|Window in Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, New York|
Tuesday July 5, Syracuse New York to Cleveland Ohio
|The Yellowstone Trail in Central New York|
Today we awoke just outside of Syracuse, New York. I decided to skip driving into some of these large cities of the Northeast because I'm a trafficaphobe. I tell myself that there is little in these big cities that resembles the way they appeared in 1912 through 1927; which is when they would have been part of the Yellowstone Trail or Lincoln Highway. Since I've never really gone into these cities, I don't know if my assumption is correct or not. In any event we skirted the big cities of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
|Syracuse New York|
I have quite a few antique postcards, however, and I've decided to include some here. The postcards represent the Lincoln Highway and the Yellowstone Trail that I am searching for. There are only shadows of the two highways that remain. I enjoy seeing the shadows, but I've really set myself up for disappointment as what I want to see is the scenes in the tinted postcards come to life. Since I couldn't take photos of cities I didn't visit, I've provided copies of a few old postcards at the end of this journal entry.
|Barn in Central New York, along The Yellowstone Trail|
We proceeded west from Syracuse through the rolling countryside of New York. This does resemble how it would have appeared in the early part of the 20th century. Not all of the East is urban. Not all of it is excessively crowded. We enjoyed a pleasant drive through the country today.
After getting past Syracuse we entered the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
|One of the Finger Lakes of New York|
We also drove past some beautiful homes that lined US Highway 20 and State Route 5 which alternate in representing the Yellowstone Trail in New York State.
We admired the Federalist style of homes that dated from the 1840s and 1850s. We also were captivated by the picturesque towns along the route. We sought to take pictures which would do them justice. That eluded us.
We left the Yellowstone Trail in order to avoid the traffic congestion in Buffalo and instead proceeded to alternate route US 20 further south.
The trouble with adopting that simple and natural lifestyle, was that it can be very, very expensive. I think that to furnish a house with Roycroft furniture, pottery or copper ware, one would need to be a very successful, driven and highly paid Wall Street lawyer, a workaholic on the fast track. Living the simple life proves to be expensive.
Nonetheless, even though we can't afford it, we appreciate it. We also appreciate its goals even as we recognize that they are incompatible with the prices charged for reproductions or for original pieces - antiques. They were expensive when they were made in the early twentieth century too.
|Elbert Hubbard, |
Founder of Roycroft
|Lake Erie, Dunkirk, New York|
Near the Yellowstone Trail
We covered a lot of miles today and are sleeping tonight in a motel west of Cleveland Ohio.
Postcards From The Edge
Postcards From The Edge
|Lafayette Square, Buffalo|
|Downtown Cleveland Ohio|