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Calbraith P. Rodgers began his bid 110 years ago to pilot the first American transcontinental flight. The Vin Fiz Flyer was an early Wright Brothers Model EX pusher biplane that in 1911 became the first aircraft to fly coast-to-coast across the U.S., a journey that took almost three months. The Vin Fiz made six stops in Illinois: Chicago, Streator, Peoria, Middletown, Springfield and Nebo. The Streator stop was located at what is now Anderson Fields Golf Course. The Flight of the Vin Fiz marker was added in 2011 on the centennial of the historic occasion.

The name Vin Fiz comes from Cal's lining up meatpacker Armour Corp. as a sponsor. At the time, the Chicago-based company was introducing a new grape soda, the Vin Fiz. Rodgers agreed to christen the plane after the fizzy drink and drop company fliers on his cross-country trip. In return, Armour sponsored the flight - $3 for every mile east of the Mississippi River; $5, west of it. The company also provided a three-car train, the Vin Fiz Special, that provided sleeping arrangements for Rodgers and his entourage, as well as serving as a traveling repair shop.

Vin Fiz | Designed by Sonny Franks, Russell Kelly & Eric Skinner | Location: Dick's Floor Covering Warehouse

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JUNE 27 - JULY 1, 2018

Walldogs Arrived in Streator

In conjunction with the celebration of Streator's Sesquicentennial, the Walldogs took over the entire town of Streator, IL for 5 days adding a multitude of murals to building walls in the downtown area depicting Streator's rich historical heritage. Over the past year my wife and I have traveled to Streator twice to take shots of our car in front of several of the murals. We still have several to locate and shoot, so we will return again in the near future.

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