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Tin Can Tourists Spring Rally Coming to Camp Dearborn from the the Dearborn News Online


Tin Can Tourists return to Manatee By WENDY DAHLE - Special to the Herald MANATEE A bird bath constructed of a toilet plunger at the front of John “Canner” Culp’s 1947 Westcraft Coronado Coach was the first evidence he was no ordinary camper at Lake Manatee State Park….


Tin Can Tourists keep bygone era alive By JAMES A. JONES JR. - jajones1@bradenton.com If Forrest Bone walked into an old barn and discovered a Covered Wagon travel trailer from the 1930s, it would be like finding the Holy Grail, something akin to a car enthusiast stumbling upon a Duesenberg or gull-wing Mercedes-Benz in a junkyard.


Wyoming couple search U.S. for vintage trailers by Howard Meyerson | The Grand Rapids Press Saturday January 10, 2009, 12:30 AM Vintage camper collector Ken Faber opens his 1963 Airstream Bambi.Ken Faber and his wife, Petey, are not beyond driving across the continent if it means coming home with a new and special purchase: Typically, a beat-out travel trailer found in the back of someone's barn.


RV enthusiasts gather in Estero for a show of vintage travel trailers The link above will take you to a news article about last weekends Gathering at Koreshan State Park in Estero, Florida


Red Barns Spectacular Arrives Saturday

By WKZO NEWS(WKZO NEWS)

“We'll have fiberglass and wood boats out here, as well,” says Follis, “then we also have 'tin can tourists'–those are antique campers that will be out here on our grounds, camped underneath our trees, with about 11-hundred show cars. …


New “Tourism Before Disney” exhibit opening at History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center will unveils its newest permanent exhibit, “Destination Florida: Tourism Before Disney,” on Friday. The new installation will take visitors back in time to the ‘Golden Age of Tourism,’ nearly a century before Disney.

Visitors may be surprised to learn tourism in Florida stretches back to the late 19th century, when wealthy northerners were drawn by the weather and the area’s natural beauty, including supposed curative powers of the water. Silver Springs first drew tourists in 1860 and became more popular when the famous glass-bottom boats were added in 1878. In the 1920s, the less well-to-do tin-can tourists followed, arriving in their Model T campers with tin cans perched on their radiators. While fishing and other natural assets continued to draw tourists, more theme parks created around Florida’s natural beauty began to spring up, and by 1950 tourism replaced agriculture as Florida’s principal industry.

The new exhibit will allow visitors to discover the history of Florida tourism through artifacts, images, memorabilia, and interactive components. Visitors will be able to sit inside a replica Model T modified into a “tin-can camper” for an audio/visual trip on the roads tourists traveled long before interstate highways; and then test their “tourist IQ” in an interactive presentation.

The exhibit reveals the stories of some of Florida’s most historic attractions, including:

  • Big Tree Park – Home to the Senator, the oldest and largest bald cypress tree in the country.
  • The Singing Tower at Bok Gardens – Opened in 1929 with gardens designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead Jr., the designer of

Washington D.C.’s National Mall and White House grounds.

  • Wigwam Village – Operated from 1935 to 1973, it featured tepees that served as guest rooms.
  • Cypress Gardens – Opened in 1936 featuring gardens, Southern Belles, and water ski shows, it quickly became Florida’s largest attraction.
  • Weeki Wachee Springs – Opened in 1947, it became one of the state’s most successful attractions with beautiful “mermaids” smiling, drinking, and eating underwater.
  • Gatorland – Began as a roadside attraction in 1949.

The Orange County Regional History Center is housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in downtown Orlando. For general information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit http://www.thehistorycenter.org


Forrest Bone discussed the Tin Can Tourists on RV Time Radio - aired June 22, 2008


Gasoline Gypsies Rule! Most people only have vague ideas about what they want to do when they retire. Not me, daddy-o. When I get to be an old creep (at least an older creep than I am now), I’m gonna devote myself to the open road. I’ll pack up my 1955 Holly travel trailer, hitch that wacky thing to my chariot, and head off into the sunset in a plume of sooty exhaust. EAT MY DUST, BABY!


Roadside Disney: Trailer Tales It is an icon of roadside popular culture. A home on the road for tin can tourists. Over the years, Disney cartoon makers incorporated the American travel trailer into a number of short subjects, but perhaps never more famously than in the Technicolor classic Mickey's Trailer, released on May 6, 1938.


'Tin Can Tourist' town oozes history - St. Petersburg Times Early snowbirds, eating from tin cans, made Zephyrhills a true destination.


