A Motel With a Radio in Every Room

This motel advertisers a “radio in every room.”  Perhaps it doesn’t sound too elegant, but it’s doing a nice business on the same spot for the last 80 years or so…

Movie Stars on Wide-Open Roads

There was a time when the movie stars of the day did not fly to their destination, but rather drove their own expensive cars on the wide-open roads.  This story is about one such star on a trip…

Searching for the Crossroads of the Nation

He was a man in search of the crossroads of the nation.  For of course, that would be the best place to build a business – a site where traffic from all directions would meet…

Man’s Best Friend

We’ve all heard of man’s best friend…but it was this dog that probably gave us the phrase so common today.  We’ll go to a county courthouse where a dog, his owner and a famous lawyer made history…

A Famous Canine

In the courthouse square in Warrensburg, Missouri you will find a statue in tribute to a dog named Old Drum.  He’s one famous canine who had a case go all the way to the state supreme court…

A Career That Brings Romance

Barry Yantis’ family has been in this family business since the days of World War II.  It’s a career that brings smiles to people’s faces around Valentines Day, perhaps even some romance…

The 100th Birthday of a Candy Bar

When you rank candy bars by the date they were first introduced, this would be the third oldest in the nation.  It’s celebrating it’s one hundredth birthday this year and we go to the birthplace…

A Mercantile Company That Invented

It was in 1876 a new mercantile company began business.  It may not sound that significant if not for one of the products they would end up inventing…

50 Years of Broadcasting Major League Baseball

162 games a year for 50 years…that’s over 8000 baseball games…and this man has seen virtually every single one of them.  Then again…that’s his job.  We’ll head to the stadium to catch a game with him…

Keeping the Listener Interested Calling a Ballgame

When a baseball broadcaster has to describe a game that is lackluster at best, they may resort to talking about all kinds of things to keep a listener interested.  Perhaps they even talk about things like utility poles…

 

Getting a Mule to Obey

Mules can be stubborn.  So what do you do with a mule that simply won’t obey?  Wilbur was told what he should do, but whether he’d ever follow that advice again is very much in question

A Medic Caring for Four Legs

Medics are an important part of an army, taking care of the wounded on the front lines, risking their own lives to save those of others.  This man had that job, but those he cared for had four legs…

Taking Skills from the Farm to War

Like many young American men in the 1940s, Wilbur Taylor was headed to war.  But his job would be a unique one requiring some of the skills he knew from the farm…

More Than Two Blocks of Murals

Michelangelo had a very large canvass when he began work on the Sistine chapel.  Make a trip to this river town and you’ll find a man who had two and a half blocks of canvass to fill…

Where Civil War Engineers Ran Out of Names

Civil War engineers were simply running out of names…but that doesn’t mean the forts here were not important.  It’s a place where the Union troops simply named their forts for the letters of the alphabet…

Rememberance of the Trail of Tears

Many of us have heard of the Trail of Tears.  This community chose to honor those who were forced to make that journey.  It turn a group of individuals comes here every year on bicycles in remembrance as well…

A Long Stretch of Original Route 66

Old Route 66 is a major tourist attraction in many communities along the highway.  But here you’ll find some of the longest stretches of original road anywhere in the nation…

Wildlife That Draws People Here

Deer, turkey, black bear and mountain lion – they are just a few of the creatures roaming these woods and that has made this place a draw…

A Unique Look at the Outdoors

When you grow up with something all of your life, you may not realize exactly how special it is.  That was a bit the case for Dave, who learned that what he found outdoors was a truly unique piece of our world…

A Japanese Teenager’s Journey to the US

As a Japanese teenager, Barbara was taught to defend herself from American soldiers arriving in her country.  She ended up marrying one of them.  But there were far more surprises when she landed in the United States…