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Lincoln Highway E-newsletter, Vol. 19, December, 2006

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Holiday Greetings and welcome to the belated, but world's largest,

Lincoln Highway E-Newsletter. Fifty degrees, no snow, and it

rained all day today in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This lack of snow and

warm weather is either caused by my wearing only a light jacket

thus not jinxing the weather, or global warming.


This edition rolls out some new features - Lincoln Highway Eats,

Dixie Highway News, and perhaps the first Lincoln Highway

YouTube video.


Well, I've already made my motel reservations for next summer's

National Lincoln Highway Association Conference in Fort Morgan,

Colorado - so you should too! Read all about the conference at:



I'm leaving on my winter road trip next Thursday - western route of the

old Dixie Highway from South Bend to Louisville, then old US 31

all the way down to the Gulf Coast at Mobile, Alabama. Then old US

90 west through New Orleans to Houston. Then I'll be working in

Austin for a week, and driving home through Dallas to Oklahoma City,

and back on US 66. Any tips for must-sees and/or restaurants between

Louisville through Houston are appreciated.


Let's start things off with some tunes - check out New Music composer /

performer Mark Rushton's Theme from the Lincoln Highway from his

The Drivers Companion album. Its funky and engaging - I like it!

It's a free download about halfway down the page at:





In October I had the honor, on behalf of the Lincoln Highway Association,

of presenting a check for $3,000.00 to the University of Michigan

Special Collections Library on October 4. These funds will enable the

library to complete the project to digitize the photographic archive of the

original Lincoln Highway Association. The digital capture and inclusion of

the remaining 780 photographs in the web-based Lincoln Highway Digital

Image Collection will ensure that the entire visual history of over 3,000

images of the early days of the Lincoln Highway will be available to the

public. Transportation History Collection curator Kathleen Dow said that

this generous gift will ensure that the entire visual history of the planning and

building of this milestone in the history of American transportation will be

easily available for consultation by researchers and scholars, while helping

to preserve the original photographs.

You can visit the online collection at: http://xrl.us/chp8




Last issue I posted the link for the transcontinental Hupmobile trip on

the Lincoln Highway as sent by Paul Gilger.


Well - Van Becker sends an update: " Guys, the article from Paul re the

Hupp Skylark was interesting, but the photo of the vehicle was very

poor/small. I went on a bit of a search. The Skylark was a 1940 model

for Hupp Mobile; 6 cyl, 101 hp. Pre-production pilot models began

appearing in April 1939. Check the attached photo and notice the LH

emblem on the door. I wonder if this was the car that made the trip.

That's all. Just had to share."

I've posted the pic on the net - check out that LH sign on the door at:





Book News:


LHA Founder and Forum editor Gregory Franzwa's latest book from his

Lincoln Highway Series has been published by his Patrice Press - The

Lincoln Highway: California.



Longtime LHA member, Lowell Nissley's book Lincoln Highway - The

Road My Father Travelled was published earlier this year. The book

was inspired by Lowell's father diary of his 1915 drive from eastern PA to

San Francisco. It is full of wonderful illustrations including a photographic

log of most existing Lincoln Highway concrete markers. The book is

available from the Lincoln Highway Trading Post:



House by the Side of the Road, Stories of 20th Century farm life

beside Illinois Lincoln Highway by Mrs. L. A. Abbott, edited by

Susan Gidel and Jan Landow is out. This is a series of short stories

recounting Morrison, IL farm life along the Lincoln Highway. You can

order the book directly from Pines Publishing:


Here's an article from Morrison Online about the farm and book:



USA Today in October ran a feature about Brian and Sarah Butko's

Roadside Giants book:


Last year they also had a story about LA roadside icons, including Brian

and Sarah's book. Read more at:



From Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History Series comes Richard W.

Funk's Along Pennsylvania's Lincoln Highway:



A new book is out - Motorcycling Across Ohio: A Guide, by William

Murphy (Arbutus Press, $17.95). It features trips on the Lincoln, Dixie

and National Highways:



From Google's beta book search on the Lincoln Highway - The Book

of Lincoln, Compiled by Mary Wright-Davis, Published 1919, George H.

