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Community Museums Transit Stations and Libraries

New Small Business and employment begins with the training of new entrepreneurs in key skills, including: tourism operations, customer and transit services, energy savings, water resources, information and library management.

A facility small museum, train station, bus depot, library, civic center or other similar public or private building is the point of reference to carry out the above referenced training as well as to act as info point, meeting place and event location for local residents as well as visitors from other communities acting as the point of reference in the local area for cultural and other itineraries.

Grand Central Station Main ConcourseEach community has Unique Capabilities and Resources

A Collaboration with your facility is open- ended, can be terminated at any time and does not impact on your current resources; where staff time is involved, it will be compensated on terms and conditions to be negotiated on a project basis.

Partial facilities use for meetings, events and the tourism info point can be paid:

o   at rates to be negotiated, or

o   in kind with equipment and services for use by the general public

The Results of this effort are:

job creation in the community,

new revenue and tax receipts from tourism, transit and other business activities,

positioning of your structure as the community’s most important asset.

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Covered Bridges Travel Itineraries

A Covered Bridge is defined as a bridge in which the trusses, sides, and roofs are made of wood, creating a complete enclosure; they were built that way to protect the structural integrity of the bridge that, left exposed, would otherwise have a useful life of only 10-15 years.

covered bridges in PennsylvaniaThese Structures were built throughout the world during 19th century. In the United States, Philadelphia lays claim to the first bridge, built in the early 1800s, that spanned the Schuylkill River by 30th Street. Eventually, nearly 12,000 covered bridges were in operation. By the 1950s, the hat number shrank to less than 1,500 as more affordable and durable materials came into existence.

Pennsylvania has 219 Covered Bridges the most of any State

Speakman Bridge 1 InteriorEarly Timber covered bridges consisted of horizontal beams laid on top of piles driven into the riverbed below. This construction method meant that the length between bridge spans was limited by the maximum length of each beam; development of the timber truss circumvented that limitation and allowed bridges to span greater distances than those with beam-only structures of stone, masonry or timber arch structures.

Zimmerman's Covered BridgeEuropean Truss Bridges used king and queen post configurations. Some early German bridges included diagonal panel bracing in trusses with parallel top and bottom chords. Wood deterioration upon exposure to weather was addressed with various forms of coverings. Beginning around 1820, new designs were developed, such as burr, lattice and brown trusses. By mid-century, the introduction of wrought iron and cast iron led to metal rather than timber trusses, except in areas where large timber remained plentiful.

Covered Bridges Travel Itineraries

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Columbus Ohio

history transport hub industrial town breweries and historic villages

Columbus named for explorer Christopher Columbus, it was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers; it became Ohio’s state capital in 1816. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

Columbus is home to the Ohio State University

University Hall OSUHistory the area including modern-day Columbus once comprised the Ohio Country under French control through the Viceroyalty of New France from 1663 until 1763 as Europeans engaged in the fur trade. In the 1740s, Pennsylvania traders overran the territory until the French regained control; the region routinely suffered turmoil, massacres and battles. Finally, the 1763 Treaty of Paris ceded the Ohio Country to the British.

Colonists from the East Coast moved in but encountered people of from several Indian nations, as well as European traders. The tribes resisted expansion by the fledgling United States, leading to years of bitter conflict. By 1797, a permanent settlement was founded on the west bank of the forks of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers; the location was ideal for its proximity to navigable rivers.

Columbus became State Capital because of its Proximity to Major Transportation Routes

Transport Hub and Industry the National Road connected Columbus with Baltimore in 1831 in addition to the Ohio and Erie Canal, facilitating the arrival of Irish and German immigrants. By 1875, eight railroads served Columbus, and the rail companies built a new, more elaborate station. The city became a major industrial town by the late 19th century with buggy factories, steel producers and breweries. The American Federation of Labor was founded here in 1886 by Samuel Gompers, followed by the United Mine Workers in 1890.

Street Arches on Short NorthWooden Arches on High Street Provided Electricity for the New Streetcars

The Columbus Experiment was an internationally recognized environmental project in 1908, which involved construction of the first water plant in the world to apply filtration and softening, designed and invented by Clarence and Charles Hoover; an invention that reduced the incidence of typhus.

Port Columbus Airport was a Rail-to-Air Transcontinental System from the East to the West Coast

Neighborhoods and Villages modern interpretations of neighborhood borders vary significantly as historical neighborhoods, villages, towns and townships have been annexed and absorbed by the city.

Columbus Italian VillageThe Italian Village is a mixed land use neighborhood that contains an array of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. It is a designated historic district for its historical and cultural preservation. The building types and architecture reflect Italian influence. With its parks and preserved historic homes, Italian Village has the highest home value appreciation in Columbus. The neighboring Downtown District provides access to major employers, cultural and learning institutions, and entertainment venues.

Brewery DistrictThe Victorian Village is in an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. Neil Avenue runs north/south and eventually crosses through the campus of The Ohio State University.


The Brewery District is located just south of the central business district with a history stretching nearly 200 years. The first brewery was opened by German immigrant Louis Hoster in 1836. At the height of its success, there were five breweries located in the area. Following Prohibition in 1920, the area become home to industry and warehouses. In recent years, redevelopment has taken place on a large scale, with restaurants and bars.

