The Shamrock Court Motel in Sullivan, Missouri. It can be yours for $125,000. Lots of possibilities.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Along 66, Dec.2020: Merry Christmas Video Card and Hubcap Tree


Frank and Lynne's 2020 video Christmas card is out.

Frank and Lynne Cocevar used to own the Historic Seligman Sundries on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona.  Quite a striking video.  Go to the Route 66 News site and check it out.

We did not visit it the last time, and only time through Seligman, but looking at the picture of the place, we should have.  next time for sure.


Enchanted Trails RV Park in Albuquerque erects a wonderful hubcap tree.  In honor of you-know-what today.  It is 17 feet tall and has about 300 hubcaps.  That's a lot of pot holes indeed.

Vicki Ashcroft is the president of it.


Olga Herbert Retires-- Part 3: The Coffee Pot

Probably Olga's favorite project while she was executive director of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor was the famed Coffee Pot.  She said there was little interest in Bedford to save the vintage 1927 from demolition.

She and the organization worked hard to raise the money to relocate the Coffee Pot a quarter mile away from its original site and then to restore it.

Thanks to her efforts, the Coffee Pot is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The organization sold the structure to the Bedford County Fairgrounds in 2004 for the princely sum of $1.


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Lincoln Highway: Olga Herbert Retires-- Part 2: Mighty Proud of That Coffee Pot

Along the Lincoln Highway, October 2020.

If you love the old roads like I do, this woman was an amazing proponent and did so much for the Lincoln Highway.

The Lincoln Highway begins in New York's Times Square and ends up in San Francisco.  It opened in 1913 (making it 15 years older than the much better-known Route 66) and was mostly completed by 1925.  In 1926, much of the Lincoln Highway became U.S. Highway 30.

Other Olga accomplishments on her stretch of the Lincoln include  20 Lincoln Highway-themed murals painted by three different artists and 22 painted vintage gas pump reproductions.  There are also 5 "Roadside Giants" completed by vocational schools along the route.  There are also a number of restoration projects of larger-than-life unique structures created during the early days of the road to attract tourists.

"I'm fond of the Coffee Pot, because that was the first one we did," Herbert said of her favorite restoration project.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Lincoln Highway: Olga Herbert Retiring

From the Oct. 2, 2020. Latrobe (Pa.) Bulletin "Olga Herbert set to retire from Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor after 25 years" by Zach D'Amico.

If anyone is mostly the reason why the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor in Pennsylvania is a success, it is because of Olga Herbert, who built it from essentially nothing in her 25 years running it as executive director.  To say she started with mothing would be an  understatement.

She applied for the job 25 years ago after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge designated a 200-mile stretch of road spanning six counties from North Huntington to Abbottstown as one of 12 designated heritage areas in the Commonwealth.

In her early stages of running it, Olga created the Lincoln Highway Journal, a quarterly  newsletter that is still printed today.

She also traveled up and down the road  forming connections with people and organizations.  While doing this, she realized that many folks did not know about the Lincoln Highway, so starting in 2000, the organization began installing 150 colorful wooden and metal roadside signs along the historic alignments of the highway to promote tourism in the six counties.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Along 66, Dec. 2020: The De Anza's Comeback and the Route 66 Centennial Commission Becomes Fact


The De Anza Motor Lodge wins NAIOP award for Mixed Us/Multi-Family category.

Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The National Association of Industrial Affairs Properties gave them the prize.  The old motel is now apartments whose massing, scale, color, tones and textures reflect the original motel

The De Anza was built by Charles Wallace, a Zuni trader and Indian art collector in 1939.  The City of Albuquerque closed it in 2003.  Three attempts were made to bring it back to its former glory before this new success.


President Trump signs the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act bill into law.

The road's centennial, of course, is in 2026.  It was Senate Bill 1014 and signed into law along with six other bills.

The U.S. House of Representatives had earlier passed it by voice vote.  It passed the senate by unanimous consent.

Hey guys and gals, I'd like to volunteer my services.

Hello, Guys?  Anybody There?  --RoadWhyNot

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lincoln Highway, Sept. 2020: Lincoln Motor Court Nominated in USA's Ten Best Roadside Motel Contest: It's Like Taking a Trip Back in Time

From the September 30, 2020, Altoona (Pa.) Mirror  "Motor court vies for honor" by Patt Keith.

I've already written about this, but the article has some extra information and since I am so far behind in Lincoln Highway coverage.

