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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dan Gavinski: Dell Duck Dynasty Part 1

Posted by Foster Braun , in American Road Trip Talk (Podc... 16 May 2015 · 2,893 views

Wisconsin Dells Duck Tours Dan Gavinski
American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dan Gavinski: Dell Duck Dynasty Part 1
  • Ducks At War
  • DUCK At War 2
  • Dan Gavinski, Gen. Mgr. Original Wisocnsin Ducks and Dells Boat Tours
  • Dan Gavinski, Gen. Mgr. Dell Boat Tours
  • Vintage WI Duck
  • duck sign
  • Duck In Red Bird Gorge (Marilyn)
  • Duck cruising down river
  • Amphibious landing (Leyte Gulf)
  • 1960s Duck Tours
  • 1950s Duck Dock
  • 1946jpg
  • 005 Splashdown 1
  • 004 Fern Dell
  • Duck cruising down river

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Our Spring 2015 issue of American Road Magazine was titled The Trail of the Ancients, finding some of the American Road’s oldest attractions.  The Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River are one of Nature’s finest works of art and have been a tourist attraction since just after the Civil War.  The Dells are also the site in 2015 of the 70th anniversary of the famous Duck Tours.  These amphibious vehicles (DUKW’s or popularly known as Ducks) are six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2-ton capacity truck used by the U.S. military in World War II and introduced to the Dells in 1946 at the end of the war.
 
This podcast is the first of two conversations with Dan Gavinski, the General Manager of the original Wisconsin Ducks and Dells Boat Tours.  In part one of our story, Dan recounts both the history of the Ducks at the Dells and his own rise from parking lot attendant to running the whole show.  In our second podcast Dan will talk more about the Ducks themselves and the upcoming 70th Anniversary celebration.

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Blue Carpet Logo

 
This podcast is made possible by the Illinois Route 66. They invite you to a whole weekend of fun on the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville, is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore.  For maps, updates, news, and complete event schedules, go to www.bluecarpetcorridor.org.
 

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Heritage Corridor Star Wars Sign

 
We’re also sponsored by Heritage Corridor Event of the Month.  Star Wars fanatics! Join us at the Joliet Public Library's 6th Annual Star Wars Day! A Kickoff parade, free prizes and activities and tons of costumed characters. Saturday, June 6th from 11am to 4pm. May the force be with you!

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