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About ypsi-slim

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  • Birthday 02/01/1950

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    Ypsilanti, MI - Home of the Tucker
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    Historic Highways, Roadside Ephemera - postcards, road maps, route guides, souvenirs
  1. Has the American Road Foundation Conference been canceled? I saw a mention of this on the co-sponsor (Heritage Corridor) website, but wanted to be sure as I was going to register. I was hoping to discuss the donation of my roadside collection to the University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Transportation Section. They hold the archives of the original Lincoln Highway Association, plus 1/2 the papers of W. S. Gilbreath (good roads pioneer in IN and MI.) My collection consists of 50,000+ postcards (mostly roadside advertising, 5,000+ road maps and brochures, 500+ route guides and related auto travel narratives, plus photographs, souvenirs and ephemera such as match covers, stickers, water transfer decals. It may take me up to 5 years to complete the donation. There will be some costs involved including appraisals, archival supplies, and the U of M internal charges to scan the items. I will require the postcards to be organized (perhaps geographically by route),scanned, and be available on-line creating a virtual highway. I presumably have the largest Lincoln Highway collection, and significant depth in the following named highways - Dixie Highway, National Highway, National Old Trails Highway, Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, DLD and OLD Highways, Theodore Roosevelt International Highways, Old Spanish Trails Highway, Yellowstone Trail, Pacific Highway, and transcontinental auto travel narratives. I also have extensive collections of the following numbered US Highways: 1, 2, 6, 10, 12, 16, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 33, 36, 40, 41, 45, 50, 60, 61, 62, 66, 70, 80, 90, 101, 112, 127, 250, 421. I also collect programmatic architecture, diners, gas stations based on image in addition to routing. I was considering starting a non-profit to support the donation, archival supplies and scanning charges of the collection. I am not looking for any funds for myself, only to go to U of M to support the collection. Your comments are appreciated. Thanks. Regards, Russell, aka ypsi-slim
  2. From bgdailynews.com: Station nominated for historic registry Site illustrates U.S 31-W importance during past By ROBYN L. MINOR, The Daily News Monday, May 17, 2010 11:42 AM CDT My link *See site for picture The Kentucky Heritage Council last week approved the nomination of the Standard Company Filling Station in Bowling Green to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination will be forwarded to the National Park Service in Washington for consideration. “We have to get the paperwork together and that will probably be a couple of weeks,” said Diane Comer, a spokeswoman for the council. “From there, they will have 45 days to make a decision.” The recommendation dovetails nicely with Historic Preservation Month, according to Miranda Clements, director of Warren County Historic Preservation Board. Clements said the nomination is a chance to capitalize on Bowling Green’s automobile history and present and future. The station, adjacent to Circus Square and now restored as restrooms for the park, was built in response to automobile tourism on U.S. 31-W, also known as Dixie Highway. “The building was constructed in 1921 after the highway opened in 1920,” Clements said. “It is the best example of a restored domestic style filling station.” Before such facilities were constructed, gasoline was sold curbside and before that at a manufacturing plant on the edge of town. “It wasn’t very safe or clean,” Clements said. Clements said the Standard Oil station is one of the few around the state that has been restored to the degree this one has. “The renovations ... and pumps were based on a photograph from 1921,” she said. “It is pretty much exactly like it was.” Clements said properties listed on the National Register are recognized for their worthiness of being preserved. “It’s an honor to be listed,” she said. While this building has already been restored, other buildings already on the register can be eligible for tax credits to help with work. The Standard Oil station is nearby other historic districts, including Shake Rag and the Modern Automobile District, which includes the Galloway Building that houses Booth Fire and Safety. “The importance of the Dixie Highway in terms of commercial development and tourism is something that should be remembered,” Clements said. “There is an opportunity to capitalize on it like they have with (Route) 66 out West. We already have a number of people who come here with their antique cars to take pictures there. “There are other little gas stations around that are still worth preserving and taking advantage of.”
