Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How I Cured Those April Winter Blues: Barhopping, CCR and Yardwork


We met up with several of our Usual Suspects group at Squaw Bar in Ingleside for the Chain Crawl signup. We are all boaters.

We stayed there for awhile, then went over to Oak Park Lounge on Pistakee Lake to see Bomber the bar dog and have a couple, three, four beers.  Oak Park Lounge looks essentially the way it did in 1900 as we see in pictures around the bar.  It is good to see a place remain the same.

Then, it was on to Sunnyside in Johnsburg for some more.


Bob Stroud spotlighted Creedence Clearwater Revival, my favorite 1960s band, on his Rock and Roll Roots  show on WDRV, 97.1 FM.  he did this because of the group's rhythm section of Stu Cook and Doug Clifford's  (Cosmo) birthdays coming up next week.  Always great to hear their music.

Then I went outside for my first day of yardwork on a real nice day for weather, something we've not had during April.  It has been quite cold and windy.

Later, we went to Sunnyside and had a good time with oldies music and the friendly folks there.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How I Cured Those April Winter Blues Last Weekend-- Part 1: Record Store Day, Hot Dogs and Chain Crawl Signup

As I said last week, this April has been one of the coldest, most miserable ever around here.

However, I found ways last weekend to overcome it.


Record Store Day today.  I went to not one, but two mom and pop record stores in McHenry, Illinois.  I bought five albums and 5 CDs at my regular place, The Vinyl Frontier Records.  And, we now have a second place called Siren Records where I bought two more CDs.

Then, I had a great Chicago-style double dog and fries at Tommy's in McHenry.  Hey, a good hot dog always brings a smile to my face.

Went home and then Liz and I went to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside to sign up for the 2018 Chain Crawl.  We do this mostly by boat.  So if you are doing this, can boating season be far off?

What April?  And, I'm Not Finished Yet.  --RoadDog

Shorpy's Got Those Neat Old Car Pictures

From Shorpy, the old picture internet site.

Just type in the capitalized words in your search.

9-28-14:  GRANT SIX: 1920--  touring car

9-25-14:  BLAZING BUICK: 1922

9-24-14--  JACKED UP: 1919:  Studebaker with an interesting way to work its undercarriage.

9-10-14--  SELF SERVICE: 1920--  Washington, D.C. gas station in 1920 showing a man filling his car with gas.  Self-service back then?

9-9-14--  FILTERED GASOLINE: 1920--  Another shot of the above.

For those of you who dig old cars and stuff.

Fill 'Er Up.  --RoadDog

Monday, April 23, 2018

Along 66, March 2018: Shamrock Court Motel in Sullivan For Sale

MARCH 23--  The Shamrock Court Motel in Sullivan, Missouri, is for sale.  The family who owns it is asking $125,000 for it, but that price is negotiable.

The Weiland family has owned it for 60 years.  It is in good shape, but has been unoccupied for decades.  They have owned it since 1953.  In the late 1970s it was converted into efficiency apartments.

It was built in 1945, 1947 or 1948 and has ten rooms, covers 2,400 feet and on a 43,560 foot lot.

It is made of Ozark stone.

David Wickline's  "Images of 66 Vol. 2"  says it is on Route 66 at Shamrock Street entering Sullivan from the west.  "This early motor court has a simply beautiful indigenous Ozark hand-cut stone and brick faced exterior that has certainly stood the test of time.  No sign remains advertising the building that uis located on the south of old 66."

I keep thinking it would be so great to own something on Route 66 like this, but alas, I'm getting too old and it sure would be a lot of work.  I thought seriously about buying the Blue swallow when it wa sup for sale.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Record Store Day Today

Well, hopefully this horrible winter April we've been having is at an end.  This is the second coldest April ever recorded in the Chicago area.  Hopefully we will get rid of all the snow by the end of the weekend.  No Global Warming here at all.

But, to get your minds off this rotten weather, today, Saturday April 21, across the United States is Record Store Day.  This is a day to go to your local mom and pop independent record store and flip through those vinyl albums (one of my favorite all-time fun things to do).

If you don't know where your local store is, you can go to the site and find the closest.

I'll be going over to The Vinyl Frontier Records in McHenry in a little while.

No Downloading Here Today.  --RoadDog

Shagging On the Strand Spring Safari 2018

I am listening to the Surf, 94.9 FM out of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, right now and heard them announce that April 20 to April 29 is the annual Spring Safari S.O.S..  This means there will be lots of Beach Music being played in town over this period.

The Shag (not the English word) is South Carolina's State Dance, a slow form of the bop.  And, of course that Beach Music is some of the greatest music anywhere around (in my humble opinion).

One of these days I sure hope to get there for it.  Not to dance the Shag, but to klisten to that great music and sip plenty of ice cold beer.


Kids Skitching On Their Sleds in 1943

From the January 10, 2018, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1943, 75 Years Ago.

"The alertness of an auto driver during the forenoon averted a serious accident when boys on sleds were coasting on Center Street in Sycamore.  The driver of the machine was able to swerve his machine and thus narrowly missed the youngsters.

"The matter was reported to the police and Chief George Meier states that unless the coasters stay out of the street during this icy weather, it will be necessary to confiscate some sleds.  The kids are again hitching their sleds to autos unbeknownst to the driver, and this also is a dangerous practice.

Those Crazy Kids.  --RoadDog

McHenry's Windhill Pancake Parlor-- Part 3: The Garbage Omelet

For those who don't care to attempt the Challenge, there is the Garbage Omelet.for $12.

A Garbage Omelet includes bacon, ham, sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and three cheeses.

It is made with three AA fresh eggs and a choice of two:  hash, 2 small pancakes, petite waffle, fruit, orange slices.

I Might Be Able to Handle That.  --RoadDog

Thursday, April 19, 2018

McHenry's Windhill Pancake Parlor-- Part 2: "The Iron Man Challenge"

In 1986, it was bought by Sharon and Dave Hunt who operated it with their children for seventeen years before selling it to one of their children who runs the place today.

They have a train counter at a bar in the back that can seat fourteen people.  Your food and drink order is delivered by a model train.

They have "The Iron Man Challenge."

It is a 12-egg omelet with mushrooms, onions, cheese that is covered with chili and more cheese and an unhealthy portion of American fries (sliced potatoes) and two biscuits.

If you can finish it in one hour, your cost is $1.99 (to cover tax).  You get a tee-shirt announcing your "accomplishment" and your name goes on a plaque.  You pay $25 if you fail.  So far there have been twenty winners in 188 attempts.

I'd Like To See It, But Know I Could Never Finish It.  --RoadDog

McHenry's Windhill Pancake Parlor-- Part 1: Was a Hitching Post, Then a Filling Station

McHenry, Illinois.

Located by the Fox River Bridge on Illinois Highway 120.  Features lots of antiques and items from local attractions and movies year-round and in a Victorian setting.  They really decorate for holidays and you should go there for Halloween and Christmas.  For Halloween it takes 27 people 124 man-hours to put all the stuff up.

Menus are in old hardbound magazines.

In 1890, the site was a hitching post for the hotel across the street (where the Foxhole Bar and Grill is located today).  In 1893, a two-story building was erected on the site.  In 1934, Warren Holly opened Holly's Filling Station and Ice House which operated on the site until 1974.

In 1976, it opened as a pancake house.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Along 66, March 2018: Belgium Radio/TV Tour This Summer

MARCH 18:  A Belgium TV and radio crew is traveling Route 66 this summer.  VRT Radio.  It will have a production music format.

They will start July 30 and finish August 20 in Santa Monica.

Sorry to see they will be staying in just one classic Route 66 motel, the El Rancho in Gallup, New Mexico.


Along 66, March 2018: The Threatt Gas Station and Midpoint Cafe

From the Route 66 News site.

MARCH 14--  Land dispute may hold up restoration of Threatt Filling Station near Luther, Oklahoma.  The people restoring it want it to be a visitors center and museum.

It was built in 1916 and was one of the few black-owned businesses along Route 66.  It operated until the early 1960s.  Then it became a home.

One of the few places black motorists could use.  Just for this fact alone it should be reopened and turned into a  museum about the black experience on Route 66.

MARCH  15--  Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, reopens with new owners on March 28.  neat place, but how do they know they are at the midpoint of Route 66?


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

22 Words That Have Different Meanings in Chicago-- Part 5: The "L"

First, what it means everywhere else.

18.  THE COACH--  The head person on a team who calls the plays.  In Chicago, it means Mike Ditka, also sometimes called Da Coach.

19.  PARKING METER--  Where you pay for parking.  In Chicago, it is what the mayor sells to buy some stuff.  You can take out a second mortgage to pay for it now.

20.  THE "L"--  The 12th letter of the alphabet.  In Chicago, what you take to get around downtown.

21.  ST. PATRICK'S DAY--  March 17.  In Chicago, it is a day of drunken debauchery where the river gets dyed green.  People have green tongues for several days afterwards.

22.  THE SECOND CITY--  Chicago.  In Chicago, it means New York.


Monday, April 16, 2018

22 Words That a Different Meaning in Chicago-- Part 4: The Taste

First, what it means everywhere else.

13.  FIELDS--  Open area of grass.  In Chicago, it was the old Marshall Fields store, now Macy's.

14.  THE TASTE--  Experiencing something's flavor.  In Chicago, it is experiencing new tastes, and smells at the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.

15.  BOOT--  Type of shoe.  In Chicago, Your car can get one if you owe too many parking tickets.  Can't go nowhere with a boot on your tire.

16.  SUMMER--  Hot weather.  In Chicago, three to four months of extreme humidity.

17.  HILLSIDE STRANGLER--  Two 70s-era Los Angeles killers.  In Chicago, it is a poorly designed expressway merge in the western suburbs.


22 Words That Have a Different Meaning in Chicago-- Part 3: The Beach

First, what it means everywhere else.

8.  DIBS--  Claiming something that's yours.  In Chicago it is a parking space saved by you because you dug it out of the snow.  You mark it with old chairs or some other piece of furniture.  Fights can occur if people disregard your "dibs."

9.  DRAKE--  Guy who hates Chris Brown.  (Not sure what this about>)  In Chicago it is a fancy, expensive hotel.

10.  THE BEACH--  A tropical sandy beach with blue waves coming ashore.    In Chicago it is a sandy beach by a REALLY COLD Lake Michigan.  OK for sunning, not too much fun for swimmin'.  No kidding, that water is C-O-L-D!!!!

11.  THE CELL--  Place for prisoners.  In Chicago, it was the name of the stadium where the White Sox play.  Now named something else, but still called Comiskey Park by most fans.  I still call it that.  And, it is still the Sears Tower and will still be the John Hancock whenever its name gets changed.

12.  THE BEAN--  Food that makes you fart.  Chicago--  Art in Grant Park.


Friday, April 13, 2018

22 Words That Have a Different Meaning in Chicago-- Part 2: Hot Dogs

4.  OCTOBER--    To most it means Fall, but around here it is the month that has two weeks which are not too hot or too cold and where fans drink away the sadness of another failed Cubs and Sox season.

5. PIZZA--  You know.  But in Chicago it means deep-dish.

6.  HOT DOG--  Wiener, bun, ketchup to most, but in Chicago it means wiener, bun (poppy seed), onions, relish, tomatoes, pickle, peppers, celery salt and mustard.  ABSOLUTELY NO KETCHUP OR CATSUP!!!  We can't emphasize that enough.

7.  SOLDIER--  Military, but in Chicago it is where the Chicago Bears play, as in Soldier Field.  Da Bears sometimes play good, but mostly bad.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

22 Words That Have a Different Meaning in Chicago-- Part 1: LSD

From the March 26, 2018 Buzz Feed by Kristin Chirico.

First the meaning else where.  Then the meaning in Chicago.

1.  LSD--  A mind blowing drug, but in Chicago it stands for Lake Shore Drive along the Lake Michigan waterfront.  From that song by Alliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah.

2.  SNOW DAY--  Elsewhere, it means that school is canceled and cars crash.  In Chicago it means that cars might not even start because of the cold, or, because of the snow, you might not be able to find them if parked outside or, if in a  garage, you can't get it out through the snow drift.

3.  APRIL--   Elsewhere it means spring.  But in Chicago it means it is still winter and all those flowers who stupidly push up are killed.


Along Lincoln Highway, March 2018: The Serro Diner-- Part 2

In 1990, the diner was acquired by the Senator John Heinz History Center who donated it to the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor in 2003.  The restoration of the diner was completed in 2013.

Eventually the diner will become part of five Lincoln Highway artifacts including a tourist cabin, filling station, Packard vehicle and a historic neon sign at an exhibit in the new wing of the Lincoln Highway Experience.

It is planned that this will be open to the public by late May.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Along Lincoln Highway, March 2018: Serro Diner in Pennsylvania

From the March 26, 2018, TribLive  "Historic diner moving from Latrobe postponed" Shirley McMartin.

The 1938 Serro's Diner has been restored with plans of moving it to the Lincoln Highway Experience, Route 30 East near Kingston Dam in Unity.

The 11.5 foot by 45-foot diner was opened in 1038 by the brothers Lou and J.C. Serro of Hermineie and operated at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Irwin exit until 1958 when it was moved to Youngwood and renamed the Willow Diner.


Along 66, March 2018: A Bridge, Motel Sign and a Trail

MARCH 5--  The Desert Sands Motel sign in Albuquerque has been taken down.

MARCH 7--  The Trail of Tears Memorial in Missouri is slated to reopen April 22.  This is also Eart Day.  Time set is 1 p.m.

The intricate structures were created by Larry Baggett.  He died in 2013 and it had deteriorated alarmingly since then.  Marie Rydberg bought it in 2016 and with a lot of help, has restored it.

We went by it back in October and it already was looking much better.  Thanks Marie.

MARCH 13--  MoDot is looking for new owners for the Gasconade River bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri.

Anyone Wanna Buy a Bridge?  --RoadDog

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Along 66, March 2018: Motels and a Pump

These stories are taken from the Route 66 News site.  I just write about the ones of most interest to me.  The site has stories for just about every day and a lot more detail.

FEBRUARY 28--  The signs at the Paradise Motel in Tucumcari have been removed.  The motel has been long abandoned and has had two fires in the last six months.  The signs will be restored, but sadly, placed in a private collection.

Well, at least they will still be around.

MARCH 1--  The El Vado Motel restoration is nearly done in Albuquerque.  It will be a 22-room boutique motel which will also have food pods and retail stores.

MARCH 4--  An old  pump was stolen from the historic gas station in Miami, Oklahoma.  This place is located near the beginning of the Ribbon 66.

Bring Back My Pump!!  --RoadDog

Knights of Columbus to Build on the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb

From the March 21, 2018,  MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Regardless of the fact that many people have thought that the Knights of Columbus in DeKalb were not intending to build their new home on Lincoln Highway when today it was learned that bids are now received for the new home of the knights.

"According to present plans, which have been accepted by the building committee of the local council that the building will be of brick construction, three stories and a basement and fitted out n every respect with every convenience."

There is a Knights of Columbus building at 1336 East Lincoln Highway built about 1920 in DeKalb which probably is this building.  I did find another Knights of Columbus building listed at 134 1/2 Lincoln Highway.


DeKalb's Lincoln Inn Expands Food Service in 1918

From the March 21, 2018, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"In addition to ice cream service, the Lincoln Inn has now added light lunches and is now in shape to serve sandwiches, coffee, pie, etc., and the coffee is real honest to goodness coffee.

"The new feature was added during the last few days, a room at the rear of the dining room having been fitted up as a kitchen and it is almost certain that the new wrinkle will prove popular with patrons of the Inn."

We went to the Lincoln Inn in downtown DeKalb last month and asked if the one mentioned 100 years ago and this one were the same, but the people there didn't know.  They are/were both on the Lincoln Highway, of course.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Car-Chasing Dog Gets His in 1918

From the March 21, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"A large collie dog belonging to someone in the City of DeKalb turned up missing today all of the account of the fact that the animal had the most annoying habit of chasing cars and automobiles.

"The street cars, of course, are unable to turn out for the dog, and yesterday the animal in its chase after the car, remained on the track about a second too long, and today he is in dog heaven."

Sorry 'Bout That Doggie.  --RoadDog

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lincoln Highway Is Again Route 30 in Illinois in 1943 (Well, Alternate U.S. 30)

From the April 4, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1943, 75 Years Ago.

"The Lincoln Highway is again Route 30, signs designating the famous route as Alternate U.S. 30 being erected during the past few days.  For years the Lincoln Highway through Illinois carried the official designation of U.S. 30.

"A few days ago, during a revamping of the highway system in the state, the number 30 was given to the former Route 71 and the Lincoln Highway was given the designation of U.S. Route 330.

"A few months ago, Governor Dwight H. Green announced that he had issued an order designating the Lincoln Highway in Illinois as Alternate U.S. 30 and signs to that effect are now being erected."

Today, the stretch of the old Lincoln Highway through DeKalb County is Illinois Highway 38.


That DeKalb Garage on the Lincoln Highway Still Not Open in 1918

From the March 28, 2018, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Work on the Ellwood-Fisk garage at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway was resumed and it is hoped by the contractors and the owners that no interruptions will follow.

"The work has been delayed to some extent on account of lack of material, and then cold weather stopped progress, and today the sound of the hammer and saw was again heard coming from that direction."

World War I was going on and much was diverted to war production which may have caused some of the material shortages.  I have been writing about this gas station for a long time and it was originally hoped that it would be finished by the end of 1917.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Illinois' 200th Anniversary-- Part 4: Black Hawk and Lewis & Clark

This year marks the State of Illinois' 200th anniversary of being in the United States.  It joined in December, 1818.

These are historical places every Illinoisan should visit at least once.

16.  CHESS RECORDS--  Chicago--  2120 S. Michigan Avenue.  Where Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and many others made music history.

17.  PILSEN MURALS--  Chicago--  These murals have been up fifty years.  Also, the neighborhood is still primarily Hispanic.

18.  BLACK HAWK STATE HISTORIC SITE--  Rock Island--  The sauk and Fox Indians.  Black Hawk led a failed attempt to reoccupy lands his people had lost to whites.  This led to the brief Black Hawk War of 1832.

19.  LEWIS AND CLARK--  Downstate near St. Louis--  Hartford, Illinois--  Reconstruction of Camp Dubois where Corps of Discovery spent the winter 1803-1804, preparing for their epic trip.

20.  ILLINOIS CENTENNIAL MONUMENT-- Chicago-- Put up on 100th anniversary of statehood in 1918 in Logan Park.  Depicts Native Americans, explorers, farmers and laborers.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Illinois' 200th Anniversary, 20 Places to Visit-- Part 3: Galena

11.  WATER TOWER--  Chicago.  A survivor of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.  On Michigan Avenue.

12.  GALENA--  "The town that history forgot."  Looks the same as when U.S. Grant lived there in the 1850s.

13.  LINCOLN'S NEW SALEM--  Near Springfield.  Civilian Conservation Corps reconstruction of where Lincoln lived and worked when he came to Illinois in the 1830s.

