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The Carpetbagger

Episode 15, Travels to the Strange and Unlikely

From peculiar museums and odd sites to abandoned tourist attractions, the man behind the popular YouTube series The Carpetbagger sees beauty and intrigue in all of them. What started as a hobby has turned this self-described “Yankee moron” into the host of a very different kind of travel show.

A Sonic Journey

by Nelda Sue Yaw with Steve Roach | Nelda Live!

It started as an outlet from a stressful job in child protective services. As a fan of folklore and with a camera in hand, he trekked to strange places such as deserted amusement parks, forsaken mansions, and weird sites. No place was too obscure or out of the way. A southern transplant, Jacob was initially drawn to bits of southern nostalgia and roadside oddities. His low-key enthusiasm and homespun commentary captured quite an audience on YouTube. While it was not an easy or quick journey to create a successful online series, he persevered and is now producing full time and starring in his show The Carpetbagger.

I was really enchanted with the unique culture down here. I just kind of became obsessed with seeking it out, documenting it.

As his audience has grown, so has his travel itinerary. The Carpetbagger covers the entire country now, reporting on fascinating attractions as well as hunting for places you never heard of and sites you drive past. His destinations all have one thing in common, an interesting story behind them, imagined or real. Hear how this travel enthusiast turned his passion for the forgotten and outlandish into a YouTube sensation.

He adds, “Sometimes it’s off the wall, like a civil war bullet that shot through a soldier and impregnated a woman, but it’s really interesting to hear these strange stories and get local legends. I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the world. I love doing it.”

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What you’ll learn

  • Why he quit his job to produce his YouTube Channel full time (4:49)
  • How his hobby began (11:03)
  • All about the weird and wonderful destinations in his travel show (12:21)
  • Favorite places he’s visited (25:33)

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