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  1. In case you've missed it, The National Trust for Historical Preservation has released its 2008 list of eleven most-threatened sites including Boyd Theater, Charity Hospital, Great Falls Portage, Hangar One, Lower East Side, Michigan Avenue Streetwall, Peace Bridge Neighborhood, Statler Hilton, Sumner Elementary School, and Vizcaya. All sites to see. www.preservationnation.org. Also, I see that Nevada has their own 11 most-endangered sites. Of course, we all know that Las Vegas cares little of its historic significance (other than the neon museum). I haven't really gone into it, but a quick look finds it to be interesting. http://classicvegas.squarespace.com/classic-las-vegas.blog/ Just Thought You'd Be Interested. --RoadDog
  2. That brings back a memory or two as well. That and Space Invaders.
  3. As we know, the old Ferris Wheel was taken down and will be taken to OKC somewhere. The new one opens this Wednesday May 28th at 8:30 am, with a lighting ceremony, fireworks and FREE RIDES as well as free popcorn, cooton candy, and enetertainments. Sounds like the place to be if you that way.
  4. Well, it's not ACTUALLY on the Route, but considered the end anyway. The Long Beach Press-Telegram had an article about the centennial of the commencement of the pier's construction this year. Some interesting things about it: Originally built to carry sewage out to Pacific. Four million visitors a year. Pacific Wheel Ferris Wheel has been dismantled and a new one up by end of month. Opened September 9, 1909, after 16 months construction. 1910- carousel opened 1916- another pier built next to it. 1924- LaMonica Ballroom opened. 1924 to Depression considered to be biggest times. 1983 storm tore off huge chunks of it and plans made for demolition, but preservation group saved it. Aren't we happy that they did? Wadin' in the Cold, Cold Pacific. --RoadDog
  5. The Rock Cafe, a famous stop for Route 66ers in Stroud, Oklahoma, burned down yesterday. Sad to hear that. We just lost the Pig Hip a short time ago, now this. Owner Dawn Welch is not sure whether or not she will rebuild. Hope she does.
  6. What with Big Oil raising the prices up to the $4 level and above (how about the deals they now offer when you get their credit card?) it becomes necessary to consider staying closer to home. The May 11th Southtown Star, that serves Chicago's southern suburbs, had a great article bt Tom Houlihan called "Roadtrips don't have to empty your pockets." He made a list of local roads and some places to visit along the way. A synopsis: DIXIE HIGHWAY-- from Blue Island, once part of a historic 1914 road system from Chicago to Florida; Joins Lincoln Highway in Chicago Hts. Suggests the Hi-Way Bakery in South Chicago Hts, been in business for 70 years with art deco sign. US ROUTES 12 and 20-- 20 goes coast-to-coast. US-12 Detroit to Washington state. Suggests Sabre Room in Hickory Hills, Wolf's Bakery in Evergreen Park, Palermo's Pizza in Oaktown, and Top Notch Beefburgers in Chicago's Beverly community. US-30-- Indiana line to Joliet-- looks much the same as it did 50 years ago (I don't know if I'd say that), but, with 50 TIMES MORE TRAFFIC (I'd agree with that)!!! Suggests Carla's Restaurant in Chicago Heights-- old-time Italian eatery where waitresses still call you "Hun." Interesting article. Perhaps some of you more technologically folk can find the url. Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog
  7. Did they make it? Was there a travel blog or something?
  8. RoadDog

    Obituaries in the News

    IRVINE ROBBINS, 90 Died May 6th. Co-founded the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Empire with brother-in-law. Noted for coming up with different ice cream concoctions. Started in LA after WW II after cashing in a bar mitzvah insurance policy for $6000. 1958-- when Dodgers came to LA, came out with Baseball Nut-- with raspberries for umpires. Shall we have 31 days of mourning?
  9. RoadDog

    The Final Push Is On!

    Gas here in Fox Lake, Illinois, near the Wisconsin border was $3.92 ($3.91.9) at the "cheapest" stations and $4 (3.99.9) at others. Can anybody say $4?
  10. Music to Shake, Rattle and Roll By. The Springfield State Journal Register had a neat article called "Tunes for Temblors." Some suggestions: AC/DC- "You Shook Me All Night Long" Beatles- "Twist & Shout" Cars- Bill Haley & the Comets-- 2 songs Carol King-- John Mellancamp- Elvis-- Queen-- Stevie Ray Vaughan-- REM-- Stray Cats-- Can You Guess These?
  11. Slept right through it, but, we live right by the Wisconsin line. We were in Springfield, Illinois, this past weekend and everyone we talked to there felt it. One guy thought someone was breaking into his house and had the old baseball bat in hand.
  12. RoadDog

    The Final Push Is On!

