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American Road's journey to yesterday starts in the American Southwest. "Trail of the Ancients" traces its roots to a time when Utah pioneer Albert R. Blanding discovered the prehistoric dwelling he called "Soose Castle" and began piecing together the history of the vanished people. His work inspired a movement that created a scenic byway from the Four Corners area through Colorado and Utah and into Arizona, picking up primordial dust with every mile. We look at the road through the legends that arose from its landscape-tales of Coyote, Spider Woman, and the Twin Hero gods.
American Road's "Oldies and Goodies" is the latest compendium piece, and it presents a collection of the country's oldest things. Among its twenty-one vignettes, you'll meet Grandad, the Queensland lungfish who's resided in Chicago since 1934; the creosote ring hailed as King Clone; the country's longest burning lightbulb; and Martinka's the nation's oldest magic shop. Say "Abracadabra" and time stands still.
After an outing that explores the stony furrows that are New York's Finger Lakes, we search out the Fountain of Youth; dig up the old birdman at Cahokia Mounds; dig into the singing sand near Fallon, Nevada; and dig down into Grand Caverns, the oldest continually operating showcave in America.
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