Zephyrhills Founder's Day Celebrates 'Tin Can Tourists' ZEPHYRHILLS - “Tin Can Tourists” were celebrated during the weekend's 98th annual Zephyrhills Founder's Day celebration sponsored by Main Street Zephyrhills.


Take a look at Travelers Rest Resort The TCT article is on page 10.


Tin Can Tourists embraced city Once upon a time, these folks and their tiny trailers were a major vehicle in Florida's tourist industry.


Tourists with 'tin can' homes plan winter meet Before the modern age of snowbirds seeking Florida shelter in semi-permanent manufactured housing, early 1900s tourists relied on trailers to make their trips.


They're Back I’ve gone to several of their open houses and think it’s just a blast; it’s really something special. The trailers and the tow vehicles come in a variety of shapes and colors dating from the 1940’s to the present. It’s a feast for the eyes and imagination. Furthermore, the trailer owners are very welcoming and eager to share their knowledge and trailer stories with visitors. These folks are a true source of inspiration for those thinking of fixing up an old trailer or just dreaming about it. The Discovery channel on TV featured a documentary on this group a few years back.


27th Annual Event Truly Spectacular Several states were represented by the “Tin Can Tourists,” a group originally organized in 1919 as a “fraternity of all autocampers,” that remained active until 1968. 1988 saw the rebirth of the “Tin Can Tourists” as club for the preservation and enjoyment of vintage trailers and motor coaches. Winning the “Peoples’ Choice Best of Show” was a very unique and stunningly restored 1936 Curtiss-AeroCar 5th-wheel camper and 1938 International Truck owned by Ken & Lana Hindley, Ontario, Canada.


Martins Mountain Inscription. Sunday Drivers and “Tin-Can Tourists” The National Road enjoyed a revival from about 1910-1960, with the rising popularity of the automobile. Tourist travel began in earnest when cars became reliable enough for the average person to take a long trip.

“Waysiders,” people who catered to these “tin-can tourists,” built hotels, garages and road houses all along these Allegheny ridgetops, catering to the needs of the twentieth century traveler. Their businesses lived and died according to traffic along U.S. Route 40, the old National Road.


Tourists with 'tin can' homes plan winter meet

Before the modern age of snowbirds seeking Florida shelter in semi-permanent manufactured housing, early 1900s tourists relied on trailers to make their trips.


A 60-year-old RV gives a vintage flavor to Estero show

Eighty-two-year-old John “Canner” Culp long ago christened the 25-year-old van he uses to haul his vintage mobile home around the country “Darling Clementine.”

Interestingly enough, he never did quite get around to naming the 1947 Westcraft that his “Darling Clementine” has faithfully pulled behind her for so many years – an aluminum-sided, time-weathered vehicle he purchased new 60 years ago – for $3,200.


Vintage RVs on display this weekend at Koreshan By Charles Runnells crunnells@news-press.com Originally posted on October 31, 2007

Gleaming aluminum, rich wood interiors, luscious Art Deco curves — all those things merge into one hot, retro love affair for fans of vintage trailers and mobile homes.

Forrest Bone, 64, of Bradenton, bought his first antique trailer in 1993. Now he and his wife have restored five, including a 1955 Trotwood he'll be bringing to an Estero trailer-and-RV show this Saturday.


Antique trailer show brings back memories By PEDRO MORALES pmorales@news-press.com Originally posted on November 04, 2007

The man sat while curious eyes appreciated his 1947 travel trailer, which got him through his reckless bachelor days, a wife and children, near collisions and into old age.

“It’s got some battle scars,” said John Culp, 80, whose mailing address is in Claremont but who spends most of the year wandering the eastern United States in his Westcraft Coach travel trailer.


Henry Wallace talks about his collection on a local TV news program and here is the text


A certain breed of camper believes today's motor homes can't hold a candle to the classics of the past - Before long, several hundred vintage-trailer owners — “tin can tourists” as they like to call themselves — roll in, park, and roll out the awnings from their Shastas, Airstreams, or one of dozens of other trailers


Tin Can Tourists were referenced on Things Magazine things magazine was originally founded in 1994 by a group of writers and historians based at the Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art in the belief that objects can open up new ways of understanding the world.


Tin Can Tourists was added to I Like on May 31st.


Forrest Bone did an interview on the radio show RV Time on May 25th, 2007. If interested, the link is below. RV Joey is interested in talking with TCT members about their rigs and love of vintage trailers and motor coaches. If you would like to be interviewed for the show email Joey at rvjoey@rvtime.net


Cool Supposedly you can’t just create Cool. It just somehow occurs. I don’t know if that’s true but I do know cool when I see it. There’s still time to arrange your schedule to visit the RV rally of the “Tin Can Tourists” group happening May 17 to 20 with all the trailers open for display on Saturday May 19, 2007 from 12 to 4 p.m.. The rally is being held at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan (nominal $3 parks admission unless you have a season pass).


