Archive for August, 2011

Checked Out

August 25, 2011

The Checkerboard Diner Pittsfield, Massachusetts  © jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Checkboard Diner, on Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, Mass., apparently had at least two previous incarnations as diners: Miss Pittsfield and Lizi’s Miss Pittsfield, after being moved to the town from its original location in nearby Dalton. It now appears to be destroyed.

The Checkerboard DinerPittsfield, Massachusetts© jan albers | all rights reserved

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Nebraska Skyline

August 18, 2011

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Hot Wheels

August 15, 2011

Webster City, Iowa© jan albers | all rights reserved
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Webster City, Iowa

Cruising downtown Webster City, Iowa.

Diner

August 11, 2011

Diner© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Idaho Falls, Idaho

When you’re on the road, you often want to pull off for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. Once you do, the road starts to beckon again almost immediately.

Leesville Toll Marker

August 8, 2011

Great Western Toll BoothLeesville, New York© jan albers | all rights reserved
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Leesville, New York

Leesville, New York, was one of the most western posts on the First Great Western Turnpike, built as a toll road from Albany, the state capital, to the frontier town of Cherry Valley in the late 18th century. Commerce didn’t come cheap – drivers (of a different sort) paid 3 cents per dozen to move their sheep and swine along the road. No tolls were collected from people going to or returning from church or the grist mill, or from those who were on military duty or on journeys within the town where the tollgate was located.

Through the Grapevine

August 5, 2011

Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Geneva Ohio

The Geneva (Ohio) Grape Jamboree celebrates all things grape. Held the last weekend of September, it features wine tasting, various competitions (including waitresses balancing glasses of wine while racing down Route 20) grape stomping, and two parades, as well as the crowning of Miss Grapette.


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