California Chapter meeting on Sat 7/9

Summer 2022 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, July 9, 2022

Old 40 Bar & Grill
Donner Ski Ranch
19320 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA 95724
(530) 426-3635
Google map

Directions:

  • Take I-80 to Exit 174 Soda Springs
  • Turn east onto Donner Pass Road
  • Turn left into the parking lot of Donner Ski Ranch
  • Old 40 Bar and Grill is on the upper level

11:30 am
Lunch

1:00 pm
Meeting

  • Officer & committee reports
  • Updates: Website, signs and markers, 2022 and 2023 Conference reports
  • Presentation: Eastern Third Tour by Paul Gilger

There was once a Lincoln Highway radio show

Ruth Gordon performing in NBC’s Saturday morning show “Lincoln Highway.” (1940)

On March 16, 1940, NBC Radio introduced a Saturday morning dramatic show called Lincoln Highway sponsored by Shinola Polish, which featured stories of life along the route. The show’s introduction contained an error in noting the Lincoln Highway was identical to US 30 and ended in Portland. Many of the era’s stars, including Ethel Barrymore, Joe E. Brown, Claude Rains, Sam Levene, Burgess Meredith, and Joan Bennett, made appearances on the show, which had an audience of more than 8 million before it left the air in 1942. A rare surviving recording of the show’s theme song, “When You Travel the Great Lincoln Highway,” survives online.

California Chapter meeting on Sat 4/2

Spring 2022 California Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Lunch at 11:30 am

Old Mexico Restaurant
1848 Portola Ave
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 456-7100
Google Map

Directions

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

Meeting at 1:00 pm

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

  • Officer & committee reports
  • 2022 Illinois Conference and related tours
  • California LH Roadway Painting project
  • Updates: website, speakers, LH signs and markers, 1917 terminus plaque, Echo Summit Lodge

Presentation

Join us for the 2022 LHA Annual Conference, June 20th to 24th, in Joliet, Illinois.

The Rialto Square Theatre

After a couple of years on hiatus due to Covid, our annual LHA conference is back! The conference will start on Monday, June 20. The host hotel will be the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, just off the Lincoln Highway and close to Interstate 80. The nite of June 20 will kick off with an opening banquet followed by a bus tour the next day with a lunch stop and pipe organ concert at the gorgeous Rialto Square Theatre in the heart of Joliet, considered one of the ten most beautiful theaters in the United States and a photo stop at the Building the Lincoln Highway statue on the border of Joliet and Crest Hill. 

The Garfield Farm and Museum

Another tour will include a stop at the Garfield Farm and Inn Museum, an 1840s era farm, and a stagecoach stop. For a significant find in the middle of farm country, experience authentic Italian food in a stunning banquet hall featuring hand-painted décor for the Wednesday West Bus Tour. There will be a popular request tour of the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb on the West Tour. The Egyptian Theatre underwent a major restoration and expansion in recent years and has air conditioning. The West Tour will be a golden opportunity to visit the LHA Headquarters in the H.I. Lincoln Building in Franklin Grove to see the recent renovations.

Inside the National Headquarters in Franklin Grove.

The conference finishes on June 24 with Speakers Day, which will feature native Joliet resident Dennis Doyle speaking on the Lincoln Highway and James R. Wright, a lifelong resident of Homewood, Illinois, who will give a history of the Dixie Highway in Illinois. The activities on Speakers’ Day will conclude Thursday evening with the ever-popular Awards Banquet.

We hope to see you soon, in person, in Joliet!

Visit the Illinois Lincoln Highway Association page for booking and other information.

California Chapter online meeting and officer elections THIS SATURDAY 1/15

Winter 2022 California Chapter Meeting and Officer Elections
THIS SATURDAY, January 15, 2022
Sign in starts — 12:30 PM (US Pacific Time)
Meeting starts — 1:00 PM (US Pacific Time)
Open to the public

The California Chapter of the LHA will have our winter meeting and officer elections online via Zoom. Chapter members without access to a computer or smartphone are still welcome to join us, but will need to ask family or friends to view the meeting on their computer or smartphone.

The meeting will begin this Saturday at 1:00 PM. The host will be chapter president Joel Windmiller and chapter secretary Paulette Johnston, with Jimmy Lin providing Zoom tech support.

Agenda

  • Officer and Committee reports
  • Officer elections
  • Updates on LHA National Conference for 2022 and 2023
  • 2022 Coach tour of the Lincoln Highway
  • California Lincoln Highway book project
  • Ophir Road monument sign replacement
  • Signage projects
  • Promotional activities

If you’re interested in joining us, please email chapter president Joel Windmiller at for Zoom meeting instructions.

A lost artifact found!

The above photo from our fall 2008 Forum shows the Terminus at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. We know this photo is from after 1928 as The Boy Scouts placed the concrete terminus post all across the county in 1928. In 1917 a flag pole was erected to the memory of Betsy Ross, creator of the flag of the United States. We can see the pole and base in the photo above. Attached are two bronze plaques on the side facing the Palace. On the side facing us, the bronze plaque read, “END OF THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY.” In the 1970s, someone removed the flagpole and concrete base and lost the components, until now!

Our attentive members, located in the eastern part of the country, noticed this item for sale and notified our California Chapter of the LHA of its existence. I had the great honor to retrieve the object and save it for the Lincoln Highway Association. Gaze upon the beauty below.

The object is bronze and has been bent slightly on the right side due to being torn off the concrete in the 1970s. There are some etched scratches on the top left from what we believe was a back-hoe pulling it off the base. The bronze has taken on an aged patina since being exposed to the damp San Francisco weather between 1917 and the 1970s. This history makes the object the longest lasting of all the various terminus signs or markers placed at this location.

The photo on the cover of The Forum is seen above with an arrow showing the location of the bronze “END OF THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY” plaque. The bushes behind the flagpole are hiding the fountain, which still stands today. The shrubs have long since been removed.

We took the bronze plaque over to the replica concrete Terminus post, installed in 2002 by the California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway. While all the markers and signs describe this spot as the “Terminus” of the Lincoln Highway, the plaque is the only one that says’s “END OF THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY.”

This fantastic find will now be available for viewing and saved for posterity by the Lincoln Highway Association. To read more about the Terminus and this plaque, check out the June 2014 issue of the California Chapter’s newsletter, “The Traveler,” here. The article starts on page 17.

Big Celebrations for the new Coast to Coast Highway

With the Lincoln Highway dedication on October 31, 1913, towns along the way had huge celebrations like this one in Ohio. Imagine the fun! “Onion eating contest,” “nail driving race, for ladies,” and “The biggest torchlight processions since the days of the Civil War.” At this date, some of the attendees might have very well been alive to see those Civil War processions.