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All Photography and design

Š Alex Wilson

“RoadTrip” is a webzine that I developed to display personal photography that I shoot on short road trips to cool places. This platform allows me to combine 3 things that I love; photography, layout/design and somewhat useless facts about places I’ve been.

Op e n i n g s h o t s

Morgantown, WV

The American

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(APA) estimates that

more than

14,000 fireworks

displays light up U.S. skies each

4th of July.

Putnam County Fair

Op e n i n g s h o t s

EleAnor, WV

4-H is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The foundations of 4-H began around the start of the twentieth century when researchers at land-grant universities and the USDA saw that adults in the farming community did not readily accept new agricultural discoveries, but educators found that youth would experiment with these new ideas and then share their experiences and successes with the adults. So rural youth programs became a way to introduce new agriculture technology to the adults.

Putnam County Fair

Pigs were among the first of all animals to be domesticated — around 6,000 years ago. The Chinese were the first to raise wild pigs for food.

Op e n i n g s h o t s

EleAnor, WV

Hotel Harrington

On May 19, 1945 the Hotel Harrington became part of television history. On that day, W3XWT, now known as WTTG-TV, Channel 5, broadcast the very first television signal ever to the residents of Washington, D.C.   The television studio,  projectors, and transmitting equipment were all located on the upper floors of the Hotel Harrington, with the antenna mounted to the roof as the Harrington was the tallest commercial structure in the city at that time.

Op e n i n g s h o t s

Washington, DC

Op e n i n g s h o t s

Washington, DC

Chinatown Gateway Arch

Washington D.C.’s China Town Chinese immigrants began to move into the area in the 1930s, having been displaced from Washington’s original Chinatown along Pennsylvania Avenue by the development of the Federal Triangle government office complex. In 1986, the city dedicated the Friendship Archway, a traditional Chinese gate. It was hoped the arch would reinforce the neighborhood’s Chinese character. After the construction of the Verizon Center in 1997 (then called the MCI Center), AsianWeek said in 2000 that the neighborhood “barely” remains.,_D.C.)

Ocean City,

, Maryland

A summer resort town on Maryland’s Atlantic coast.

Erected in 1934-35 to aid the coast guard in their lifesaving services as well as a sentinel for German U-boats during WWII. It is the oldest observation tower still standing on Maryland’s seashore.

In 2002, Ocean City undertook the most recent of many multi-million dollar beach restoration programs in an attempt to slow the westward migration of its beaches. The program pumped tons of sand from offshore and deposited it onto the beach.



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The Ocean City boardwalk dates back to 1902, when several oceanfront hotel owners got together and constructed a wooden walkway for the convenience of their guests. At high tide, it was rolled up and stored on hotel porches UNTIL Around 1910 WHEN a permanent promenade was built. It ran about five blocks and was expanded to 15th Street in the 1920’s. After being leveled by a storm in March of 1962, it was rebuilt to its present 2.5 mile length.

According to the 2010 ce Ocean City was 7,102, alth weekends the city hosts 345,000 vacationers

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e Eats On the OC Boardwalk

Dumser’s Dumser’s was founded in Ocean City in 1939 and has 3 locations on the boardwalk. There are also two 1940’s style restaurants that serve a full menu, but Dumser’s is most famous for its ice cream, which is homemade daily.

Fishers Popcorn Fishers Popcorn is a family business that opened on the Ocean City boardwalk in 1937. Passers by can still watch the corn being popped, the caramel being made in the copper kettles and the warm coated popcorn being tossed into the case.

Dolle’s The Dolle family has been making salt water taffy, caramel corn and other candies in its Ocean City shop since it opened back in 1910.

Thrasher’s Thrasher’s was founded on the OC boardwalk in 1929. Only fries are served in this Ocean City instituion. The only two condiments provided at Thrasher’s are salt and malt vinegar. Catsup (ketchup) is not provided as this topping is seen as diminishing the natural flavor.

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Jolly Roger Amusement Parks One of the focal points of the Ocean City boardwalk is the Jolly Roger ferris wheel at the pier on the south end of town.

Assateague Wild


Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Assateague wild ponies have roamed the beaches, pine forest, and salt marsh of Assateague Island since the 1600’s. Assateague Island National Seashore has a combined total of over 300 wild ponies in Maryland and Virginia. Some people believe the horses arrived on Assateague’s shores when a Spanish galleon ship (with a cargo of horses) sank offshore. Others believe the horses arrived by early colonial settlers that allowed them to graze there. A Spanish ship wreck was discovered recently in the waters off Assateague which lends credit to the first theory.

The ponies have become well-adapted and enjoy the solitude Assateague Island offers. Marsh and sand dune grasses, rosehips, bayberry twigs, and persimmons supply the bulk of their food. Assateague ponies are often found feeding on the salt marsh cordgrass along Assateague’s western shoreline. When traveling by boat, you may encounter Assateague ponies along extensive bay habitats and pine forest of the 37 mile barrier island.

The “wild� horses on Assateague are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state.

pittsb The “Burgh� is situated at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River in southwestern Pennsylvania.


Pittsburgh’s skyline is ranked 4th in the Northeast (after New York City, Boston and Philadelphia) and 13th in the US.

As of April 2008, there are 149 completed high-rises in the city.

the Steel City

In 1901, the U.S. Steel Corporation was formed, and by 1911 Pittsburgh was the nation’s eighth largest city, producing between a third and a half of the nation’s steel. The downturn of the steel industry in the 1980’s left no steel mills within the City of Pittsburgh and only two remaining mills in the county.

