California Chapter meeting on Sat 7/13 — Register by 6/14

Summer 2019 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Registration required by June 14 — Limit 50 people

The Rainbow Lodge
50080 Hampshire Rocks Road
Soda Springs, CA 95728
(530) 562-5060
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The California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will hold our summer meeting at the beautifully historic Rainbow Lodge on the old Lincoln Highway in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains. The chapter has rented the lodge for the day!

The lodge, originally called the Rainbow Tavern and Trout Farm, was built in 1927 and opened to the traveling public all year round. It is nestled in the forest of the Sierra Nevadas on a scenic portion of the Lincoln Highway, overlooking the Yuba River.

We will have a barbecue lunch out in the back patio with a view of the river, and hold the meeting and presentation inside in the Presentation Room after lunch.

We are limited to fifty (50) participants, so to attend, you will need to mail a payment for $35 per person, postmarked by June 14. The fee covers the lunch and a share of the lodge rental cost for the day.

Schedule

  • 10:00 am — Meet and greet
    • Enjoy the beautiful Sierra Nevada surroundings and the historic Rainbow Lodge itself.
  • 11:30 am — Barbecue lunch
    • Served on the deck (or in Yuba Room if weather does not allow outdoor seating)
    • Menu:
      • Beef hamburgers served with all the fixings, including lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and cheese, served with potato chips
      • Knockwurst and bratwurst
      • Veggie burgers (must be requested in advance)
      • Homemade potato salad and cole slaw
      • Fresh watermelon for dessert
      • Sodas, coffee, tea
      • No liquor or beer will be served
  • 1:00 pm — Meeting
  • 3:00 pm — Presentation
    • Donner History Along the Lincoln Highway

Reservations

This meeting will be popular, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. Please mail the following information:

  • Names of each participant in your party
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Whether you want a veggie burger instead of a hamburger
  • A check payable to Lincoln Highway California Chapter, in the amount of $35 for each participant in your party

Mail info and checks postmarked by June 14, 2019 to:

Lincoln Highway California Chapter
1136 Capri Drive
Campbell, CA 95008-6007

Downloadable meeting flyer

We hope to see you in the Sierras on July 13!

Neil A. Rodrigues, LHA California Director
Neil_Rodrigues@yahoo.com


Rainbow Lodge History
by the Donner Summit Historical Society

Rainbow Tavern, as it was then known, was built in 1927 by Herstle Jones who also built Nyack Lodge. He was the brother of Oscar Jones who built the Soda Springs Hotel. Rainbow Lodge served as a way stop for summer travelers over the Sierra Nevada mountains offering meals, rooms, and cabins as well as a trout farm. Visitors could catch their fish and have the dining hall prepare them for supper. Once Old Highway 40 (the Lincoln Highway) was plowed in the winter, Rainbow Tavern became a winter destination and way station as well. A rope tow was built out back and skiers were welcomed. Later, skiers who were more adventurous were taken up to the Sugar Bowl ski area. There were also two gas stations located at the Rainbow Tavern for needy travelers.

 

California Chapter meeting on Sat 4/6

Spring 2019 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:00 noon
Open to the public

Woodbridge Crossing
18939 N Lower Sacramento Rd
Woodbridge, CA 95258
(209) 366-1800
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Lunch at 12:00 noon ($20 cash preferred)
Sandwiches, salads, and soups

Meeting at 1:00 pm

  • Officer and committee reports
  • Updates:
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    • Brochures
    • 2019 Conference
    • 150th anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad

Presentations

  • Neil Rodrigues: Cold winter motorcycle ride to Duarte Garage
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California Chapter meeting on Sat 1/5

Winter 2019 California Chapter Meeting and Officer Elections
Saturday, January 5, 2019
12:00 noon
Open to the public

Rubino’s Ristorante
5015 Pacific St
Rocklin, CA 95677
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Lunch — 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Menu includes: homemade pasta, soups, salads, and sandwiches

Chapter meeting at 1:00 pm — Agenda

  • Officer elections
  • Officer and committee reports
  • Website
  • California brochure
  • 150th anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad
  • 2019 Conference and Military Convoy Tour
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California Chapter meeting on Sat 10/6

Fall 2018 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, October 6, 2018
12:00 noon

