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Aull About History 5 – The Vagabonds

Welcome to the fifth episode of Aull About History, the local history podcast from The Dominion Post in partnership with the Aull Center, a branch of Morgantown Public Library.

Follow along as we explore the rich history of Morgantown and North Central West Virginia.

In this episode, historians Nathan Wuertenberg and Mike McClung look back on a visit to Morgantown almost 100 years ago by some pioneers of the American road trip. The visitors in question? None other than Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison facetiously known as ‘The Vagabonds.’

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, President Warren G. Harding, and Harvey Firestone with others, camping
In the front row can be seen, from left: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, President Warren G. Harding, and Harvey Firestone with others, camping at ‘Firestone Camp’. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress)

Music in this episode, courtesy of the Free Music Archive:

“Frog In The Well” by Lucas Gonze
https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lucas_Gonze/Ghost_Solos/LGonze-GhostSolos-FrogInTheWell

“Dance of the Priestesses of Dagon Saint Sans” by the Victor Herbert Orchestra
https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Victor_Herbert_Orchestra/Edison_Cylinders/victor_herbert_orchestra_-_edison_cylinders_-_1911_-_dance_of_the_priestesses_of_dagon_saint-sans

“Dream Medley (Naughty Marietta intermezzo)” by the Victor Herbert Orchestra
https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Victor_Herbert_Orchestra/Edison_Cylinders/victor_herbert_orchestra_-_edison_cylinders_-_1911_-_dream_medley_naughty_marietta_intermezzo