Lincoln Highway news in Nebraska

A pedestrian and bicycle trail is proposed along the old Lincoln Highway between Omaha and Elkhorn:

Ghost Roads of Nebraska from the

A couple near Sutherland, Nebraska collect their very own diner:

Blackstad’s Blog has some musings on small town Nebraska, namely Schuyler at:

as does Prairie Traveler

Lincoln Highway news in Iowa

Yahoo’s Roaddog reports:

The June 3rd Marshalltown Times Republican reports that the Twin Town Motel sign, which has been on US-30 since the 1950s, will be torn down shortly. The eight unit motel was torn down last year to make room for a new convenience store. Tama and Toledo are often called Iowa’s Twin Cities.

The owners of the sign are considering offering it on ebay and are open to offers from locals about the sign. Vintage neon signs are now considered to be highly collectible and a Neon Museum has even opened in Las Vegas recently. I think there is another one in Ohio.

The Twin Town Motel was built in 1954 by Fred Mohrfield on the relocated US-30 in Toledo. Next to it he had a Standard Oil Station and later the Standard Cafe was built.

He had first built a Standard station in 1932 on old 30. In 1937, he added tourist cabins and a few years later, built a motel which was later converted to apartments. A couple years ago, it was seriously damaged by fire and since leveled.

The article goes on to name some local vintage neon signs:

  • Indian headdress by King Tower Cafe in Tama- a classic!!!
  • Maid-Rite sign at Big T at the junction of 63 and 30
  • Dick’s restaurant and Champaign glass denoting the Granada Lounge was sold at auction when they closed in the 80s, but now located at the present Hardee’s site at 63 and 30

Others now gone:

  • L. Ranko Motel (now there is a great name for a motel if I’ve ever heard one)- presently it is the Budget Inn in Toledo
  • Toledo Convalescent Home
  • Henderson Funeral Home (what – a funeral home with neon?)

Article title: “Historic US 30 motel sign is ‘checking out'” by John Speer

Brian Butko reports that he took some photos of this sign three years ago. You can view them on his Flickr site:

Howard Stovall forwarded the Iowa Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) web link for their Historic Auto Trails Page I couldn’t find in the last newsletter:

The Iowa Bed and Breakfast Association website has a page featuring the Lincoln Hotel in Lowden, IA:

The Marshalltown Times Republican ran a story on September 3rd – King Tower dedication to be held on September 23. “The work is a continuation of Tama volunteers who maintain the nearby Lincoln Highway bridge historic site and promote the highway‘s history and importance. …”

[I missed this story and they only have a 7 day archive online. Anyone have a copy?]

I found this from Roaddog’s blog:

This weekend, a five year restoration project of one of the original King Tower cabins in Tama, Iowa, comes to a conclusion with its formal dedication. The King Tower continues to be a major attraction along the Lincoln Highway.

When built in 1937, it was heralded as one of the most modern truck stops in the nation. It consisted of a two story restaurant, and an adjacent filling station/garage. The filling station/garage was torn down awhile back, but the restaurant, which was air-conditioned when it was opened, still serves some great food and has that remarkable neon Indian head sign outside.

This effort has been headed up by Ron Cory, a Tama businessman with work done by a group of volunteers who also maintain the very famous and unique nearby 1915 Lincoln Highway bridge, the one with the words Lincoln Highway carved into its sides.

Originally, there were 18 cabins behind the King Tower One Stop for overnight stays by tourists. The formal dedication will take place September 23rd.

Kyle D. Gassiott, Host/Producer, Iowa Public Radio, WSUI/KSUI writes,

Hello Russell,

Thank you so much for listing my IBNA award in the Lincoln Highway Newsletter. Someone mentioned you were looking for links to my story. It aired on Weekend America on July 29, 2006.