  3. ypsi-slim

    New Federal Byway In Tennessee

    A new Federal Byway has been approved in Tennessee, to be called the East Tennessee Crossing. This will follow US 25E which includes the Dixie Highway. You can read more about it here at the Claiborne Progress on-line: My link, and here: My link At the National Scenic Byway Program site: My link and at the Byway site: My link ypsi-slim
  4. ypsi-slim

    Winter Road Trip

    I forgot that there is an old alignment of the Dixie Highway north of Bayard following Old St. Augustine Road into Jacksonville. ypsi-slim
  5. ypsi-slim

    Winter Road Trip

    Thanks Guys. I have all the OST information that is on line. The highway started in 1915 but most of the Association pubs were on, or after, 1926 and did not include any specific driving instructions. Also - I cannot find any of my SE ABBs - if you saw my house you would know why. Apparently the OST and Dixie ran together from St. Augustine to Jacksonville, and this would just be what is now US 1, and I am not aware of any old alignments in this section. I got out some of my Midwest volumes of the Scarborough Automobile Guide (Green Books). These all have a special Dixie Highway supplement, and show the route between Jacksonville and Tallahassee as the Dixie Highway too. Guess I will just have to call someone in St. Augustine to see if I can figure out the original location of the zero mile monument. This time-line of the OST indicates that the zero mile monument was dedicated in April 1929: OST History Alex - thanks for the ABB instructions. I will compare these with the Green Book instructions. Headin' south next Monday. Tuckerly (I wish) ypsi-slim
  6. I am taking a winter roadtrip and have a question about the eastern terminus of the Old Spanish Trail highway. I know that it generally follows old US 90 west out of Jacksonville, but what about the segment between Saint Augustine and Jacksonville? 1. Where is the zero mile marker in Saint Augustine? I also read that it was moved twice! Since it represents the eastern terminus of the OST where was it originally placed? 2. Does anyone have any idea of the routing between St. Augustine other than US 1? I am looking for the old or original alignments. Thanks for any help, ypsi-slim
  7. Dave Schaub recently completed a trip to raise money for a local Ronald McDonald House in California. The trip involved touching 49 states in 8 days, in his 1932 Ford hot rod roadster. He started in Needles, CA and ended in Hyder, Alaska. Much more is at his website including a trip map overview: http://49in9.com/
  8. Urgent request for more information: My Doctor put me on prednisone for 12 days to fight an allergic reaction, so I'm dizzy and my head is spinning, and now this: I just realized that according to Delorme Street Atlas Vers. 2006, the historic route of the Dixie Highway south of Indianapolis generally following SR 37 at least south to Bloomington, and maybe further south, is now marked as I-69 Corridor. I'm hoping that this will not mean the destruction of a lot of the Dixie Highway. I can't believe that I haven't been following this, and would welcome any additional information that anyone may have.
  9. This week on Georgia Public TV - the Old Dixie Highway http://georgiatravelergpb.blogspot.com/200...-old-dixie.html
  10. I am sad to report that Gregory Franzwa passed away yesterday from cancer. He was 83 and was experiencing failing health over the last year. Here is the obituary that will run in the Salt Lake Tribune tomorrow: Gregory Mathew Franzwa Gregory Mathew Franzwa 1926 ~ 2009 Gregory Mathew Franzwa, 83, passed away from cancer at his home in Tooele, Utah, on March 29, 2009. He was born in Carroll, Iowa, on Feb. 27, 1926, to Fred W. and Mabel Henderson Franzwa. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and his three children: Theodore C. Francois, Hemet, Calif; Christian N. Franzwa, Lynnwood, Wash; and Patrice A. Smith, Bailey, N.C. He also leaves two brothers, Sterling "Rusty," Glidden, and Frederick A., Rochester, N.Y. His stepmother, Jane Franzwa, lives in Tucson, Arizona. He became a professional musician while a sophomore in Glidden High School, playing trumpet with local dance bands. He joined the U.S. Navy's V-5 flight training program while awaiting graduation in May 1943, and was called to active duty on October 5, 1943. He was released to inactive duty in August 1946, as a Lt. (JG), in the United States Naval Reserve. Mr. Franzwa attended Iowa State College from September 1946 to May 1947; and the State University of Iowa from February 1948 until receiving a bachelor of journalism degree in August 