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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!

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!





Modern Lincoln Highway Marker in DeKalbDeKalbGazebo

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).”

Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sales, August 7-9, 2014

The annual Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sales will be August 7, 8, & 9, 2014, with town-wide sales planned for Fulton, Ashton, and Rochelle. The sign up form is right here: 2014 Sign Up Form

Keep watching this space for updates on where the sales will be, especially just a day or two before the sales.

LincolnCashGrab

New This Year!

Lincoln Cash Grab Scavenger Hunt!

Get ready for a Lincoln-themed cash scavenger hunt! Keep watching here for clues and where to go to find more clues!

The Norwegians are Coming!

9882150-flag-of-norwayYes, the Norwegians are coming! Last year, over 100 Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, and Germans crossed the Lincoln Highway in vintage automobiles shipped across the Atlantic Ocean for the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway. This year, a group of Norwegian motorcyclists will be traveling the Lincoln Highway from San Francisco to New York City, leaving San Francisco on Sunday, July 27th, coming through Illinois on Tuesday, August 5th, and arriving in New York City on Monday, August 11th, 2014.

If we receive any additional details about their travel plans, that information will be detailed here.

Summer 2014 Events!

May 17, Saturday: Lincoln Highway Car Show in Franklin Grove, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

May 17, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board Meeting, Franklin Grove, 12:00 p.m.

May 24, Saturday: The Lincoln Highway: The Main Street Across America, Clearing Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place, Chicago, 2:00 p.m.

May 27, Tuesday: Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, Streator Public Library, Streator, 6:00 p.m.

May 29, Thursday: Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, Huntley Area Public Library, Huntley, 6:30 p.m.

June 8, Sunday: 25th Annual Ashton Festival and Car Show

June 17 – 21: LHA Annual Conference, Tooele, Utah

July 2 – 6: Petunia Parade, Dixon, 50th Anniversary, http://www.petuniafestival.org/

July 19, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove, 12:30 p.m.

July 25, Friday Evening: Kishwaukee Fest Parade, DeKalb, e-mail Jacki@FunMEevents.com for an application

August 2, Saturday: 4th Annual Big Rig Show in Franklin Grove

August 7 – 9: Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, Lincoln Highway, West Virginia through Iowa, including Illinois

August 15 – 17: Annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle: http://www.lincolnhighwayheritagefestival.org/

August 16, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove (meeting location possibly moved to Rochelle), 12:30 p.m.

August 19, Tuesday evening: Karl “Red Bird” Teller, Annual Hobo dinner, hobo stew, storytelling, and songs, Chaplin Creek, Franklin Grove: 815-456-3030

August 24, Sunday: Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Geneva, http://genevaconcours.net/

August 24, Sunday: Road Tripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, Des Plaines History Center, 3:00 p.m.

August 29 – 30: Corn Fest, DeKalb, with Car Fest on Saturday, August 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., http://www.cornfest.com/autofest.html

September 13, Saturday: Mini-driving tour of Illinois and Jens Jensen documentary (and it is Jensen’s birthday!)

September 14, Sunday, 100th Anniversary of the First Seedling Mile in Malta, fly your flag!

September 20, Saturday: 2nd Annual Nash History Car Show, Sycamore

October 18, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove, 12:30 p.m.

October 31, 101th Anniversary of dedicating the Lincoln Highway for the American people in memory of Abraham Lincoln, fly your American flag, and tell your friends to fly theirs!

November 15, Saturday: Illinois Chapter Board meeting, all welcome, Franklin Grove, 12:30 p.m.

December 12, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Christmas in the Grove, Franklin Grove, ask about the annual antique car raffle sponsored by Farming Heritage: 815-456-3030

Second Annual Nash Car Show, September 20th

On Saturday, September 20th, come to Sycamore, Illinois for the Second Annual Nash Car Show to be held at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St.

Nash, Hudson, Metropolitan, AMC, and Jeeps through 2006 are welcome to register for the show.

The public is welcome to see the cars and to hear about the amazing story of Charlie Nash, born near Cortland along what later became the Lincoln Highway, who worked himself up from unbelievable poverty to become the president of Buick, General Motors, and Nash Motors.

For more information, please see this PDF:

Nash_Car_Show_September20

Coast-to-Coast Recognition Award

LHA NEWS RELEASE

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 jacksonperson2@gmail.com.

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Kay Shelton, President, LHA kayshelton [at] hotmail.com
John Jackson, At-Large Director #2, LHA (740) 990-9789

Recognition Award Short Form Application