Here’s the link to the main show page: (Third story down)

The RealPlayer link to the story:

And the link to the photos we took:

Thanks again,
Kyle has the following 1922 document online: Preliminary impact studies–Skunk River bridge on the Lincoln highway near Ames, Iowa:

Lincoln Highway news in Illinois

IL LHA Director Kay Shelton gave a Lincoln Highway presentation sponsored by the Sycamore Historical Society:

Lincoln Highway mural proposed for Dixon:

Paul Dilworth of Los Angeles will paint the third streetscape mural in DeKalb:

A new antique store has opening in DeKalb at 235 E. Lincoln Highway, featuring architectural antiques:

Frankfort and New Lenox rally for Route 30 – Lincoln Highway widening, from the

A new Italian restaurant called Filo Spinatos and translates in Italian to barbed wire, is planned for 241 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb:

The Lincoln Highway Buy-Way yard sale extends west into IL:

Kay Shelton has a blog about the Illinois Buy-Way participants that includes some links to local businesses:

Willow chairs from Fulton sold on the LH during the depression from the Glimpses of Fulton blog:

Booster days in Creston – from Axcess News:

Live music and a good place to hang out in DeKalb – the House Cafe at 263 E. Lincoln Highway:

and at:

Lincoln Highway news in Indiana

A Goshen replica diner was featured on the Food Channel’s popular TV show – Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I’m not sure of the source of the following article about this:

The “South Side Soda Shop” has had the same owners for 21 years. July 3, 2007. Reporter: Ryan Famuliner

A Goshen restaurant is about to make it’s debut on one of the food network’s most popular shows. It’s called “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.”

The South Side Soda Shop has been a fixture in Goshen for decades. Now, the owners are bracing themselves for changes that might come after their hometown, family diner hits the national airwaves. It’s that family feel that’s kept the south side soda shop running all these years — both financially...

“People would know you by name, and also know what you were gonna order,” said Todd Davis, a long-time customer at the soda shop. …And literally. Nick Boyd and his wife Charity own and run the soda shop – and both of their daughters work there too. “Growing up here, they know the customers, the products. If for some reason my wife or I couldn’t be here, it’d be in good hands,” said owner Nick Boyd.

But come next week, there might be something that threatens that family feel — flocks of food network viewers. “Mom called one of the other restaurants and they said their business increased 200%,” said Nicole Boyd, Nick’s daughter who also works at the diner. For the soda shop’s regular customers, that could mean an imposition on their usual hang-out.

“Customers are funny, they may even want to sit at their regular tables. And they may come in and they have to sit somewhere else or they have to wait for a table,” Nick Boyd said. But, that doesn’t mean the regulars are upset. “I mean, they’re happy for us. You know, the customers are like our family also. All this publicity is great, but they’re the ones that have kept us in business for 21 years,” Nick Boyd said.

And the family is ready to adapt to whatever comes their way. “As a family we’ve talked about what we’re going to need to do, and how we’re going to all really have to come together and be willing to stay until, you know, midnight if necessary to be able to make the food. So I mean, I think we’re excited, and there’s so many possibilities that could come out of this,” Nicole Boyd said.

There are a few last-minute jitters before the episode airs. “It’s kind of scary for me, that like a million people are going to be seeing my family on TV. But it’s also exciting at the same time because more people will come to, like, experience the wonderful food and atmosphere here,” said Hannah Boyd, Nick’s other daughter who works at the diner.

The owners say their staples are a family spaghetti recipe, their chili and their homemade Swedish limpa bread. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

The episode of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” featuring the south side soda shop is set to air Monday, July 9th, at 10:00 pm. The show was originally set to air last night, but it got pushed back to next week because of the 4th of July.

Next week’s episode is called “retro,” and the soda shop will be featured alongside a California burger joint, and a homestyle Oregon cafe. The owners say the producers of the show called them about the show, and at first they thought it was a practical joke. After a series of interviews, the soda shop was chosen to be on the show.

