Saturday, June 6, 2009

New York here I come!

Tomorrow morning, I'll take the train to New York City where I'll join the others for the start of the road trip. Hey -- did you know they didn't have maps in 1909? In fact, there weren't road signs either. The Blue Book was printed to help travelers make their way across the states.
In her journal, Alice Ramsey notes a particular incident when the 1908 Blue Book read “Drive 11.6 miles and take a right at the yellow house.” Though she paid close attention to the odometer, Alice could not find the yellow house. Turns out, the gentleman who owned the (once yellow) house decided it needed new paint. Knowing his house had been cited as a landmark in the Blue Book, he decided to paint it green. He said something like, "Now watch what them car drivers do."

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