14.  HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY--  Chicago.  Seventy miles of bookshelves with lots of history, including its namesake, Chicago's first black mayor.

15.  OLD STATE CAPITOL--  Springfield--Meticulous reconstruction where Lincoln delivered his "House Divided" speech and where his body lay in state after his assassination.  Barack Obama used it for backdrop to announcement for his presidential bid.


Illinois' 200th Anniversary, 20 Sites to Visit-- Part 2: Route 66 and I&MCanal

6.  ROUTE 66--  Well, all of us 66ers knew about the Illinois stretch, Chicago to East St. Louis.

7.  FORT DE CHARTRES--  Near Prairie du Rocher.  One of a series of French-built forts before handing country east of the Mississippi over to English.  The powder magazine is believed to be the oldest standing building in the state.

8.  I&M CANAL--  LaSalle, a crucial link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.  Hand-dug in teh 1800s.

9.  NAUVOO--  Mississippi River occupied by Joseph Smith and the Mormons before being driven out.

10.  LOVEJOY HOMESTEAD--  Part of the Underground Railway in Princeton.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Illinois 200th Anniversary, 20 Historic Sites: Kaskaskia and Pullman

From the December 3, 2017, Chicago Tribune  "Because it's the bicentennial:  200 things every Illinoisan should do -- or see, eat or drink -- at least once."  by Lori Racki.

History: 20 Things to do in Illinois

1.  KASKASKIA--  the first, short-lived state capital by the Mississippi River.

2.  CAHOKIA MOUNDS--  In Collinsville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, largest pre-Columbian metropolis north of Mexico.

3.  NAPER SETTLEMENT--  In Naperville  What life in Illinois was like pre-plumbing.

4.  PULLMAN--  Chicago's Far South Side.  Pullman Historic District.  One of the country's most famous and controversial company towns  The bloody strike here led to the federal government declaring Labor Day a holiday.

5.  HULL HOUSE--  Where countless immigrants received a helping hand in Chicago.

Lots of History In This State.  --RoadDog

Monday, April 2, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 16: Donovan's Reef and Natty Light

Drove from Pompano Joe's to the Driftwood Lodge parking lot across the street and next to Donovan's Reef, our favorite bar in Panama City Beach.  We will go there every night while we are in town.  Being right across the street (Front Beach Road) we can walk to and from it.  No messing with the police here.  Just watch out for cars when crossing.

Lisa, one of the bartenders from last year, recognized us and welcomed us back.  That is one great memory, I'll tell you.  She bought us a welcome back drink and we settled in at the bar.

She even remembered our drink of choice in the place, Natty Light draft pints.  Natty Light is short for Natural Light, a Busch product that is quite popular and cheap in Florida.  The case of beer we bought earlier was Natty Light.


Warm Here We Come-- Part 15: No Shuckums, But Pompano Joe's


No Shuckums, so over to Pier Park we go and a stop at another favorite place, Pompano's Joe's.  It used to be Reggae J's.  They have a real nice happy hour 2-5 with $2 draft pints and several really good food specials.  Plus, it is right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and has great views.

There is always a good crowd at the bar and several heard us talk about not finding Patches earlier today.  They said they go there all the time, but it is hard to find.  They gave us instructions as to how to get to the place.  Sounds like we drove by it at least twice.  We'll make another attempt to find it tomorrow coming back from the Mardi Gras parade at St. Andrew's.

We got a huge tuna dip plate for $6 which filled both of us up.


Friday, March 30, 2018

More Railroad Tracks in DeKalb County in 1918

From the January 10, 2018, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The new siding, under construction at Kirkland by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad, is expected by the company to facilitate the handling of passengers and freight over the road between Chicago and Rockford and to increase the effectiveness of the shuttle train service over the Chicago, Milwaukee and Gary from Chicago to Camp Grant."

Camp Grant was a huge training facility for the United States during World War I and located west of Rockford where the airport is today.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Vietnam Medal of Honor Keynote Speaker Allen James Lynch at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

The outdoor public event, which starts at 9 a.m., will happen at the cemetery's main flagpole and will include keynote speaker and Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch, a gun salute by the Memorial Squad and taps.

From Wikipedia.

Born October 28, 1945  Received Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War.  Joined Army in 1964 and by December 15, 1967 was with the 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

During a firefight that day near My An, Binh Dinh Province rescued three wounded soldiers and stayed behind to protect them when the rest of his company withdrew and single-handedly defended them until friendly forces arrived.

Afterwards, he was promoted to sergeant and received the Medal of Honor from President Richard Nixon in 1970.

Well deserved.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 15: Sharkey's But No Shuckums


OK, we are finally at PCB (Panama City Beach) after the one day delay because of car trouble and as of yet haven't had a drink anywhere.  We must remedy that.

Spotting the top of the huge tiki bar at Sharkey's, this be the place to accomplish that drink.  This is one of our must-go-to joints on the beach.  We understand the place gets packed during spring break, but we are in the off-season, so there are a few vacationers and a lot of regulars out at the tiki bar, which is right by the beach.

It has plastic sheets around the sides to keep it warmer and break the wind.  Happy Hour is $1.50 12 oz Miller Lites so had a couple of them.  A bit chilly as well so were thankful for the portable heaters.

Leaving there, we were thinking of going to Shuckums, but it was too crowded.



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 14: Natty Light, Flip-Flops, Deoderant and No Patches


Went to Wal-Mart for a case of Natty Light.  It's cheaper and we have grown quite fond of it over all these years of going to PCB.  It is very  popular.  It is actually called Busch Natural Light, but many call it Natty Light.  I also got a pair of flip-flops since I forgot to bring any of the many pairs at home along with me.  I always forget something.  I also forgot my deodorant so had to get some at Dollar Tree.  Otherwise I couldn't stand myself.

Traffic was horrible wherever we went today.

Took Back Beach Road to Thomas Drive and then as far south as we could go as we were looking for a place that Sue and Paul had told us about called Patches.  They had told us it was hard to find and that sure was on the mark.  We drove up and down the stretch where it should be several times, but never did see the place.  If it was there, it was well-hidden.

We finally gave up and drove back closer to our motel.

Looking For a Patch.  --RoadDog

Along 66, February 2018: Texas License Plates, Cozy, Motorheads

FEBRUARY 25--  Texas approves Route 66 license plates.  Show people your favorite road.