National Road board looks to tell pike's stories “Holdorf also presented a round-up of events that took place during the last year as the National Road celebrated its 200th anniversary, including a visit by the Tin Can Tourists, which operated a caravan of vintage trailers and motor coaches, and the Great Race, the country's longest and richest running vintage automobile rally.”


Displaced mobile home park residents have 'nowhere to go' “Most of our older mobile home parks in the state began as 'Tin Can Tourist Camps,'” said Wynne, who is also executive director of the Florida Historical Society. “The people who sited them, did so to attract travelers. So they put them by rivers, lakes, the beach or some park-like woods. Those same locations make them prime development sites these days.”


It's A Family Tradition That Never Gets Old By GEORGE WILKENS The Tampa Tribune Published: Mar 22, 2007 - “She came to Tampa in 1925 as part of the tin can tourists,” her son said, referring to a peculiar phenomenon of that decade and the next that helped build up Florida. Lorena and her husband lived in tents for a year before being able to afford a house, which they then moved to property they owned, her son said.


Nostalgia keeps a 'top secret' in DeLand By RONALD WILLIAMSON - As early as 1919, travelers on the Dixie Highway passed signs about DeLand's “Modern Free Auto Camp.” Signs were scattered from Melbourne to Ormond Beach and Palatka, touting free campsites, firewood, running water, electric lights, showers and laundry. In the mid-20s, Brown said campers filled 100 sites a night, even after the city charged a fee of 35 cents a day. “DeLand has one of the nicest trailer camp sites in the state,” said Oscar J. Peters, royal chief of Tin Can Tourists of America. During a convention here, he told a newspaper the average camper spent $2.10 a day in DeLand and “everybody benefits, from the doctor and lawyer to the undertaker.”


'Tin can tourists' loved Jacksonville

Thirty bucks was a lot of cabbage for a can of sauerkraut. It was gladly paid in January 1921, for a special can of 'kraut. The premium was on the sum of its parts. It had great sentimental value, so to speak. “Tin Can Tourists” assembled north of Jacksonville the winter of 1921. The opening of the Jacksonville bridge across the St. Johns would open a lush vista of Florida that lay beyond the river. Like a big magnet, Jacksonville pulled the Tin Cans, the auto tourists of the day. The Tin Can crowd put a new face on vagabonding after the Great War. Automobile trailer tourism was somewhat a luxury. Not unlike RV life of today, perhaps, but a lot more primitive. It was a novelty, an adventure. One never knew what was around the bend. Automobiles themselves had not been around that long. Roads were routes of chance. There were no motels. Hardly any billboards. Not even Waffle Houses, if you can imagine such a thing. Ever on the cutting edge, Jacksonville had set up a Tin Can Tourist Park. The park was yonder out Main Street, west of the fair grounds. W.D. Flynn was superintendent. He ran a tight ship, by contemporary accounts. Campers gave the Jacksonville park high marks, The Florida Times-Union said. “Jacksonville has a warm place in their hearts. Many declared they had sent dozens of letters and post cards to friends in other camps or back home, urging them to come here and accept the hospitality of Jacksonville.” The can of sauerkraut entered legend when newcomers were initiated into the camp's ad hoc grand fraternal order. Following a festive and ritual weiner roast, the newcomers were entitled to the Grand Emblem of the Jacksonville Camp of Tin Can Tourists. Sadly there was no emblem. The can of sauerkraut would suffice. It was the last of several from the weiner roast. The group conscience decided to raffle off this last can. A kid bought it for 50 cents. “Not enough,” he exclaimed. “Who's got sporting blood?” The kid got $1.50 for the can, from a lady from Los Angeles. She put it up again. Another initiate bid $5; he wanted to put the can on his radiator cap. Flynn suggested half a can would make just as good an emblem on the radiator cap. An auction commenced for the second half. A guy from Peoria bought it for $11. Then they sold the 'kraut and the label. The kid's mother bought them, for $10. “I'll put this under glass and keep it as a souvenir of the most enjoyable winter I ever spent,” she said. “After the can, contents and label were disposed of, it was discovered the one container of 'kraut had brought the organization $30, believed to be a record price for such a commodity,” the Times-Union said. Flynn told the initiates the Tin Can Tourist must possess three requisites: “To be able to ride and stick with anything that wiggles, slides or rolls, to be able to always find one's way about and to make a home wherever one may be and, last, to prove a good fellow, able to entertain and be entertained.”

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