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The Scenic Route Home Stop 1: George Washington Carver National Monument


June 2015: In planning a road trip to visit a high school classmate in Springfield Missouri, I discovered a few interesting things that were somewhat along the way and worth a couple of detours on my return to Dallas. This more than doubled my driving time home, but the experiences were time well spent. This was my first of three stops and the most convenient stop, just outside of Springfield. 

George Washington Carver was born into slavery during The Civil War. After the war, Carver overcame social and economic challenges to earn a degree in botany and become a leader in agriculture education. While leading the Agriculture department at Tuskegee University, he promoted methods including crop rotation which helped farmers across the country. He also invented other uses for those crops, most famously for peanuts. The National Monument is located at his birth place and includes artifacts from many locations from his life. 


Do you stop to see historical places during your road trips? What did you get to see? 

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Calvin enjoys photography, travel, history, and takes every opportunity to combine all three passions. After an early taste of international travel as a military “brat”, a new passport for work travel reignited the international travel bug. As a visual journalist who believes that opinions are shaped by life experiences, he strives to give his audience a front-row seat to his adventures from around the world and around the block.

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