Since May of 2007, Holt Webb, a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, has been traveling around the United States in BABS (his Big Ass Bus), running on used vegetable oil and solar power, documenting and publishing images and stories of American Treasures that could be lost to us during our lifetimes.
Holt's Vanishing America Project shines a spotlight on the vignettes of America that today's generations know and love, but tomorrow's generations may never see. It is designed as a visual record to describe America as it stands today, in this 21st century... barely 250 years old, but already depriving itself of its history.
The goal of the project is twofold: To show current generations what is in danger of disappearing forever, and to show future generations how special these things are to us, in hopes that they will take the time to look around their world and embrace what is important to them.
This is a project designed to increase awareness about our country, our culture, and our environment. It is a project whose timing could not be more perfect... when Americans are concerned about the future of our nation and our world; when people are embracing their history so they don't lose touch with who they are in this rapidly changing age of technology, reality shows, and global commercialization; when we are worried about losing our identity as a people.