Jan23-Als-Oasis-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you’ve driven across interstate 90 in South Dakota you know you’ll see plenty of signs for Wall Drug, an…

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Posted in American Countryside South Dakota

Al’s Oasis

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/24Jan23-Als-Oasis-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)An oasis is often thought to be a lush, fertile spot in the middle of a desert.  The oasis I’ll…

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Posted in American Countryside Texas

Short Existence, Mighty Impact

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/23Jan23-Hellcats-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Many military museums tell the story of an entire war, or perhaps the history of a fort or military outpost. …

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Posted in American Countryside Texas

The Hell Cats

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/20Jan23-Hellcats-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)They were often known as the Hell Cats.  Others knew them by the name, “Suicide Squad” for their hard fought…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

Bluff Dwellers Cavern

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/19Jan23-Bluff-Dwellers-Cavern.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Arthur Browning thought he was just going to check the traps on his farm one morning back in 1927.  What…

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Posted in American Countryside Arkansas

Same Old Sam

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/18Jan23-Sam-Walton-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)He was one of the wealthiest men in America.  Yet almost everyone that ever worked with him would tell you…

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Posted in American Countryside Arkansas

Sam’s Mismatched Floor Tiles

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/17Jan23-Sam-Walton-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It you walked into a business that had just remodeled its space and noticed the floor tiles did not match,…

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Posted in American Countryside Arkansas

Losing a Lease that Led to Success

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/16Jan23-Sam-Walton-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Perhaps that’s how Sam should have regarded the fact that his…

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Posted in American Countryside Utah

Roundup on Antelope Island

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/13Jan23-Antelope-Island-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Every fall there is a round-up of the herd here just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can even…

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Posted in American Countryside Utah

Antelope Island

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/12Jan23-Antelope-Island-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Until the 1960s, ranchers took animals by a barge from the mainland to this island for grazing.  The vast rangeland…

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Posted in American Countryside Utah

Overseeing the Largest of Lakes

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2023/01/11Jan23-Antelope-Island-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Jeremy Shaw is responsible for patrolling a lake larger than the state of Rhode Island.  It’s a unique place that’s…

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