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:

Newsletter · Volume 21: General news

I had a great time at the Lincoln Highway National Conference in Fort Morgan, CO, and was honored to be asked by Jan Shupert-Arick to serve as the Vice-President of the Lincoln Highway Association, and of course, honored to have been so elected. As they say, I serve at the pleasure of my President! I look forward to working with Jan and our Executive Director David Hay, the rest of the Board, State and local Directors and members.

I have a lot of ideas to increase the LHA membership, and to make the Lincoln Highway a more accessible and fun place for families and young people. I will be contacting you in the future for your assistance in compiling information regarding restaurants, lodging, historical, natural and tourist attractions along the LH-way so that this information can be available on-line, and linkable with our mapping project. A lot of things are happening and in the works, and I will be calling on you for your help.

The Fort Morgan conference was a rare chance to explore the early Colorado loop of the Lincoln Highway, and to meet up with all my LH pals from around the country and from Luxemburg. I especially enjoyed the back roads driving, the mountains and the “wide open spaces.” I am still cleaning the dust out of my car!

Kathleen Dow, from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library, with the original Lincoln Highway Association archives, reports:

We just got the Indiana and Ideal Section images successfully mounted on the website! If you go here:;c=linchigh;size=20;page=search;view=thumbnail and type in either Indiana or Ideal Section in the top box, you will get the thumbnails of those images. And, as with the other images, clicking on the thumbnail will give you a larger display. Please let me know if you have any questions. We will be working on mounting the remaining images during the next few weeks. Thank you again for the generous gift that allowed me to get this project back on the road again. Hope you all have a wonderful time at the Conference!

The Lincoln Highway now has a page on Rachael Ray’s Everyday with Rachael Ray website. It has a function where you can add places to eat and stay, and upload pictures:
[What’s next – Franzwa on Oprah?]

Michael Wallis‘ new book The Lincoln Highway with photos by Pulitzer award winning Michael S. Williamson, is out and he will be starting on a crosscounty promotional tour on the Lincoln Highway starting in NYC on July 17. Michael is the well known author of 1988’s Route 66 which is credited, in part, for the recent popularization of the “Mother Road.” He was also an advisor, and voice actor as the Sheriff, for the animated Pixar movie Cars. We are hoping that the new book brings increased awareness about the Lincoln Highway.Michael’s author website is at:

The Lincoln Highway Book Tour has its own website at:

Read a review at

Officials to dedicate Lincoln Highway Association National Office in South Bend, IN on April 21

Contact: David Hay, LHA Executive Director, at (574) 233-0393 or

[Artist's image of the Remedy Building]SOUTH BEND, INDIANA — The Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) has established a new National Office in South Bend, Indiana, and an open house and dedication event will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 402 W. Washington St, at the historic Remedy Building. On the route of the original Lincoln Highway, it is now owned and operated by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana as its Northern Regional Office.

At 1:30 p.m., South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke and Lincoln Highway Association President Robert C. Lichty will unveil a replica of a 1928 concrete Lincoln Highway route marker that will identify the Lincoln Highway Association’s new presence in South Bend. The LHA will hold its 2009 Conference in South Bend during the Lincoln Bicentennial.

The public is invited to the Open House and dedication. Light refreshments will be served, and Lincoln Highway historic objects will be on display courtesy of Association members.

Organized in 1992, the Lincoln Highway Association has chapters in all states where the Lincoln Highway exists. The Lincoln Highway was launched in 1913 and was America’s first coast-to-coast paved highway, linking New York City and San Francisco. The highway is over 3,000 miles in length and Routes 1, 30, 40, and 50 still trace its path.

[Photo of David Hay]To staff its new office, the Association recently hired David L. Hay of LaPorte, Indiana, as its first Executive Director. Hay earned graduate degrees in business and history, and has worked in fund development and management in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Hay will conduct fundraising activities, strategic planning, and projects of national focus.

“I am excited to be working for this great organization,” Hay notes. “It’s rare to find the opportunity to combine one’s skills and passions, and it’s my good fortune be able to do that here.” He adds, “Highways embody our love of cars and the freedom to go where we want, and the Lincoln Highway continues to be a place where you can do just that.”

The LHA National Office complements its existing tourist information site in Franklin Grove, Illinois, which will continue to assist travelers. Located in the historic H.I. Lincoln Building, the facility is managed by Lynn Asp, who may be reached at (815) 456-3030.

The Lincoln Highway Association National Office is located at 402 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601. To contact the office, please call (574) 233-0393 or send an e-mail to . Also visit LHA’s website at