No Age Limit: two motorcyclists ride the Lincoln Highway

Bob Chase and Bernard "Buddy" Rosenbaum, in their 70s, are riding their Piaggio MP3 scooters across the country on the Lincoln Highway. They are blogging about their trip at:

The local press has also been covering their trip:

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:

Newsletter · Volume 21: Illinois markers

Longtime LHA member and author Lowell Nissley writes:

“Thanks for all your hard work in keeping us informed on what’s happening along the LH. In the last issue of the FORUM I noticed an article on Illinois markers (page 43). The article says that the markers were “Designed by the Jensen Corporation, a landscape architect firm in Ravinia, Illinois.” Does this give a legitimate clue as to who made and where the posts were made?

Here’s my thoughts:

The Jensen Corporation is undoubtedly Jen Jensen, the noted Prairie – Arts & Crafts style landscape architect, who was previously associated with the Lincoln Highway Assoc. at least back to 1917. Jensen’s papers were destroyed in a fire, but his drawings and blueprints were saved and donated to the Bentley Historical Library which is located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. See: and

Among his drawing are two large (approx. 2 ft × 6 ft) suggested plantings for the Lincoln Highway along a meadow, and along a prairie, from 1917. There is also a complete set of blueprints of the Ideal Section (from the Fed Hwy Admin), plus many Ideal Section drawings including those for the Ostermann Memorial bench, and plans and drawings for the unrealized Ideal Section Campground. The U of M Special Collections Library also has a nice matted and framed colored drawing of the Ideal Section Campground that was part of the LHA holdings. Alas, the Jensen holdings have no mention of the concrete markers. Also at the Bentley are the archives of Henry Joy, including his photo albums of his 1915 LH trip.

In the LHA holdings at U of M’s Special Collections’ LHA Holding is a “marker” file. In it was only a small blueprint of a rough drawing of a top part of a marker.

The secret to finding out where the markers were made may be in the papers of the Whitehead & Hoag Company who made the bronze Lincoln medallion inserts. They were located in Newark, may have went out of business in 1959, and the location of their papers, if they still exist, is unknown.

Lowell’s book Lincoln Highway, The Road My Father Traveled won an award from the Independent Publishers Book Review in the travel category.

Newsletter · Volume 21: Illinois reports that the city of Lynwood, IL voted to contribute funds for the construction of an interpretative gazebo on the Lincoln Highway. This is part of a project by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition for 20 such gazebos across IL on the LW:

Check out Jim Frazier‘s Photography blog on the LH in IL:

IL’s RoadDog reports:

Ground was broken this past Saturday in New Lenox for the new $225 million Lincoln-Way West High School. Upon completion, it will serve 2,500 students and have three wings. It will join three other Lincoln-Way high schools: North, Central, and East. One of these has a LH concrete marker, but I don’t know which one.

Matteson, IL’s mayor vetoes a new Walgreens on the Lincoln Highway as “a real negative impact on the quality of life in the area”:,061BIZ3.article

Local watering holes and live music on the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb:

Saving the house where Lincoln slept in Sterling, IL:

More articles about the murals in DeKalb from the Northern Star:
and from

A nice article about downtown Geneva from

Fulton, IL folk art – willow chairs:

From – Take a trip around Illinois with Abraham Lincoln:

sends this report on DeKalb’s Cornfest:

One of the major Lincoln Highway celebrations in Illinois will be held in a different location next year because of planned roadwork. For the last 29 years, it has been held right on Main Street which is the LH. It is blocked off between 4th and 1st streets.

Close to 100,000 people attend to eat, eat lots of sweet corn (free for awhile on Saturday) and listen to some great music.

Possible alternate locations are Dekalb’s Taylor Airport or NIU’s Convocation Center. It is not clear whether it will move back in 2009. I definitely hope it returns. Nothing like eating corn and listening to music RIGHT on the old LH and not getting run over by an auto.

The 30th Cornfest is set for Aug. 24-26. Country band Sawyer Brown and Idol finalist Becky Covington are scheduled to appear already, along with local favorite groups.

From the Rockford Register Star – Read about the IL Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway’s ambitious mural project at:
plus their history article at:

Newsletter · Volume 21: Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Garage Sale

This year’s Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Garage Sale is stretching from West Virginia to Illinois. The event is scheduled for August 9, 10 and 11, 2007. Non-profits and families organizing group or multi-family yard sales for the upcoming Buy-Way Yard Sale will be able to list their event free of charge on the official Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway website.Executive Director, Mike Hocker said:

We had well over 650 yard sales last year across Ohio alone, and over 100 listings for group activities last year on our website, where shoppers simply printed out the listing and took it with them to find the deals, so we are pushing that concept again this year.

All they need to do is go to and click on the BUY-WAY Yard Sale logo for information and a listing form they can submit right there online. By listing there, they help ensure that shoppers know where to stop, especially if they are selling unusual or specific items.

In addition to the free web listings, this year the OLHHC is producing a full color map detailing all alignments of the road along with important information, listings of group sales and a list of participating ‘muggers;’ that is, restaurants selling commemorative BUY-WAY mugs. These maps will be free to shoppers and will be distributed along the way before and during the BUY-WAY yard sale.

The ads and listings are available for anyone, and promises to prove very helpful to shoppers and listers, alike, and are available at a nominal charge to cover printing costs.

The website is For information on the giveaway map ads and listings, call 419-468-6773 soon to guarantee getting a space on the map, or email to:

The Bucyrus Telegraph Forum has an article about the Buy-Way at:

For Indiana: non-profits and families organizing yard sales, festivals, concerts, and car shows during the August Historic Lincoln Highway Yard Sale Days to be held across Indiana will be able to list their sales and events free of charge on the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

“We had great success with the event last year across Indiana,” says Ken Locke of Warsaw and the newly elected Indiana Lincoln Highway Director. “The event brought hundreds of people to downtown Warsaw and increased sales for local merchants, restaurant owners, gas stations and hotels. Some yard sales reported hundreds of customers here and in Ohio along the corridor.”

This year shoppers will again be able to go to a website and print out a listing of participating sites to take with them as they go sailing to find those bargains of a lifetime!

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association’s website will include promotion of special community events, community festivals, car shows, concerts, farmers markets, etc. All event coordinators should send information to
. Submission deadline is July 15th.

The Indiana Chapter will host information tables and will offer Lincoln Highway related merchandise at the following events:

August 10, 2007
The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association will be in Plymouth, Indiana at the Marshall County Historical Museum on Friday, August 10th to celebrate the unveiling of the new Indiana Lincoln Highway traveling exhibit funded by the Indiana Humanities Council, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and the South Bend Regional Airport. The Marshall County Historical Society and the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association also contributed to the project. The Marshall County Historical Society plans anopen house on Friday August 10 that the museum located at 123 N. Michigan Street (downtown). Linda Rippy is the contact at 574-936-2306 or email at
Please stop by. There will be many participants in the yard sale event in the Plymouth area. More museum information at:
August 11, 2007
Indiana Lincoln Highway Association members will host a booth at the Old Bag Factory in Plymouth on Saturday, August 11th. Members will sell Lincoln Highway merchandise, share information about the Lincoln Highway, and will be available for media interviews. Contact Bill Arick for more information at 260-471-5670. The Indiana LHA booth is being underwritten by the Old Bag Factory of Goshen, Indiana – a unique shopping experience promoting the arts. Driving Directions and a map can be found at:

Also see the Fort Wayne Observed Blog at:

For Illinois: check the LincolnHighwayIL blog at: Senior Travel has a great website: Lincoln Highway — The Ultimate American Road Trip: