Saturday, October 3, 2015

News From Along the Lincoln Highway-- September 2015: National L-H Award to South Tama Elementary

From the September 14, 2015, Tama (Iowa) News Herald "National Lincoln Highway award to South Tama Elementary."

The 2015 National Lincoln Highway Association Award goes to the school's fifth graders, who as 4th graders researched and read stories about the famous road (which passes through their town, and, of course, has that wonderful bridge).

A $50 donation was made to the school and matched by principal Ben Adams.  Teacher Darla Cory directed the class project.  For the crafts and art section of the project, the students made a banner depicting the town's Lincoln Highway bridge.  It is currently at the Tama County Administration building in Toledo.


News From Along Route 66-- September 2015: The Mickey and the Bob

SEPTEMBER 1--   A new mural has been placed at Joplin. Missouri's historic Joe Becker Stadium featuring Joe Becker and Mickey Mantle.  Joe Becker played just 40 games with the Cleveland Indians, but achieved his fame as a pitching coach for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Cubs and cardinals.  Who was also business manager of the Joplin Miners who played at the stadium.

Mickey Mantle his .383 and 26 home runs for the Miners, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, in 1950.  He grew up in nearby Commerce, Oklahoma, where he, at age 15, was playing for the  semi-pro Baxter Springs team.

I love my minor league baseball.

SEPTEMBER 3--  A short 28 page booklet has been published on the life of Bob Waldmire by Bill Crook titled "Waldmire: An Artist's Life on Route 66."  Bob Waldmire, who was really the Spirit of Route 66, died in 2009.  I never knew whether to pity or be jealous of his lifestyle.

I remember once at the Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois, when we happened to be out by his VW bus looking at his stuff when he asked if we'd watch the place for a short while.  We figured he had to go to the bathroom, so said yes.  Now, we knew who he was, but I'm sure he didn't know us, but he left us in charge.  And then was gone for a really long time.  We just looked at one another, wondering where Bob was.

Finally a friend of his came by and asked where Bob was.  We said we didn't know and explained the situation.  The friend said he'd take over and we glad to leave.

I mean, Bob would have no way of knowing who we were.  We found out later he was looking at other exhibits and booths.

Definitely One of a Kind.  --RoadDog

Friday, October 2, 2015

News From Along the Lincoln Highway-- 2015: Upgrade at Donner Summit

From the September 10, 2015, Tahoe City Sierra Sun.

A $10 million grant has been given to upgrade the Old Highway 40 (Lincoln Highway) at Donner Summit.  It will improve an 8.5 mile stretch of road.

The road was originally built to facilitate pioneer emigrants seeking a passage over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1844.  The pass has also been a part of the California Trail, the first transcontinental railroad, Lincoln Highway (later US Highway 40 and finally Donner Pass Road.

The stretch also includes the famous Rainbow Bridge.


News From Along the Lincoln Highway-- September 2015: About Those Ohio License Plates

From the September 10, 2015, Bucyrus (Ohio) Telegraph-Forum.

Those special license plates I mentioned at the end of last month will feature the red, white & blue Lincoln Highway logo and they have been awarded to the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway organization.  They will include the words "America's First Coast-to-Coast Road."

The initial order requires 150 requests in order to produce it.  There was a September 30th deadline.

Hoping Denny got his request in.


News From Along Route 66-- August 2015: Route 66 Calendar and Trees

AUGUST 23--  The huge Route 66 shield mural on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac is featured on the cover of the National Geographic 2016 Route 66 calendar.

Other sites featured in the calendar: Blue Swallow Motel, Snow Cap Drive-In, Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Hackberry General Store, Munger-Moss Motel,Cool Springs Camp, Seligman Sundies, Henry's Rabbit Ranch and the Route 66 Restaurant in Santa Rosa, N.M.

You can get it from National Geographic for $14.95.  Then you can know the date and enjoy looking at the same time.

AUGUST 27--  There will be tree-planting in Galena, Kansas.  Much needed.


News From Along Route 66-- August 2015: Festivals and Unsafe Roads

Items taken from the Route 66 News site.

AUGUST 17--  23,000 attended the 5th annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri.  More and more Route 66 towns are having Route 66 Festivals.  It's good for publicity and bring in tourists.

AUGUST 19--  From the Bloomington (Il.) Pantagraph  Route 66 near Towanda reopens after being closed for five days due to a collapse of the roadway.  A 14-by5-foot section collapsed.  The material under it was found to be unstable.  Work will also be done across all lanes of I-55 near the spot.

Keep 'em rolling, but safely.

AUGUST 21--  A look at the off-limits Route 66 in McCook, Illinois.  This would be the part of the old Joliet Road that passed really near to a quarry.  This look was done by a drone and you can really see the necessity for closing this section.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

News From Along Route 66-- August 2015

AUGUST 10--  The Tee Pee Drive In, long closed, goes up for sale again.  The owners want $275,000 for it.

AUGUST 14--  The Lebanon, Missouri, Park Board has approved funds for the new Route 66 park.  They have allocated approximately $400,000 for it.  It will be located in Boswell park and will consist of kiosks, a Route 66 walking trail and a reproduction of the famous fountain that once was at Dream Village.  There will also be three murals.

Just one more reason to go to Lebanon.  I always wanted to see the Dream Village fountain.  I wonder how much Ramona had to do with this?

