Thursday, May 26, 2016

15 Reasons Why Route 66 Is the World's Greatest Road Trip-- Part 1

From the May 9, 2016, Telegraph (UK) by Gavin Haines.

1.  It has a literary connection with Steinbeck "Grapes of Wrath," Kerouc "On the Road" and Hunter S. Thompson "Fear and Loathing."

2.  It starts in skyscrapers--  Chicago.

3.  It ends in the Pacific Ocean.

4.  There are ghost towns.

5.  You can stay in a wig-wam motel.

6.  You can eat "Dead Chicken" at the Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman, Arizona.

7.  There are muffler men.

And...  --RoadDog

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

News From Along the Lincoln Highway: DeKalb County First Landscaped Section

From the May 25, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 years ago.

"DeKalb county enjoys the distinction of being the first county in the whole length of the Lincoln Highway from coast to coast in which systematic work  under competent authority is being done to beautify that great national road."


News From Along Route 66, April 2016: So, Springfield, Missouri, Was Real Birthplace

APRIL 29--  Murals in Chelsea, Oklahoma, pedestrian tunnel to be revealed Saturday.  There was a time when crossing Route 66 required taking your life in your hands.  Better to go under it.

APRIL 30--  New research solidifies Springfield, Missouri as the birthplace of Route 66.  It's a good thing since they have their Birthplace of Route 66 Festival every year.


Events From Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway for 2016-- Part 4

OCTOBER 31:  103rd Anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Highway for the American people in memory of Abraham Lincoln, fly your American flag, and tell your friends to fly theirs.

DECEMBER 9:  5:00 to 8:00 p.m.:  19th Annual Christmas in the Grove, downtown Franklin Grove.  Farming Heritage has its annual antique car raffle drawing at this event.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Events Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway in 2016-- Part 3: Corn Fest in DeKalb

AUGUST 19-21:  Annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle.  Car show Saturday.

AUGUST 23:  Tuesday evening: Karl "Red Bird" Teller,, Annual Hobo Dinner, hobo stew, storytelling and songs, Chaplin Creek, Franklin Grove.  This annual event is turning into one of the top hobo events in the country.

AUGUST 28:  Geneva Concours d'Elegance, Geneva.

AUGUST 26-28:  Corn Fest, DeKalb, with Car Fest.  They block off Lincoln Highway through the miiddle of town.

Hit the Road, Jack.  --RoadDog

Events Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway for 2016-- Part 2: Dixon Petunia Festival

JUNE 30-JULY 4:  Dixon Petunia Festival

JULY 29:  7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Fifth Friday Music in the H.I. Lincoln Building, Franklin Grove featuring the Irish-American band Switchback.

AUGUST 6&7:  Annual Summer Harvest Festival, Franklin Grove.

AUGUST 11-13:  Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale.  Lincoln Highway West Virginia through Iowa, including Illinois.

Buy me a Lincoln.  --RoadDog

Monday, May 23, 2016

Events Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway for 2016-- Part 1

From the Land of Lincoln news  of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Association, Late Winter 2016.

APRIL 6:  Sycamore Public Library, Cece Otto, An American Songline: A Musical Journey Across the Lincoln Highway.

APRIL 30:  Will County Historical Center, presentation by Dr. Larry McClellan on Named Highways.

MAY 14:  Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show, Franklin Grove.

JUNE 13-17:  LHA Annual Conference, Gettysburg, Pa., followed by a road tour of the National Road to Vandalia, Illinois, looping back to the Lincoln Highway via Route 66 in Illinois.


Split Log Drag-- Part 2: A Big Benefit For the Good Roads Movement

The split log drag used two parallel logs with the cut side of each facing front, separated three feet by rigid separators and pulled by a team of horses, or a truck.

Variations are still in use on baseball infields.

The first log would remove clods and the second would smooth the dirt road.  The logs were staggered so dirt would be pushed to the center to create a crown so water would run off.

