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100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Highway
A man changes a flat tire in the mud west of DeKalb.  Image courtesy of the Regional History Center at Northern Illinois University.

Why they needed a paved highway

A man changes a flat tire in the mud west of DeKalb. Image courtesy of the Regional History Center ...
This image is of the road after paving.   Image courtesy of the Regional History Center at Northern Illinois University.

Section 14 of the paving of the Lincoln Highway

This image is of the road after paving. Image courtesy of the Regional History Center at Northern Illinois University.
Can you guess when this picture was taken of the Aurora Tire & Battery shop?  Image from the collection of Ruth Frantz.

Aurora Tire & Battery Shop

Can you guess when this picture was taken of the Aurora Tire & Battery shop? Image from Ruth Frantz.

Welcome to the Land of Lincoln Highway, a web site of the Illinois Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association! This web site celebrates Lincoln Highway in Illinois through stories, photographs, maps and more. It also keeps its members in touch with news and the latest events. We hope you enjoy the ride!

Lincoln Highway, the first improved transcontinental highway in the U.S. forever changed the way Americans saw their country. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid right here in Illinois, near Malta.

2015 Yard Sale, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, August 13, 14, & 15

Do you want to participate in the annual Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale? The sign-up sheet is here. Because of the devastating tornado that hit some of our residents in April, we lowered our price to $5 to participate, and that includes the yard sign.

2015 Sign-Up Form

Keep watching this space for updated information on sales! Some people sign up at the last minute after they hear the weather forecast, so keep checking through August 12th!

License Plates / Sticker House Bill

On June 23, House Bill 1081 which passed, will go to the Illinois Senate. This bill, if passed, would replace the specialized license plates with a new universal license plate but with a specialized sticker representing the organization. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the House and we expect it to pass in the Senate. Here is the bill’s current status:

HB 1081

Vote on if you are still interested in a specialized sticker or not here!

Ohio will get a special Lincoln Highway license plate but in Illinois, the special plate program might be replaced by special stickers.

Specialized License Plate / Specialized Sticker

Quite some time ago, the Illinois Chapter Board voted to pursue establishing a Lincoln Highway-themed license plate. The idea is for a permanent license plate, not a temporary, special events license plate. Temporary, special events license plates are generally not too complicated to set up but this would be for a permanent license plate, just like the other license plates, like these: Illinois License Plates.

The Illinois General Assembly would need to approve the design. Since the Spring Newsletter went out, the House voted 108 to 1 to stop making specialized license plates and instead allow drivers to have a sticker representing their interest on a standardized plate. See this article: Specialized Illinois license places could be replaced with stickers

With an overwhelming majority vote in the House, it is quite possible that the idea to have specialized stickers on a standardized plate will replaced specialize plates. Prior to the recent vote in the Illinois House about specialized stickers instead of plates, Larry Williams of Williams Graphics designed some possible designs for the Lincoln Highway. Take a look:

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Design #1

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Design #2

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Design #3

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Design #4

Read the text of House Bill 1081 here.

Vote on if you are still interested in a specialized sticker or not here!

Save the Dates!! October 15 & 16, 2015!!

Lincoln – Grant Memorial Highway Tour, 2015
Save the dates of Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015!!
Seedling Mile

Join the Illinois Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association for a special Lincoln Memorial Highway, U.S. Grant Memorial Highway tour, including drives along the Fox River in Geneva and St. Charles, Stagecoach Trail in Lena, Apple River Canyon, and the Great River Road. Stay overnight in Galena, the Midwest’s premier resort area, with a visit to Grant’s home.

Day 1: Begin in Geneva, drive north along Route 31, then follow west on U.S. Route 20, with possible side trips to the Illinois Railway Museum, Lincoln-Douglas sites in Freeport, Stagecoach Trail through Lena, historic Stockton, and Elizabeth followed by an evening dinner and overnight stay in Galena, Illinois.

Day 2: Possible side trip to President Grant’s home in Galena, followed by a scenic trip down the Great River Road along the Mississippi River. Then, turn eastward in Fulton to rejoin the Lincoln Highway through Morrison, Dixon, Franklin Grove, Rochelle, Malta, DeKalb, Geneva, with many photo opportunities along the way!

Route 20 and Stagecoach Trail crisscross the hills of Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties and during the annual fall colors is the best time to see the stunning and ever-changing landscape. The best time to see the Lincoln Highway in Illinois is fall.

