Posts Tagged ‘OH’

Ohio's Larry Webb honored with Jefferson Award

March 11, 2010

Mike Buettner reports that LHA member Larry Webb of Van Wert, Ohio, has been honored with a Jefferson Award for his many years of volunteer service. An article in The Lima News mentions his work with both the local historical society and the Lincoln Highway. The nomination was made by LHA members Art and Connie Weber, also of Van Wert.

Mike sent this photo from the dedication of the Ohio’s Lincoln Highway Historic Byway in April 2004: “The ribbon-cutting was in Van Wert, appropriately, because Larry and Kriss Salters (also with scissors) were the two people who did the most to make that happen, processing a lot of paperwork with ODOT to make the thing a reality.”

96-year-old grew up along Lincoln Highway

August 4, 2009

Carrie Kreiger, who has lived 96 years along the Lincoln Highway, recently shared her memories with Mike Hocker, executive director of Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. Hocker collects stories of the highway as a way of preserving the its history. The story was retold in the Massillon Independent newspaper.

OH_Massillon 96 yr woman

“Eighty years ago, I sat and watched them (build the roadway).

“They took part of our front yard to widen it to four lanes. We would watch those poor guys lay bricks all summer long.”

As a recent graduate of Washington High School, Kreiger said she and her siblings would get up early every day and sit on the front porch and watch the men lay bricks that would make the dirt road into a “singing” street.

“That is when I graduated from high school in 1930,” she recalled.

*Thanks to long-time diner and highway friend Rudy Turkal for the lead.

Hitting the Road to Central PA

October 26, 2007

I’m leaving early Saturday for 3 days on the LH to Gettysburg, PA. No, the 1960 Chevy is not my car, though it is for sale along the Lincoln just west of Minerva, OH. I did own a ’60 Pontiac and ’60 Buick years ago, but that was BK – Before Kids! – so we’ll be in our trusty blue minivan with big LH logo magnets on the side.

1960 Chevy, Minerva, OH

Ohio LH Bricks in the News

October 23, 2007

Two recent articles discuss the fate of bricks used to pave the LH in Ohio, a state famed for its brick roads and pillars along the Lincoln.

The first story details the efforts of the Great Platte River Road Archway that spans I-80 in Kearney, NE, to acquire bricks for a historical display. Hoping to get one from each state, they instead got an offer from Ohio of 2,000 bricks unearthed from Tuscarawas Street in Canton during a road project. The only obstacle is getting them there, but former LHA president–and Canton resident–Bob Lichty has volunteered to lead the effort. Arch officials now plan to recreate a 30-foot long, 16-foot wide highway outside leading to a Lincoln Highway interpretive area. The LH centennial conference of the LHA will be held at Kearney in 2013, with the arch as a focal point.

The other story may not have such a happy ending. The Canton Repository reports that a half-mile of red-brick Cindell Street is set to be paved over, primarily because a township trustee says it’s rough surface is hard on slowplows. Only 10-12 feet wide, it is estimated that preserving the brick surface might cost a half-million dollars, while paving with asphalt would run only $27,000. With so many speaking out for its preservation, a fellow trustee has been given a year to find funding to preserve at least a portion of the road. LHA member Jim Ross has a map showing the brick portions in this area.

Cindell Street, just east of East Canton. already has some patching as seen here:
Looking E on Cindell St, E of East Canton, OH