Travel Virtually with Roadside America

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints and Photographs Division.

Roadside America title page

Title screen of Roadside America. Photo featured: Mother Goose Market, horizontal view, Route 476, Hazard, Kentucky. Photo by John Margolies, 1979. //

The Prints and Photographs Division (P&P) invites you to get your mouse (or your car or bicycle) ready to travel the byways and highways that photographer John Margolies drove along as he created the Roadside America Collection between 1969 and 2008.

A new story map by P&P Digital Library Specialist Chris Masciangelo provides an engaging way to visit the many attractions represented in close to 12,000 color slides. When you click on the map’s red dots, you’ll see buildings shaped like animals, lively signage, and lots of gas stations, movie theaters, and miniature golf courses.

Detail of map showing Florida

Detail of Interactive map in Roadside America. Photo featured: Clock tower, Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by John Margolies, 1979. //

Please tell us about your favorite finds!

Big Fish Supper Club, horizontal view 1, Route 2, Bena, Minnesota. Photo by John Margolies, 1980. //

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