Doran company - Lincoln Highway by Woodbury Pulsifer(!):

http://xrl.us/tzig Pages 343-344




I just figured out that Howard Hyde Russell's papers and photos are at

the Bentley Historical Museum, on University of Michigan's North

Campus. Russell was a Congregational minister and founder of the

American Anti-Saloon League. The collection includes photographs of

Russell and his companions on their "water wagon" tour along the

Lincoln Highway. I'll have to check them out some winter day. Here's

the link from U of M's Mirlyn system, this takes you to the search page,

then search on Howard Hyde Russell:





I've posted some information on the net about the Lincoln Highway

concrete marker medallions:





New Feature - Lincoln Highway Eats - Highway Food:


From DailySouthtown.com a reader writes, "Chicago-style dogs -

I'm a long-time resident of Frankfort and I just want to comment on a new

hot dog stand finally that opened up in our area on Lincoln Highway and

80th Avenue called "Hogs and Dogs." Finally we got a Chicago-style hot

dog place in our area. They make it just like I remembered when I grew

up on the Far South Side of Chicago. They also have beef sandwiches

and they make home-made French fries from fresh potatoes they cut

every day. I'm no relation to anybody who works there, but I just want to

say we finally have a Chicago-style hot dog place in Frankfort, and if

anybody has a taste for a true Chicago-style dog or a polish, I would

recommend this place 100 percent.


From Yahoo's Roadsidefans Discussion Group, Susan Levinson alerts

us to Loveland, CO's Johnson's Corner Restaurant and Bakery, home

of the World Famous Cinnamon Roll, open since 1952. "Travel &

Leisure Magazine calls us “one of the top 10 BEST breakfast spots in the

world.” And in 2004, the Food Network declared us one of the top five

truck stops in the country."


Might be a stop for visitors attending next year's LHA Conference in

Fort Morgan, CO.




A historic marker was placed on the Lincoln Highway in Gap this month

to honor African-American inventor William Chester Ruth. Read more

about it ParkesburgLedger.com:



Lots of PA roadbuilding history in Westmoreland County, including the LH

and the William Penn Highway in this Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article

by Bob Cup:



The BaltimoreSun.com carried this article about a clash of cultures along

the Lincoln Highway in Lancaster, PA:



The Discover Lancaster County History Museum on Lincoln Highway East

will close after 37 years of operation, from Lancaster Online:



From ydr.com:

Oct 22, 2006 — The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor will give a

$33,500 grant to Abbottstown to revitalize Abbottstown Square with

landscaping, benches, planters, a flagpole and a historical display of the

original school house bell.


From Pittsburgh's Post Gazette.com:

The Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County has received a

$50,000 grant from the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor for a master

plan addressing land use management, transportation management and

quality of life issues for 13 municipalities along the Lincoln Highway

(Route 30) in Westmoreland County.

Famous footsteps by Bob Cupp of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

covers some of the 2,000 distinctive blue and gold metal markers along

the state's roads and highways for historical sites, including many on the

Lincoln Highway:



Check out the website for the historic Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford,

PA: http://www.jeanbonnettavern.com/index.html


Pennsylvania's Mountain of Attractions' Lincoln Highway page:





Dalton, OH celebrates its sesquicentennial (quietly) from IndieOnline.com:



The State of Ohio budget includes 14.7 million dollars for Stark County

projects, many of which are Lincoln Highway related. Read about it at




What famous China Company, over 100 years old, is located right on

the original routing of the Lincoln Highway? Why that's the Hall China

Company in East Liverpool, OH. They are famous for their restaurant

ware, promotional ware, and figural tea pots (most recently a Ronald

Reagan teapot). They use a secret high temperature glaze that allows

pieces to be used in the oven and freezer without crazing. I have

pieces that are almost 75 years old and look almost new. Self-guided

tours are available on weekdays at their factory, and an outlet shop is

available. Some of their classic designs are now available on-line on their

new retail website: http://www.hallclassics.com/

Their ball pitchers introduced in 1936 and produced in a multitude of

colors, were used in thousands of restaurants over the years for ice

water, and their design was widely copied by other companies.

