Posts Tagged ‘Mt. Vernon IA’

42N blog visits Iowa Lincoln Highway bridge

January 12, 2010

Dave Chase posted a short story about the Lincoln Highway through Mt. Vernon, Iowa, on his blog 42N, which details life around the 42N latitude. His photo shows the Union Pacific tracks on the west end of town that are crossed by a bridge that carries the Lincoln Highway.

Dave took his photo from the original 1915 LH bridge. He has a link to that features images of that arched span, including the photo below by our friend J.R. Manning (you may have seen him on the road in his yellow Model A). His 2007 view is looking north from a preserved brick stretch to the rehabbed bridge, now for pedestrians only.

Lincoln Highway arts fest in Iowa on Saturday

September 25, 2009

Tomorrow, September 26, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, will hold its 4th annual Lincoln Highway Festival from 9-4. The Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Sun reports that more than 30 artists will display their works on First Street. Note on the screen shot below that the newspaper also has an opinion poll about a U.S. Route 30 bypass.


What sets this festival apart is the quality of the work, said Katrina Garner, a member of the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council, which sponsors the event….

A special part of the event this year is a silent auction organized by the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge and the arts council to benefit Galen Lacey, who has been involved with the event in the past and faced a heart transplant this past year (see story on this page)….

While most of the festival action is in the booths on First Street, art by Hugh Lifson, Benesh and Garner will also be displayed at Tatyana’s Kitchen at 224 First St. W. The three artists, along with artist Sue Coleman, get together every so often to do plein air painting, Garner noted.

Cornell College students will also be involved in the event and will be selling a calendar that features their works.

Tony Plaut, a Cornell art professor, will exhibit his interactive sculpture, “The Typer Piper.” It uses organ flutes, an old manual typewriter, a bike pump and a car tire so users may create their own musical scores.

Festival favorite Paul Imholte, known as the Stringman, will be returning. He’ll stroll the festival playing everything from guitar to banjo to dulcimer.

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.


Lincoln Cafe chef wins pig cooking competition

April 27, 2009

Sunday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette ran a story about the Lincoln Cafe, along the Lincoln Highway in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Owner and chef Matt Steigerwald won the Cochon 555 competition held in Des Moines on April 19. Below is the story and a photo of the place by PBS producer Rick Sebak.


Cochon is French for pig, so 5 competing chefs prepared a Heritage Pig for judging and public tasting. Steigerwald was the only chef not from Des Moines. The chefs prepared the pigs in their own restaurants and transported them to the competition—for Steigerwald, a 2-hour drive. Some of the items Steigerwald made were pozole (a Mexican soup made with pork and hominy), a pork belly confit, biscuits made with lard, head cheese and Carolina pork barbecue.

Steigerwald took home a bottle of Templeton Rye and a trophy that declared him the “Prince of Porc.” The competition is traveling nationally and will be in Chicago next on May 24. For more information go to