South Side Soda Shop
1122 S Main St
Goshen, IN 46526
Tel: (574) 534-3790

Valparaiso, Indiana’s 49’er Drive-In Theatre is located south of the city on SR 49. Check out their website at:

Lincoln Highway news in Ohio

From the – “Lincoln Way Elementary School gained distinction for its heritage on the Lincoln Highway Friday, earning a proclamation from the mayor of Wooster and an official replica of the historical markers that lined the original 1928 route.”:

An article about the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way yardsale from

“Buy-Way Sale a big hit in Crawford County”:

Canton Lincoln Highway bricks preserved for the Great Platte River Road Archway Museum in Kearney, Nebraska:

[Anyone have a semi to deliver these?]

and an update:

The last half of this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the National Hamburger Festival is all about the Lincoln Highway Steel Trolley Diner in Lisbon, OH:, July 31 contained the following letter:

With great interest, I read the article “Book traces the nation’s first coast-to-coast route” (July 23). My parents, Moses and Lydia Gingerich, with five children, made the trip in 1921 with a remodeled 1915 Model T truck on the graveled Lincoln Highway, Route 30, leaving from Bucklin, Kan., in Ford County near Dodge City. How often I would sit and listen to the story of their eight-day trip to Hartville, Ohio, patching tubes, driving on gravel roads and living in a remodeled small pick up truck. My Amish family, too poor to afford a train ticket, was advised to buy the pickup and resell it in Ohio. Precious memories for me – I was born in 1924.

John E. Gingerich, Lake Township

Tragedy at an on-grade railroad crossing in Bucyrus on the LH from the Ahnentafel Blog:

Lincoln Highway news in Pennsylvania

LHA PA Director Olga Herbert has been busy – read about her plans for the enhanced PA Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor HQ site, from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

And the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor wins a 2007 Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards from the Westmoreland County Historical Society:

Take a virtual drive on the Lincoln Highway care of PennDot – go to this site:

  • Accept at the disclaimer pager.
  • Make sure pop-ups are allowed in your browser and the Google toolbar if you use it.
  • Read the disclaimer and click on I Accept
  • Select your connection speed
  • At the 1st drop down, Pick a Search Site, select: PennDot Route
  • At the 2nd drop town, Select County, select: Bedford
  • At the last dropdown, Route, select 0030 Lincoln Hwy
  • Then click Go

There is a FAQ page if you are having problems or want more info:

Brian Butko alerts us to the fact the Twin Hi-Ways Drive-In Movie theater, named for the Lincoln and William Penn Highways has reopened after 11 years:

And from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Brian also sends us these stories:

Roadtrippin’ Blog features Lancaster to Pittsburgh:

Bernie and Esther Queneau were featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article in July, Mt. Lebanon man recalls eventful 1928 trip along Lincoln Highway. My favorite quote from Esther: “I got the ultimate Lincoln Highway collectible,” she says, “a 1928 Boy Scout.”:

and at:

Esther writes to let us know about the Big Mac museum on the LH, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Read more about it and check out some pics at the site:

Checkout the wonderful website for the ice cream parlor – the Franklin Fountain in downtown Pennsylvania:

Color snapshots of the Grandview Ship Hotel at Suzy’s bloomers Blog:

“York Sunday News columnist Gordon Freireich recently gave an absorbing tour of the Lincoln Highway – Route 30 – in and around Abbottstown and New Oxford” at

Jalynn’s Window on Nature blog has some pics of the LH near Schellsburg – A Very Scenic Drive:

Great Thai Food in Amish Country at the Lemon Grass, 2481 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster. Read the review at:

[barbeque and Thai are my favorite road foods – both are usually at least good or better]

Books on the Lincoln Highway

John & Lenore Weiss have a new books out about a triangle road trip in Illinois covering Route 66, the Lincoln Highway and the Dixie Highway. More information is at their website:
Read a review at

Michaels Wallis and Williamson’s new book on the Lincoln Highway, and their cross country book tour generated a lot of publicity this summer.

The Lincoln Highway in the New York Times

The New York Times Archive 1851–1980 is now online, with many old articles scanned and accessible as PDF files. There are many articles on the Lincoln Highway starting with the 1912 Hoosier Tour. I created a search for the Lincoln Highway at the link below.

[You may need to create a free account at the NYT]