Said  co-owner Debbie Altizer, "It's like taking a trip back in time."  Debbie and her husband Bob bought the place back in 1983 after a two-year search.  She said the early years were rough, but word got around and its reputation grew about taking a trip back to the 1940s.

The Altizers spent much time traveling to yard  and estate sales looking for vintage articles and each cabin is stocked with them.  Some of those items are doilies, radios, typewriters, cameras and the metal chairs that sit in front of each cottage (they are those neat ones like those at the Boots Court in Carthage, Missouri).

Each 11 by 16-foot cottage, however, comes with a modern refrigerator and a microwave.  To keep with those bygone days, sorry folks, no air conditioning, just fans.

Rates for the trip back are $85 for two people.

Next Time That Way, I Know Where I Am Going to Stay.  A Perfect Place to Talk With Fellow Travelers.  --RoadDog

Along 66, Dec. 2020: Glaida Funk Dies, Funk's Grove Maple Sirip


Glaida Funk, matriarch of Funk's Grove Maple Sirip has died at age 94.

Her husband Steve died in 2015 at age 90.  They were married for almost 70 years and had run Funk's Grove Maple Sirip since 1947.

Other family members ran it before that.

We met her on our first Route 66 trip in 2002.  We pulled into their place after closing time and got out of the car to look at it.  A woman came up to us from the house across the road and we told her this was our first time on 66.  She opened the store for us.  Her name was Glaida.  

We didn't have much of a chance not to get smitten by 66 on that first trip as we also got a chance to meet and talk with Rich Henry, Bill Shea and Tom Teague.

We got the full Route 66 Treatment That trip.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Lincoln Highway, Sept. 2020: Lauren Buches New Executive Director of Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor in Pennsylvania

News along the Lincoln Highway. September 29, 2020

Lauren Buches is currently with the Latrobe Art Center and is a University of Pittsburgh graduate with degrees in history and journalism.  She has worked at Westmoreland Heritage,  Bushy Run Battlefield (Pontiac's Rebellion 1763) and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

She will be splitting her time in October between the art museum and training with Olga Hebert, outgoing executive director of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.

As for Olga Herbert, she will still be  on the road as she and her husband Joe travel to visit their five children.  It just won't be on Route 30, the Lincoln Highway.

"There's other roads out there besides the Lincoln Highway," she said.  "I feel good that more people know the Lincoln Highway than they did twenty-five years ago.  It's always been a  runner-up to Route 66 -- but nor for long."

Well, Liz and I sure found out about the Lincoln Highway, but not until about eighteen years ago, even though we had spent out college years at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, right on the Lincoln Highway, where the road is still named Lincoln Highway.  We used to do what our friends referred to as the Lincoln Crawl from one bar to another on the famed road.  We never knew that it was just a part of a much bigger and more important highway.

Hey, college town you know.

Thanks Carl Fisher.  --RoadLinc

Along 66, Dec. 2020: Eat-Rite Diner Closes... Again


Eat-Rite Diner in St. Louis has shut down again.

It has closed permanently for a second time in a little more than three years, citing crime, violence and the virus as reasons.

It is considered a St. Louis institution and a popular hang out for Cardinal fans (if not at Ted Drewes).  Located on the old Chouteau alignment of Route 66, just one block from the Tucker Boulevard Route 66 alignment.  (Route 66 has many, many alignments through St. Louis.)

We've never been to it before, but I'm not sure about the crime and violence they reported.  Plus, I can now go back to St. Louis which I was boycotting after the removal of the Confederate statue in Forest Park.  At least it did not get "hate crimed," which happens so often in other places these days.  I need some Ted Drewes, anyway.  I sure missed that place.


Along 66, Dec. 2020: Oklahoma's Famed Pony Bridge


The Pony Bridge is added to the NRHP.

The William H. Murray Bridge, better known as the Pony Bridge, has now been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as of December 4.

It is a 3,990 foot span which opened in 1937 over the South Canadian River.  When it was built it was the most expensive and longest bridge in Oklahoma.  Building it was quite the challenge as the river changes course quite quickly (and often is completely dry) and there is quicksand in the wide flood plain.

**  It made a brief appearance in the 1940 movie "Grapes of Wrath."

**  It is the only bridge built specifically to carry Route 66 traffic still in use.

**  The U.S. DOT has given Oklahoma a $22 million grant to rehabilitate and reconstruct the bridge.  The work is scheduled to start in  2022.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Helen Viola Jackson Dies at Age 101. Believed to Be the Last Living Civil War Widow. Died at a Nursing Home in Marshfield, Missouri, on Route 66

From Jan. 7, 2021 U.S. News & World Report "Missouri woman believed to be last Civil War widow dies" by AP.

