Off the Beaten Path in Franklin, IN

Off the Beaten Path in Franklin, IN

We were in Franklin, Indiana, and Rob Shilts was waiting for us, out of the rain, beneath a marquee that dazzled with a half-mile of neon and a thousand chasing lamps.  SHREK, it proclaimed, today at 2 and 7:30 PM. Shilts has been involved in Franklin Heritage, the...
Off the beaten Path: Arthurdale, WV

Off the beaten Path: Arthurdale, WV

By Tom and Patti Burkett If you were a West Virginia coal miner, life was especially hard in the early 1930s.  The Great Depression had pulled the bottom out of the coal market, and there were no jobs to be found anywhere in the region. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited...
Off the Beaten Path: Pompey’s Pilar

Off the Beaten Path: Pompey’s Pilar

By Maggie Burkett In eastern Montana, the Yellowstone River is lined with rimrock cliffs that extend more than a hundred feet in the air.  They posed a substantial obstacle to settlers moving west, as well as migrating herds of bison, deer, and elk and the wolves that...