Archive for June, 2010

Couple with trailer following Lincoln Highway

June 30, 2010

At the LHA conference I had the pleasure of meeting John and Joyce Jackson of Delaware, Ohio, who were following the Lincoln Highway westward using my LH Companion guidebook! What’s more impressive is they are stopping at every place mentioned AND getting signatures when they could!! Turns out they too have a blog that’s a fun-to-read adventure at After driving from NYC to Indiana last year, they’ve added a 12-foot Ridgeline travel trailer to hitch to their Lincoln Town Car for 2010 as they head to the Pacific. Here they are on gravel Lincoln Highway between Ogden and Beaver, Iowa.

Lincoln Highway conference – sort of an update

June 25, 2010

I was only able to attend the first day of festivities at the Lincoln HIghway Association conference in Dixon, Illinois. For a nice daily description of events, check out Road Dog’s blog at Oh, and I can’t forget that Denny Gibson has his usual amazing photo documentation at Here are some images from opening night, including Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, Lincoln Highway Lovebirds Esther and Bernie Queneau, and roadtrippers Road Dog and Denny Gibson stocking up on book room materials.

LHA conference launches Tuesday

June 22, 2010

I spent last week preparing for my drive to Illinois, and now this week I’ve been on the road day and night driving and taking pictures. So I’ll quickly share a couple photos: the first a well-known re-themed gas station in Geneva, Illinois, and the second a view of the old road east of DeWitt, Iowa.

First up Tuesday morning, I’ll be giving a PowerPoint presentation to the ILHC at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center in DeKalb, should be lots of fun!

Ship Hotel talk tonite in Central City

June 14, 2010

I’ll be giving a PowerPoint presentation tonite just a few miles from the site of the S.S. Grand View Ship Hotel, the best-known roadside attraction along the Lincoln Highway until it burned in 2001. Central City is the closet (tiny) town so everyone there worked at, ate at, and celebrated at the Ship — should be lots of fun.

Here are photos of the Ship Hotel’s dining room about 1940 and the outside about 1975. That kid looks like me! But it’s not.

Farmers Market: Thursdays at Colo cafe & motel

June 10, 2010

Scott Berka writes that while the city of Colo, Iowa, is still looking for someone to lease the cafe at Reed/Niland Corner, a farmers market will take place there Thursdays from July 1 – September 23, 4pm – 7pm.

FRESH Produce! ~ ORIGINAL Crafts!
HOME BAKED goods! ~ Ice Cream!

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Colo Farmers’ Market, reserve a table for a week or the season by emailing them at or for more information contact Colo Development Group at (641) 377-2278. The adjacent Colo Motel continues in operation.

Education award for PA Lincoln Highway group

June 7, 2010

The Somerset Daily American reports that Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor has been selected by the national LHA to receive the Educator of the Year Award at its forthcoming annual conference.

Executive Director Olga Herbert will accept this award on June 25 in Dixon, Ill. The award is a result of the organization’s Roadside Giants of the Lincoln Highway project with five career and technology students and community members from Greensburg, Ligonier, Somerset, Everett and Chambersburg. The award also recognizes the development and distribution of The Lincoln Highway Road Trip Board Game, which reflects the 200-mile corridor and its attractions. The board game was given to 68 middle schools along the highway.

Newspaper tours Lincoln Highway sites in PA

June 5, 2010

A photo feature by Diane Stoneback for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., features a couple dozen interesting photos of the Lincoln Highway in central Pennsylvania. Most places, like the Shoe House, get a number of views. And note, when a guy at Dutch Haven holds up a LH book, there are others such as Greetings from the Lincoln Highway that also feature the place famous for its Shoo Fly Pie!

UPDATE: An accompanying article was published on Sunday, June 6.

Edison Tower celebrated; restoration planned

June 1, 2010

Al Pfingstl, LHA director for NJ, wrote that on Sunday May 16, 2010, the Edison Memorial Tower Corporation held an 85th Anniversary Celebration of its Menlo Park Historical Site. He also passed along an article from The Star-Ledger (January 24) that tells of restoration plans:

Edison Township took its name from the famed inventor who perfected the light bulb in the sprawling Middlesex County town.

But on the site of Thomas Edison’s laboratory, in the town’s Menlo Park section, sits a crumbling concrete tower surrounded by a makeshift metal fence and a tiny, shack-like museum.

The Thomas Edison tower and museum in Edison are both in need of repair.

For years, the lab has been overshadowed by the inventor’s West Orange laboratory, which boasts a popular museum that recently underwent a $13 million renovation. The Menlo Park site has long had trouble securing money for improvements.

The future, however, looks brighter. Work is expected to begin this summer to restore the memorial tower — part of a plan that includes a bigger museum and science center at the 37-acre historic site on Christie Street just off Route 27 (Lincoln Highway)….

A surge in funds has helped. The nonprofit Edison Memorial Tower Corp., formed to revitalize the site, has raised $3 million in four years….

Thomas Edison moved to Menlo Park in 1876, when he was 29. There, he patented more than 400 inventions — including the phonograph and incandescent light bulb. It’s where he earned the nickname “The Wizard of Menlo Park.”

In 1938, the 130-foot Art-Deco tower was raised in his honor. Sixteen years later, in 1954, Raritan Township changed its name to Edison Township to honor the famous inventor…. The Menlo Park lab collapsed in 1913 and Henry Ford used remnants to build a replica in Dearborn, Mich., in 1929.

The ramshackle Menlo Park museum still houses one of Edison’s first light bulbs, 22 working phonographs and a letter the inventor penned to a newspaper editor who gave him the “Wizard” nickname. About 10,000 people visit each year.