WWI-era motorcycles to commemorate 1919 Army convoy at inauguration

On Jan. 20, the Wheels Through Time American Transportation Museum in Maggie Valley [North Carolina], will be making history once again — this time, participating in the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Day Parade. During the historic event, the museum will bring a small fleet of WWI era motorcycles to Washington to participate in a procession celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the transcontinental Army motor convoy on the Lincoln Highway in 1919.

Obama’s Eisenhower moment

Tom Lewis, author of Divided Highways, argues that we should learn the lessons from the story of how Eisenhower created and funded the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s and apply them towards Obama’s economic stimulus program.

[Eisenhower] knew firsthand the need for better roads. As a young lieutenant colonel, he traveled in 1919 over the Lincoln Highway in the Army’s first transcontinental caravan, a journey that lasted 62 days and sometimes required oxen to pull the trucks through mires of mud.

Tom Lewis, Eisenhower’s roads to prosperity, Los Angeles Times, December 26, 2008

Jersey City cops honor fallen colleagues

The Jersey City Police Department held a minute of silence in honor of police officers Robert Nguyen and Shawn Carson, who died in 2005 when they drove off the Lincoln Highway Bridge when the center section was raised. The bridge was renamed after the officers in 2007.

Replica apple truck to be put on display next to LH

Students from Franklin County Career and Technology Center are building a replica 1920 Selden apple truck, the kind used frequently almost a century ago in agricultural Franklin County.

According to Janet Pollard of Franklin County Visitors’ Bureau, the 1.5 scale truck, when complete, will be displayed somewhere along U.S. 30 as part of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor’s Heritage Giants project.

Sat 1/3: California chapter of LHA meeting

California Lincoln Highway Association
Quarterly Chapter Meeting
Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Noon

Banta Inn
22563 S 7th St
Banta, CA 95376

Clayton Mehring will lead the program, which will be about Lincoln Highway geocaching. What is geocaching? How does it work? You’ll get a chance to try it out. If you have a handheld GPS unit, bring it along! This program is in keeping with our efforts to acquaint a wider range of people with the Lincoln Highway.


  1. Recording Secretary for the day
  2. Approve minutes of October 4
  3. Officers’ reports
  4. State director’s report
  5. Project reports
  6. Announcements
    • Heritage Preservation League of Folsom is presenting us an award on Thursday, Jan 8 at 5:00pm at the Folsom Museum. All are invited.
  7. Program: Lincoln Highway Geocaching by Clayton Mehring

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, March 21 at the Folsom Museum in Folsom, where we will donate one of our real marker posts to the museum.

11/10: A presentation on the Lincoln Highway in Ohio

Join the Osnaburg Historical Society on Monday, Nov. 10, to hear Jim Cassler from the Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor talk about the historic highway that travels through East Canton and Osnaburg Township.

Rick Sebak’s Lincoln Highway documentary premieres

Rick Sebak’s latest documentary, “A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway,” premiered on PBS on October 29. If you missed it, your local PBS station will probably show it again sometime this weekend — be sure to check your local listings. (For example, KQED in San Francisco is showing it tonight at 6 PM and Wednesday at 2 AM.) You also buy it online at Shop PBS.

It made it onto the “must see” list of many newspapers. Here is some of the more notable press coverage:

And here’s a teaser: