Calumet Heritage Conference features Lincoln Highway tour

The ninth annual Calumet Heritage Conference, “Calumet Crossroads: Changes and Challenges in Regional Transportation,” offered lectures, exhibits and networking opportunities at Indiana University Northwest in Gary…. Conference participants took a bus tour along Lincoln Highway on both sides of the Indiana-Illinois state line. Author and historian Cynthia Ogorek accompanied them as she narrated excepts from her book, “The Historic Lincoln Highway Around Chicago.”

Lincoln Highway to be celebrated in New Carlisle, Indiana on 10/11

Historic New Carlisle is teaming up with the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association to celebrate the original route of the Lincoln Highway through New Carlisle on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Lincoln Highway piques interest of Indiana history buffs

Ninety-five years after an association was formed to support construction of a transcontinental, paved highway, and 85 years after that highway’s "Ideal Section" was built in Northwest Indiana, Old Lincoln Highway still attracts the curiosity of history-minded residents along its route.

Art Schweitzer, a local historian from Schererville, has led research into the local stretch of the highway.

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:

Newsletter · Volume 21: Indiana

From April’s Chicago Tribune comes an extensive article about writer Pamela Selbert‘s recent road trip on the Lincoln Highway in Indiana:

A very interesting article about 73rd Ave. in Merrillville, IN – the Sauk Trail, and later the Lincoln Highway, from, 73rd Avenue was ‘human epic in continental settlement’:,nostalgia.article

Here’s the website for the South Side Soda Shop and Diner in Goshen, IN:

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: