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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!

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.

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!

Coast-to-Coast Recognition Award


Lincoln Highway Association announces new award program recognizing completion of coast-to-coast travel over the Lincoln Highway.

The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Highway Association approved the initiation of a new recognition program called “The Coast-To-Coast Completion Award” at its Board Meeting on February 13, 2014. The new program provides a means for recognizing individuals who have
traveled the entire distance of the Lincoln Highway. A certificate of achievement and a commemorative pin will be issued by the LHA to those who qualify for the award based upon successful processing of the application form designed for this purpose.

Anyone who has traveled the entire route is eligible but are required to fill out the application form, which is below as a PDF or you can get one directly from committee chair John Jackson by emailing him at

There is no application fee or deadline for submission. As many applications as possible will be completed by the review committee in time to announce the names of recipients during the Annual Conference in Tooele, Utah the week of June 17 to 21, 2014.

Future applications can be submitted and awards issued at any time during the year but only those applications received by April 30th will be announced at each year’s Annual Conference.

Many Lincoln Highway enthusiasts have already completed the coast-to-coast travel. This is a significant achievement which warrants recognition in a special way through this program. The recognition program is also intended to inspire others to consider such an adventure as a way of enriching their Lincoln Highway experience.

Kay Shelton, President, LHA kayshelton [at]
John Jackson, At-Large Director #2, LHA (740) 990-9789

Recognition Award Short Form Application

Tucker #1008 Reunited with Original Owner

For the June 2013 Centennial Tour, Tucker #1008 joined the tour in Colo, Iowa and traveled to the Celebration in Kearney, Nebraska. Here is an interview with the car’s original owner:

Tucker #1008 in front of Niland's Cafe in Colo, Iowa during the 2013 Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour

Tucker #1008 in front of Niland’s Cafe in Colo, Iowa during the 2013 Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour

Annual Farming Heritage Antique Car Raffle

If you ever wanted to own an antique car, with some luck, you could win one for only $20!! Farming Heritage of Franklin Grove will have their drawing for a 1930 Model A on December 13. Farming Heritage restored and owns the H. I. Lincoln Building, which houses the Lincoln Highway Association’s National Tourism Headquarters. You can mail in your entry, but it does need to arrive in Franklin Grove before the December 13 drawing. Click here for a PDF of the entry form:

Antique Car Raffle

Dixon Proclamation

Thank you to everyone who displayed their American flags on October 31st to honor President Abraham Lincoln and the dedication of the Lincoln Highway in his memory. A big thank you goes out to the City of Dixon for their proclamation of October 31, 2013 as Lincoln Highway Day.

Dixon Proclamation

October 31, 2013


October 31, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Highway to Abraham Lincoln’s memory by the Lincoln Highway Association. On that day in 1913, towns along the Lincoln Highway celebrated with bonfires and decorating with red, white, and blue bunting, and American flags. To honor the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Highway Association’s dedication of the Lincoln Highway as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln for the people of the United States, fly your flag on October 31, 2013. Tell your neighbors to fly their flags on October 31, too. Maybe take some time out in between answering the door for Trick-or-Treaters to remember and think about our President Lincoln that day.

Town-Wide Sales and Fred’s Bargain Barn in Ashton!! Estate Sale Just Added!!

Dozens and dozens of yards and garages will be the focus of town-wide sales in Ashton!

Leslie Snyder
Linscott Estate Sale
710 N. 3rd St.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., All Three Days!
Sign up early–by the numbers
Full house contents are for sale!
Details on go to Rochelle, zip code 61068
The site calls this estate sale a “collector’s dream” and you must see the pictures or better yet, show up in person!

And, check out Fred’s Bargain Barn!
6977 Ill. Highway 38
Sales all three days, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Antiques, collectibles, household products, and a $.25 table. Yes, a quarter is all you need to find your next treasure!!

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Rochelle Businesses are Back!! Huge Multi-Family Sale Just Added!! Five More Sales Added!!

The popular Rochelle business sales are back again this year, along with seasoned yard sale participants!! Keep watching this space!! There will be more and more listings added and maps! The best time to check for sales is a day or two before the Annual Buy-Way. Or, add your e-mail address in the box on the right to receive updates sent directly to you!

Some big hints for anyone traveling to Rochelle: Numbered streets run north-south and numbered Avenues run east-west. Not all of the east-west Avenues connect in straight lines but they do follow the pattern.

St. Patrick’s Parish Outreach Education Center
903 N. Caron Rd.
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday
9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday
Bag Sale!!

Julie Riesetter
191 Irene Avenue
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., All Three Days!!
Huge clothing sale!! Boys, girls, women, tools, tires, shoes, etc.

Nancy Russell
516 N. 16th
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Huge Multi-Family Sale!!
Boy’s clothes, men’s & women’s clothes, toys, household, decorative, and much more!

The Cutting Edge
410 Lincoln Highway
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Electronics and so much more!!

Mi Tierra Beauty Salon
425 Lincoln Highway A1
All Three Days!!

Colonial Flowers & Gifts
408 Lincoln Highway
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
Antique spittoons, buggies, LP records, 8 tracks, plant stands, odds & ends, and 100s of items! There will be in-store sales of silk arrangements and fresh flower items.

Flagg Township Museum
518 4th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
Antiques, toys, books, & household items

Ray’s Merchandise
316 N. 6th St.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sidewalk sales! Painted furniture, garden items, old windows, Christmas corner inside! Bargains on new furniture as well!!

Toni Koury
628 N. 6th St.
Sales All Three Days!
Kitchen, furniture, tools, electronics, women’s clothing, Trek racking bike, ladders, leaf blower, power washer, and antiques!

Archie Jensen
519 Lincoln Ave.
Sales All Three Days!
Baby items, electric snow shovel, TV, electric ice cream maker, copier, and lots of stuff!

Jo Miller
516 N. 7th St.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., All Three Days!
Garden & cottage decor, many old advertising items, antiques including two iron pumps, player piano & rolls (yes, it works!), baby grand piano, bakers cupboard, wicker doll buggy, small cradle, two baby beds, perfume bottles, shaving mugs, pictures, frames, dishes, glassware, set of four kitchen chairs, rockers, tables, crocks, bowls, and many other vintage items. Also, furniture, books, nice holliday decorations, decorative items, and lots of other neat stuff. All clean and priced to sell. Don’t miss this sale!

Sweet Blessings (Antiques, Handmades, Gifts)
304 N. 10th St. (Side entrance on Lincoln Ave.)
Sales 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Sales inside and outside!

Nancy Babb
508 N. 10th St.
9:00 4:00 p.m., All Three Days!
Quality collectibles & antiques, dishes, some craft items, and more!

Gloria Swartz
820 N. 10th St.
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., All Three Days!
A little bit of everything!

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