MOUNT VERNON — Denver-based author Allan Ferguson will appear Oct. 7 at Paragraphs Bookstore 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 is, first, it’s right here on our doorstep,” Ferguson said. “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“Unlike better known highways like Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway, Route 36 hasn’t been obliterated, obscured or superseded by the interstate highway system. Route 66 was decommissioned 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, 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.
The signing/talk will be held Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Paragraphs Bookstore, 229 S. Main St., Mount Vernon.