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Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls by John G. Butte

Bill and Daisy Dorgan ran the popular Dorgan’s Café on Main Street in Bradford, Illinois, for almost 50 years. Legend has it that Bill bought a six-year-old 1926 Ford Model T for his daughter Darlene, who immediately organized a summer vacation, inviting several girlfriends to join her camping in Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin. Seven more summer trips, from 1936 through 1942, took these “twenty-something” girls through 44 states, Canada, and Mexico in an era when such travel by a group of coeds was not common.

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