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The speaker is a 52-year-old White woman with a high school education from Manitowoc, Wisconsin; she was recorded in 1968.

County: Manitowoc
State: WI

Located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manitowoc River, Manitowoc is very much a maritime as well as an industrial city. Commercial fisheries and ship building have been significant in the city's history, as have industrial plants for aluminum, cement, tires, machinery, and malt processing. Manitowoc hosts one end of the ferry service across Lake Michigan to Ludington, Michigan, and it attracts visitors for outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, and sport fishing. The speaker tells of a trip west from Manitowoc and her happy return home.
Inf: The trip I took out west started here in Manitowoc. We went to um Redwood Falls, Minnesota, where we stopped the first night to visit a relative of people I was traveling with. From there we went to Colorado where we visited more friends. It was a delightful time. It was the first time I had ever driven in a pink Lincoln. The people that owned the pink Linc- Lincoln lived in a trailer court. He was a mason and traveled around the country working wherever he was sent. From there we went to Laramie, Wyoming, and Cheyenne where we saw a rodeo. The rodeo they called the Granddaddy of them all.

From there we went to Estes Park and had a wonderful time. From there we went to Albuquerque. After we visited very good friends in Albuquerque, we went on to California where I visited another friend. (clears throat). While I was in California, we went to Disneyland, and all the usual tourist attractions. But they were very thrilling to me because I had never been on any extended trip before. We also saw a baseball game, went to Ben Blues Night Club, all the nice eating places, and visited friends around there.

On our way back, we stopped at the Grand Canyon, which was quite a thrill. Then we went (laughs) through Colorado, and did not make it over a mountain pass. And had to lay over in Santa Fe, which was no hardship, because we had friends there, too, and saw more of them that we had expected. We did try to get over the mountain pass three times and three times we did not make it because the car just broke down. And then we had to go back to Santa Fe and and uh wait for the car to be fixed, so this was a Saturday morning. We got as far as Amarillo, Texas, and then had to make it back up here, which was fourteen hundred miles, in two days. But we did make it, finally. In the pouring rain. But we did have a mighty fine time. And that's all I'm going to say.

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