Past Events

2010 - Arkansas: Odyssey in the Ozarks

2010 – Arkansas: Odyssey in the Ozarks

The conference gave attendees the opportunity to explore how the area’s natural environment has affected tourism and the roadside’s built environment throughout the late 19th and 20th Centuries. The conference was headquartered in Fayetteville, a vibrant college town that is home to the University of Arkansas.
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2008 - Albuquerque: Southwest Detours

2008 – Albuquerque: Southwest Detours

In search of vintage motels, diners, curio shops, neon signs, and other roadside artifacts, members of the Society for Commercial Archeology came together in Albuquerque Sept. 10-13 for four days of exploring, touring, learning, and just plain fun.
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2004 - See You in Seattle: American Roadside in the Space Age

2004 – See You in Seattle: American Roadside in the Space Age

Before either grunge or Amazon HQ, there was the Space Needle and the monorail. Join us as we revisit Seattle's exquisite roadside heritage!
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2002 - Reno or Bust: Sin and the American Roadside

2002 – Reno or Bust: Sin and the American Roadside

This year's tour takes us through some of Nevada's most delectable roadside haunts.
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2001 - Indianapolis, Cars and Crossroads: Touring America's Heartland

2001 – Indianapolis, Cars and Crossroads: Touring America’s Heartland

Indiana calls itself "The Crossroads of America" with good reason. In the 1920s, the Dixie Highway, Lincoln Highway, the National Road, and many more long-distance trails crossed the state. Indiana was also home to many early auto makers, including Stutz, Auburn, Cord, Deusenberg, Cole, and Studebaker.
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2000 - Cool Colorado: Automobile Culture in the Rocky Mountain West

2000 – Cool Colorado: Automobile Culture in the Rocky Mountain West

The Pikes Peak region of Colorado holds a wealth of roadside resources from motels to tourist springs and beyond. Join us for the Rocky Mountain adventure!
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1999 - Made in Ohio: Enameled Eateries, Durable Domiciles, and Fast Food

1999 – Made in Ohio: Enameled Eateries, Durable Domiciles, and Fast Food

Ohio and its capital Columbus have been called "America's Crossroads" Principal transportation routes of the 19th century including the extensive canal and railroad networks found major intersections within the boundaries of the state.
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1998 - Chattanooga, Drivin' the Dixie: Automobile Tourism in the South

1998 – Chattanooga, Drivin’ the Dixie: Automobile Tourism in the South

SCA's 1998 annual conference explored automobile tourism and its impact on the commercial-built environment in the South, emphasizing the Dixie Highway, an important early 20th century automobile route between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Miami, Florida.
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