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Old 04-19-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Historic camping for the 20's

Just poking around on the Internet when I came across this and thought it was interesting.

“During the week of July 21-27, 1921, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone camped at a site about six miles east of Hancock in Washington County. During the weekend, President Warren G. Harding joined the “vagabonds” — the name the wealthy industrialists gave themselves when they camped together. The 200-acre farm where they made camp was located about one mile north of the National Turnpike along Licking Creek. Today, the campsite lies inside Camp Harding County Park. A plaque memorializes the gathering of these famous campers.”

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Old 04-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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What's even more fun is poking around various state parks and the like from coast to coast and coming across plaques locating the campsites for basically the same band of "vagabonds." Seems they camped together a lot. I've bumped into maybe a dozen former campsites for those guys - those guys got around quote a bit. Kind of like George Washington slept here! But I suppose the "vagabonds" really did!

Wish I had kept a log of all the ones I accidentally discovered. Maybe someone has kept a geo-log on Google Earth or something. I'll have to poke around the internet to see if I can find anyone leaving geo-tagged "breadcrumbs" for the "vagabonds!"

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Old 04-21-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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If you ever gat a chance to visit the Henry ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, they have pictures of 'Ol Henry and his famous buddies camping in their Lincoln-based RV's A Michigan Family Attraction : The Henry Ford
It's really roughing it when you see the pictures of them in suits & ties; eating off of white tablecloths.
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