The regular company website with a map to the Hall Closet Outlet is at:



Mike Buettner, through the Ohio Lincoln Highway League's Buckeye

Ramblings Newsletter, sends news of the coolest expressway overpass

ever - the new Lincoln Highway Bridge over I-75 at Beaverdam, OH.

"Although Lincoln Highway logo signs still need to be placed in the

imitation brick pilasters of the structure, the sparkling new Lincoln

Highway bridge at Beaverdam was opened to traffic in the early weeks

of November 20006. The bridge is at the Exit 135 interchange of

Interstate Route 75, with the Lincoln Highway portion of the grade

separation now being part of State Route 696." Traffic on I-75 going

under the bridge will see large Lincoln Highway signs on both sides of'the

abutments in either direction. I will try to post some pictures of the

bridge ASAP.




Indiana's hosting the Lincoln Highway Association conference in South

Bend Indiana in June 2009. We're looking for people interested in the

Dixie Highway history in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. As part of the

LH Association national conference we'll be traveling from South Bend

to Indianapolis to visit Carl Fisher sites. We'd like some talking points

about the Dixie along the route as well as historic images and stories for

the conference booklet and tour highlights. Anyone with Dixie Highway

information or in participating in the conference, please contact Jan

Shupert-Arick at janshupert@yahoo.com. Please type DIXIE HIGHWAY

in the subject line. Thanks for your interest in the LH, the Dixie, and

Carl Fisher!


Valparaiso's Lincoln Highway rededication plans to be celebrated next

year on Abe's birthday, from nwitimes.com:



Check out this video of a Lincoln Highway concrete marker donated to

the city of Valparaiso, IN - to be preserved and re-erected soon, from




From Indiana's News Center comes more video of Patty Fisel's efforts

to start the restoration of downtown Ligonier on Cavin St. - the Lincoln

Highway (click the Video link):



Historic school is for sale on the Lincoln Highway outside of New

Haven, IN from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:



The Indiana LHA Chapter website has been updated - check it out at:


It includes the world's largest Lincoln Highway links page - All the Links

to Lincolnway.




Get your kicks on Lincoln Highway - Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition

plans a series of 20 educational gazebos along the Lincoln Highway. Read

more about this great plan at SuburbanChicagoNews.com:



From BeaconNewsOnLine.com, Geneva gazebo to mark historic

roadway, a story on the Lincoln Highway Gazebo planned for the city of




Plainfield is working on their Lincoln Highway Gazebo too - from the




DeKalb, IL is celebrating it's sesquicentennial:


Another article about DeKalb's big 150:



The Lincoln Highway mural is unveiled in DeKalb, from the Daily




More DeKalb LH news - "In 1928, Mable Glidden sold flowers from a

small garden on West Lincoln Highway. Jessie and Carter Glidden

established Glidden Campus Florist in 1936 at 917 W. Lincoln Highway."

It's still open - read more at MidWeek Business News:



Chicago's Seecago Tours offered two fall road trips that traversed

portions of the historic Lincoln Highway. The first ran Oct. 7-8, round-trip

from Tinley Park Ill., with stops at the Elwood House Museum and

Mansion in DeKalb and the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, as

well as a tour of Starved Rock State Park and a cruise on the Illinois

River. Accommodations were at the Bavarian-style Lodge Hotel in

Bettendorf, Iowa, with dinner and a murder-mystery play at the hotel's

restaurant. A longer, more comprehensive version, went round-trip from

Munster, Ind. Both trips were operated Seecago, but offered by different

park districts in the Chicago area. Both these tours are advertised at

Seecago's website:



Yahoo's RoadDog reports on Illinois Rt. 66's 80th anniversary celebration

with a Lincoln Highway tie-in: "It was cold. It was blustery. In short, a

touch on the miserable side, but that didn't stop about 40 intrepid 66ers

from gathering at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac.

