For anyone staying at home because of the virus, the Geneva History Museum produced a virtual walking tour of the historic homes and buildings. Homes and buildings on S. First St. are on the original route of the Lincoln Highway and those on S. Third St. are on the second generation routing of the Lincoln Highway. There is a brief mention of the Lincoln Highway after nine minutes. The Little Traveler store was a major stopping location for early travelers and the store is there today, with online shopping until the stay-at-home order is lifted, see: https://www.littletraveler.com/. Enjoy!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep everyone safe from the spread of the virus, the LHA Board of Directors and the Illinois Conference Committee cancelled the Joliet 2020 Conference. Also, organizers for the annual Drivin’ the Dixie event in Illinois, Carl Fisher’s other road, cancelled it, too. We planned to have the Drivin’ the Dixie event as a pre-conference activity.
The next host of the LHA Conference, the California Chapter wisely predicted that the virus would cause the cancellation of the Joliet 2020 Conference. Here is what will happen. Both conference locations will be pushed back one year. The 2021 LHA Annual Conference will be in the Joliet area and the 2022 LHA Conference will be held in California, in the Sacramento area.
For those of you who already registered for the 2020 Conference in Joliet, you will receive a full refund, if we processed your payments. As the virus situation became worse, the LHA held some checks without cashing them.
We in Illinois hope that everyone will stay safe and we hope to see our LHA family in 2021 in Joliet for the Annual Conference as well as the Drivin’ the Dixie event.
Cass Street Bridge on the Lincoln Highway in Joliet
Once a new date can be selected, information will be posted.
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
Ohio will get a special Lincoln Highway license plate but in Illinois, the special plate program might be replaced by special stickers.
The Village of Ashton will celebrate its 150th birthday this year, June 11 through June 14. There will be a parade on Sunday, June 14th. See the entry form below if you want to participate. For a schedule of events for the Sesquicentennial Celebration, please see: http://www.ashtonil.com/
Come on out! Ashton will turn 150 only once!
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:
Read the text of House Bill 1081 here.
For more than a decade Franklin Grove’s historic H.I. Lincoln Building has hosted some of the music world’s best artists as a part of their third Friday “Blues & Bluegrass” and special Fifth Friday shows. Among the “best of the best” in this stellar lineup has been Franklin Grove’s own Jim “Mr. Friday Night” Wolber.
Jim’s musical talents, both vocal and guitar, are recognized by music fans from Nashville to Chicago. His Country meets Rock & Roll music style has an appeal that everyone can enjoy.
In 2014 a Fifth Friday and Halloween both occur on October 31st, a confluence of dates that won’t occur again until the year 2025. Certainly, in addition to great music, the situation calls for special prizes for: Most Original Costume; Scariest Costume; and Most Beautiful Costume
There will be two action packed shows at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Seating is limited so don’t delay. Tickets are available for a $10 donation by calling the H.I. Lincoln building at 815-456-3030 daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, noon to 4:00 pm on Sundays, or stop by the H.I. Lincoln building during the same hours.
Jim’s shows are always sell-outs. Be sure to get your tickets early.
For more information:
Ron Colson 815-973-0942
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Join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Northwest Territory Historic Center in Dixon for a mini driving tour!
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.
If we receive any additional details about their travel plans, that information will be detailed here.