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Can Tourist Camp
Today's travelers move on superhighways and stay in modern motels; they also have the choice of traveling in campers or recreational vehicles that offer many of the comforts of home. But in the 1920s after World War I, when many folks began moving to Florida, moving meant braving uncertain lodging. Tin Can tourism (using the car and a tent for lodging) was a common solution. One camp, aptly named "Tin Can Tourist Camp," was located in Gainesville and another with the same name was in Archer southeast of the Maddox Foundry. The location of this camp is believed to be the present-day site of Alachua General Hospital (or Shands at AGH). Very close inspection of this photograph shows a traveling truck-home that had "Adams Autohome" painted on it while one of the canvas-top automobiles had pennants that said "Chicago" and "Sister Lakes." William Reuben Thomas, Gainesville's very progressive and business-minded mayor, promoted tin can tourism, hoping to lure new citizens to the area.
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