Saturday, December 20, 2014

Some Route 66 News for December

From Route 66 News.

DECEMBER 12TH--  The Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, Illinois, should be entirely gone by this summer.  I'm sorry to hear this, but it had gotten into such bad shape with its absentee owner, that is about the only option left.  I do hope they save the sign and the interesting spoke ball, however.

DECEMBER 14TH--  The McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois,  now features a Route 66 penny press.  (Always amazes me, however, how little Bloomington and Normal have to do with their Route 66 heritage.)

DECEMBER 15TH----  The Cafe on the Route has reopened in Baxter Springs, Kansas after being closed for two years.  (I didn't even know it was closed, but have been no farther west on 66 than Lebanon, Missouri, the last two years.  It was great food when we visited earlier.)

DECEMBER 16TH--  Illinois is expanding its Electric vehicles Network along historic Route 66 so it will be easier for electric car folk to tour it.  Stations are at Edwardsville, Carlinville, Springfield, Lincoln, Normal, Pontiac, Dwight and Plainfield.  (The one in Dwight is at the Ambler-Becker gas station and has been there a couple years now.

Plug Me In, Start Me Up.  --RoadDog

Cold Ahead-- Part 18: The Perils of Morning Radio and Disco

November 21st, day two on the road.

Listening to my three disc Disco set this morning.  I usually try to avoid morning FM radio as there is way too much yapping going on.  Lots of blah-blah-blah, commercial, commercial, commercial, blah, blah blah.  Then traffic and weather, commercial, commercial, news.  Blah blah blah and commercial, commercial commercial.

I bought this Disco set several months ago at the Half price Books in Palatine, Illinois, mostly because there were quite a few songs on it that I had never heard before  Track #3 on Disc 1 is one of those "searching" by Change.  I hear some of you making sick noises about Disco, but I always have believed this was great music.  If Disco can't get your feet to moving, nothing will.  I often used Disco to get folks up when I used to deejay.  It was the phony lifestyle the Disco Nuts tried to effect that turned me off and most others.

"Ha, Ha, Ha, Staying Alive."  --RoadDog

Friday, December 19, 2014

No More US-41?

I came across posts in the US Highways Yahoo! Group discussing the impending end of one of the major historical highways in the United States, US-41.  Plans apparently call for it to become Interstate 41.

I know large parts of it are already limited access four lane roadways, but I sure would hate to see the end of the United States highway.

--RoadDog

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Some More on Bernard Queneau: Boy Scout Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Bernard Queneau died one day after receiving the rare Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.  His wife Esther claims that he held on until then.

The Boy Scouts do not keep an official count of living Eagle Scouts, but with Mr. Queneau being 102 years of age, it is very likely he was the oldest.

--RoadDog

The Last 1929 Lincoln Highway Boy Scout Dies-- Part 4

Bernard Queneau graduated from New Rochelle High School in New York and went to Columbia University and later received his Doctorate in Metallurgy at the University of Minnesota.  He joined the Navy reserve in 1939 and served during World War II.  He developed oxygen tanks for pilots.

After the war, he became U.S. Steel's Chief Metallurgist until his retirement in 1977.

Late in life, he married Esther, the president of the Lincoln Highway Association, whom he met at a LHA function.

Quite the Life and One of the Greatest Generation.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Last 1928 Lincoln Highway Boy Scout Dies-- Part 3

The group of Scouts passed through Harrison County and Council Bluffs, Iowa, on July 28, 1928, en route from Carroll, Iowa, to Omaha, Nebraska.

Bernard Queneau kept a journal which has been digitalized by the Lincoln Highway National Museum and can be seen on its website,  (I couldn't locate it, however).

The journey was actually the precursor of concrete markers that would be put up by the Boy Scouts a few years later.  Some 2400 were built, one for each mile.

Mr. Queneau was born in Belgium and moved to Minnesota and then to New York as a child.

--RoadDog

Correction on the Last 1928 Lincoln Highway Boy Scout's Name

Bernard's last name is spelled Queneau, not Queneu as listed in my source.  I'll gp back and change the name in the previous posts.

--Road "Scout" Dog


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Last 1928 Lincoln Highway Boy Scout Dies-- Part 2: Oldest Eagle Scout

The display of coast-to-coast half mast flags along the Lincoln Highway dates back to 1915 when Arthur Pardington, a Detroit ma instrumental in the early days of the highway, died.

Mr. Queneau was also recognized as America's oldest-known Boy Scout, something that was very important to him.  he was one of four Boy Scouts who made a 34 day trip along the Lincoln Highway from Philadelphia to San Francisco in 1928 to show safety and help save the Lincoln Highway after it mostly became US-30.

In the 1920s, signs along the road were often vandalized and even used as shooting targets.  It was decided to have a group of Scouts travel the road to show people how to pay respect for and maintain the markers.

--RoadDog

Cold Ahead-- Part 17: The New US-33

NOVEMBER 21ST, 2014: Cruising along US-33 now and saw a sign saying Athens. Ohio, was 33 miles.  US-33 is all four lane highway and often limited access so fast driving on it.  Liz and I had taken it back in 1976 to save time getting to North Carolina and found it to be all two lane, up and down, twisting and going through every town.  You sure couldn't make time on it back then and we hated it.  (Of course, this is before our old road awakening and we'f like it now.)

It bypassed Nelsonville last year, the last town you had to drive through.  Judging by the steep cuts in the hillside, this was a hard to build stretch of the new US-33.

