Indiana chapter of LHA wins grant for interpretive driving guide

The Indiana chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association is one of eleven non-profit organizations that were awarded grants of up to $2,000 by Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks. It will use the grant to help fund an interpretive driving guide for the Lincoln Highway in Indiana.

More on this week’s Lincoln Highway Buy-Way

Here are more news articles on this year’s Lincoln Highway Buy-Way, a multi-state garage sale along the Lincoln Highway. It takes place this Thursday through Saturday, August 4–6.

Join the Lincoln Highway Adventure in Indiana, August 5-6

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Join the first annual Lincoln Highway Adventure along Indiana’s historic Lincoln Highway, August 5 and 6, 2011. Kick off the Adventure at Downtown South Bend’s First Friday Cruise-In. The next day pilot your crew through the historic communities of New Carlisle, LaPorte, Valparaiso, Dyer, and back to Plymouth for the Adventure’s Closing Picnic.

Each registered vehicle will receive an Adventure Bag with a dash plaque, discount coupons, an Adventure Passport and a booklet containing turn-by-turn directions and information about sites, great stops and communities along the way.

Compete in the Lincoln Highway Scavenger Hunt, a geocache hunt and check in via Foursquare or stay connected through your other favorite social media.

Families, Car Clubs and Caravans welcome!

Find reservation and pricing at:

Hosted by:
Indiana Landmarks
Indiana Lincoln Highway Association
Studebaker National Museum
Downtown South BendFirst Fridays
Newsradio 960 WSBT

Financial Sponsors:
Dudley Ventures
People Engaged in Preservation

For more information or questions contact:
Indiana Landmarks
Northern Regional Office
402 W. Washington St.
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 232-4534

2011 Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale: August 4-6

The sixth annual Lincoln Highway Buy-Way, a yard sale that stretches across hundreds of miles, will be held from Thursday, August 4 to Saturday, August 6. This year, five states are participating: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia. Here is more information on how to participate in the Buy-Way:

  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana (currently no link)
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia (currently no link)

Related news stories:

LHA Indiana director Jeff Blair finishes his walk across the state

Jeff Blair’s walk across Indiana raised more than three times its fundraising goals for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Lincoln Highway Association: $16,000. Congratulations!

Lincoln Highway kiosk to be installed in Plymouth, IN

The city of Plymouth, Indiana has granted the Lincoln Highway Association permission to install a Lincoln Highway tourist information kiosk at the corner of Jefferson Street (Lincoln Highway) and Cleveland Street.

LHA Indiana director walks across Indiana to raise money for Alzheimer’s and LHA

Jeff Blair, the Indiana state director of the Lincoln Highway Association, will walk across Indiana along the 1913 route of the Lincoln Highway to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Lincoln Highway Association. The walk will take place from Thursday, April 14 to Wednesday, April 27.

For more information about the walk and how to pledge, go to Jeff’s web site,

12/4: Indiana chapter holiday gathering in Kimmell

The public is invited to the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association’s Holiday Gathering and House Tour at the Kimmell House Bed & Breakfast on the historic Lincoln Highway!

Kimmell House Inn Bed & Breakfast
1397 N US Highway 33
Kimmell, IN 46760

Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 2 p.m. EST
(pre-register by Wednesday, December 1)
Cost: $16 (includes entrée, beverage, tax, and gratuity)
Bring a friend!

This unique event includes food and drink; a tour of the historic rural property, which is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places; and auctioning of holiday gift baskets. Lincoln Highway merchandise will be for sale, and attendees are invited to share news from along the Lincoln Highway. An update on the Indiana Lincoln Highway byway application with INDOT will be given. Come join the holiday festivities in grand style and get acquainted with members of this non-profit organization that are working to preserve and promote the Lincoln Highway and bring economic development to northern Indiana! Casual attire. Antiques autos are welcome!

Please pre-register by December 1 by mailing a check payable to INLHA and mail to:

Indiana Lincoln Highway Association
402 W. Washington Street
South Bend, IN 46601

For more information, call (574) 210-6278 or go to

The association is delighted to hold this year’s holiday event at the Kimmell House Inn in Kimmell, Indiana. This unique historic property welcomes overnight and casual dining opportunities to travelers, and we are so fortunate to have it on the corridor.