Her 1936 marriage to Joe Bolin was somewhat unusual.  She was a 17-year-old school girl and he was 93 and in declining health.  Bolin was also a Civil War veteran who fought in the border state of Missouri.

She died at the Webco Manor nursing home in Marshfield, Missouri, right on Route 66 west of town.

Helen Jackson was almost certainly the very last Civil War widow when she died December 16, 2020.

Several Civil War organizations have recognized her as such.

Joe Bolin was a private in the 14th Missouri Cavalry during the war.  In thanks for her care while he was in failing health, he offered to marry her so she could get his pension.  They were secretly married but never intimate and after his death, she never applied for his pension.  She kept their marriage secret until just a few years before her death.

I'll be writing about her life in my Saw the Elephant: Civil War blog in the future.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Along 66, Dec. 2020: Vanity Plates in Missouri? Good Bye Route 66 Yahoo! E-Mail Group


The Missouri Route 66 Association may offer special vanity license plates in 2021.  They will be personalized and sell of them will help raise money for Route 66 preservation projects.

Arizona started one for Route 66 and made $230,100.

In order for this to take place, at least 200 Missouri residents would have to show interest.  In Arizona, every $25 plate sold gives the association there $17.  Arizona also required $32 per plate (above and beyond the cost of a regular plate) initially.


Yahoo! has deleted its Route 66 e-mail group.

Most of its members are now on the Me We platform

This took place not only for the Route 66 group, but all groups


Illinois' Horner Highway-- Part 3: Wonder How Many Trees Are Left?

Kingery was director for only a couple years, but  during that time, he instructed road crews to not cut brush along this stretches of roads and tried to have native growth start.

Horner Highway was the first such project in Illinois and one of the first in the nation.

The Horner Clubs' name proposal was a success, at least for awhile.  Although the roadway was officially designated Highway 29 beginning in 1940, newspaper articles and advertisements routinely  called that section the "Horner Highway" well into the 1950s.

The beautification project also took root although many of the trees planted in the 1930s were felled by  Central Illinois' Easter Ice Storm of 1978.

The most visible relic of the old road is a large granite boulder bearing a plaque at the intersection of Illinois 29 with Jeffries Road just north of the Sangamon River.  The plaque reads:

"One of the first comprehensive tree planting projects in Illinois is along  this route which leads to  the New Salem State Park.  The planting, which was completed in 1934, was sponsored by the Women's Horner Clubs of Sangamon County."

Never Heard of It Before.  --RoadLearnSomethingEveryDay

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Illinois' Horner Highway-- Part 2: Lots of Trees and Landscaping

The name "Horner Highway" was the brainchild of the Women's Horner Clubs of Sangamon County which were established to support Horner's political efforts.  This was a statewide organization (outside of Chicago).  A reception in June 1935 drew women from 50 Illinois counties, including representatives from  32 clubs in Sangamon County alone.

The clubs began pushing to name the highway after Horner when the section of road was paved in 1933.  The new pavement opened that August in time for the Illinois State Fair.  The clubs negotiated with landowners and members helped convince the state to plant thousands of trees along the road.

"That road from Walnut Street north to Illinois  124 on the far side of Cantrall, ... was landscaped very heavily by the Department of Public Works and Buildings," Henry Scheer, a former state  highway maintenance engineer in 1978.  "(T)hat road was a showplace for quite awhile.

Scheer credited Robert  Kingery, director of the department under Horner, for what was called "a daring attempt at modern conservation practice."


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Illinois' 'Horner Highway' an Early Example of Natural Beautification Along Roadways-- Part 1

From the Jan. 11, 2021, Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register from the Online Encyclopedia.

The Horner Highway north of Springfield was one of the first examples of roadway beautification in the United States.

Horner Highway, named for Governor Henry Horner ran along Illinois Highway 29 to the junction of  today's Illinois Highway 123 east of Athens.  Horner was governor from 1933 to his death in 1940 and was a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln, amassing quite a collection of Lincoln memorabilia. His collection was bequeathed to the people of Illinois upon his death and it has become the foundation of today's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (right next to the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield).

The Horner Highway was planned partly to recognize Horner's interest in Lincoln, connecting Oak Ridge Cemetery, site of Lincoln's Tomb with what is today Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site.  The road, however, between Athens and New Salem was never incorporated into the Horner Highway.