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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.

Concrete Marker Re-Dedication Postponed

The concrete marker re-dedication at the Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast in Franklin Grove originally scheduled for September 10th at 10:30 a.m. will need to be postponed to a later date. The bed & breakfast needs to attend to guests that weekend.

Once a new date can be selected, information will be posted.

Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sales!!


The Annual Lincoln Highway Buy Way is Back!! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 11, 12, & 13, 2016

Find Yard Sales Here!

Cooler Weather Means More Sales!!
More Sales Just Added on Friday!!

These sales have something for everybody!!


Lindenwood is just a short drive north of Rochelle. The fastest way to get there might be to take I-39 to the Route 64 exit, then turn right (north) on S. Lynnville Road, then follow the map linked below.

Lori Harms
2685 N. Stephanie Dr.
Friday and Saturday Sales!!
Household items, baby and child clothing for boys, wall units, and numerous other items!!


[If you get lost in Rochelle, remember that numbered Avenues run east-west and Streets run north-south.]

Lela Pemberton
1107 N. 3rd St.
Sales early all three days!!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00 AM to 5 PM
Books, women’s clothes XS – 4, men’s clothes M – 2X, children’s 10B to 14/16, toys, household items, Little Tikes, retired mountain, adjustable daycare table, snowblower, 6-drawer dresser, and more!!

Jennifer Gregony
1011 N.9th St
Sales early all three days!!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Lots of toys, Disney Princess TV, some miscellaneous household items, a Talking Sit-N-Spin, and more!!

Colonial Flowers & Gifts Shoppe
Phone: 815-562-8101
408 Lincoln Highway Map It!
Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM to Noon
Ribbons, silk arrangements, books, lace strips and bolts, screens, floral, and miscellaneous gifts!!

Colonial Flowers

Ray’s Merchandise
Phone: 815-562-2865
316 N. 6th Street Map It!
Thursday and Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Furniture, planters, windows, painted items, letter art, fence sections, and much more!!


Cheri McGee
1108 Westview Drive
Thursday and Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Plus size women’s clothes, kids’ toys, books, miscellaneous. Come check it out!

Don Vogeler
206 Joanne Lane
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
All three days!
Antiques, glassware, yard wagon, fishing items including reels, ironing board and iron, old bicycle from 1950s era, two hand saws

Connie Chisamore
108 Maple Ct.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
All three days!!
Karoke machine, DVDs, keyboard, glassware, antiques, kitchen appliances, best-seller author books, many paperbacks and hardcover books, miscellaneous items, household items, etc., and much more!

Sarah Jakymiw
312 N. 12th St.
Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Right off Lincoln Highway!
Girls’ clothes (newborn to 7/8), girls’ shoes, baby gear and toys, household items and decor, handmade crafts.
Lemonade stand, bake sale, and food drive to benefit The Kitchen Table Community Cafe in Rochelle!!

Christa Seeback
11594 E. Kyte Rd.
All three days!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Air compressor, clothes, dishes, Beanie Babies, knickknacks, bedding, furniture, DVDs, Sears portable sewing machine, tools, books, and toys!!

East Kyte Rd. is just a short drive north from the Lincoln Highway, turn at Center Road:


Fred & Anita Koch Fred’s Bargain Barn
6977 Hwy 38, Ashton
Phone: 815-738-5993
Opening Early and Staying Open Late!!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Selling Antiques and Collections
Between Rochelle and Ashton Fred's Bargain Barn

Kida Residence
511 Richardson Ave.
All Three Days!
Something for everyone!
You will need to spend some time looking!!

Marie Hammonds
2162 Herman Rd.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
All three days!
Barbies, fresh cucumbers, Fire Department memorabilia, kids’ clothing, shoes, furniture, womens’ clothes, VHS tapes and DVDs, audio and video books, Golden Books, antique one-horse cultivator, two bottom plow, burr mill, video game systems and games, toys, knickknacks, potty chair, riding toys, and more!

Just a short drive off Ashton Road, to the south side of I-88:

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!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM

Fulton City-Wide Sales!!

Fulton will have city-wide garage sales Friday and Saturday, August 12 & 13

Nearly 50 Sales, All in One Place!!

Click Here for a PDF of the Fulton Sales Map!!

Many of the sales will be multi-family!

2016 Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sales

The yard sales are back!!

Thursday, August 11
Friday, August 12
Saturday, August 13

The bargains start with sign up! Our yard sales in Illinois have the best bargain for sign up, only $5!!

A five-dollar sign-up fee includes a yard sign and listings on this Web site including what you are selling, what time, and the address with mapping! Follow the PDF to the sign-up form here:

2016 Sign Up Form

Looking for sales? Check back right here on Wednesday, August 10 for last-minute registrations!!


Lincoln – Grant Memorial Highways Driving Tour

In mid October 2015, in time for the changing colors of the leaves, the Illinois Chapter took a two-day driving tour of the Lincoln and Grant Memorial Highways, connecting them with Route 31 to the east and the Great River Road, along the west side of northern Illinois, with a side trip through Lena on the Stagecoach Trail. Below you can find a PDF of general driving directions, so anyone who wants to plan out a similar two-day driving tour can do so. The driving directions make a big counter-clockwise loop around northern Illinois. The fall driving tour was one of the most scenic places to visit in northern Illinois. Connecting the history of Lincoln and Grant makes sense, both geographically and historically, too.

You are welcome to print the driving directions but they are under copyright so please treat them like you would a printed book for citing quotes.


Lincoln and Grant Driving Directions PDF

Getting the Lincoln Highway Recognized as a National Monument

The Lincoln Highway is the unofficial world’s largest memorial to President Abraham Lincoln but it lacks official recognition. Over 30 years of research went into identifying all of the historical markers, the statues, and other visual reminders of Abraham Lincoln along the Lincoln Highway. For more information and to sign the petition to support the Lincoln Highway becoming an official National Monument, please click here.LincolnBoyScoutsDetail

Find Yard Sales Here!


The Annual Lincoln Highway Buy Way is Back!! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 13, 14, & 15, 2015

Find Yard Sales Here! Keep watching this space through the day before the sales, Thursday, August 12 because some folks wait until the weather predictions before they register.

Sales Information Updated August 13!!





Franklin Grove



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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.


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:


Design #1


Design #2


Design #3


Design #4

Read the text of House Bill 1081 here.

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