Lincoln Highway Association: California Chapter P.O. Box 447
Carmichael, CA 95609

Quarterly Chapter Meeting Minutes — Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tortilla Flats Restaurant
Placerville, California


The meeting was called to order at 1:00pm.

Officers, Staff, and Committee Reports

State Director Bob Dieterich

  • Bob is ill and regrettably not able to attend.

President Paul Gilger

  • Maps are constantly being updated.
  • California cruises: There was a car cruise (five cars in attendance) May 3, 2014. The car cruise went from Sacramento to San Francisco via the Carquinez Bridge. The tour ended at the terminus marker in Lincoln Park. There are two coach tours scheduled this year by Mark Hoffman. The first one was June 14, 2014. The tour went from Sacramento to Truckee. The second coach tour is going to be on September 20, 2014. They will be going from Sacramento to Livermore. The tours are very popular so book early! There is a link on the CA Chapter Website. (Note: The September 20 cruise has since been cancelled.)
  • There have been quite a few speaking engagements. Bob Chase has been invited twice this year to give presentations to the Friends of the Auburn Library. Bob has been asked to return to Auburn to do a third talk on August 28th. This time to the Auburn Historical Society. He is also in contact with the Auburn Newcomers and Neighbors Club regarding a presentation in the spring.
  • 2014 Conference in Tooele, Utah- The group took a trip to the Lincoln Highway portion located in the Goodyear Cutoff, Dugway Proving Grounds area. Enjoyable day even though they were not able to take the Lincoln Highway completing through the Proving Grounds. Artist in Tooele did the artwork for the placemats. Paul shared a slideshow showing his trip to and from the Tooele Conference.
  • Paul shared the invitations, announcements and ceremony information that he obtained regarding the Ophir Monument Ceremony.

Vice-President and Membership Chairman Joel Windmiller

  • 275 Membership/Reminder cards were sent.
  • Joel gave a presentation, marker and monument report to Caltrans.
  • Old country markers are in good condition and no touch up was needed.
  • Joel donated a Lincoln Highway sign today which will be posted on Bass Lake Road.

Treasurer Grant Gassman

  • Grant reported the chapter account balance. Contact the chapter for details. Balance was accepted by all present.

Secretary Jackie Ferreira

  • There are 31 people in attendance today.

Traveler Editor and Chapter Historian Gary Kinst

  • Gary is receiving emails from people interested in doing research regarding the Lincoln Highway in their own cities.
  • Gary would appreciate more input and/or questions about different areas of the Lincoln Highway in California. Some people are interested in general information, some people want to know where every road leads and some want to read about Lincoln Highway experiences. This information would then develop into articles for the Traveler Newsletter.
  • Arcadia book project- There are 85 towns covering over 500 miles of the Lincoln Highway in California. All are to be condensed into 127 pages. Gary will continue to work on putting together one book to present to Arcadia. Gary will have the editing assistance of Joel Windmiller, Neil Rodrigues, Sue Marx and Miriam Hull.

Webmaster Jimmy Lin

  • Jimmy was not in attendance today.

Mike Kaelin

  • Mike thanked Joel for his work on the signage project. Things are finally rolling along in Stockton.
  • Two huge signage projects going on right now. One in Oakland and one in Stockton. Two smaller projects are in Colfax and Hayward.
  • Bob Glaze, President of the Optimist Club in San Leandro, has taken on the job of managing and sponsoring the Oakland project. Mike has gone with Bob to obtain sponsors in Oakland. The Oakland Hotel on 13th street is one place of great interest.
  • A meeting was held in Stockton regarding signage. Kevin Shawver has taken over sponsorship of this project.
  • The head of the Department of Public Works has been extremely cooperative. Signs will be placed on existing poles along the Lincoln Highway. The Public Works Director is also fully backing the signage project.
  • Colfax has a v-shaped billboard alongside the freeway which directs drivers to Historic Colfax and will soon also display Lincoln Highway signs. This will alert drivers to go into Colfax and drive the historic Lincoln Highway through historic Colfax.

New Business

The 2015 Henry B. Joy Cross Country Tour is now accepting reservations.

  • It will go from Detroit to San Francisco. 2,800 miles in 12 days.
  • As of this date, the tour is 25% sold out.
  • The tour will start at the Packard Proving Grounds. The Welcome Dinner will also be held there.
  • There will be a dinner at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. The CA Chapter is interested in hosting the dinner. Greg Beemer and Greg Trout are going to head up the Dinner Committee. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Ophir Monument

The original architectural drawing shows a place for a 1928 replica Lincoln Highway marker to the left of the monument. When the monument was built the PCWA placed a metal post with a Lincoln Highway sign on the left side of the monument. Paul has been working with Rick Lund from PCWA regarding placement of a marker. The Lincoln Highway Association voted and agreed to build a new marker to be placed next to the monument. The existing metal pole and LH sign will be placed elsewhere on the route. Building a new marker will require at least four volunteers.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Livermore. The meeting will be held at:

Castle Rock Restaurant
1848 Portola Ave
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 456-7100

Meeting Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM.

Field Trip

  • Pollock Pines along the Pioneer Trail-Old US 50 alignment
  • Carson Road–Pony Express Trail
  • Visited Bullion Bend Monument, site of stagecoach robbery

Respectfully submitted on September 6, 2014