Illinois Association President John Miller was being interviewed for

a film and we had plenty of sweets for the journey. I got to see Bob

Waldemire's Illinois map mural which is still under construction. It is right

by the bathrooms and, as I was videoing it, a guy walked out. That was an

awkward moment.

We then cruised north to the Standard station in Odell where we met

John Weiss. He talked about the new preservation project in Lincoln at the

Mill which will be undertaken in spring. Four very impressive new direction

signs to the station will be put up this weekend.

We were invited to take part in the Wilmington VFW's Veteran's Day

observance and the dedication of that stretch of Route 66 in front of the

post as a new Blue Star Memorial Highway. John Weiss said a few words

about how 66's 80th birthday was the same day as Veterans Day.

My wife and I left the caravan here and headed north to Joliet, past

the old green giant. Took a quick tour of the fairly new Midewin Tall Grass

Prairie headquarters on the site of the old Joliet Arsenal. In the near future,

it will be the largest tall grass prairie in the US.

We had a bite to eat at Mr. B's on 66, about a mile south of the 66

Speedway. If you like racing, 66, good food, and cheap drinks, this is the

place for you. I recommend especially the mozzarella stuffed breadsticks

and the absolutely huge pork tenderloin sandwiches.

Then on to the Joliet Museum where we had three dedications and sang

happy birthday to the Mother Road. President Miller got to meet the

president of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Association, Wayne Silvius.

The first dedication was outside and it is a street sculpture of Route 66

with different aspects of it incorporated into it: the road in Joliet, Chain of

Rocks Bridge, Blue Swallow, an automobile, a Dust Bowl father holding his

child and so forth.

Then we had the dedication of an original Lincoln Highway marker in the

fountain garden. John Weiss was master of ceremonies as he had a lot to do

with the acquisition of it from IDOT.

Most of these were installed across the whole length of the Lincoln on the

same day in 1928. A group of four "model" Boy Scouts toured the whole

length of Lincoln to spread the word of the marker project and to show off

scouting skills. One of them, Mark Hughes was from Joliet. A relative of his

is still in scouting in Joliet, but unfortunately was unable to attend.

Then, Lenore Weiss, dedicated the impressive new Route 66 map mural

by Jerry McClannahan. It shows the road through all eight states with

landmarks along the way.

Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog




From the Grand Island Independent: Downtown Joins Lincoln Highway

Association (requires free login):



The Nebraska Department of Roads, NDOR, has a lot of great historical

information on their website at:


Be sure to click on the Lincoln Highway link, and check out the publicity

and graphics, about the new signing of the Lincoln Highway Byway:





From WyomingNews.com - an article about the Ames Monument outside

of Cheyenne (one of the Great Pyramids of the Lincoln Highway):





The Tooele Transcript Online covers Gregory Franzwa's Alice's Drive,

the republishing of Alice Ramsey's memoir of her cross country auto

trip from 1909:





From Rosevillept.com comes an article about Eddie Lang, "Mr. 40":





Vintage road maps a window on their time, by Phil Patton of the NY

Times, from the San Francisco Chronicle:





Dixie Highway News


http://www.dixiehighway.org/ is the home page of the Dixie Highway

Association, a cooperative tourism project formed to promote the Dixie

Highway from Ringgold to Marietta Square in Georgia. Be sure to

download their brochure - it is a large pdf so prepare for a little delay.


Checkout this article on old US 41 - the Dixie Highway from the

managing editor of the Murfreesboro Post (Murfreesboro, Tennessee):



Answers.com wikipedia page on the Dixie Highway has a lot of great

info and pictures, including a routing summary. Interestingly, someone

has figured out that in 1925 the Dixie Highway was 5,786 miles long,

making it America's longest highway. This length, of course, was only

achieved because of the highway's parallel routes, doglegs and loops.


Some of the enlargement links for the pictures don't work, but they do

at this site:


I especially like: Image:Dixie Highway across RR in Dania.jpg


The billboard shows drivers how to make the on-grade railroad crossing.

