DENVER—Denver-based author Allan Ferguson will appear Friday, Oct. 4, 2-4 p.m., at the Piqua Public Library, 116 W High St. on the plaza in Piqua to sign and discuss his new book “Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway.”
Ferguson’s guidebook details the drive on Route 36 through six states, laying claim to the title “America’s Heartland Highway” and the next Great American Road Trip.
“The great thing about Route 36,” Ferguson says, “is, first, it’s right here on our doorstep. Second, it’s a largely two-lane experience far more pleasant and interesting than travel on the interstates. It’s also an historic highway of national significance.
“Unlike better-known highways like Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway,” he said, “Route 36 hasn’t been obliterated or obscured by the interstate highway system. Route 66 was de-commissioned by the federal government in 1985. In contrast, Route 36 is still there to be driven, taking us through a host of villages, towns, and small cities from Ohio to Colorado. The only large cities on the route are Indianapolis and Denver.”
Ferguson touts the “remarkable swath of American history” to be found on Route 36—icons like Annie Oakley, “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, General John J Pershing, “Cy” Young, and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. His informational slide show features sites on the highway with background history on the making of Route 36.
Ferguson’s book includes six state chapters, two chapters on transportation history, essays describing 45 towns, recommended side trips, 164 images, a bibliography, a chronology, and an index.
Ferguson is also the author of “Golf in Scotland: A Travel-Planning Guide with Profiles of 74 Great Courses.” His books are available at www.amazon.com and www.us36guidebook.com.