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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.

2018 Lincoln Highway Buy-Way, August 9, 10, and 11!!

The annual yard sales are back, Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11!! For those wishing to participate in sales, please find the form below. For those of you interested in going to the sales, keep watching this space for updates. Most people wait until right before the sales when the weather forecast comes out to decide their sale hours.

Fulton will again have Town-Wide Sales and Malta will join with Town-Wide Sales, new for 2018!!

We hope to see you in 2018!!

2018 Sign Up Form

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 9th Annual Lincoln Highway Buy Way was Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 11, 12, & 13, 2016

Here are the business that participated last year in 2016!

Colonial Flowers & Gifts Shoppe
Phone: 815-562-8101
408 Lincoln Highway Map It!

Colonial Flowers

Ray’s Merchandise
Phone: 815-562-2865
316 N. 6th Street Map It!



Fred & Anita Koch Fred’s Bargain Barn
6977 Hwy 38, Ashton
Selling Antiques and Collections
Between Rochelle and Ashton Fred's Bargain Barn

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!!

Many of the sales in Fulton were 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!