*This photo is from the Florida Memory Project which includes

128,500 scanned and online images:


This site needs some more exploration.


The Historic Dixie Highway Arch in Stuart, FL was restored to it's

1926 condition and rededicated on November 22. Read more about it at



It is located at between 2369 and 2390 Northeast Dixie Highway at

Jensen Beach. On September 15, 2004 it was added to the National

Register of Historic Places.


From Google's beta book search on the Dixie Highway - Public School

Methods, Chicago: The Methods Co., 1917 - Chapter Seven - A Trip

Over the Dixie Highway:

http://xrl.us/tzin Pages 449-459






OK - here's the ebay Lincoln Highway auction of the year - the second

known set of large broadsides, probably the first published items of the

Lincoln Highway Association from 1913 - An Appeal to Patriots, and

Proclamation of Route of Lincoln Highway. Despite the fact that over

70,000 of these were printed virtually none have survived - true ephemera.

This set was part of a collection that was displayed at a now closed Ford

Dealership in Rochester, MI. In addition to these posters, the seller also

separately offered a 1924 Official Guide to the Lincoln Highway, and the

large 1920 booklet - A Picture of Progress on the Lincoln Way. The

posters, in excellent condition were offered unframed, and bidding closed

at $4,150. University of Michigan Special Collections Library lost out

when their bid of $4,000 failed in their attempt to add these important

documents missing from their original Lincoln Highway Association archive.

Checkout the auction page at:


Back up plan - I have the other known set of these broadsides, and have

decided to donate them to U of M within the next two years. I had

them archively matted and framed, and they are on display outside of my

cubicle at work. LHA members may remember I brought them for display

at the LHA National Conference in Chester, WV.

The 1924 guides was a bargain when it closed at only $110.28:


I was the lucky winner of the 1920 booklet at $115.63:



Well, in honor of that other Ypsilantian, Preston Tucker, I have a bumper

sticker that says, "My other car is a Tucker" and a few models. But it

doesn't look like I'm getting a real one, at least not on my Civil Servant's

budget. The Tucker Club reports, "SOLD! TUCKER #1038 SELLS

AT AUCTION: RM Auctions, Inc. of Blenheim, Ontario, Canada,

auctioned Tucker #1038 during the firm’s Monterey Sports & Classic

Car Auction in Monterey, CA last month. The car reportedly sold for

$577,500 plus auction fees." The #1038 is the serial number but keep

in mind that this is one of only 51 that were built.

You can check out some great pics of this ride at:


Scroll down to lot 458 and click on 1948 Tucker Torpedo




The historic Herring Hotel, a Lincoln Highway landmark in Belle Plaine,

Iowa is for sale on ebay for $40,000. Lyell Henry wants me to take an

early retirement, move to Iowa and run this hotel on the Lincoln Highway.

Ok - let's see - 1st floor is my Lincoln Highway Museum with the all

the non-paper stuff U of M doesn't want, 2nd floor - slim's International

House of Stuff featuring thousands of vintage record albums, books,

postcards and ephemera, 3rd floor - bachelor pad. Make your bid at:



This rare real photo postcard view of Bedford, PA's Coffee Pot

Restaurant closed at $253.90



A lucky LHA member from Iowa snagged this snapshot of a similar

Coffee Pot shaped restaurant in Iowa (anyone know where?):



I was the luck winner on a mini-cigar box for the Yellowstone Trail



This fits in nicely with my little collection of highway related cigar boxes

which also includes the Lincoln Highway, Dixie Highway and National



A 1942 real photo postcard of the lookout building at Donner Pass

went for $169.48! (sorry no pic):



Check out this Hall China automobile-shaped teapot in canary yellow.

