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08-11-2005, 04:37 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile3352/Blue-Highways.htm>Blue Highways</a></b><br><br><i>Blue Highways</i>, by William Least Heat-Moon is a journey around the corners of America. His stops in small towns allowed him to find the genuine places and people that were/are still left (he wrote it in 1983).<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/909519bluehighways.jpg>

08-11-2005, 04:48 PM
The route is mostly complete, except there are two or three towns
that I couldn't find (Nameless, TN is one!), and some that either
changed name or are incorrect.

The author started and ended in Columbia, MO.

I'm working on an update with a path connecting the towns,
and fixing some of the locations (adding Columbia, for one).

William Least Heat-Moon was interviewed on C-SPAN recently:
an in-depth 3-hour interview with call-ins.
When I read Blue Highways, I had constructed a mental image
of him that was very different from his real-life one.
The book is filled with gentle wit and poetic observations.
For example, on passing kite-fliers: "no strings, no flight".

Using tour allows you to take the entire Blue Highways trip!

08-19-2005, 01:04 AM
The .kml was replaced by the update thanks to the efforts
of the site reviewers: Thanks!

Many corrections were required: some of the locations
are so out of the way that some research needed to be done.
I also added a path through the locations.
Some locations are difficult to find since they don't exist!
Liberty Bond, WA is not a place anymore: it evaporated.
The placemark is "in the shadow of Mt. Adams" as described
in the book.