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The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE),

also known as the “Little Giant,” was formed on May 11, 1875. Company headquarters were located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The P&LE was known as the “Little Giant” due to the amount of tonnage that it moved was dramatically out of proportion to its actual number of route miles. While it operated around one tenth of one percent of the nation’s railroad miles, it hauled around one percent of its tonnage. This was largely because the P&LE served the steel mills of the greater Pittsburgh area, which consumed and shipped vast amounts of material. It was a specialized railroad deriving much of its revenue from coal, coke, iron ore, limestone, and steel. The eventual closure of the steel mills led to the end of the existence of the P&LE as an independent line in 1992.

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Pittsburgh’s expanding industrial base in 1860 created a huge demand for labor, attracting mainly German immigrants to the region. This created a serious housing shortage as industry occupied most of the flat lands adjacent to the river, leaving only the steep, surrounding hillsides of Mt. Washington or “Coal Hill” for housing. However, travel

between the “hill� and other areas was hindered by a lack of good roads or public transport. The predominantly German immigrants who settled on Mt. Washington, remembering the Seilbahns (cable cars) of their former country, proposed the construction of inclines along the face of Coal Hill. The result was the Monongahela Incline, which opened May 28, 1870.

Monongahela Incline Statistics • Length: 635 feet (194 m) • Elevation: 369.39 feet (112.59 m) • Grade: 35 degrees, 35 minutes • Gauge: 5 ft (1,524 mm) • Speed: 6 mph (9.7 km/h) • Passenger Capacity: 23 per car • Opened: 28 May 1870 • Renovated: 1882 (with steel structure) • Original steam power replaced with electricity: 1935 • Renovated: 1982-83 new track structure, cars and stations • Renovated: 1994 upper, lower stations, restored cars, replaced electric motors and controls

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The Pittsburgh Pirates

played in the very first World Series in 1903. The Boston Americans won the best-of-nine series five games to three

The North Carolina

Outer Banks The Outer banks are a ninety mile long stretch of narrow barrier islands.

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he Beach In 2011 the town of Nags Head embarked on a $36 million beach nourishment project that pumped 5 million tons of sand on its 10 miles of beach.

sea oats Sea oats are a warm-season grass, native to coastal dunes from the Virginia Capes to Mexico. The plant’s striking appearance, especially in bloom or fruiting, has made legal protection necessary in some areas to avoid excessive harvest. Due to an extensive root system, sea oats persist both seaward of the dune and behind the dune crest.

Although sea oats provide the best long-term stability, the grass does not spread as rapidly as American beachgrass, and its slow lateral spread results in steep dune slopes. It should be planted in conjunction with American beachgrass or bitter panicum because of their more rapid spread and lower cost per plant.

Roanoke Sound

The is a sound that separates Roanoke Island from Bodie Island of the Outer Banks.

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was the site of the 16th-century Roanoke Colony, the first English colony in the New World.

38.6 million tourists visited North Carolina AND spent $17 billion in 2010

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was completed in 1870 on Hatteras Island. At a height of 200 feet (61 m) it is the 23rd tallest traditional lighthouse in the world.

Due to erosion of the shore, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse was moved from its original location at the edge of the ocean to safer ground 2,870 feet (870Â m) inland. Work progressed inches at a time between 1999 and 2000.

Bodie Island Lighthouse Built in 1872, the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands 156 feet (48Â m) tall and is located just south of Nags Head and is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Bodie Island LightHOUSE is actually the third lighthouse to stand on this site. IT was built partially with material left over from construction of a new tower at Cape Hatteras.

Ocracoke Lighthouse The Ocracoke Lighthouse was built on Ocracoke Island in 1823 and is the oldest operating light station in North Carolina.

The 75 feet (23 m) tall lighthouse was automated in 1955 and is still used for navigational purposes.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was completed in 1875 between Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. It stands 162 feet (49.4 m) tall and is constructed from approximately one million bricks.

Unlike The other outer banks lighthouses, The Currituck Beach LightHOUSE was not painted, leaving its brick facade visible.

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cracoke Island Ferry

Ocracoke Island, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, is owned entirly by the US National Park Service, WITH the only exception being Ocracoke Village. The only way to the island is by ferry.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers the ferry free of charge. The trip is 40 minutes and the ferry can accommodate approximately 30 cars.

Larry Cheever

Webster Springs, West Virginia

At 91 years old, Larry Cheever still plants, maintains and harvests his own garden.

This story was photographed for Humana Active Outlook速 magazine. Larry Cheever grew up on a farm in Wisconsin where he began gardening AT age 10. Larry currently splits his time between Winter Garden, Florida and Webster Springs, WV and Continues to grow a garden in both. The story focuses ON the healthy lifestyle Larry has developed by caring for his garden. Not only does he stay healthy by eating his home grown organic produce, he stays fit by working the soil and caring for his crops.

Larry is able to ensure he has a supply of home grown food long after his harvest by canning his crops and then storing them in an outdoor root cellar. The root cellar keeps the canned vegetables from freezing in the winter and from getting too warm in the summer.

RoadTrip - Summer 2011  

RoadTrip is a self published web magazine that combines my love of photography, layout/design and usless facts. The summer 2011 edition of R...

RoadTrip - Summer 2011  

RoadTrip is a self published web magazine that combines my love of photography, layout/design and usless facts. The summer 2011 edition of R...