It attracted 14 bids and closed at $302.43:



This rarely seen hand-colored printed postcard of the Otter Hotel in

Ashland, OH brought $90:



A printed black & white postcard of the Lincoln Restaurant from

Boone, IA closed at $22.05:



A real photo postcard of Ezra Meeker off the Oregon Trail at the Alamo

was popular and closed at $102.50:



A 1923 map of the National Old Trails Road through Colorado closed

at $79.89:



The ever popular Staffordshire china souvenir plate from the Grandview

Ship Hotel on the Lincoln Highway in PA brought $75.88:



A brass watch fob from the Yellowstone Trail Association attracted

34 bids and closed at $355.98 (sorry no pics):



A scarce printed postcard of the Joseph Massetti Gulf gas station in

Ardmore, PA brought $46.05:



A real photo postcard of the famous Lincoln Highway bridge in Tama,

IA closed at $53.53:


Another real photo view from the same seller of the LH west entrance

pillars in Tama brought $34.33:



An unusual 3-part advertising postcard from the gas pump manufacturer

S F Bowser from Fort Wayne, IN brought $28.27:



A popular printed postcard of the Lincoln Highway signing crew,

advertising Pattons' Sun-Proof Paint, closed at $64.22:



A wooden arrow sign to Idlewild Park, on the LH in Ligonier, PA

brought $207.50:



A real photo postcard of a lookout building at Echo Summit on US 50

in California closed at $101.50:



An advertising cigar cutter from the Lincoln Highway Garage in Lisbon,

Ohio brought $38:



Perhaps the scarcest postcard of the SS Grand View Ship Hotel - a real

photo interior view of the dining room, closed at $147.50:



A 1926 official State Highway map of West Virginia brought $102.50:



A tin sign from the Lincoln Highway Garage in Rawlins, WY closed at

$141.38 (an unused stash of these must exist as quite a few have shown

up on ebay):



A nice real photo view of the Trading Post Donut Shop at Donner Lake

closed at $37.99:



A real photo postcard of Shorty's Place on the LH near Breezewood,

PA brought $56.59:



A Parker Brothers Lincoln Highway board game in nice shape with a

good condition box, and apparently unused attracted 20 bids and

closed at $219.50 (sorry no pics):



A nice set of real photo stereoviews of the Lincoln Highway west from

Omaha, from the Keystone Company brought $150 ($5 each):



A 1928 Official State Highway map of Illinois in good condition only

surprisingly closed at $152.50:



A 1918 Official Guide to the Lincoln Highway with a bright cover was

popular fielding 17 bid and bringing $256.98:



An SS Grand View Ship Hotel room key fob brought $88.59 (sorry no




A Southern California Auto Club porcelain sign for the Zion Park

Highway / Arrowhead Trail, 15" closed at $3,159.99:



A later shield shaped US 50 sign from Colorado brought $248.50:



A matchcover from the Airport Lodge in Ely, NV closed at $27.11:



A shield shaped Nevada US 95 sign with a couple of bullet holes

closed at $1,525:



A 1920 Official Automobile Blue Book, Vol. 8 covering CA, NV, UT

and AZ brought $102.60:



A fairly new, not uncommon, printed black and white postcard of the

Lincoln Highway in Wayne, PA went for $112.02 (?):



A 1939 World's Fair Lincoln Highway map closed at $71:



A printed postcard of the Northern Hotel in Ely, NV brought $67:



A 1921 Official Guide to the Lincoln Highway in fair condition attracted

22 bids and closed at $100:



A real photo postcard of the Giant Mills gas station in Galesburg, IL,

a scarce view, garnered 15 bids and closed at $102.50:



A 1928 road map from the General Gasoline company of Northern

California brought $63.98:



An embossed steel shield shaped Illinois US 24 sign went for $203.50:



A 1929 Official State Highway map of New Mexico brought $225.50:



A scarce real photo view of the 1926 Sacramento - Davis Causeway

went for $48.77


And another different view from the same dealer went for $21.51



A 20th Anniversary plastic toothpick holder in the shape of the Little

Tavern Shop hamburger restaurant building from 1947 closed at




A quart milk bottle from the Lincoln Highway Dairy in Delphos, OH

brought $52.76:



A 4" Goodrich porcelain license plate tag brought $68.80:



A 1916 TIB Automobile Route Book for Minnesota-Wisconsin closed

at $103:



Whew......that's all for now.

yer pal,


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