FEBRUARY 26--  Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Illinois, will be offering its own soda.  Anything to do with Route 66?  I think so.  Now wash those Cozies down with Cozy Cola.

FEBRUARY 27--  The new Route 66 Motorheads Bar and Grill will open in March in Springfield, Illinois.  It is in the former Stuckey's restaurant on Toronto Road West.  It has the former front entrance to Bill Shea's Gas Station Museum and other items of interest to Route 66ers.

Reckon We'll have to Check Out Motorheads.  --RoadDog

Monday, March 26, 2018

Along 66, February 2018: New Owners, a Fire and Neon

FEBRUARY 21--  The Mule Trading Post in Missouri has changed hands and is undergoing renovation.  Always a favorite stop for us  on Route 66.  Just keep it sort of junky, though.

FEBRUARY 21--  Fire destroys the Sirloin Stockade in Rolla, Missouri.  A total loss.  And, I always wanted to eat there.  Oh well.

FEBRUARY 22--  Owl Court in Oklahoma City changes owners.  Built in 1931.  Looks like a neat old motel from the picture.

FEBRUARY 23--  Tulsa takes first step toward a neon sign Route 66 district

Always Love Those Neon Signs.  --RoadDog

Got Our Irish On-- Part 8: Foxhole, PLAV and Sunnyside

Went back to the Foxhole and had another drink and then over to the PLAV, Polish Legion of American veterans for one of their great $2.50 Sunday special Bloody Marys.  Watched some of the NCAA Tournament there.

We then went over to Sunnsyside in Johnsburg and there was a good-sized crowd there.

This NCAA Tournament has been one of the even better ones.  Lots and lots of close games and upsets.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 7: A Band and A Beer Tent


Liz didn't want to go, so I went by myself over to the beer tent at Miller Point Park located about a block from the Foxhole.  It used to be a popular restaurant called Joey T's, but unfortunately it burned down.  It is located on the Fox River.

McHenry had this St. Patrick's Day festival over two days, yesterday and today.  Yesterday, they had bands all day and into the night at the park.  We saw pictures and the place was jam packed.  Today, it wasn't.  There were perhaps 30-35 people in the huge tent (which was also heated).  No problem getting a seat or a drink.

The band Goin' South was playing while I was there.  Obviously, they play newer country music and do it quite well.  I imagine, though, that they were disappointed about not playing in front of the masses as was at the tent yesterday.  This was the band setting up to play at Sunnyside when we were there yesterday.

Of all the bands they had playing today and yesterday, though, I don't think any of them did Irish music.  This wold have been a great place for Terry and Greg Spizzirri to play.  We sure miss Terry who died last year and was noted for his Irish music.  His father was Italian, but mother Irish.  he referred to himself as The Garlic Celtic.

It was so much nicer with fewer people today.  On the way out I found Girl Scouts selling cookies and bought two boxes.

Much Nicer Today.  --RoadDog

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 6: Back to McHenry


The McHenry Shamrock Fest, or whatever they called it, was the first time they had anything major going on beyond the parade.  And, they were having it both Saturday and Sunday.

Liz and I had a coupon from the Chain Crawl for a half-price pizza at the Foxhole, so called because it is downstairs at an old building by the Fox River.  We were a both concerned that we would run into those huge crowds of yesterday, but figured maybe some of them had had enough and would be staying home, probably nursing hangovers.

We were actually able to park on Riverside Drive by the Foxhole, which only had three customers inside when we got there.  The bartenders said they had run out of beer yesterday, but the local distributor had been making deliveries all day and night.  Most places had run out of beer or come close to it.  Revelers had been three deep at the bar most of the day on Saturday.  Every table was occupied and as soon as someone would get up, it was reoccupied.

The Foxhole, like I said, is in the basement of an old hotel (now apartments) built in the 1890s.  They are noted for their pizza, plus we love their $12 a full slab of ribs they have on Wednesdays.  That comes with soup or salad, baked potato, garlic bread and cole slaw.

While we were there, another 10-12 people came in.  The owner said yesterday had been the busiest they'd ever had.

Reckon This St. Partrick's Party in McHenry Was a Huge Success.  --RoadPat

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 5: On to JohnsO'Burg


We went to Half-Times in Johnsburg, Illinois.  There was also a lot of people in there, but the place is quite big so we were able to get a table.  They had corned beef & cabbage dinners for $10 and $1 pints of green Miller Lite.  We could definitely live with those prices so feasted and drank.

Many people in green attire and everyone in the spirit O' St. Patrick.

Then decided to check out Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg, which is our main hangout in the area.  The place was also very crowded, but we were able to get a table (the last one) and had some more beer ($5 pitchers) during happy hour so we were happy.  They had a band setting up, but we left before they started.

So, today, we went to five bars and drank a whole lot of beer.

And, of course, at the last two places they had the NCAA Tournament games on.

Home After That.  That Was Enough.  --RoadParty

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 4: PLAV and the Corkscrew


On our way over to the PLAV, we drove on Green Street which was full of people wearing various articles of green attire and carrying green plastic cups.  They were especially numerous around the new bar, D.C. Cobbs by the newly reopened McHenry Theater.

We heard several people in the PLAV talking about how crowded every bar was on Riverside.

But, we intended to take a walk over to Corkscrew Pointe where friend Mark was cooking food.  The inside of that place was so packed you couldn't get a drink nor hardly move.  We had seen signs that there was another party going on outside behind the place so decided to see that.  No one was cooking at the grills back there and a deejay was playing Irish music out by the Fox River.

It was less crowded, though, so we got beers and commandeered a table.  We soon found out why there weren't a lot of people out there.  There was a mean wind blowing some really cold air on you.  After a half a cup, we had had enough and moved back to the side of the building which served as a windbreak so it was comfortable.

W met Mark who said they had run out of food about the time the parade had started.

But, we had had enough of the too many people hassle and decided to go over to Johnsburg.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 3: Over to the PLAV


OK, so we didn't get to see the Fox River dyed green or the parade, but we were going to do as much St. patrick's Day stuff as possible, regardless.

After several green beers at Corner Tap in McHenry, Illinois, we drove over to the PLAV, Polish Legion of American Veterans, a short distance away.  McHenry is kind of a different town in that it has three "downtowns."  The very first one was by the Fox River on Riverside Drive.  The second one was around today's Green Street and the third came about because of the railroad and is called Main Street.

