90 – The Beale Cipher Conspiracy – Bedford VA

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WARNING! This episode may result in gold fever.

On this week’s episode, Brett and Amy take you on a hike to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to investigate the Beale Cipher Conspiracy of Bedford, sandwiched between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

Travel with us as we search in a “place that sells itself”. What is the historical link between Bedford and Normandy? Besides the history, we also discuss the beauty and activities that are a huge draw for the modern traveler. From beautiful hiking trails and outdoor activities to the music and local cultural activities.

This town has a lot going on today, but a lot of people visit for a completely different reason…GOLD. We discuss the treasure legend and conspiracies around the Beale Cipher. From the history of the Beale papers to the history of the people who have searched in vain for the treasure, we cover it all. We definitely know exactly where the treasure is hidden and we are blowin’ the lid off of this mystery….except for maybe, where the treasure is located.

The treasure is only estimated to be worth 63 million dollars in today’s money, so you may only have enough to share with us….just sayin’.

We also discuss Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. It is really the most popular poplar forest ever.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found a restaurant steeped in travel history. Olde Liberty Station is THE restaurant to go to in Bedford, and it is an honest to goodness restored railroad station.

Amy has been writing the defense against the dark arts segment again…so there will be discussion around bug spray.

The Top 5 has apparently been named the most important part of the show….so we included it.

Local Trail System
Virginia Info
Liberty Station
Poplar Forest
Roanoke News
Bedford Chamber
Music by Mike Masse

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88 – Ghost of Lehunt – Independence, KS

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Ummm, you are really going to love this episode.

On this week’s episode, Brett and Amy take you on a trip to the plains of Kansas to investigate the ghost town of Lehunt, just outside of Independence.

Travel with us as we investigate this once thriving community that dried up after the Portland Cement Company left. We also learn some dark secrets and hauntings that surround this town and the people that lived there.

This town is locked, but you can request a key to enter legally. A sign on the gate that blocks the road to the former plant and gives vague instructions to get a key from the “engineers office” most likely a reference for the Corps of engineers who manage the nearby Elk city lake located on the other side of Table mound.

This place is home to at least one ghost and the walls have their own stories to tell.

We also discuss an awesome festival – Neewollah. That is Halloween backwards. The original reasons for this this celebration may have been backwards as well, but it has evolved into one of the most popular events in Kansas and an Oddity in its own right.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and we found, Brothers Railroad Inn. Brother’s features the secret recipes of the Conway family that for five generations since 1950 has refined and perfected the offerings of its family’s restaurant, first in Maryland and now in Independence, Kansas.

Our defense against the dark arts is really powerful, so use with care.

The Top 5 seems to be very food-centric….maybe somebody was hungry.

Little House on the Prairie Museum
Brother’s Railroad Inn
Independence KS
Independence Chamber of Commerce
Independence Daily Reporter
Music by Mike Masse

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