2015 Westward Ho travel blog

Mark Twain


As we depart the city of Independence Missouri for points east, we feel so blessed that we are able to travel and learn the history of this great country. The reading that I have done on this trip about the history of this country and the areas that were settled as we marched to the west as frontiersmen. It was a not so pleasant during that time of this country’s birth. We travel the back roads of America most of the time, the remainder of this trip will be on US 24, the Anthony Wayne Trail in Toledo. U.S. Route 24 (US 24) is one of the original United States highways of 1926. It originally ran from Pontiac, Michigan, in the east to Kansas City, Missouri, in the west. Today, the highway's eastern terminus is in Independence Township, Michigan, at an intersection with I-75 and its western terminus is near Minturn, Colorado at an intersection with I-70. The transition from north–south to east–west signage is in Toledo, Ohio. As a person passes thru little towns like DeWitt Missouri, population 122 people. What is the history DeWitt that had people move there, it all was back in the 1830’s when the Mormon’s tried to settle in Missouri? It is interesting reading about the city which now has a total of 122 people, what do they do for a living?

It was a nice drive to see the green and rolling hills again, out west it is flat and desert. We did enjoy the drive, just would it was warmer. Got to the campground around 2 pm and set up to be ready for tomorrow’s visit to Hannibal, home of Mark Twain.



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