This made it possible for farmers to improve roads in front of their property (as the DeKalb County article wanted them to do) and not have to wait for government graders.

D. Ward King got a patent for it in 1908, but didn't try to collect royalties on it.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Split Log Drag-- Part 1: David Ward King

From Wikipedia.

I kind of had an idea what this process might be, but looked it up.

The King road drag (also known as the Missouri road drag and split log road drag) was an implement for grading dirt roads that revolutionized the maintenance of dirt roads in the early 1900s, the early days of automobiles.

It was invented by David Ward King, who had a farm in Maitland, Missouri.

More to Come.  --RoadDog

Looking Back to 1916: Road Construction Back Then, the Split Log Drag

From the April 13,.2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois" "Looking Back."

**  "A split log drag, the salvation of dirt and gravel roads, should be in use on every such road during this particular time.  The roads are in condition to benefit by this treatment and it is the duty of everyone to do his share in this line.

"If you fix a road in front of your house your neighbors enjoy the improvement of the roads and the man over whose roads you wish to travel may profit by your example."

Fix Your Road Or I'll hate You.  --RoadDog

While On a Music Note, Going Back to 1971

Tomorrow, Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM, is going back to 1971 on Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback.

The show runs from 8 to noon, CDST on www,

I'll be listening for some of the time.

A Great College Year.  RoadDog

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Drive's Ten at Ten for Today: 1969

In the last post, I mentioned that Bob Stroud was going to go to 1969 for today's Ten at Ten.

These are the songs he played:


25 MILES--  Edwin Starr
SOMETHING--  Beatles
CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION--  Tommy James & the Shondells
PROUD MARY--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

THE BOXER--  Simon & Garfunkel
PRE-ROAD DOWN--  Crosby, Stills & Nash

And, there will be a repeat show of it tonight at 10 p.m. CDST at  

Bob Stroud always has a vote from listeners to pick the best.  If it is CCR, that is ALWAYS my vote.

Well Worth a Trip Back.  --RoadDog

Going Back to 1969 for Ten at Ten Today

Bob Stroud will be doing 1969 on his Ten at Ten radio show on WDRV, 97.1 FM in a few minutes, at 10 a.m., CSDT.  It streams at  It will be replayed at 10 p.m. tonight.

Hey, 1969 was my high school graduation and first year at NIU.  Big year for me.

Tomorrow, Ten at Ten goes to 10 birthday-themes songs in celebration of WDRV's 15th anniversary of mighty good classic rock.


It's So Funny, I Could Cry: Speed Bump Comic Strip for May 19, 2016

One single frame.

Two prehistoric cave men are standing, one by a stone wheel he evidently must have been riding.  The other is standing by about eight stone objects that could be described as traffic cones today.  They are arranged in two rows.

The one by the stone wheel says, "I don't know what your invention's called, but it's really irritating."

That really hit home after my latest drive to and from North Carolina with all that road construction.

Now, I don't have a problem with road construction signs and markers and such, but I do have a problem with all the dire warnings of dismemberment, $1 million dollar fines, life imprisonment, etc. warnings that now go along with them, especially when there is no road construction going on or workers present.


News From Along Route 66, April 2016: Munger-Moss 70th Birthday

APRIL 19--  The Munger-Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri, will mark its 70th birthday Saturday, April 23.  It also marks the 45th year Bob and Ramona Lehman have owned it.

The celebration will go from 5 to 10 p.m..  Earlier in the day, about 13 miles to the east, there will be a rally at the closed Gasconade bridge, built in 1924, but now being threatened with being torn down.

We were there for both activities.

APRIL 20--  The cars on the Route station in Galena, Kansas has been put up for sale, but will remain open for a few more weeks.

Here's hoping somebody buys it who will keep it going.  It is a neat place, and, of course, the original "Tow Mater."

APRIL 24--  Hundreds show up for the Gasconade Bridge Rally in Hazelgreen, Missouri.  We were among those folks.