GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
Our American Crossroads
One of the most popular of the Parades
exhibits and certainly one of most complicated ever built is "Our
American Crossroads" in which the audience can watch a village go through 50 years of
progress in just 10 minutes.
This exhibit was designed to show the role the automobile
played in changing the face of America and not only the nations
"looks" but also her entire way of life. Four decades are covered in the life of
a crossroads community, "Pleasant Corners, U.S.A." To cover these changes the
entire scenery is shifted three times from 1902 to 1920 to 1954. As the sleepy
crossroads becomes a modern town, and lanes turn into highways along with streamlined
automobiles that scuttle in four lanes of busy traffic. The recorded narration, by Parker
Fennelly the Titus Moody of radio and television fame tells the story of the
town in simple, folksy style.
Joe Zell, maintenance supervisor, has removed
one of the side panels to revel some of the 25 electrical motors and 70 contacts that
operate "Our American Crossroads."
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