Joe Caribé Bistro & Cafe
13470 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 823-5333
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Lunch at 12:00 noon
Meeting at 1:00 pm
Open to the public

Agenda:

  • Officer & committee reports
  • Updates: website, 2019 Military Convoy Tour, LH signs and markers, White Rock Road, Truckee, 2019 Conference, Stone Arch Bridge, Clear Creek, LH California Brochure

Presentation:

  • Bill von Tagen: A Ford on the Lincoln

California Chapter meeting on Sat 7/7

Summer 2018 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
734 Marin Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 643-0077
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Lunch at 12:00 noon
in the Hall of History

Catered by Gracie’s Barbecue
Menu:

  • Grilled chicken, BBQ pork spare ribs
  • Green salad, beans, pasta salad
  • Soda, tea, water
  • $15 per person

Meeting at 1:00 pm
in the Heritage Chamber

Agenda:

  • Officer & committee reports
  • Updates: website, 2019 Military Convoy Tour, LH signs and markers, Donner Memorial Centennial, LH California Brochure, Clarksville

Presentation:

  • Jim Kern, executive director of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, on the history of Vallejo and Mare Island

California Chapter meeting on Sat 4/7

Spring 2018 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lunch at 12:00 noon

Castle Rock Restaurant
1848 Portola Ave
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 456-7100
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Directions

  • Take I-580 to Exit 52B, Livermore Ave.
  • Turn south onto Livermore Ave.
  • Turn right onto Portola Ave.
  • Castle Rock is on the right.
  • Parking is available next to the restaurant and on the street.

Lunch (cash or credit)
Lunch menu

Meeting at 1:00 pm

Duarte Garage and Lincoln Highway Museum
North L Street and Portola Ave
(across the street from Castle Rock)
Livermore, CA
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Meeting agenda

  • Officer & committee reports
  • 2019 Coach Tour
  • Updates: website, speakers, LH signs and markers, LH California Brochure, 2019 Military Convoy Tour update, Altamont Summit Garage Clean-Up, 11th Street Bridge Tracy

Presentation

  • TBA

California Chapter meeting on Sat 1/6

Winter 2018 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, January 6, 2018
12:00 noon–3:00 pm

Banta Inn
22563 S 7th Street
Banta, CA 95304
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Lunch — 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Menu includes: sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads

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  • Officer and committee reports
  • Website
  • Signage in Lodi
  • Officer elections
  • Brochures
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California Chapter meeting on Sat 10/7

Fall 2017 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, October 7, 2017
12:00 noon–4:00 pm

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Folsom
6608 Folsom-Auburn Rd
Folsom, CA 95630
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Lunch — 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Menu includes: sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups, salads, pasta

Chapter meeting at 1:00 pm — Agenda

  • Officer and committee reports
  • Marker and signage reports
  • Signage in Lodi
  • 2nd Annual Lincoln Highway 8K Fun Run in El Dorado Hills
  • Presentation: Paul Gilger’s Northwood Auto Tour return trip, on the Jefferson, Lincoln, Trans-Canada, Pacific, Pacific Coast, and Redwood Highways

California Chapter meeting on Sat 7/8

Summer 2017 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, July 8, 2017
12:00 noon

Auburn Alehouse
289 Washington Street
Auburn, CA 95603
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Map of parking for meeting attendees

Lunch — 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Cash only!
  • Menu: Cobb salad, Pulled pork sandwich, Reuben sandwich, Street tacos (beef or chicken), Alehouse Burger

Chapter meeting at 1:00 pm — Agenda

  • Officer and committee reports
  • Marker and signage reports
  • Signage in Lodi
  • Orangevale Bridge
  • Old Placerville Road in Folsom
  • 2017 Conference and Northwood Tour update
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Roadtrip: Orangevale Avenue Bridge

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Spring 2017 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 1, 2017 (yes, April Fools’ Day, but this is for real)
12:00 noon–4:00 pm

Español Italian Restaurant
5723 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95819
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Lunch — 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Menu: soup or salad, pasta (spaghetti, vermicelli, fettuccini, ravioli, lasagna), spumoni or ice cream

Chapter meeting at 1:00 pm — Agenda

  • Officer and committee reports
  • Old Stone Arch Bridge along US 50 American River Canyon
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  • 2017 Northwood Tour Update
  • Orangevale Bridge Restoration and Replica LH Marker Update

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