Fun and learning at Ohio's 14th annual meeting

The 14th annual meeting of Ohio’s chapters of the Lincoln Highway Association met in Galion on Saturday, April 26 at the Elk’s Banquet Room. Ohio League President Mike Buettner of Lima presided; special guest was national LHA President Jan Shupert-Arick. The all-day event included a presentation by Revolutionary War era expert Ted Bruner on the battles of Sandusky and Olentangy, which occurred along the frontier corridor in Crawford County that would later become the Lincoln Highway. Attendees also enjoyed walking tours of Galion. The meeting was reported on in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum. The next meeting of the Mid-Ohio chapter will be held May 15 at Just Jokin’ in Crestline at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mike McNaull (419) 281-3064. Also check out Denny Gibson’s always-interesting blog to see photos from his 3 day trip there from Cincinnati and back.

ABOVE: Members and guests of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League listen as Kirk Slusher, Planning Administrator for District One of the Ohio Department of Transportation, explains the history and funding procedure for the construction of aesthetic bridges such as the new Lincoln Highway Bridge at Beaverdam (I-75 interchange at SR 696). Photos © by John Renock, Galion.

ABOVE: Kirk Slusher, P.E., Planning Administration for ODOT District One at Lima, accepts the “Exemplary Friend of the Lincoln Highway Award” on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation, given by the Lincoln Highway Association for outstanding contributions to promotion and preservation. ODOT was honored for their role in constructing a Lincoln Highway Bridge at the I-75 interchange with SR 696 at Beaverdam. The bridge features four large Lincoln Highway logo signs facing I-75 and four smaller logos set in brick pillar replicas that face 696 (formerly U.S. 30-North and once part of the Lincoln Highway). The pillars are reminiscent of 20 pillars originally set along the Lincoln Highway in the 1920s.

ABOVE: Ohio Lincoln Highway League President Mike Buettner displays a picture of the new Lincoln Highway Bridge at Beaverdam.

ABOVE: The main speakers at the 14th Annual Business Meeting of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League were, from left: Ted Bruner, local educator and expert historian on the subject of Colonel Crawford; Mike Hocker, chairman of the planning committee for this meeting; Mike Buettner, president of the OLHL; Mike McNaull, president of the Mid-Ohio Chapter; Jeff Lotze, president of the Eastern Ohio Chapter; and Jan Shupert-Arick, president of the Lincoln Highway Association.

ABOVE: Tom Lockard accepts a certificate for a Life Membership in the Lincoln Highway Association from Marie Malernee, outgoing LHA Director for Ohio. Tom’s wife Mary Lou was not able to attend, but is also included in this Life Membership

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