The Corner Tap is in the third downtown on Main Street.  The PLAV is one street off Riverside.  Corner Tap was getting really crowded, but it was standing room only at the PLAV with lots of people wearing various outfits of green.  We eventually got seats at the bar and had several more cocktails.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 2: The Mineola, Al Capone and a Green River


How about having the actual St. Patrick's Day on a Saturday.  Big grounds for some major partying.

I went to the Fox Lake/Grant Township Historical Society meeting and we had a presentation about Fox Lake's historical Mineola Hotel, built in the 1890s.  As is the case of most pl;aces out in the Chain of Lakes area, there is always the rumor that Al Capone was there, but no proof has been found to substantiate it.

The Mineola was one of many resorts and hotels around the Chain of Lakes back then when it was a major tourist attraction.

McHenry, Illinois, dyed the Fox River green (like Chicago) at 10, but I was at the meeting so didn't see it.  By the time we got to McHenry later in the day, sadly, the dye was gone.

Liz and I drove to McHenry with plans to see the St. Patrick's parade, but we could not find any parking spaces anywhere near it, so went to Binny's and bought some beer and then over to the Corner Tap on Main Street where we had green beer and met up with Kevin and Kelly, two actual Irish folks.

Not Al, So Don't Call me Al.  --RoadCapone

Monday, March 19, 2018

Got Our Irish On Last Weekend-- Part 1: Donovan's & the Legion

I  kind of figured that St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, happening on a Saturday would make it an even bigger event, and it sure was around here in northeast Illinois.


Kickoff with Irish soda bread at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.  Stopped at Tommy's in Spring Grove on the way home.  And, of course, watched a whole lot of college basketball as some sort of tournament was going on.


We went to the Legion in Fox Lake for their St. Patrick's Day party.  Enjoyed the corned beef & cabbage dinners and, speaking of the Luck O' the Irish, Liz, who is half Irish on her mother's side, won the 50-50.  All sorts of green swag given out   And, we had a guy playing solo music (but, alas, no Irish music).

Watched the NCAA Tournament there and then at home in Margaritaville when we got home.

Two More Days To Go.  --RoadDog

Gas Station Completion Nearing on the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1918

From the January 10, 2018, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The new garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway is fast nearing completion, that is, as far as the contractors are concerned.

"The men have been working nearly all week and the brick walls have been climbing at an appreciative rate all during the week.  When once the walls are completed the inside work can be rushed to completion regardless of the weather conditions."

Taking Forever to Finish That Gas Station in DeKalb, Illinois.  --RoadDog

Friday, March 16, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 13: We Finally Get to PCB and the Driftwood Lodge


We finally arrived in Panama City Beach's west end on Fla. Highway 79.  As bad a s 79 is from Bonifay to Ebro, it is a fast and smooth ride when you get past Ebro.  Four lanes and 65 mph.  Hopefully it won't take much longer to get it like that from Ebro to Bonifay.

Drove east a mile on Front Beach Road and checked into the Osprey for our room at the Driftwood Lodge.  They are both owned by the same family.

We have been staying at the Driftwood Lodge for a lot of years.  It was built in the 1950s and is what would be classified as an old mom and pop motel.  There are two stories of rooms up by the street and down a short hill the rooms where we stay which are called cabana rooms.  The cabana rooms are about 200 feet from the Gulf of Mexico.  And for between $55 and $60 a night in February that is a great deal.

We Like the Price and We Like the Location and Room.  --RoadDog

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Along 66, February 2018: Kingman's Arch, Launching Pad, Cyrus Avery III

FEBRUARY 15--  Kingman oks arch near Locomotive Park.  The $177,736 cost will be paid for by motel taxes.  Like with neon signs, you can never have too many arches.

FEBRUARY 15--  The grandson of Cyrus "Father of Route 66" Avery dies at age 85.  Cyrus Avery III.

FEBRUARY 16--  Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, Illinois, may partially reopen for the May Red Carpet Corridor celebration.  The 30-foot tall Gemini Giant is still there, thankfully, despite the place's closure for six years.

Full opening is scheduled for 2019.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I'd Like To Add Some Food You Should Try in Illinois

That was an impressive list for sure.  But, they overlooked some so I feel obliged to include them here.

1.  CHICAGO DOG--  No ketchup, though.  All over the area.

2.  CHICAGO PIZZA--  All over (and you cut the pizza into squares)


4.  COZY DOG--  Springfield

5.  BEER NUGGETS--  Fried dough.  Started in DeKalb, but now in many places in the northeastern part of the state.

6.  ITALIAN BEEF--  Thin slices with au jus,

7.  ONION LOAF--  Hackney's  Chicago suburbs


Oh Boy.  --RoadHog

Along 66, February 2018: Wilder's and Dem Burros

FEBRUARY 10--  Wilder's Steakhouse rooftop sign removed for restoration in Joplin.  A relighting ceremony is set for April 14.  It is an animated sign and has not worked in at least 25 years.  Opened in 1936.

I saw postcards of the interior of the restaurant.  Sure wish that was still open.

FEBRUARY 13--  Contraceptive program suggested to control the population of the Oatman burros.  Something needed badly.  They're cute, but too many of them.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Illinois' 200th Anniversary: 20 Things Every Illinoisan' Should Eat-- Part 4

16.  LARS BAR--  Anderson's Candy Shop, Richmond.  Hey, that's near me!!

17.  BISTER JIBAROTO--  Jibarito's Authentic Puerto Rican Restaurant, Chicago

18.  PACZKI--  Herb's Bakery, Elgin

19.  SMOKED SALMON--  Calumet Fisheries, Chicago

20.  MOONBURGER--  Moonshine Store, Moonshine (near Martinsville)

Sounding Good To Me.  --RoadMoon

Illinois' 200th Anniversary: 20 Things Every Illinoisan Should Eat-- Part 3

11.  CHICKEN DINNER--  White Fence Farm, Romeoville.  A Route 66 Classic

12.  QUAD-CITIES-STYLE PIZZA--  Harvis Pizza,  Rock Island

13.  RAINBOW CONE--  Original Rainbow Cone,  Chicago

14.  CINNAMON ROLLS--  Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur

15.  BABY BACK RIBS--  17th Street Barbecue, Murphysboro

Eatin' Good In the Neighborhood.--  RoadFood

Monday, March 12, 2018

Illinois' 200th Anniversary: 20 Foods Every Illinoisan Should Eat:

4.  STRAWBERRY BREAD--  What's Cookin' in Charleston

5.  CHICAGO DOGS--  Superdawg inChicago

6.  SALTED CARAMEL GELATO--  Prairie Roots Farm & Creamery in Champaign

7.  RIB TIPS--  Lem's Bar-B-Q  in Chicago

8.  WHITE ASPARAGUS--  Eckert's Belleville Farm in Bellecille

9.  GARRETT MIX POPCORN--  Garrett's Popcorn Shops in Chicago

10.  CHEESE CURDS--  Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville

I'll Bite.  --RoadDog

200th Anniversary of Illinois: 20 Things Every Illinoisan Should Eat-- Part 1

Illinois became the 21st state in 1818 so we are celebrating the bicentennial of statehood.

