American Road Trip Talk

Dell Duck Dynasty Part 1

Our Spring 2015 issue of American Road Magazine was dedicated to the Trail of the Ancients, finding some of the American Road’s oldest attractions. The Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River are one of Nature’s works of art in Southwest Wisconsin that have been a tourist attraction since just after the Civil War. It is also the site in 2015 of the 70th anniversary of its famous Duck Tours. These amphibious vehicles called DUKW’s, or popularly known as Ducks, are six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2-ton capacity CCKW trucks used by the U.S. military in World War II and introduced to the Dells in 1946. This podcast is the first of two conversations with Dan Gavinski, the General Manager of the original Wisconsin Ducks and Dells Boat Tours. In part one Dan tells the both the history of the Ducks at the Dells and his own rise from parking lot attendant to running the whole show. In our second podcast Dan will talk more about the Ducks themselves and the upcoming 70th Anniversary celebration.