Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

Africa U.S.A was sold and closed its doors on September 4, 1961. All of John’s animals were sold at auction to zoos around the country. Mr. Pedersen was 65 at the time and tired of fighting city hall.  I guess folks got a little edgy living so close to an African Safari.

Therefore, I figured out my map had to be around 1960 or so.

Then, I came across a site on the internet that “decodes” the numbers used on road maps to determine when they were published, the version, the original map date, etc.  I figured out the year it was published and the other particulars.

It was a good feeling.

My brother had asked me if I wanted my Papa’s Florida road map which I found to be published in 1962, using the mapping information and points of interest from a few years previous.

My brother knew I wanted it.  My Papa knew I would want it.  He had saved it for me.

I was born in 1962.  Over the next 10 to 12 years, my Papa would take me back and to forth to the Sunshine State for adventures that he keeps reminding me of.

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