eBay Auctions

A large 1918 wall road map of Illinois went for $43:

A real photo postcard of Globin’s resort in Al Tahoe closed at $33.58

A printed black and white view of a diner interior from Bordentown, NJ required $217.50 to take home:

A boxed set of 25 real photo Keystone Stereoviews of the Eastern half of the Lincoln Highway was a bargain at $90:

Two very scarce early views of Medicine Bow, Wyoming went for $57.99 and $53.99 respectively:

A real photo of the intersection of Valley Rd and the Lincoln Hwy in Paoli, PA was a battle between two bidders when it closed at $257.00!

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Amazing cross-country trips

Charles Cushman’s photo archive

Amateur color photographer Charles Cushman’s archive is now on-line thanks to Indiana University. You can visit the home page and read more about it at:


This collection is especially strong in the western states with 4,723 color views of California. Here’s a sample of the building of the second Carquinez bridge in 1957:


Roadtrip photos and resources

The American Road Forum has a great series of posts from Keep the Show on the Road with many pictures, detailing his trip on the Lincoln Highway as follows:

and from Roadhound:

Check out Waymarking.com’s Lincoln Highway pages at:

A 50th Anniversary recreation of beat author Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road includes the Lincoln Highway. Read more at Boston.com’s travel site:

and from the North Platte Bulletin – The beat goes on: Tracing Kerouac’s tracks through North Platte, Lincoln County and Nebraska:

Brian and Sarah Butko’s new book: Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun, Stackpole Press came out this June. Here’s the link at Amazon.com:

Visit Brian’s website at:

and read Brian’s interview at Heidi’s Pick Six blog, and dig that picture of Sarah and Brian in their new roadbuilding equipment:

Lincoln Highway news in California

Checkout Truckee.com’s History Page with a link to a Historic Downtown Walking Tour:

Truckee River’s Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway (paved and unpaved sections) includes sections of the Lincoln Highway, read more from the Sierra Sun:
and at the Bikeway website:

From BigMallRat’s Blog – All roads lead to Oakland:
http://xrl.us/6xfo [click on the ad pic to enlarge]

This advertisement of interest is from the H. C. Capwell Company, celebrating the opening of the Carquinez Bridge in May of 1927. The advertisement extols the virtues of the “six great highways” delivering traffic across the new bridge to Oakland; bringing in new shoppers from all over. The six great highways include the Pacific Highway, Redwood Highway, Lincoln Highway…..

Toward the bottom of the Dublin, CA’s Library blog is a picture of the Lincoln Highway and US 50 – “This photograph shows Dublin in about 1940 with the original Lincoln Highway 50 merging with the new Lincoln Highway 50. It is an example of the kind of photograph that will be scanned and digitized as part of new project that the Library and the Dublin Heritage Center are currently engaged in.” The photos will be available on the web through the Calisphere website operated by the University of California. Read more about at the website:

Check out Calisphere at:

JoesBigBlog has some nice pictures of the Lincoln Highway bridge railings at:

Mike Kaelin writes:

Gentlemen, an article in today’s Sunday edition of “The Record” (Stockton) puts a major part of the 1924-1927 Lincoln Highway in jeopardy! The ‘history-challenged’ Stockton City Council is considering approving the “Oakmoore Gateway Specific Plan”, some kind of development which would result in closing off Hwy. 99 access to Wilson Way; it would also make a cul-de-sac at the north end of Newton Road (1924-1927 LH), eliminate that portion of Wilson Way (1924-1927 LH) which connects the southbound Hwy. 99 off-ramp to Newton Road, and would re-align other parts of Wilson Way (not LH) with Maranatha Drive. Comrades and LH consuls, stay tuned on this one, because Monday I will definitely be visiting City Hall in Stockton to get a copy of this ill-advised ‘plan’ and more information!

[Anyone have an update on this?]

Wow – check out the NorCal Explorer’s Blog of Motel Row along US 40 in Sacramento:

Bear Rescue on the Rainbow Bridge – Donner Summit, from ABC TV, LA [with video]
and from KNBC with great slideshow [click on pic]

Lincoln Highway news in Nevada

Karl Breckinridge’s column from the Reno Gazette Journal
discusses – “Of Fords and Ravioli”:

An observation here last Sunday brought a half-a-dozen e-mails – we noted downtown construction had exposed a sign on the back wall of Reno Furniture’s store on Virginia Street, a sign in an alley that had been obscured for many years – first by Ford dealer Richardson-Lovelock, then by a temporary building that was recently razed.

The e-mail comments fell in two directions – when was the sign ever visible from any thoroughfare? And, obviously from old-timers: Wasn’t Reno’s Ford dealer once in the Reno Furniture building? One-by-one we’ll reconstruct that central downtown block, and here I’m playing with relatively ancient phone books, Polk City Directories and Sanborn Fire maps, which tend to differ from each other by a year or two. (There’s one of the reasons that I don’t venture back prior to World War II often in these pages…)

There are tracks toward a Ford dealership even before 1917 but fairly solid records of “Calavada Ford” operating in Reno, downtown in the 400 block of North Virginia Street. (I’ve written “Calavada” twice in the past and twice you read “Cal-Vada.” The former sold Fords, the latter Jeeps.) Calavada Ford operated in a building, brick, per the Sanborn map, that was a doorway south of Reno Furniture’s location at 432 N. Virginia. That dealership later moved to the corner of East Fourth and “University” Street, the present Center Street’s prewar name. In 1938 it was acquired by Richardson and Lovelock, and one of my old columns further describes those two fine guys. Reno Furniture’s alley sign that I wrote of was visible from 1940 until the dealership was significantly enlarged to the north, obscuring the sign (the block had been occupied by some stately single-family homes until 1955.) Rounding out the thought, Fred Bartlett bought the dealership in 1966, and Forest Lovelock joined veteran Reno auto dealer Pio Mastering.

The Reno Furniture building at 432 N. Virginia Street originally housed Reno Grocery, a wholesale grocer to the trade – that building tracking to 1923 on a Sanborn map.

Shifting gears slightly, I’ll scribe that while following a Citifare bus earlier this week, I’ll noted a placard “80 years of Inez” over second line “70 years of the Halfway Club” with a photo of Mama herself alongside.

“This demands to be chronicled,” I thought to myself and turned east on Highway 40 toward the Halfway Club to investigate further. Sources inside that legendary lair spun the tale of a beautiful bundle of joy arriving in St. Mary’s on Feb. 11th of 1927, being named Inez by her parents John and Elvira Casale and being taken home to the present Halfway Club building where she would live during her childhood. It was then indeed halfway between Reno and Sparks, a fur  piece from either, as it would remain until well into the 1950s.

The Casales would open an Italian deli specializing in raviolis in 1935, and in 1937 reopen as a restaurant where the by-then world-famous raviolis were served to travelers on the Lincoln Highway. Ines married Steamboat Stempeck in 1946 and continued making the best raviolis in the world (and now I’ll probably hear from Bruno Selmi in Gerlach. Well, they’re both damn good!)

Inez at 80 remains the popular grande dame of the local social and culinary landscape, still embracing the Halfway Club’s corporate mantra, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

I know the Sunday readers join me in sending her our best. Have a good week; it’s OK to scream if you hear “Danny Boy” one more time, and God bless America.

Karl’s web page is at:  http://www.karlbreckenridge.com/

NV US 50 – LH pics from JoesBigBlog: