- Written by Todd Moning
In his senior years, Glen Key traveled by motorhome to all of the Lower 48 states and much of Canada. But he may have taken the trip of a lifetime long before his motorhoming days.
In summer of 1933, at age 17, he and a friend accompanied former teachers on a 24-day trip centered on the Chicago World’s Fair.
“I sold my pony for $50 to get the money for this trip,” Glen said, “and it was a good investment in my future education.”
The mode of transportation: the teachers’ 1929 Tudor Ford.
From Chicago they traveled through Michigan and across southern Canada to Niagara Falls, where they rode the Maid of the Mist and saw the Falls lighted at night.
They rode the Staten Island Ferry in New York City, visited the Empire State Building, saw the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
In Washington, D.C., they toured the Capitol Building, Smithsonian Institute, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Mount Vernon.
“I have been to all of these places many times since ’33, but none of them impressed me as in ’33 when I was 17 years of age.”
Editor's note: Glen R. Key passed away on April 25, 2007, at the age of 90.