The Chicago Tribune is running a series of articles in its Travel Section to pick out twenties.

These are 20 things every person in Illinois needs to eat at one time or another:

1..  Horseshoe--  Springfield and central Illinois.

2.  Pink Cookies--  Southern Illinois

3.  Birria--  at the Birrieria Zaragoza in Archer Heights.  (A Mexican dish)


Friday, March 9, 2018

Sycamore Drivers Going Through Stop Signs in 1943

From the January 3, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1943, 75 Years Ago.

"Observation shows that many Sycamore motorists are becoming careless at the stop signs, following removal of much of the ice at the various intersections.  When ice covered the streets, and there was a chance of becoming stalled at some of the street intersections, auto drivers became accustomed to driving past the crossing to avoid wasting gas to get going again.

"Now that most them approaches to the stop, streets have been cleared of the treacherous ice, it seems the auto drivers still cling to the former practice and drive through the stop signs, even if they delay traffic approaching from each direction."

Stop Running Through Those Stop Signs Guys!!  --RoadDog

A Fire At the Station at Fourth and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1917

From the September 20, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago

"Fire of an undetermined origin caused some alarm last night at the DeKalb Independent filling station at Fourth and Lincoln Highway.  A transient car pulled in for service and the driver was using a can to fill up his gas tank when the car suddenly burst into flames.

"The attendant at the station, while attending another car on the other side of the drive saw the flames and with the aid of a Pyrene extinguisher squelched the flames almost immediately."

A Scary Time At the Ol' Station.  --RoadDog

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 12: That Horrible Florida Highway-79 Bonifay to Ebro

Alabama Highway 167 is a nice cruise.  Two-lane road and little traffic, all the way to Florida where it turns into Florida Highway 79 and goes straight to Panama City Beach (PCB).

In Florida it remains two lanes to Bonifay where I-10 crosses it.

Eventually, and I say EVENTUALLY, the drive from Bonifay to PCB will be fantastic when its four lane all the way with 65 mph speed limit.  Like a limited access road.  But not at this time.

From Bonifay to near Ebro they are making it four lane.  It does not appear there has been any progress made since we last drove it last February.  And, even though with the exception of one small area, there is NO CONSTRUCTION going on, it is 45 mph the whole way.  I really hate when the speed limit is dropped for construction and there is no construction going on.

Making it worse, the Florida folks who drive it are pretty insistent on going much, much faster than 45 mph.  I mean 65 moph.  Just no way I am going to go 20 miles over the speed limit and especially in another state.

Sorry Guys.  --RoadLimit

Along 66, February 2018: Gasconade Bridge and Eat-Rite

FEBRUARY 8--  Workin' Bridges drops the Gasconade River Bridge project near Hazelgreen, Missouri.  Too bad.  Hopefully someone will step up to run it.  That is a pretty old bridge.

FEBRUARY 9--  Ear-Rite Diner gets new owners.  May reopen in April.  It is in St. Louis, but since they shamefully removed the Confederate statue from the park, it is on my boycott list.

They are hoping to be open for the April 5 St. Louis Cardinal Home Opener just a few blocks away.

It closed in October and had been in business since 1966  Other businesses at the site sold coal and gas.  It opened as a White Kitchen restaurant in 1920.  Eat-Rite opened in 1986.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 11: We Finally Get to Panama City Beach


We drove the car over to Enterprise Chevrolet, carefully, and had the brakes fixed.

While waiting, I started reading "Firestorm in Peshtigo" about the horrible fire there that killed between 1,50 and 3,000 people in Wisconsin.  It is largely unknown today because it took place on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire which killed far less people.  My goal while in PCB is to read the book.

They had the brakes replaced ($330) and we were on our way.  Sure nice not to hear that grinding noise this morning.

Enterprise is home to Fort Rucker Army base.  A lot of helicopter pilots get training there and you see lots of them in the air.  So, boll weevils and helicopters for Enterprise, Alabama.  Heading south on Alabama 167, you pass a major helicopter base and often there are two to three in the air at the same time.


North Carolina Minor League Teams-- Part 2

GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS--  Called "Hoppers" by fans.New stadium seats 7,500.  Derek Jeter played here.

HICKORY CRAWDADS--  Play in L.P. Frans Stadium, seating 5.062.  South Atlantic League.

KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS--Dale Earnhart bought team in 2000 and adopted his nickname.

WINSTON-SALEM DASH--  Has played in Carolina League since its inception 70 years ago.  The only tea, for that long.  BB&T Ballpark downtown.  A White Sox Class A team.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

North Carolina Minor League Baseball-- Part 1: Durham Bulls

Places to visit in the Old North State.

From the July 2016 Our State Magazine  "Home Field Advantage"

North Carolina has nine Minor League teams.

CAROLINA MUDCATS--  Zebulon  Five County Stadium

ASHEVILLE TOURISTS--  McCormick Field--  4,000

BURLINGTON ROYALS--  Burlington Athletic Stadium--  3,500

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS--  BB&T Ballpark  White Sox Triple A team.

DURHAM BULLS--  Durham Bulls Athletic Park   Yep, those Durham Bulls from the "Bull Durham" movie.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 10: Brakes A Lot and Boll Weevils


They told us that I should be able to drive the car to Panama City Beach, about 90 miles away if I drove carefully.  But, when it comers to brakes, I will not take a chance, plus, darkness was coming on fast and two lane roads.  They said they could get to replacing the brakes first thing tomorrow as they had them in stock.  We inquired about a nearby motel and bars and they gave us directions.

Coaxed the car over to the Days Inn about a mile away and got a room.  We took a taxi over to Oscar's, a bar/grill near the Chevy dealer and enjoyed talking with the people there.