German VillageThe German Village is a historic neighborhood settled German immigrants in the mid-19th century who constituted as much as a third of the population of the entire city. It has a commercial strip mainly centered along South Third Street, with mostly locally owned restaurants, as well as the St. Mary Catholic Church. The area is mostly a residential neighborhood of sturdy, red-brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, brick-paved streets.

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Preserve and Divulge Cultural Heritage

Destinations and Itineraries

Cultural Heritage and Local Museums give meaning and purpose to the objects on display in museums and art galleries as they disclose the historical and archaeological heritage of a community, leverage conservation and the rediscovery of cultural heritage through the arts, history, archaeology, literature and architecture, preserve biodiversity and rediscover cultures associated with agricultural, coastal and river communities

For Friends & Family Theme Groups and Business Travelers

River Market KCLocal Food Wineries and Breweries there are several fascinating examples throughout America of a resurgence in farming that cater to an ever-increasing demand for local, quality and sustainable food, wine and ale consumption in urban, rural and suburban communities, fueled in part by downtown development and neighborhood construction. This, in turn, has spawned a demand for nightlife and weekend amenities for local citizens and out of town visitors.

Experience Uniquely Local Atmospheres Where Historical and Sustainable Attractions are also Present

Milwaukee Intermodal StationLocal Public Transport Initiatives in recent years, efficient and affordable public transit – in the form of bus rapid transit, subways, elevated and other rail services and trolley cars – for urban, suburban and intercity services have been debated, studied and in some instances implemented. Our itineraries include major US cities with established commuter and regional service as well as communities that are implementing new transit programs. An opportunity to meet with local planners and managers and travel efficiently, safely and affordably as you visit the United States.

Canal boat DelphiWater Resources and the Environment visit and study the efforts of communities that are in the forefront of water resources management and other environmentally sustainable practices in coastal and river waterfront development in small towns and large cities as well as agricultural communities. Local officials and nonprofit stewards of the environment, among others, will explain their policies, programs and best management practices in wastewater and watershed management, land conservancy issues, LEED certifications, recycling, rainwater collection and energy efficient systems.

Industry and Commerce Itineraries from Agriculture and Industry to Services and Sustainability

Lockport downtownMany American Communities are transitioning from traditional industrial and commercial activities to technologically innovative ones; in some instances, they are also able to re-establish their traditional economic activities with a successful application of the so-called knowledge economy and, in the process, becoming once again competitive in the world marketplace.

Communications Training Small Business and Entrepreneurship

C&O Canal - GeorgetownCommunities with traditional economies can succeed in a post-industrial environment by utilizing modern communications technologies, updating existing industrial infrastructure, local workforce training as well as supporting small businesses and new entrepreneurial opportunities.

Destinations and Itineraries for Friends Family and Business Travelers

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Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore

history geology hydrology fishing and the environment

Chesapeake Bay is an estuary and the largest such body in the contiguous United States and is a very important feature for the ecology and economy of the Middle Atlantic Region. More than 150 major rivers and streams flow into the bay’s 64,299-square-mile – 166,534 km2 covering parts of six states.

Thomas Point Lighthouse Chesapeake BayHistory in 1524, Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed past the Chesapeake, but did not enter the bay. Spanish explorers may have been the first Europeans to explore parts of the bay which they named Bay of the Mother of God. In the late 16th century the British founded a colony and Captain John Smith explored and mapped it between 1607 and 1609. The first designated all-water National Historic Trail was created in 2006 following Smith’s historic 17th century voyage.

The Eastern Shore is home to crabbers, oyster men, gentlemen-farmers and sharecroppers, boat builders and antiques dealers. Activities include fishing, crabbing, swimming, boating, kayaking and sailing.

ChesapeakeTidal WetlandsGeology and Hydrology the bay was formed starting about 10,000 years ago when rising sea levels at the end of the last ice age flooded the Susquehanna River valley.  Much of the bay is shallow; it is approximately 200 miles – 320 km – long and 2.8 miles – 4.5 km – wide at its narrowest and 30 miles – 48 km – at its widest point. Average depth is 21 feet – 6.4 m. Because the bay is an estuary, it has fresh water, salt water and brackish water.

SkipjackFishing once employed up to nine thousand water men and their skip jacks, the only remaining sailing work boats in US waters, engaged in the seafood production of blue crabs, clams and oysters. Now, runoffs from farms and urban areas, over-harvesting and foreign species invasions have made the bay less productive. Oyster farming helps maintain the estuary’s productivity and is a natural effort for filtering impurities and reduce the amount of nitrogen compounds entering Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake watershedEnvironment in the 1970s, Chesapeake Bay was discovered to contain marine dead zones – waters depleted of oxygen and unable to support life – that weaken the base of the estuary and its food source.

The runoff and pollution have many components that help contribute to the algal bloom which is mainly fed by phosphorus and nitrogen. Algae prevents sunlight from reaching the bottom of the bay while alive and de-oxygenates the bay’s water when it dies and rots. Also, the over-harvesting of oysters has made it difficult for them to reproduce, which requires close-proximity to one another. The depletion of oysters has had a particularly harmful effect on the quality of the bay as they serve as natural water filters, and their decline has further reduced the water quality of the bay.