GrantMemorial StagecoachTrail

 

Fifth Friday at the H. I. Lincoln Building

October 2014 has five Fridays and that means music at the H. I. Lincoln Building in Franklin Grove!

Jim Wolber at the Lincoln Building

For more than a decade Franklin Grove’s historic H.I. Lincoln Building has hosted some of the music world’s best artists as a part of their third Friday “Blues & Bluegrass” and special Fifth Friday shows. Among the “best of the best” in this stellar lineup has been Franklin Grove’s own Jim “Mr. Friday Night” Wolber.

Jim’s musical talents, both vocal and guitar, are recognized by music fans from Nashville to Chicago. His Country meets Rock & Roll music style has an appeal that everyone can enjoy.

In 2014 a Fifth Friday and Halloween both occur on October 31st, a confluence of dates that won’t occur again until the year 2025. Certainly, in addition to great music, the situation calls for special prizes for: Most Original Costume; Scariest Costume; and Most Beautiful Costume

There will be two action packed shows at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Seating is limited so don’t delay. Tickets are available for a $10 donation by calling the H.I. Lincoln building at 815-456-3030 daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, noon to 4:00 pm on Sundays, or stop by the H.I. Lincoln building during the same hours.

Jim’s shows are always sell-outs. Be sure to get your tickets early.

For more information:
Ron Colson 815-973-0942

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September 13, 2014 Mini Driving Tour / Jens Jensen Documentary

One of two signs that mark the beginning and end of the First Seedling Mile in Malta, Illinois.

One of two signs that mark the beginning and end of the First Seedling Mile in Malta, Illinois.

Tickets for the Jens Jensen Documentary at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. The documentary begins at 7:00 p.m. and coincides with Jens Jensen’s birthday. If you want to join the tour past the deadline, print the form, bring it on Saturday, and e-mail your meal choice ASAP to: kayshelton@hotmail.com.

Join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Northwest Territory Historic Center in Dixon for a mini driving tour!

Northwest Territory Historic Center

Mini Driving Tour Sign Up Form

The tour will have stops at a historical marker, a gazebo, and a mural that all commemorate the Lincoln Highway’s First Seedling Mile which turns 100 this fall!

For the history of Seedling Miles, take a look at this excellent article by Timothy Collins: “Seedling Miles” Grow Lincoln Highway.

Cash Grab Clues!!

Do you want to have some fun looking for some cash!?

Do you like road trips!?

Saturday, August 9 at 9:45 a.m., go to the easternmost yard sale registered on this site. Look for the park and the obelisk, and you will be close. Find the yard sale and you will find the first clue instructions to pick up!!

There are only 50 clue instructions to pick up–you must be in the first group of 50 people to pick up the clues!!

Remember: No speeding when you drive and the cash will be easy to find, once you figure out where to look. Nothing is buried. Do not damage anything. And, most of all, have fun!!!

Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sales

Sales for the August 7 – 9, 2014 Lincoln Highway BuyWay

Keep checking for updates, more sales, maps, and pictures!
Keep checking this page through Thursday night, August 7th!

DeKalb

DeKalb Lincoln Highway Obelisk at Sunset

DeKalb Lincoln Highway Obelisk at Sunset

DeKalb Area Women’s Center
815-758-1351 or dawc[@]niu.edu
Along Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, between the park with the obelisk at N. 10th and the park with the gazebo on N. 11th Streets Map It!


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Miscellaneous items. Be Surprised!





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Creston

Roadhouse Antiques
815-834-3222
124 E. Route 38 Map It!
Look for the red building with the big parking lot across from Casey’s
Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Antiques, collectibles, vintage, 23 Vendors, including Priscilla’s Parlor
Sales in the store!
Roadhouse Antiques

Rochelle

[If you get lost in Rochelle, remember that numbered Avenues run east-west and Streets run north-south. Lincoln Highway does not follow Route 38 all the way through town. When Lincoln Highway runs north-south, it is one block east of Route 38.]

Needles
120 May Mart Drive Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quilting, yarns, and supplies!

Sylvia Swope
5153 S. Wendell Drive Map It!
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. until they are done
Collectables, bottles, bells, thimbles, oak table and six chairs, electric typewriter, 2 recliners, king-sized bed, and some tools.
Big stuff–come check out the furniture!

