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!

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Civil War Wrap-Up, Part Two: Andersonville, Georgia

May 25, 2016


Established in 1970, Andersonville National Historic Site has three main features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the Prison Site, and Andersonville National Cemetery. This is a hard one to write about, so I’ll let the National Park Services hand-out do it for me. “Prison Site: Hastily built to relieve crowding in Richmond prisons and […]

A Civil War Wrap-Up, Part One: The National Civil War Naval Museum

May 25, 2016


On our way north from a winter in Alabama, we decided to wrap up a five-year foray through the history of the American Civil War with two stops in Georgia. The National Civil War Naval Museum, formerly the Confederate Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia, is the only institution in the nation focused exclusively on the […]

A Fairhope Christmas Story

December 22, 2015


I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (1807-1882)   This carol has always been one of my favorites, as the lyrics pretty much sum up all our hopes throughout the year, but most […]