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Great food, impeccable service and historic cars make a rail journey that provides a glimpse into what rail travel should be at it's best. Uncommon Journeys, based in Oakland, California, operates more private and special trains than any other travel operator in North America.
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Long before there were Grand Canyon helicopter tours, air tours, white water rafting tours or even mule tours, there was the Grand Canyon's train. In this report, Paul Lasley talks with Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales and marketing for Xanterra South Rim and Grand Canyon Railway, about the Grand Canyon Railway which made its first journey to the South Rim in 1901, long before Arizona was dubbed the "Grand Canyon State." With the arrival of the train, people could get to the legendary canyon with ease and comfort.
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Carolyn Joyce is a national treasure. In costume or not she brings the history and lore of Fort Smith, Arkansas to life as few people can. Of course, getting to tell people about a brothel that is on the National Register of Historic Places does give her a great start.

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This year marks the centennial celebration of the eruption of the Novarupta volcano — the largest of the 20th century. It erupted on June 6, 1912, creating what is now known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a 40-square-mile, 700-foot-deep ash flow of once vibrantly steaming cracks and fissures. The attraction led to the establishment of Katmai National Park and Preserve, a world-famous destination for brown bear viewing and fishing. John Quinley of the National Park Service talks with Paul about the eruption and the legacy of changed geography it left behind.


 
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