June-July 2019

FROM:  Allan Ferguson
TO:  Friends of Route 36 – Please share this to all who may be interested

Since my last newsletter in April we’ve had an unexpected production delay . . . but the cover is done and here it is—

Text and printing are not far behind. We’re now estimating books in hand by early August. The book will cost $27.95.

Our website, www.US36guidebook.com will be up and running on approximately the same schedule—late July/early August.

In mid-June my wife, Ruth, and I met with the fabulous US36 Kansas promotional group at their annual meeting in Oberlin KS. That’s me introducing a new version of “Route 66” with apologies to Bobby Troup and Nat “King” Cole.  With new lyrics the title is “Route 36.”

While we finish up production on the book, here’s another photo journey down Route 36 from Ohio to Colorado. Following are thirteen photos—a “Baker’s Dozen”—just a few of the many attractions to be found along our great Heartland Highway. This is only a sampling of some of my favorite stops along the way. 

Amish/Mennonite Communities of OH, IL, and MO – These welcoming communities offer insight into a different time and way of life, not to mention fine crafts and down-home cooking.

Garst Museum – Greenville OH – The home of Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, Tecumseh, and General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, the Garst is regularly recognized as Ohio’s best local history museum.

Johnston Farm & Indian Agency – Piqua OH – Captures the culture clash between Native Americans and Euro-American settlers. Knowledgeable guides provide educational background on the early 1800s in the “Ohio Country.”

President Benjamin Harrison home – Indianapolis IN – A step back in time through a president’s home not so heavily-traveled as some. The home is exceptionally true and well-preserved thanks to the Harrison descendents . . . also close to the domicile of James Whitcomb Riley, Indiana’s most beloved poet.

Ernie Pyle WW II Museum – Dana IN – This is a “must” stop for anyone interested in World War II history and the incomparable writing of a journalist from “The Greatest Generation.”

Lincoln Land – Springfield IL – Another “must” stop, this time for Lincoln lore—the Presidential Museum and Library, the house, the law office, the old state capitol, the mausoleum. Plan on spending at least one full day in Springfield.

Mark Twain’s Hannibal MO  – Soak up the fun and ambience surrounding the boyhood of America’s greatest writer and social critic.

Walt Disney Hometown Museum – Marceline MO – This is a remarkable shrine to the greatest brand-maker of the twentieth century. Manned by passionate volunteers who love their favorite entertainer with Marceline roots.

John J Pershing boyhood home and museum – Laclede MO – Comparable to the Ernie Pyle Museum, this is where we learn about World War I and America’s most decorated general since George Washington.

Kelly Poling murals – Chillicothe MO – Lots of towns have murals . . . then there’s Chillicothe in a class by itself with Kelly Poling’s remarkable work spread around town.

Pawnee Nation Museum – nr Belleville KS – A moving, educational experience learning about the dominant tribe of Native Americans on the Great Plains.

The High Plains – For big skies and endless horizons, there’s nothing quite like the High Plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado.

Stanley Hotel – Estes Park CO – F.O. Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame left a legacy of civic contribution to Estes Park. This is one of them. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Hotel press office.

Looking Ahead

Please share this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in Route 36. They can join the mail list here.

Next up: The website www.US36guidebook.com followed with book publication by early August.

‘til then, get your kicks on Route 36

ALLAN FERGUSON
Route 36—America’s Heartland Highway
1743 S. Marion St.
Denver CO 80210
303-722-3441 (o)
720-789-0042 (m)
aferguson@ecentral.com