Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
Harley-Davidson Museum: Exploring and American Icon-Here's a site Tim and I hoped to get to this year. That may take a while for us, but fortunately we can take a virtual trip with Connie now. Check out her tale about her first time atop a Harley in the drivers' seat as she shares her story about visiting this shrine to the history of Harley-Davidsons. Lots of cool rides here! Check it out at the Midwest Wanderer blog.
North Country Trail in Wisconsin-Want a less speedy mode of travel, yet still be able to see some of the most scenic landscape in Wisconsin? Check out the North Country National Scenic Trail as the route meanders through parks and forests, past lakes, rivers and waterfalls, and past a number of other scenic points of interest. Check out Kenneth's helpful guide to hiking the trail on the Wisconsin Explorer blog, complete with helpful hints like where to camp and distances between a number of points along the trail as it runs between the Michigan and Minnesota borders.
Mohican State Park in Winter-We loved visiting Ohio's Mohican State Park during the summer, but it looks like there is plenty to do and explore in the park during the colder months as well. Join Deb and Bob as they take us on a tour of the snowy landscape at Mohican. Check out their report at the TrekOhio.Com blog.
Know Nebraska: Lincoln Highway North Platte to Wood River-Muriel's Road Trip along the Nebraska section of the Lincoln Highway continues in this edition of the Nebraska Outback blog. Here story includes lots of images of vintage architecture along the route that include historic homes, ghost signs remaining on former service stations, taverns and other business buildings, as well as barns, bridges and other iconic sites along the way.
National Women's History Month: Midwesterners make their mark-Check out this story about several notable Midwestern women in this story from The Walking Tourists. I've read a bit about famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart and author Willa Cather, but I particularly enjoyed reading about Mildred Brown in this story. I was not as familiar with Brown, who owned the Omaha Star newspaper with her husband. She assumed sole ownership of the newspaper after the couple's divorce and folks believe that Brown became the longest-serving owner of an African-American weekly newspaper in the United States by the time of her death in 1989.
Fort Wayne's Embassy Theatre Unveils New Features-The Embassy Theatre immediately caught my eye when we first traveled through this northern Indiana town, and we were thrilled when reps from Visit Fort Wayne arranged for us to tour the classic 1928 theater and learn about its storied history. Check out Kayleen's report on the theater's most recent renovation and restoration at the Indiana Insider blog.
A Day in Arch City-Ronny Salerno is not a fan of the term "flyover city" and takes readers along as he takes a closer look at Columbus, Ohio. Salerno's eye for detail and always excellent images makes the most of his quick trip to Columbus to catch up with a childhood friend. Check it out at the Queen City Discovery blog.
Leave your passport at home and visit Dublin, Ohio-Join Karyn as she visits Dublin on a recent sunny St. Patrick's Day to celebrate all that is Irish in this Ohio town. Discover what it is to become Irish for a day in Dublin at Karyn's Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between blog.
How Many 100-Year-Old Bridges Are There in Chicago?-Patrick attempts to answer this question on the Chicago Architecture blog. There are four Chicago spans seeing their 100th anniversary this year in the city, including four that still serve as working drawbridges, according to this story. I'm not sure if Patrick manages to names all of the bridges that are 100-plus years old in Chicago, but this list and the accompanying images are well worth checking out!
Testicle Festival: Deerfield, Michigan-Everyone seems to celebrate St. Patrick's Day whether they are Irish or not, but how about a lesser known celebration? Kristian Campana usually writes about festivals and celebrations in Ohio, but I noticed that he recently ventured into Michigan to visit the Testicle Festival! Check it out at the OhioFestivals.net blog.
Ephemeral City: Election Day Sign-As crazily as this year's election season seems to be shaping up, today's heated debates, contentious campaign rallies and argumentative sniping between candidates don't seem to compare in terms of violence as the 1934 election season in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out John's story about this notorious election that certainly seemed to generate far more heat than light (and inspired Kansas City, a movie directed by Robert Altman in 1996) at the Paris of the Plains blog.
That's it for this month's Midwest travel links list. Do you have any favorite Midwest stories or blogs to share?
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