Archive for July, 2009

Lincoln Highway Antique Show, Mount Vernon IA

July 3, 2009

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Mount Vernon, Iowa, is hosting its first annual Lincoln Highway Open Air Antique Show on July 4, rain or shine. Antiques vendors will set up along Main Street, which is the Lincoln Highway through town. Antique shops, cafés, and other stores also will be open on July 4. Parking and admission are free. Call (319) 210-9935 for more information, or email Kristy SeBlonka at, or visit Photo courtesy Rubicon Photo, map from the LHA’s DeLorme map pack.


MSN online follows the Lincoln Highway

July 2, 2009

LHA director Kay Shelton alerted us that, for the couple million people with Hotmail accounts, logging out takes them right to the Web site and a few weeks ago the site had a link:  “Forget 66:  A Better Cross-Country Route” with a short article on the Lincoln Highway. It’s still available HERE.

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The story by award-winning author Earl Swift advises “Forget Route 66. This here is our Main Street.” And “With a couple of weeks free, you can still take this curvy, low-speed cruise from end to end and, in the process, gain an understanding of just how big and varied and spectacular this country is.”

Iowa radio hams spread Lincoln Highway info

July 1, 2009

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Van Becker sent news that two Iowa locations celebrated “96 Years on the Lincoln Highway” on June 13-14 with two amateur radio stations operating for two days from two historic one-stop locations. Above is Bev Becker, WØWDC, LHA life member and experienced amateur radio operator taking her first turn at the mic; following is Van’s report.

The Benton County Amateur Radio Club, KØKBX, put the restored Youngville Cafe on the air operating with three transmitters on the 20, 40 and 80 meter ham bands. This is the second year for this crew and practice sure helped the results! We had 12 operators rotating through one-hour stints at the microphone.

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IA_Youngville MkrABOVE: Youngville Cafe, 20 miles west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the Lincoln Highway. Inside, an original 1928 LH marker is on display.

The Ames Amateur Radio Club, WØYL, operated from Reed-Nyland Corner in Colo, Iowa. This group experienced a slow start while installing temporary antennas in the rain. This was the first year for this group and they had respectable results and lots of fun. They also had the comfort of a fully-operating cafe for refreshments.

IA_Reed-Nyland StationABOVE: Reed-Nyland gas station, Colo, Iowa, on the Lincoln Highway.

Together, we contacted over 1,000 different stations from coast to coast, quite a few Canadian stations, and even one fellow in Scotland!

The operators had a sheet of “talking points” and LH facts to help enlighten the over-the-air listeners. All the stations contacted will receive an impressive color confirmation certificate upon receipt of their QSL (confirmation) card. Each certificate will be accompanied by a Lincoln Highway Association brochure too.

We spread the Lincoln Highway word far and wide!