A SCOTTISH ROUTE 66?--  The UK Guardian reports about a new road in Scotland called the North Coast 500 which is a 500-mile driving route skirting the north coast from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast.  They hope it becomes Scotland's Route 66.  We can never have too much Route 66, even if it is in another country.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Construction of US Highway 421 and World War II Helped Destroy Much of Fort Fisher

Earlier this month I was writing about my trip to North Carolina and the drive to Fort Fisher and the southern terminus of US-421.

Most of Fort Fisher is now underwater, swept away.  Beach erosion along the coats on the barrier islands is a regular occurrence, but when the offshore coquina beds were dug up and used as roadbed for the highway in the 1930s, the Atlantic Ocean really came inland.  It was much cheaper to use this available and near source than it would be to truck in rocks and gravel.

A huge number of granite stones had to be brought in to shore up the beach and withstand the pounding from the surf.

The Northeast Bastion was lost this way as well as the Mound Battery as well as the seaface of the fort.

Also, a lot of the land face mounds were also leveled when the U.S. Army built a landing strip during World War II when the fort and surrounding area were used for anti-aircraft training.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oyster Shell Roads?

From the September 27, 2015, Wilmington (NC) Star-News "Looking Back" by Scott Nunn.

From September 12, 1965, paper.

There was an advertisement for oyster shell paving by the L&W Terminal Construction Company on North Herr Avenue suggesting driveway, parking lot and subdivison paving by use of this.

Oyster shell roads were quite common in the Wilmington area at one time.  In 1875, a road was extended from Wilmington to Wrightsville Sound using oyster shell paving.

Oyster shells are also good because they allow water to pass through whereas solid asphalt or concrete do not.  I see that in nearby Topsail Beach and Surf City, new homes have to use crushed stone for driveways to avoid flooding.


Monday, September 28, 2015

News From the Lincoln Highway: Ohio L-H License Plates

From the August 3, 2015, Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal "Lincoln Highway to receive special license plate."

The special license plates will feature the Lincoln Highway logo and have been awarded to the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway program.  They cost $35 each, with $25 of that going back to the Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.  That $35 is in addition to the cost of regular license renewal.

They will be sold once 150 orders are received.

OK, Denny, Time to Order.  --RoadDog

Saturday, September 26, 2015

We're Losing Two of Our Area Places

We found out in the last two days that two of our regular hangouts are closing in the next several days.

One is Twisted Moose in McHenry, Illinois, which closes this weekend.  This was a favorite Blackhawk hangout as they played "Chelsea Dagger" whenever the Hawks scored as well as the air horn and flashing red lights.  They also had a fun Bears watch party.

The other place is Nauti-Knots on Bluff Lake in Antioch.  We really enjoyed the tiki bar.  We went there today and surely enjoyed the $1 drafts and 25% off food on an absolutely perfect day.  Lots of interesting people and fun there.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Goodbye to Bill Shea's in Springfield

I was greatly saddened this morning to read in the Route 66 Yahoo group that there will be an auction of Bill Shea's stuff October 10, 2015, at his museum in Springfield, Illinois.  I was hoping that his son would keep the place going as he was almost always there.

Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case.

Now, unless some group or person comes forward and buys the whole lot, these items will be gone forever.

Route 66's Loss.  --RoadDog

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Impact of the Lincoln Highway on DeKalb, Illinois, in 1915

From the MidWeek (Sycamiore, Ill.) "Looking back: September 16, 2015.

1915:  "In order to learn just what the Lincoln Highway meant to the garages of DeKalb, G.H. Dean & Co., have kept a record of the number of cars which have spent the night at their garage during the last week.  there were a total of 29 cars which stayed in DeKalb overnight during the past five nights.

"Each car on the average carried four people, making a total of 116 people that were in this city 12 hours, and this is only the record of one garage."

Not only good for garage business, but also restaurants and hotels.

The Lincoln Highway, Good For Business.  --RoadDog

N.C. Summer Trip 2015-- Part 18: US-421 and Big Daddy's

After visiting "The Rocks" and Battery Buchanan, Mom and I got back on US-421.  "The Rocks" and battery mark the southern terminus of US-421 and there is a sign saying this is the beginning of 421.  I wish every terminus of every road would have one of these.  The other side of the sign says end of US-421.

I have driven this road all the way from its northern terminus in Michigan City, Indiana, at US-20 to "The Rocks."  It is especially pretty from Madison, Indiana, on the Ohio River to Richmond, Kentucky.  Then you get all the mountain driving you could ever want.

We drove back to Kure Beach and stopped at Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant, which has a marker saying it was the landing site for the first attack on Fort Fisher.  The place has been there at least since the 1940s.  They had a fish and shrimp lunch special dinners for $12 each.  Not only was it good, but plentiful as we had enough left over for a great lunch the next day..

Driving and Feasting.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lincoln Highway in DeKalb County, Illinois, to Be Beautified in 1915

From the July 22, 2015, Sycamore (Ill.) Midweek, Looking Back.

On this date back in 1915:  A 'beauty squad" consisting of landscape architects connected with the Lincoln Highway visited the county last Saturday on a tour of inspection by automobile along the Lincoln Highway and to assist various communities in their efforts to make the great highway attractive.

Effort will be made to impress upon the people that the time has passed in the development of the county where our efforts should be devoted exclusively to acquiring wealth, and that the wealth that we have acquired can be devoted to great advantage and increase the value of property and add to the happiness of people by beautifying by intelligent and united effort the private grounds, the farms and the roadside.

The party then drove to the mile of concrete road which has been constructed west of Malta village.  Effort will be made to beautify the sides of this road.