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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!

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 Wednesday, August 6th!

DeKalb

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

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Miscellaneous items. Be Surprised!

Rochelle

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

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

Hope Chest
815-562-8508
411 Lincoln Highway
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

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

Just Imagine Candles, Crafts, & More
815-561-6238
405 Lincoln Highway
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!

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

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

Ray’s Merchandise
815-562-2865
316 N. 6th St.
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!

Sweet Blessings
815-562-6165
304 N. 6th Street (Corner of 6th St. and Lincoln Avenue)
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!

Ashton

The Business Boosters are organizing city-wide sales on Saturday

Cliff’s Donuts will have a special lunch on Saturday–come hungry! Their food is awesome!!

Check back for updated listings!

Fred’s Bargain Barn
815-562-7520
6977 Illinois Highway 38
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!

Fulton City-Wide Sales!

Check back for updated listings!

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

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, 2013. 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