This bed and breakfast, owned by Dean and Deb Stoops, is one of several bed and breakfasts along the Lincoln Highway corridor in Indiana. It is certainly a beautiful and unique setting for tourists and locals alike. The owners will provide a personal tour of the property to all of those attending.

Places like this lure tourists off the interstates to experience the wide variety of local people, food, and culture across northern Indiana. We hope the public will support the inn and our association’s mission.  The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association works to increase the public’s knowledge about America’s early auto highways and Indiana’s role in auto and travel history. These efforts bring tourism and economic development to northern Indiana.

So, come spend a bit of time in Kimmell, Indiana!

– Jan Shupert-Arick, President, Indiana Lincoln Highway Association

Introduction to Kimmell

Post card courtesy of Russell Rein

Kimmell is located Noble County, Indiana. The first county seat was in Kimmell, which was known as Sparta at the time. The town is located on the old Fort Wayne-to-Goshen Trail, which later became part of American’s first coast-to-coast auto highway, the Lincoln Highway, in 1913, and is now US 33.

Today, Gaerte Grain is the hub of rural Kimmell, with huge silos standing as monuments to this tiny town’s rural past and present. Once one of the largest distribution points in the nation for onions, old warehouses still line the tracks of the B & O railroad. Noble County’s soil made both onion and mint crops some of the country’s best. Popcorn was also stored and shipped from Kimmell warehouses, but today’s commodities are corn and soybeans.

Noble County is also home to the last remaining brick paver section of the Lincoln Highway in Indiana, just south of Ligonier.

Just to the south of Kimmell is the Kimmell House Inn, a stately solid brick Italianate mansion built in 1876. For more information and for driving directions, visit

Happy Halloween Along the Lincoln Highway in Indiana!

In the spirit of the original Lincoln Highway Association’s 1913 announcement of the selected Lincoln Highway route across the nation, Indiana farmers placed jack-o-lanterns on fence posts to celebrate the road and greet travelers. To add to your Halloween fun this October, we suggest visiting the following sites along the Lincoln Highway:

Merriam Cemetery, gravesite of the first Uncle Sam – Noble County

St. Louis Besancon Cemetery, a French settlement cemetery east of New Haven – Allen County

The Haunted Jail in Columbia City – Whitley County

Railroad Death Crossing Site at New Carlisle, near the Old Republic on the hill overlooking New Carlisle – St. Joseph County

The Old Bag Factory in Goshen, a haunted factory site – Elkhart County

Participate Fright Night Activities & Zombie Walk in downtown Fort Wayne – Oct. 23

Spring events for Indiana LHA on 4/17

The Indiana chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association is holding its spring events in Warsaw and Winona Lake Saturday, April 17, 2010.

10:00 am
Lincoln Highway kiosk in Warsaw, IndianaWarsaw: Lincoln Highway Kiosk Dedication

The public is invited!
W Old Road 30 at 350 W

Join the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and the Kosciusko County Historical Society at the Chinworth Bridge Trailhead for a dedication program and celebration of Warsaw’s Lincoln Highway heritage!

12:30 pm
Winona Lake: Lunch at the Boat House Restaurant and Geocaching
Reservations required

Enjoy this lovely location along the shore of Winona Lake and get geocache locations at closing of this event. The annual gathering of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association will feature a kick-off of a high-tech Geocaching Adventure along the Indiana Lincoln Highway, updates on the Scenic Byway Application with the State of Indiana, and an annual auction-fundraiser. Enjoy Lunch on the shores of Winona Lake!

12:30 p.m. Browse displays and auction items
1:00 p.m. Lunch with guest speaker

Phil Worrall, Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council, will kick off the INLHA Geocaching Project and entertain us with this new high tech adventure for Indiana’s Lincoln Highway! This project is funded through the Indiana Humanities Council and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Attendees will be given locations of caches at the end of this event – be the first to find a cache!

Updates on Indiana LH Byway application, special projects, and a live auction fundraiser!

Cost: $22.00 (includes entrée ordered from group lunch menu, beverage, tax, gratuity, and registration fee)

For reservations, contact Joyce Chambers at (574) 272-5374 by April 10.