We had such a disagreeable drive on US-33 back then that I always used to drive I-70 to Zanesville, Ohio, from Columbus and then get off and drive my favorite stretch of the old National Road/ U.S.-40 to Cambridge and then take I-77 into West Virginia.

--RoadDog

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Last 1928 Lincoln Highway Boy Scout Dies-- Part 1

From the December 12, 2014, Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa,  "Last surviving member of 1928 Boy Scout Lincoln Highway tour dies at 102" by John Schreier.

Bernard Queneau kept his oath to always protect and promote the Lincoln Highway all these years since 1928.

Mr. Queneu died Sunday, December 7, 2014, at age 102 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He was the last surviving member of the 1928 Lincoln Highway Safety tour which passed through Council Bluffs on its way west.

The Lincoln Highway National Museum and Archives wants towns along the route they traveled to fly their flags at half mast from noon, when his funeral will be today, to sundown.

In the early years of the Lincoln Highway, all major events along it were marked at noon as well, so this is continuing a tradition.

More to Come.  --RoadDog

Cold Ahead-- Part 16: Photo-Enforced Lights and "Uncle Billy"

NOVEMBER 21, 2014, FRIDAY:  Second Day on the Road.

Mighty cold this morning, but at least no frost on the car windows to contend with when I left.  Not as cold as yesterday, but still cold, especially this far south as I was.  Took the Exit 110 road south from the motel, figuring I would be able to run into US-33.

Encountered lots of those mean old photo-enforced lights and they seemed to be "out to get me."  There is a point where you have to make an instant decision, "Do I or Don't I Go Through."  I certainly don't want a$100 fine.  Lots of traffic on the road, but in eight miles, I was at US-33 and don't think I got a photo-enforced ticket.

Gas along the first stretch of the road was $2.73.  I am now entering Lancaster, Ohio, home of "Uncle Billy" Sherman, yeah, that infamous Union general who, 150 years ago was into his March to the Sea across Georgia and making "Georgia howl" while encouraging his army to "forage liberally."  Georgia still howls over it.

--RoadDog

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cold Ahead-- Part 15: No CBS, But Half Price Books!!

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

I checked into the Knight's Inn Motel at Exit 110, using those motel coupon books I always pick up when entering a state.  they do save money.  The cost of tonight was about $50 with tax.  I had driven 491.8 miles today and was up 29.7 mpg from 26.3.

I was going to watch the CBS lineup of shows, but look as I might, just couldn't find the local CBS station.  I figured perhaps this motel had Dish Network which supposedly was going to lose the CBS channels because of squabbling over money.  I have been hearing a lot about this on radio and TV of late.

I figured that as long as I was there and couldn't see my shows that I might just as well take a ride around the area to see what was there, so went back out.  Most of the stores were already closed so went back to the motel, but just before I turned off for it, I saw the sign of one of my favorite places to go these days, Half Price Books.

I shouldn't actually ever go into a Half price Books store as it always ends up costing a lot of money.  I am puddy in their hands with all that favorite stuff of mine that they have (LPs, CDs and books).  There would be closing in 40 minutes, so i quickly began making my rounds and actually thought I was going to have a first, going into one of their stores and NOT BUYING anything!!

But, I got hooked in the Civil War section with two Navy books: "The Civil War Adventures of a Blockade Runner" and "Ironclad Down: The Story of the CSS Virginia.  I also bought a greatest hits CD by Buck Owens and two calendars for 2015 (Civil War and Military Posters).

Stopped at McDonald's on the way back.

The End of te First Day.  --RoadDog

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cold Ahead-- Part 14: All Christmas Music and Commercials

November 20th.

I must tell you that it never got over freezing all day, though somewhat warmer as I went farther south.

After I left Meijer's in Englewood, I got back on I-70 and drove to Columbus.  The idea was to make sure I was east of that city so I didn't have traffic to contend with tomorrow.

Cruising along, i was on 93.3 FM, WODC, usually classic hits, but now, all Christmas music and a WHOLE LOT of commercials.  They finally broke from commercials to do the weather and then went straight back to, you guessed it, commercials.  Get you holiday music and commercials on WODC.  Then, finally a song, Steve Lawrence doing "Happy Holidays" and then another one titled "Santa Baby."

A fairly uneventful cruise on I-70 to and through Columbus to exit 110 where I checked into the Knight's Inn Motel.

--RoadDog

Thursday, December 11, 2014

100 Years Ago, Portland, Oregon, Solves Auto Accidents in 1914 with Hard Labor

From the Dec. 9, 2014 Mid Week "Looking Back."

100 Years Ago, December 9, 1914.

"In the last nine months there has not been one person injured or killed in an automobile in Portland, Oregon, because in Portland, the driver of an automobile who exceeds the speed limit is put to work on the rockpile for from two to 30 days.

"No fines accepted.  If the driver is convicted, he must do hard labor and no exceptions are made."

I hate to think what might happen if the driver had been drinking.

Must have Worked Back Then.  --RoadDog

Bald Eagle Hunting... in 1889

From the Dec. 9, 2014, Mid Week (Sycamore, Illinois) "Looking Back 125 Years Ago.

"While driving by Norwegian Grove Saturday, Mr. Turner spied a large bald eagle perched on a treetop.  He drove to town (I imagine not in an automobile) and got his gun, but on return the proud bird had disappeared.u

Let's file this under things you'd better not do today.

--RoadDog