1950. He moved to St. Louis, MO, in October 1950, and opened his firm, Gregory M. Franzwa Public Relations in 1955, a firm which remained in business until his move to Tucson, Ariz., in 1991. He founded the highly successful Tiger Rag Forever Jazz Band in the early 1960s, and the 1926 Jazz Band, an all-star group, also in St. Louis, in the late 1970s. He joined the Old Pueblo Jazz Band in Tucson and remained its leader until moving to Tooele, Utah in 2005. His first book, "The Old Cathedral", was published by the St. Louis Archdiocese in 1965. His second, "The Story of Old Ste. Genevieve", was the first to bear the imprimatur of his firm, The Patrice Press, in 1967. "The Oregon Trail Revisited", first published in 1967, established Mr. Franzwa's reputation as a premiere scholar of the history of the covered wagon emigration to the American West. The Patrice Press continued to publish Mr. Franzwa's works, as well as that of many other scholars. In 1996 the author began his state-by-state series of hardcover books on the Lincoln Highway. The six states west of the Mississippi River are now in print with his 21st book, "The Lincoln Highway: Illinois", in process. He was the principal founder of the Oregon-California Trails Association in 1982, a group dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic road. 10 years later, in October 1992, he founded the current Lincoln Highway Association, with the same purpose. He married his soulmate, Kathleen A. Colyer on Dec. 23, 2000, after a storybook romance centered on the Oregon Trail. His remains were cremated and scattered over the Oregon Trail. At his request, there will be no services.
  11. As many of you know I have been fixated on the Lincoln Highway for the last 15 years or so, and my obsessive-compulsive personality has led to the largest collection of Lincoln Highway ephemera which I plan to donate to the University of Michigan, Special Collections Library. Additionally, I became a Director of the Lincoln Highway Association, and am currently the Vice-President. http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/ I wanted to let you know about a nationally syndicated PBS show that will air tomorrow, and repeat on Friday on the Lincoln Highway. I hope you have a chance to view this show, as it is an enjoyable and educational look at the Father Road. Well, they cut my footage, but they did include a graphic of my 1920's Oakland - San Francisco Ferry ticket, and I am included in the final credits. Most of the folks on the show are good friends of mine I have made all across the country. A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway, PBS, Wednesday, 10/29/2009 at 8:00 pm http://www.wqed.org/tv/sebak/lincoln_hwy/ Please check for local listings - enjoy! I just found out about this link that has some of my cut footage - Rules of the Road and Green Chille Rant. Go to this page and click on my name..... http://www.wqed.org/tv/sebak/lincoln_hwy/video.php Please forward to anyone you think may enjoy this TV show - thanks. yer pal, Russell aka ypsi-slim Russell S. Rein
  12. As many of you know I have been fixated on the Lincoln Highway for the last 15 years or so, and my obsessive-compulsive personality has led to the largest collection of Lincoln Highway ephemera which I plan to donate to the University of Michigan, Special Collections Library. Additionally, I became a Director of the Lincoln Highway Association, and am currently the Vice-President. http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/ I wanted to let you know about a nationally syndicated PBS show that will air tomorrow, and repeat on Friday on the Lincoln Highway. I hope you have a chance to view this show, as it is an enjoyable and educational look at the Father Road. Well, they cut my footage, but they did include a graphic of my 1920's Oakland - San Francisco Ferry ticket, and I am included in the final credits. Most of the folks on the show are good friends of mine I have made all across the country. A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway, PBS, Wednesday, 10/29/2009 at 8:00 pm http://www.wqed.org/tv/sebak/lincoln_hwy/ Please check for local listings - enjoy! I just found out about this link that has some of my cut footage - Rules of the Road and Green Chille Rant. Go to this page and click on my name..... http://www.wqed.org/tv/sebak/lincoln_hwy/video.php Please forward to anyone you think may enjoy this TV show - thanks. yer pal, Russell aka ypsi-slim Russell S. Rein
