The Traveling Trio
We're retired, we're into history, we're in love with this big, beautiful country of ours. We haul our home right along with us, so no matter where we spend our days, at night we're always home!

Why Is a Mobile Home Called ‘Mobile’ When it Isn’t?

April 23, 2017


  The end of World War II created unprecedented housing shortages across the United States. Returning veterans anxious to attend college under the G. I Bill, or get married and start a family, all needed a place to live. Coupled with the post-war economic boom, housing shortages led to the wide-spread use of military-style prefabricated housing – […]

Posted in: Travel - Alabama

How Stepping on a Shrimp Revolutionized an Industry. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Biloxi, MS

March 21, 2017


Originally located in a Spanish-styled structure built in 1934 as part of a U. S. Coast Guard Station, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history of the Gulf Coast and the seafood industry long-intertwined with Biloxi’s history. Then along came Hurricane Katrina’s 30-foot tidal surge in […]

Museums Aren’t Forever. The Jefferson Davis Presidential Home, Library and Museum – Revisited.

March 21, 2017


“Museums are forever. At least that is what we’ve come to believe.” Thus began an interesting abstract by Steven Lubar, Lukas Rieppel, Ann Daly and Kathrinne Duffy entitled, Lost Museums, recently published on Museum History Journal’s Facebook page. (Yes, there IS more to Facebook than dog videos and pictures of cute kids.) The abstract points out […]

Dodge City, Kansas. The Queen of the Cow Towns. Even Now.

November 1, 2016


While I’ve always associated Dodge City with the television series Gunsmoke, obviously the story goes a little deeper – especially since Gunsmoke wasn’t even filmed in Dodge City, but rather on a set located outside Knab, Utah. Oh, well – that’s Hollywood. Fort Dodge was constructed during the Indian Wars in the middle 1860s to […]

Posted in: Travel - Kansas

North Platte, Nebraska. A Small City with a History of Big Numbers

October 28, 2016


This small city of a little over 25,000, located in the northwestern part of the state, is associated with some pretty big numbers – and they’re all railroad-related. Rail fans from all over the world travel here to take in a birds-eye view of the world’s largest rail car classification spectacle – the Union Pacific […]

Posted in: Travel - Nebraska

Mitchell, South Dakota. Home of the Last Crop Palace

October 22, 2016


The world’s only remaining crop palace is a premier tourist attraction in this small city of a little over 15,000. The Mitchell Corn Palace is certainly something to see, and some 500,000 tourists come each year from all over the country to do exactly that. They wander through the inside of the building, reading the […]

Austin, Minnesota: Spam and SPAM Are Here to Stay

October 21, 2016


“Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!” Monty Python’s lyrics from his 1970 sketch, in which two customers in a café try to order something for breakfast that doesn’t include SPAM, was oddly prophetic in more ways than one. Spam, all lower-case, is a term everyone with an email address understands to be ubiquitous and unavoidable – the […]