Visit Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore

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The Ohio River

American River Trails

The Ohio River is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh. From there, it flows northwest before making an abrupt turn to the southwest at the Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania border. The Ohio then follows a roughly west-northwest course until Cincinnati, before bending southwest for the remainder of its journey through the US Midwest and joining the Mississippi at Cairo, Illinois. The 981 mile – 1,579 km – river flows through or along the border of six states; its basin includes parts of 15 states. The Ohio’s largest tributary is the Tennessee River.

Evansville IndianaOhio means the Good River in Iroquoian

History the Ohio was important to Native Americans as several civilizations formed along its valley and used it as a transport and trading route.  In the five centuries before European conquest, the Ohio Valley was characterized by numerous regional chiefdoms and earthwork mounds. In 1669, French explorers became the first Europeans to see it; later, it became a primary transportation route for pioneers during the westward expansion.

Lawrenceburg IndianaDuring the 19th century, the Ohio was the southern boundary of the Northwest Territory and the western end of the Mason-Dixon Line forming the border between free and slave states; it was the way to freedom for thousands of slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad resistance movement.

Steamboat Morning Star 1858Economy trading boats and ships traveled south on the Mississippi to reach the Gulf coast and ports in the Americas and Europe providing an export route for goods. The need for access to the port of New Orleans by settlers in the Ohio Valley led to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Connections with Eastern states increased with the start of railroad service connecting the Potomac River and the Ohio Valley.

The Widest Point on the Ohio River is One Mile just west of downtown Louisville

Donna York Tug BargeLouisville is your anchor location for travel in the Midwest. Centrally located along the Ohio River, it is one America’s most accessible cities, within a day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. Louisville was founded at the only major natural navigational barrier on the river. The Falls were a series of rapids where the river dropped 26 feet – 7.9 m. The Louisville and Portland Canal locks were built to circumnavigate the falls between 1825 and 1830.

 Ohio River Itineraries

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Intercity and Local Transport

Micro Transit Services

travel to over 60 towns via 12 routes

MTS Micropolitan Transit is an intercity and local door-to-door mobility service designed to connect air and rail service in large cities with micropolitan areas to benefit time-sensitive business travelers, vacationing families, groups and long-distance commuters. MTR is carried out in collaboration with local and regional partners across the United States.

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Gillette WyomingRoute One – Upper Midwest Plains and Rocky Mountains

Minnesota – RWM Red Wing, and Minneapolis St Paul;

South Dakota – ABS Aberdeen, Pierre and  RCS Rapid City; Wyoming – Gillette;

Montana – Billings and BOZ Bozeman.

Riding the Empire Builder   Montana Ranch Vacations Rodeos and Beer Trails   Wyoming Trails  

Route Two – Wyoming Colorado and Nebraska

Wyoming – Gillette. Casper, Jackson and CHE Cheyenne

1908 Laramie

Colorado – Denver; Nebraska – North Platte

Colorado Springs & the Pikes Peak Region  

Downtown Muscatine

Route Three – Nebraska and Iowa

North Platte Lincoln, Omaha, Des Moines and Muscatine

The Platte River

Route Four – Iowa Missouri Kansas and Oklahoma

Des Moines, KCM – Kansas City, Wichita, Oklahoma City and Ardmore 


Missouri River Trails

Main Street Fredericksburg

Route Five – Oklahoma and Texas

Ardmore Grapevine, Austin, Fredericksburg, San Antonio and HOU Houston

Morgan City

Route Six – Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast

HOU Houston, Beaumont, Lake Charles, Jennings, Lafayette,

New Iberia, Morgan City and  NOLA New Orleans

Oxford Mississippi

Route Seven – Lower Mississippi

NOLA New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Oxford, MEM Memphis, Cape Girardeau

 Lower Mississippi Trails

Cape Girardeau Waterfront

Route Eight – Upper Mississippi

RWM Red Wing, Winona, LAC La Crosse, Dubuque,; GAL Galena, Davenport, Muscatine,

ALT Alton, STL St Louis, Cape Girardeau

 The Illinois Great River Road Itinerary  

Jasper, Indiana

Route Nine – Indiana Kentucky Tennessee

Cape Girardeau, Evansville, Jasper, LKY Louisville, NAS Nashville, Paducah

University of Findlay Old Main

Route Ten – Indiana and Ohio

Jasper, Indianapolis, Wabash, Fort Wayne, Findlay,

COL Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, LKY Louisville

The Wabash & Erie Canal    Ohio River Towns   Ohio River Itineraries 

Route Eleven - Chesapeake and Ohio  

HGT Hagerstown, Morgantown, Wheeling, COL Columbus

Chestnut Hill SEPTA

Route Twelve – Potomac Susquehanna Hudson Delaware Valley

HGT Hagerstown, HBG Harrisburg,  LEV Lehigh Valley, SWF Stewart Airport,

NYC New York City, PHL Philadelphia, BWI Airport

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