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At Arcadia, we believe you can never get enough history. That’s why we have this online blog, where we share unique American history stories, author features, and even some previews of our newest books. Join the community of history buffs here at Arcadia Publishing, and explore even more of American history today!
5 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Trains and Rail Travel
Here in the 21st century, we as humans certainly have access to some truly amazing ways to get ourselves from Point A to Point B. We can fly through the air like birds, thanks to airplanes. We can delight in the incomparable independence and freedom an automobile gives us. However, travel by rail remains a much loved way to travel, and with good reason.
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Visit Beautiful Phoenix: Your Ultimate Guide to Arizona’s Crowning Jewel
America is filled with beautiful locations that definitely warrant a second look sooner or later. The beautiful Phoenix, Arizona is one of them. Located at the northernmost point of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is about a whole lot more than pottery, cacti, and tumbleweeds. It’s also one of the nation’s most swiftly growing urban locations. To date, it’s home to 22 different communities, as well as to multiple opportunities for people from all walks of life.
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Top 10 Most Haunted Sites in the Country
When a ghost sighting is on your bucket list, frequenting places with heightened paranormal activity is the best way to fulfill your dream. Not all places promoting hauntings are legitimate, but there are many locations with well-documented narratives and eyewitness reports chronicling bonafide otherworldly manifestations.
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The Heartbeat of the Gorge
There are so many obvious treasures in the Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon and Washington: the wonderful Columbia River and the many adjoining creeks and waterfalls; hiking trails along moss-covered rocky cliffs; the fresh snow that clings wetly to the distant trees; coyotes yodeling wildly in the evening. Yet there is something else unique to the Columbia River Gorge, and a lot of people miss it: the links to the history all around. 
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African-American Studies: 4 Must-Read Local Interest Titles That Should Be on Everyone’s Reading List
No study of American history can be considered complete without a thorough exploration of African-American studies. Exploring the contributions of African-Americans throughout the ages is the best way to really get acquainted with the magnitude of their contributions as a social group. America’s black citizens have been teachers, writers, builders, activists, and leaders, among many other things.
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5 Surprising Benefits of Studying Regional Culinary History
If you’re an avid history and culture reader, then you’re already very familiar with the way books on your favorite topics can open your world right up. They allow you to hear and appreciate the voices of people who have lived all sorts of lives all over the world. They help you forge a connection between the world you know personally and the world as other people know it.
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Happy Birthday Route 66!
The numerical designation for the famous Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway was given on April 30th 1926, making it 90 years old! We think it’s only fitting to celebrate the start of the iconic route’s name with the history of the beginning of the route itself, Chicago! Read all about it in this excerpt from Route 66 Encyclopedia.
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The Realignment of Route 66
Ghost Towns of Route 66 talks all about the abandoned communities along the famed highway. Did you know that Route 66 once took a different route? Here’s the history of the realignment.
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Celebrate National Independent Bookstore day on April 30!
We love independent bookstores! In support of National Independent Bookstore Day on April 30, we turned to two  of the History Press’s very own editors – Christen Thompson and Julia Turner – who recently became booksellers. They are the founders of Itinerant Literate Books, a pop-up bookshop and custom book event designer with plans to expand into a bookmobile here in Charleston, South Carolina. 
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Farm to Table with Cool Springs Press and American Palate
We love farm to table. You know what we’re talking about - the excitement that starts bubbling up in February in anticipation of spring’s arrival and the freshest local fruits and vegetables. And not to mention the creative dishes that come from local, in-season produce.
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Why You Ought to Visit the Del Mar Fairgrounds This Summer
Summertime means county fairs with the requisite rides, games of chance, fried foods, celebrity performances, and family and friends get-togethers. When it comes to country fairs, the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is consistently among the top in the nation. Like everything in America’s Finest City, it’s just a cut above the rest. The creative team behind each year’s extravaganza makes sure that it’s more than a traditional fair; it’s a one-of-a-kind magical experience.
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