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Larry F.

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  1. A half-mile stretch of brick-covered road in Osnaburg Township, which echoes the past, may be paved over. See: http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=379940
  2. Some of us on the Illinois LH group have had this discussion, but I thought it would be fun to try it out on this group. I've lived in the following on the LH: Kearney, Nebraska Fremont, Nebraska Denison, Iowa and DeKalb, Illinois. Not talking about visits here; should be places you have had a "residence"! Anyone with more than my four?
  3. This is a suggestion - based on many personal trips - on how to avoid the hassles of traffic in the Chicago metro area along - primarily - I-80, I-90, I-94, and to some degree, I-88. I am one who loves to travel secondary roads whenever possible, but there are times that taking 2 lane roads through towns and cities is not a viable option. For folks coming from the north and / or west, I recommend taking I-39 south to I-74 at Champaign / Urbana, IL, and then taking I-74 east to Indianapolis where you meet I-65 and I-70 to continue your trip east or south. Coming from the south or east, just reverse that route to go north and / or west. From the Illinois / Iowa "Quad Cities" area, I-74 is a good route to go across Illinois toward Indianapolis, much better than I-80 to I-65. I-39 and I-74 are both excellent roads with much less traffic, and, if one is so inclined, "flow of traffic" speeds of 75-80 mph. The freeways and tollways around Chicago area almost always under construction and generally high volume, especially I-80 across the south part of the Chicago metro area all the way east to I-65 in Indiana. Accidents often will slow - if not STOP - traffic on the Chicago area freeways, and you may be stalled in traffic for a long time. There are good things to see and do in Chicago, if that's what you want to do, but if time is short and you want to avoid delays and hassles, avoid the Chicago area. Unfortunately if you are headed to/from locations mostly east and / or north of Chicago, there really is no good alternative to going right through the metro area.
  4. "On January 1, 1927, “Final location of the United States’ most important roads in the country was announced today by the bureau of public roads of the department of agriculture. The system as finally selected embraces ten main transcontinental routes designated by numbers which are multiples of ten while the important north and south routes are numbers 1, 11, 21, etc.” Thus reported the Chicago Tribune on January 2, 1927..." Balance of this nice blog entry on the Windy City Road Warrior site is at: Windy City Road Warrior
  5. If you're traveling in southern Illinois, be sure to stop in Metropolis and see the Superman Museum there. The local paper there really is called "The Daily Planet".
  6. Larry F.

    New For This Year!

    The URL given is now returning an error code 404 (no such page). Is there a correction, as I'm interested in the information!
  7. Larry F.

    Name This Nebraska Site

    Dave, Other than the Lincoln Highway, my other favorite road in Nebraska is Nebraska Highway 2, which runs from Grand Island (OK, really I-80 at Phillips) NW across the Nebraska Sand Hills, a great way to head for either the Black Hills or Devil's Tower and Yellowstone. And don't miss Carhenge near Alliance, Nebraska! Larry Here's an even better, "touristy" link for Nebraska Highway 2. Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway
  8. Larry F.

    Name This Road Site.

    I should have known this. In my many travels in Nebraska, I've driven by this more times than I care to count! Thanks for the memories! Larry
  9. Larry F.

    Name This Nebraska Site

    Close by is another historical attraction, Robidoux Pass, which was on the Oregon Trail. Location: Two miles south of Gering on NE Highway 71, then 8 miles west on Cedar Canyon Road. Website for more info: Robidoux Pass & Trading Post Of course if one is traveling west on Nebraska 92 (close to US 26) toward the city of Scottsbluff, you'll also see Courthouse Rock and Jail Rock on the south side of Nebraska 92. These unusual rock formations were 2 of the first ""road signs"" met by westward travelers. Open year-round during daylight hours. Directions: 5 mi. S. of Bridgeport on NE Hwy 88. Courthouse Rock & Jail Rock You can continue on west on NE 88 and have a nice "side-trip" through the Wildcat Hills via NE 71 on the way back north to NE 92 and US 26 at Scottsbluff/Gering. Wildcat Hills Lastly, for now, near Bayard, NE, is the famous Chimney Rock. Chimney Rock Location from Bayard: 4 mi. S., 1 mi. S. of Jct of NE Hwy 92 & US Hwy 26 (I know I'm sounding like a spokesperson for Western NE tourism. I am but not a paid one. In another lifetime, I used to travel on business all over Nebraska and I loved seeing the sights..and sites!) I suppose you know, Chris, but every now and again, part of Scotts Bluff "landslides" down onto the summit road. The State usually clears it fairly quickly, but the Monument IS softer rock which is eroding away. I'm also not certain that they keep the summit road open during the snowy season, but I haven't visited for some years, and am not sure on that anymore. Larry
  10. Larry F.