Arlene Varble
1065 North 3rd Street Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Large moving sale!! Cake and bakery items, wedding cake pedestals, pans, etc. from wedding cake business. Garden tools and lots of other items. Crafts and scrapbooking materials.

Finders Keepers
1128 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage yard tools, saws, clothes, knickknacks, vintage outdoor iron table, vintage glassware, & toys
FindersKeepers

Charlotte Chamness
1108 Carrie Avenue Map It!
Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
Stereo equipment, child’s wagon, knickknacks, model cars in boxes, and miscellaneous

Gloria Swartz
815-561-8740
820 N. 10th Street Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Furniture, dishes, knickknacks, and more!

Helen Worley
927 N. 9th Street Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Collectibles, household items, clothes, and miscellaneous

Little Owl Thrift & Gift
501 6th Avenue Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clothes, toys, household items, furniture, jewelry, and more!

Hub City Furniture, Quinn’s Jewelry, Off the Wall Cafe, Hope Chest, Colonial Flowers, Just Imagine, Stone’s Hallmark, Rochelle Pharmacy, and Bella’s are all right together. Park in one place and visit all of them!

Hub City Furniture
hubcityfurniture.com/
429-433 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quinn’s Jewelry
426 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Off the Wall Cafe
422 Lincoln Highway
http://www.offthewallcafe.com/
Open for breakfast and lunch!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hope Chest
815-562-8508
411 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Collectibles, dolls, antiques, knickknacks, toys, clothes, small appliances, baby items, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and books

Hope Chest

Colonial Flowers & Gifts Shoppe
408 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fresh sunflowers, candles, jewelry, vine bunches, old screens, some antiques, and miscellaneous items only $1!!

Colonial Flowers

Just Imagine Candles, Crafts, & More
815-561-6238
405 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Crafts, primitive, vintage, antiques, sales inside!

Just Imagine Candles, Crafts, & More

Stone’s Hallmark
400 Lincoln Highway Map It!
On the corner–check it out!

Rochelle Pharmacy
314 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Special Sales! Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Miscellaneous items

Rochelle Pharmacy



Bella’s Bella's
815-561-6729
bellasonestopshop[@]gmail.com
310 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clothing, accessories, & gifts!

PC Solutions
facebook.com/rochellepcsolutions/info
or
rochellepcsolutions.com/
413 4th Avenue Map It!
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bill’s Trading Post
www.gorochelle.com/websites/BillsTradingPost/
408 4th Avenue Map It!
Household goods, new & used appliances, moving service, coffee & tea, and more!

Ray’s, Flagg Township Museum, Filling Station, and Sweet Blessings are close to each other, too!

Ray’s Merchandise
815-562-2865
316 N. 6th Street Map It!
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sidewalk sales, painted furniture, vintage garden items, Christmas bargains, new and used furniture!
Fun stuff!

Rays

Sweet Blessings
815-562-6165
304 N. 6th Street (Corner of 6th St. and Lincoln Avenue) Map It!
Find the side door
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Store-wide sales! Refreshments!
Sweet Blessings

Jo Miller
516 N. 7th Street Map It!
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Many vintage items, furniture, garden decor, old advertising tins & signs, primitives, old crocks, some Rowe pottery, large collection of blue or gray Graniteware, dishes glassware, vintage quilt fabrics & quilts, old toys, old lamps, & glass lampshades, pictures, old frames, 1908 baby grand piano, & many other items. All priced to sell!

Dhana Hansen
630-707-5370
1021 4th Avenue Map It!
Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Housewares, kitchen wares, collectibles, toys, young boy’s clothes, craft supplies, and frames.

Robert Curatola
9165 Rt 38 Rochelle Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tools, toys, and lots of other stuff!

Lisa Pflipsen
10953 S. Woodlawn Dr. Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Toys, books, LPs, train items, wooden train sets with table, some vintage and collectibles!

Ashton

The Business Boosters are organizing city-wide sales on Saturday–there are also sales on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday! Participating sales will have maps of the locations. Here is a Google map of Ashton.

Cliff’s Donuts will have a special lunch on Saturday–come hungry! Their food is awesome!! They will be set up next to the Ashton Fire Department on Saturday, with apple cider donuts at 8:00 a.m. For lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., choose between a rib sandwich, baked beans, sweet corn, and chips or a hot dog, sweet corn, baked beans, and chips. Save some room for pie for dessert!