  13. From the Louisville Courier-Journal.com: "Charlie Mattingly, who owns the Waverly Hills Sanatorium with his wife, Tina, wants to turn the property into a 78-room boutique hotel with a haunted twist. The former tuberculosis hospital off Dixie Highway already draws about 3,000 people a year for ghost tours. The following photos will take you on a tour of Waverly prior to proposed renovation. (By Alex Davis, The Courier-Journal) Aug. 6, 08" Be sure to check out the 31 pics: http://xrl.us/om3vi
  14. This September Albuquerque is hosting two roadside related conferences at the same time in September! The conferences have separate venues and activities. The Society for Commercial Archeology presents Southwest Detours - Roadside Culture in New Mexico, September 10 - 13. "The conference site is the Hotel Blue at 717 Central Ave in downtown Albuquerque (www.thehotelblue.com ). Opened in 1966 as the Downtowner Motel, Hotel Blue is located on historic 66 within walking distance of downtown sites including the Kimo Theater. Hotel amenities include continental breakfast and wired high-speed internet. Hotel reservations must be made by August 10. Reservations can be made directly using the Hotel Blue website reservation form. Under "Rate Information", select "SCA Convention" on the drop down menu. You may also call for reservations at 877-878-4868." Conference Registration - (now late) is $225 for members and and $270 for non-members which includes a one-year membership. You can pay by PayPal at the website: www.sca-roadside.org Also - the home page has links for all the conference details and to download a registration form. * Wed. Sept. 10 - Opening Receptions and Silent Auction - Kimo Theater * Thurs. Sept 11 - Bus Tour along Route 66 to Gallup, NM (includes tour book and lunch at El Rancho) * Fri. Sept. 12 - Symposium and Paper Sessions, includes lunch at Villa Di Capo * Sat. Sept. 13 - Bus Tour to Mountainair and Socorro, NM (US 60, includes tour guide and lunch in the Mountainair at the Pop Shafer Hotel, Restaurant and Curio Shop) Preserving the Historic Road is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary with it's 6th biennial conference in Albuquerque, from September 11-14 - Preserving the Historic Road Conference in New Mexico--The Land of Enchantment. " Preserving the Historic Road conference began in 1998 with the idea of bringing together transportation professionals and historic preservationists to discuss the plight of the nation's historic roads. Since that first gathering in Los Angeles, a biennial conference has grown showcasing issues of identification, preservation and management for historic roads in the United States and internationally. The four-day conference is structured around educational sessions, general sessions and field tours to historic roads' sites. Conference sessions address issues of highway engineering and technology for historic roads, highway safety, historic preservation strategies, roadside history, and highway policy and management. A popular feature of the conference is the "Friday Movie Night" where vintage highway construction and training films are screened. The conference is designed to facilitate dialogue and debate among attendees, and generous opportunities are provided for conversation and information sharing. " " Meeting space and conference facilities for Preserving the Historic Road 2008 will be at the Hotel Albuquerque Old Town. Our host facility provides a setting rich in regional architecture and art, gardens and comfortable public spaces -- all just steps from Albuquerque's historic 18th-century plaza and cathedral." Here's the link for the hotel: http://hhandr.com/alb_main.php Early bird conference registration thru August 11 is $396, afterwards $469. * Thurs. Sept 10 - 3 different tours and a field session * Fri. Sept. 11 - Presentation at the Kimo Theater including Keynote Speaker - Michael Wallis, then after break - concurrent presentations at the Hotel Albuquerque follows, includes lunch. Later - Friday Night Movie Night * Sat. Sept 12 - More presentations at the Hotel Albuquerque, includes continental breakfast; closing Keynote by Chester Liebs, Preservation Scholar, author of Main Street to Miracle Mile; optional Route 66 After Dark Tour includes dinner. * Sunday Sept 13 - 2 different tours For complete details follow the conference links at: http://www.historicroads.org/sub7_1.htm I'll be going to the SCA Conference if I can get off from work - this includes a road trip there and back, and I hope to meet some of you folks in Albuquerque. I'm thinking of taking Route 66 there and maybe US 54 back. Can anyone recommend any restaurants in Albuquerque? I will be bringing postcards, maps, brochures and books for sale or trade - more info later (this will include 100s of my duplicate historic Route 66 and Lincoln Highway postcards) Regards, Russell Rein aka ypsi-slim Vice President, Lincoln Highway Association
