April 2020

May book tour cancelled  –  Armchair Travel—Better Than No Travel At All

In this unfortunate time of pandemic caution, I have had to cancel a much-anticipated book tour of Route 36 in May. Several “virtual” appearances with service clubs have been arranged, but the rest await re-scheduling later this year or even in 2021. Route 36 will still be there and, hopefully, all of us will be too. My subject is not time-sensitive. In the meantime, if anyone at a library, museum, bookstore, or service club would like to set up a virtual event on Route 36, please contact me.

In the meantime, armchair travel is better than no travel at all. If you have a family member, friend, or acquaintance who revels in the open road on a motorcycle or in an RV, SUV, truck, or sedan, please remind them of Route 36 and send them to www.US36guidebook.com 

At Home During the Winter

While awaiting the arrival of spring, I’ve concentrated on spreading the word about Route 36 in the Denver area. That has meant speaking at service clubs and trying to get some attention from various media. While Covid-19 has understandably monopolized the airwaves and print media since February, getting any attention has become difficult.

During February and March I talked about Route 36 with Rotary members in Littleton, Longmont, Aurora, and Northglenn/Thornton in the Denver area. On April 15 I made a virtual presentation to employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation, making a case for designating Route 36 an “historic highway.”


Route 36 Cover

 Media Attention

Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway was extensively reviewed by highway buff Denny Gibson in a recent edition of the Jefferson Highway Association’s newsletter, “The Declaration” www.dennygibson.com/blog/2019/12/book-review-route. Positive notices have appeared in the spring number of “Road Notes,” the newsletter of the Society for Commercial Architecture (www.sca-roadside.org) and the April edition of the “Small Press Bookwatch” at Midwest Book Review http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/apr_20.htm#travel.  I look forward to some attention from publications at my alma maters, Millikin University and the University of Denver, and in “The Forum” newsletter of the Lincoln Highway Association.


Briefly Noted

The traditional May running of the Indianapolis 500 has been postponed (theoretically) until August 23 . . . Cancellations abound of course but one of the biggest is cancellation of the “Twain on Main” Festival traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend in Hannibal MO . . . The Delaware (OH) County Historical Society has canceled its 2020 programming (including a presentation from yours truly) . . . Town fathers and mothers in Delaware, Ohio, unveiled a sculpture of hometown hero Rutherford B. Hayes last October. Previously, a modest plaque in front of a BP filling station was the town’s only recognition of one of our presidents . . .  The Kansas US36 Association will meet (virus willing) on June 25 in Seneca.


Ten “Top Stops” on Route 36 in Ohio (east to west)

Route 36 in Ohio passes above Columbus and Dayton through a string of “Goldilocks Towns”—not too big, not too small, just right. Here are ten “Top Stops” along the way.

  • WW II-themed Dennison Depot Museum – Dennison
  • Temperance Tavern Museum (Cy Young memorabilia) – Newcomerstown
  • Roscoe Village and Canal Museum – Coshocton
  • Kenyon College – Mt Vernon
  • Ohio Wesleyan University – Delaware
  • Ohio Caverns – nr Urbana
  • Johnston Farm and Indian Agency – nr Piqua
  • Fort Piqua Plaza Public Library and Banquet Center – Piqua (pictured above)
  • Bears Mill and Art Gallery – nr Greenville
  • Garst Museum (for Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, and Tecumseh) – Greenville

Next time I’ll recommend some sites in Indiana and Illinois. ‘til then . . . stay safe, stay well . . . AND

Get your kicks (you know where),