Sales Thursday:
609 N. First Street
805 Evans Avenue
710 Evans Avenue
707 N. Fourth Street

Sales Friday:
806 Hicks Avenue
609 N. First Street
706 N. Third Street
805 Evans Avenue
1106 N. Second Street
710 Evans Avenue
704 Brown Avenue
707 N. Fourth Street
1005 N. Second Street
505 N. First Street
415 N. First Street
608 N. First Street
409 S. Douglas
405 Tracy Avenue
904 N. Fourth Street, Morning Only

Sales Saturday:
Mills & Petrie Building, 704 N. First Street, Saturday Only
806 Hicks Avenue
609 N. First Street
706 N. Third Street
805 Evans Avenue
1106 N. Second Street
710 Evans Avenue
704 Brown Avenue
604 N. Fourth Street, Saturday Only
707 N. Fourth Street
1005 N. Second Street
505 N. First Street
415 N. First Street
608 N. First Street
409 S. Douglas
405 Tracy Avenue
904 N. Fourth Street, Morning Only

Sales Sunday:
609 N. First STreet
608 N. First Street

Fred's Bargain Barn
Fred’s Bargain Barn
815-562-7520
6977 Illinois Highway 38 Map It!
Look for the red barn!!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Antiques, collectibles, old blue canning jars, a variety of glassware, old boxes, and old barn boards.

Franklin Grove

LHHQThe Lincoln Highway Association National Tourism Headquarters in Franklin Grove in the H. I. Lincoln Building has a variety of Lincoln Highway memorabilia, crafts, soaps, antiques, artwork, handmade wooden crafts, and much more!
136 N. Elm Street Map It!
815-456-3030
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dixon

Lyn Miliano
204 E. Third St. Map It!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Antiques, TVs, glassware, and household items

This location is the beautiful Crawford House Inn, near the Dixon Arch. Come for the shopping, and bring a camera for some quick sightseeing!

CrawfordHouse

Fulton City-Wide Sales!

Fulton will have city-wide garage sales Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9

Click here for the map and sale listings!!!

The Chamber of Commerce is helping to organize residents to sign up. Check out the Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page!

From the Chamber’s Press Release:

“57 Lincoln Buy Way Yard Sales in Fulton

The annual Lincoln Buy-Way Sales event in Fulton, Illinois, is set for August 8 & 9, 2014. A total of 57 sales have registered. Sales maps can be found at the following Fulton locations: Shell Gas Station, Fulton Oil, Fulton City Hall, the Windmill Cultural Center, and River Huis Traders Antiques. Information is also available on the Fulton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Most sales will occur both Friday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm, but times and days may vary by individual sales.

Locations for sales are as follows: 110 N 4th Street, Presbyterian Church at 311 N 9th St., 903 Valley View Drive, 1008 Valley View Drive, 505 N 10th Street, 1117 Valley View Drive, 600 N 12th Street, 706 N 12th Street, 801 Fowler Road, 822 Fowler Road, 821 1st Avenue, 831 1st Avenue, 1109 1st Avenue, 101 12 Street, 1221 1st Avenue, 203 N 12th Street, 1119 2nd Avenue, 1113 3rd Avenue, 1205 3rd Avenue, 1229 3rd Avenue, 1124 4th Avenue, 500 9th Street, 801 6th Avenue, 1118 6th Avenue, 1224 7th Avenue, 711 8th Avenue, 900 8th Avenue, 920 8th Avenue, 926 8th Avenue, 1212 8th Avenue, 20684 Cattail Road, 1209 9th Avenue, 1211 9th Avenue (alley), 1307 9th Avenue, 901 14th Street, 1401 9th Avenue, 502 10th Avenue, 601 10th Avenue, 1226 11th Avenue, 1003 12th Street, 1014 Suncrest Drive, River Huis Traders Antiques: 1105 4th Street, 705 13th Avenue, 1112 13th Avenue, 514 14th Avenue, 703 14th Avenue, 1013 14th Avenue, 709 15th Avenue, 828 15th Avenue, 928 15th Avenue, 804 16th Avenue, 2109 4th Street, 18965 Waller Road (Route 84), 17463 Chase Road, 5453 Holly Road, 6529 Holly Road, and 10180 Lincoln Road (Rt. 30).”