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How America Joined Its Two Great Loves, Cars and the Outdoors

Camping at Lake Public, in Wyoming. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-41022) One summer weekend in 1921, President Warren G. Harding went car camping. He rode out to western Maryland, where a fleet of cars awaited: under a soaring white tent, the president dined in the wilderness with Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and the other “ Vagabonds, ” who had spent every summer since 1914 exploring the country in a caravan of cars.
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