Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Boy Scouts

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. Chicago publisher W, D. Boyce had visited England and became so impressed with the scouts that General Robert Baden-Powell had started that he wanted the organization here in the US.

I was a member as was my dad, brother and one nephew even became an Eagle Scout, scouting's highest award. Over the years, it is estimated that 112 million boys have belonged to it.

The organization had a definite impact on the Lincoln Highway as on September 1, 1928, Scouts across the length of the road erected thousands of seven foot long markers along it. They were octagonal shaped at the base and had a square head on top, featuring the red, white and blue LH logo and a copper profile of Abraham Lincoln. On one side, there was an arrow to be used as directions.

Thanks, Boy Scouts. --RoadDog

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