    Name This Nebraska Site

    This is Scotts Bluff, the closest town being Gering, NE, in the County of Scotts Bluff, near the town of Scottsbluff., in the Nebraska Panhandle. Most times of the year, you can drive up to the top of the Bluff! (Yes, they are inconsistent in the spellings!) Oops. The State Highway in Nebraska 92 running west from Gering.
  11. If you will let yourself NOT be in a hurry, and are headed from anywhere east or south towards the Black Hills, Devil's Tower and other points west and north, I highly recommend taking what the late Charles Kuralt called "one of America’s 10 most beautiful highways": Nebraska Highway 2. It takes you from the Grand Island area (on I-80) north and west through the Nebraska Sandhills http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_Hills_(Nebraska) to the Alliance area, where you should not miss seeing Carhenge ( http://www.carhenge.com ) and then easily on to Wyoming or South Dakota! See: http://www.sandhillsjourney.com/ I feel the trip is especially beautiful in the late spring when the hills are "in bloom"!
  12. On the US DOT's FHA Highway History webpage is a fun seven-question quiz about interstate crossings of the Mississippi River. I got 5 of 7 correct: I didn't know much about the southern crossings! http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/msriverquiz.cfm
  13. The Winding Road staff has done a nice article with mention of the L.H. archives at the University of Michigan. Winding Road
  14. A blogger named porthos1 mentions taking an interesting "detour" on the L.H. in Wyoming in a November 3, 2007 entry at Night Crullers
  15. This is an uncredited update to a page about the L.H. on the website of the Lee County, Illinois Historical Society. THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY - AS IT BEGAN
  16. A very nice article with subheading: They've all gone to look for America on the fabled road. See Route 66 Pilgrims There's also a photo gallery at Along Rt 66 (It does require the Flash player)
  17. See related follow-up post about the bricks at To Brick or Not to Brick
  18. Officials with the Lincoln Highway Association will meet with local elected officials and history enthusiasts Saturday (October 20, 2007) to unveil signs along U.S. 33 marking the route of the old highway, in a rededication of the original 1913 highway route through Goshen. Balance of article at: GoshenNews.com
  19. The blog Poe English has an article called "Going the Distance, Coast to Coast and Border to Border, on America's Highways". It is from a Voice of America radio program. Probably nothing in it that most of us don't already know, but I think it's good VOA is telling the rest of the world!
  20. Larry F.

    To Brick Or Not To Brick

    The Ohio bricks are, in fact, going to the Archway over I-80 at Kearney, NE. Kearney Hub
  21. The owners of the Plainfield Masonic Lodge, 24050 W. Lockport St (Lincoln Highway), and Joseph and Sally Conklin, who own the building at 24036 W. Lockport St., plan to renovate the historic structures and will get nearly $300,000 in municipal grant money to help pay for it. Built in 1892, the Masonic Lodge is one of the largest and most architecturally significant buildings in the downtown Plainfield area, according to village staff. It needs to be cleaned and returned to its historic appearance. The Herald News (STNG) Oct 18, 2007 Chicago News
  22. Larry F.

    To Brick Or Not To Brick

    A lady from Nebraska has posted something about these bricks going to the Archway at Kearney (on I-80) in her blog at http://sandhillssequitur.blogspot.com/2007...of-history.html
  23. Larry F.

    Paper Maps Crumpling

    Chris, I'm married to a school library media specialist (in the old days they were called librarians, although I grant that the job is much more technical than it used to be). For years, the "futurists" and some in her profession have been predicting the demise of print books as all books would be available to read via computer. Some now say that newspapers will fade away, too, but I doubt that, too. There is something about having that piece of paper IN your hand. You look at it at YOUR convenience and can, when you have time, just sit and explore. I have a collection of maps and I love them. I like to sit down with my DeLorme Gazeteers and look for stuff I want to see. To date, I haven't found online maps that "comfortable", and doubt I ever will. One cannot "curl-up" with a good GPS or computer screen!
  24. At the risk of giving away a "trade" secret of mine, one can - on many Google pages - and for sure at Google Alerts set up "alerts" to notify you when there is a posting on news, blogs, web pages, newsgroups, or videos OR all the foregoing sources, and have it notify you when there is something new, either "as it happens", "once a day", or weekly by email. Needless to say, perhaps, one of mine is "Lincoln Highway". You get a few extraneous and unimportant stuff - like the opening of a new tavern on Lincoln Highway here in my town, but overall, I find it great for keeping up. This is how I got the piece about the LH near Canton, OH.
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