I am fortunate enough to have been able to trace where Dorothy, Edith, and Evelyn were throughout their trip. Thanks to the postcards and letters that Dorothy, who went by Dotty or Dottie, wrote home, I can track where they went from postmark to postmark. The contents in her correspondence fill in the time between mailings.
So for example, between the first postcard (which wasn’t sent or at least was not postmarked) written in Hawley, PA and the second postcard sent from Ashtabula, Ohio, I know that the girls made stops in Scranton, PA and Erie, PA. The 34 postcards and letters (including one telegram too!) which were regularly sent home allow me to piece together a vast majority of the trip. In the entire three month journey, there are only 10 days where I do not know what city/town/destination they were visiting, and out of those 10 days only 4 are days that I do not know with certainty which state they were in because there were major geographical jumps between postcard postmarks.
When I recreate this trip, I will be able to go where they went and know that they truly were there and that I will be seeing the same places they saw over 80 years later. To walk in history like that… I think that is really something special.
The question is, at these places, what has changed, and what has been preserved?