    I know'd it, I know'd It, I Know'd It. A station here in Fox Lake, Illinois, had premium gas at $4.03. They are still one of the places that pumps your gas though, so I guess you're paying for the convenience. One station is at $3.66 and the others at $3.70.
  13. The Village of Plainfield in Illinois has realigned US-30 to cut down on truck traffic as they attempt to turn Lockport Street, which is the Main Street into more of a haven for shopping, dining, and historic preservation. I'd say they're following the lead of Geneva, Illinois.
  14. US-52 is quite the trip. I've been on it in parts of Illinois and in Iowa. A few years ago, I took it all the way from Joliet to Winston Salem. The stretch from Metamora, Indiana, and along the Ohio River in Ohio is impressive. I wasn't so impressed with West Virginia's mileage. However, Virginia and North Carolina made up for it. I'd like to go from end-to-end someday if we ever get Big Oil under control.
  15. This Friday, the wife and I will do Route 66 from Dwight to Springfield. We'll be stopping at sites along the way. Saturday, we'll be staying at the Hilton and I'll be attending the Illinois Sons of Confederate Veterans annual meeting, then we'll enjoy the downtown nightlife. Sunday, we'll head south to Scotty's in Hamel for the Rt. 66 Assoc. of Illinois' quarterly meeting and spending the night. Monday and Tuesday we'll be back on Springfield for Cozy Dog's, NTN, Bill Shea, and horseshoes.
  16. Hey, Bliss. The Hamel meeting is on the 20th. Perhaps you'll get a chance to stop by. Lunch is at 12 with the meeting following. We're not sure about going on the Illinois motor tour, with it coming so close to the festival, and, what with these GAS PRICES!!!
  17. RoadDog

    Really Great National Road Guidebook

    I liked the "Spring Box" as well. Kind of makes the travel regular. I imagine people dipped items into it to get the water. I had to wait about 5-10 minutes to cross the dam area at Vandalia because of a one lane. I am a BIG Buffalo Springfield fan. I didn't know that. Probably passed the old building if it is still standing and downtown as I had to drive around awhile to find a "free" parking space when I went to the BW3. Greta food at Clark's in Jacksontown. Chicken and pies.
  18. I'm in North Carolina right now and next week will be driving on the National Road across a lot of Ohio. I stopped at the I-70 Ohio Welcome Center on my way here and was aamazed at the Ohio Tourist Guide to the National Road. This should serve as the bellweather for state guides to any historic road. Gonna see some S bridges.
  19. Caught the Old Teach in Me. Pop Quiz for Today. Where is the other place in Illinois where Route 66 crosses tbe Lincoln?
  20. What will e-Bay auction off next? First, it was a corn flake shaped like Illinois. Now YOU can become the PROUD OWNER of Berwyn's "Spindle" for an opening bid of $50,000 and $100,000 shipping. Check out e-Bay's "Spindle Art Work in Berwyn, Illinois." I should get it an put it up in my backyard. Wonder what the hawks of the subdivision association would say about that? Who's Got $50,000 Lying Around. --RoadDog
  21. Great couple. I know they'll have a great time. And cruisin' it in a Vette!!! Sigh!!!
  22. RoadDog

    Obituaries in the News

    WALLY BRONNER (1927-2008) Founded Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan Wally Bronner, 81, died April 1st. He founded what is billed as the World's Largest Christmas Store in 1954 after starting a sign-painting business in his parents' basement. Later, he added float decorating fair booths and store windows to his business. In 1951, he met with merchants from Clare, Mi, who were looking for Christmas lamppost decorations. From there, he started doing the same for other towns. In 1954, he an his wife Irene, opened their first store in downtown Frankenmuth, and then two more buildings were purchased in 1966 and 1971. The three stores became so congested on fall weekends that he had to hire doormen to control the crowds. In 1977. he consolidated the three stores into one big one on 45 acres on Frankenmuth's southside. Today, the store has grown to cover five football fields worth of space. www.bronners.com Quite a rags to riches story. Unfortunately, I have never been to this store. If anyone's been there, tell me about it.
  23. Drove through Plainfield on my way back home on Thursday. The street through downtown is torn up and had to take the detour, which is now going to be permanent for trucks. I think they made the right decision here. There is only one other place where both Route 66 and the Lincoln come together.
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    Iowa's Lincoln Highway

    When we went across Iowa, we used Brian Butko's book which was very helpful and made the trip very enjoyable.
  25. RoadDog

    Really Great National Road Guidebook

    Drove from Cambridge to Vandalia, except through Columbus. Wasn't sure about the "Y", but now know. I went to the overlook park to view the "Y" Bridge in Zanesville after driving over it. Wouldn't you know that the battery in the camera would die at that moment. Had to go to Wal Mart to get new lithium. Pretty expensive stuff. The impressive courthouse in Zanesville reminded me a lot of the one in Pontiac, Illinois. Definitely liked Bunkers, but Matt wasn't there and the bartender didn't know who he was. Great NTN place. Also stopped at the BW3 in downtown Springfield, while looking at the historic buildings. I didn't even know Ohio had a Springfield. I'll definitely do this stretch again.