  15. This September Albuquerque is hosting two roadside related conferences at the same time in September! The conferences have separate venues and activities. The Society for Commercial Archeology presents Southwest Detours - Roadside Culture in New Mexico, September 10 - 13. "The conference site is the Hotel Blue at 717 Central Ave in downtown Albuquerque (www.thehotelblue.com ). Opened in 1966 as the Downtowner Motel, Hotel Blue is located on historic 66 within walking distance of downtown sites including the Kimo Theater. Hotel amenities include continental breakfast and wired high-speed internet. Hotel reservations must be made by August 10. Reservations can be made directly using the Hotel Blue website reservation form. Under "Rate Information", select "SCA Convention" on the drop down menu. You may also call for reservations at 877-878-4868." Conference Registration - (now late) is $225 for members and and $270 for non-members which includes a one-year membership. You can pay by PayPal at the website: www.sca-roadside.org Also - the home page has links for all the conference details and to download a registration form. * Wed. Sept. 10 - Opening Receptions and Silent Auction - Kimo Theater * Thurs. Sept 11 - Bus Tour along Route 66 to Gallup, NM (includes tour book and lunch at El Rancho) * Fri. Sept. 12 - Symposium and Paper Sessions, includes lunch at Villa Di Capo * Sat. Sept. 13 - Bus Tour to Mountainair and Socorro, NM (US 60, includes tour guide and lunch in the Mountainair at the Pop Shafer Hotel, Restaurant and Curio Shop) Preserving the Historic Road is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary with it's 6th biennial conference in Albuquerque, from September 11-14 - Preserving the Historic Road Conference in New Mexico--The Land of Enchantment. " Preserving the Historic Road conference began in 1998 with the idea of bringing together transportation professionals and historic preservationists to discuss the plight of the nation's historic roads. Since that first gathering in Los Angeles, a biennial conference has grown showcasing issues of identification, preservation and management for historic roads in the United States and internationally. The four-day conference is structured around educational sessions, general sessions and field tours to historic roads' sites. Conference sessions address issues of highway engineering and technology for historic roads, highway safety, historic preservation strategies, roadside history, and highway policy and management. A popular feature of the conference is the "Friday Movie Night" where vintage highway construction and training films are screened. The conference is designed to facilitate dialogue and debate among attendees, and generous opportunities are provided for conversation and information sharing. " " Meeting space and conference facilities for Preserving the Historic Road 2008 will be at the Hotel Albuquerque Old Town. Our host facility provides a setting rich in regional architecture and art, gardens and comfortable public spaces -- all just steps from Albuquerque's historic 18th-century plaza and cathedral." Here's the link for the hotel: http://hhandr.com/alb_main.php Early bird conference registration thru August 11 is $396, afterwards $469. * Thurs. Sept 10 - 3 different tours and a field session * Fri. Sept. 11 - Presentation at the Kimo Theater including Keynote Speaker - Michael Wallis, then after break - concurrent presentations at the Hotel Albuquerque follows, includes lunch. Later - Friday Night Movie Night * Sat. Sept 12 - More presentations at the Hotel Albuquerque, includes continental breakfast; closing Keynote by Chester Liebs, Preservation Scholar, author of Main Street to Miracle Mile; optional Route 66 After Dark Tour includes dinner. * Sunday Sept 13 - 2 different tours For complete details follow the conference links at: http://www.historicroads.org/sub7_1.htm I'll be going to the SCA Conference if I can get off from work - this includes a road trip there and back, and I hope to meet some of you folks in Albuquerque. I'm thinking of taking Route 66 there and maybe US 54 back. Can anyone recommend any restaurants in Albuquerque? I will be bringing postcards, maps, brochures and books for sale or trade - more info later (this will include 100s of my duplicate historic Route 66 and Lincoln Highway postcards) Regards, Russell Rein aka ypsi-slim Vice President, Lincoln Highway Association
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