While waiting for the cab in the lobby of the motel, I saw that Enterprise is the only city anywhere which has a statue to the boll weevil, an insect that is particularly harmful to cotton.  This being Alabama, I figured they had cotton, so had to wonder why they would have a statue to it.

Nobody Likes Boll Weevils.--  RoadDog

Along 66, February 2018: Video, Joliet Prison and Lebanon

These are taken from the Route 66 News and are the stories of special interest to me.  The Route 66 News site has more information on each of these along with pictures as well as a lot more stories.  Check it out.

JANUARY 23--  Emma Lee, a Canadian singer-songwriter has a video out featuring a whole lot of western Route 66 sites.  Good song as well.  Her song is called "Drivin'.  Well worth a watch.

FEBRUARY  2--  The Old Joliet Prison (Illinois) will be a haunted house this October.  Make sure to go in your Blues Brothers costume.

FEBRUARY 5--  There is some fear about the proposed homeless shelter in the former Forest Manor Motel in Lebanon, Missouri.  Especially from people and businesses who are close by it.  That would include the Munger-Moss Motel and Starlite Bowl.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 9: Help at Enterprise Chevrolet


That drive to Enterprise wasn't much fun, worrying about the brakes as we were.    I made sure to give myself plenty of room to brake and applied very slowly whenever needed.  We got to Enterprise and pulled into a gas station and filled up.  It was pretty horrible with that noise when he carefully stopped at a gas station.

I got gas because Alabama is usually quite a lot cheaper in gas than Florida.  I got gas for $2.30, it was $2.60 in PCB the next day.  Liz stood outside the car when I pulled away from the pump and listened.  I had turned off the radio as well so I could hear.  The sound was still there.

We decided to look for a Chevy dealer for the 2011 Malibu to have them take a look.  And, like in any Alabama town, there is a whole lot of traffic at all hours.  Had to be real careful with the brakes to say the least.

Liz looked down a side street and saw a Chevrolet sign so we went back.  Parked outside the service department and explained what was wrong.  They were getting ready to close in 20 minutes, but took the car in and examined the brakes.  One front one was really bad and the other about ready to go.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 8: The Real Horrible Noise


Finally through all the Birmingham construction and congestion, it doesn't seem to be so long to get to Montgomery, Alabama, where we took I-85 east to US-231 and the Eastern Expressway.  This is a very heavily congested stretch for awhile, but eventually we get out into the country and it is fairly easy drive on four lanes to Troy, where we encountered a lot of traffic.

We missed Alabama-167, which we need to take to Florida and PCB, and drove a ways toward Dothan before realizing we were on the wrong road.  We used an atlas (that's right, an atlas) and found we were going in the wrong direction, but were right by the road we needed to get back to 167 on and took it.

When we got back to 167, I came to the stop sign and when I applied the brakes, there came a real horrible noise.  Never fun to have your brakes making that noise.


Crackdown on Burned-Out Headlights in DeKalb County

From the September 13, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1967, 50 Years Ago.

"Better turn on the headlights of your car and then walk around in front and see if your headlights, both sets, are burning properly.

"because if they are not, Sheriff Melvin W. Shaw has some news for you.  The entire force of deputies has been ordered to crack down on cars with only one headlight burning."

You've Been Warned.  --RoadDog

Paving Sycamore's Streets in 1942

From the September 13, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Resurfacing of four blocks of Sycamore streets, which has been in the mind of Mayor Frank Ashelford for many months was started when State Street from Main to Simonauk was closed to all traffic and actual preliminary work started."

So, they had to resurface streets even back then.  I can think of a few around here that could sure use that now.

Pave Them Streets.  --RoadDog

Sycamore's Mayor Runs Down "Silent Cop" in 1917

From the September 13, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Mayor Brown of Sycamore was returning home last evening in his Buick car at about 10:30 when he endeavored to run over one of the poor, unprotected 'silent cops' in the county seat (Sycamore).

"Whether he thought the Buick would go home without further attention or not, we do not know.  Nevertheless, the cop resented such treatment and entangled itself with the mechanism of the machine to such an extent, in fact, that they had to stop and carefully carry him from under the machine to his former dignified position on the main thoroughfare, slightly the worse for the accident."

Of course, "silent cops" were a traffic control device used back then.  Check out the Silent Policeman label.

With Mayors Like This, We're All In Danger.  --RoadDog

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Paved Road Between Sycamore and DeKalb in 1917

From the September 13, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The large cement mixer to be used in the work on the cement road from the C, M. & G. crossing around the Electric Park corner and the pavement of Sycamore started work today and from now on the road will gradually near completion.

"When this road is finished that is now in course of construction there will be practically a paved street from Sycamore to DeKalb and it will be one of the best improvements imaginable."

That road is Illinois Highway 23 today.


Impolite Motorists in DeKalb in 1917: Funeral Processions

From the September 6, 2017,  MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"In this busy world of today it is often wondered that people of today pay so little respect ro a funeral cortege.

"It is known that in many occasions in DeKalb processions have been interrupted, motorists drive by one way or the other at rapid rate, making all the noise possible."


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Big Job in DeKalb in 1917

From the September 6, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"James Coyne, who is in charge of excavating work for the new garage at the corner  of First and Lincoln Highway, has been working diligently on the 'hole' and today has one of about seven-foot depth.

"Mr. Coyne has had  a large force of men at work ever since the work started and says that a ten-foot excavation is necessary and will mean the hauling out of much dirt."

Gonna Be A Big One.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sycamore to Lidgerwood, N.D., Auto Trip in 1917

From the September 30, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"F.B. Townsend, Charles Townsend and John Organ of Sycamore left Monday morning on an automobile trip to Lidgerwood, N.D., a distance of some 700 miles.

"Word was received that they traveled the first 150 miles in four and one-half hours, and in a Ford at that, and reached Waterloo, Iowa, the same night, covering 260 miles in one day.  They expect to be away from home for three weeks."

Auto Travel Getting Faster in 1917.  --RoadDog

Monday, February 26, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 7: No Uglys, Nashville Traffic, Alabama


Took I-65 south, past the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and stopped at the gas station in White House where I used to get Chocolate Uglys, but they don't sell them anymore, so don't have to stop there anymore.

Now approaching Nashville and that horrible, horrible traffic.  Traffic without end.  We were hoping that at 9 a.m. that much of the rush hour would be over.  We were especially concerned with a big slowdown with lots of trucks north of Nashville where 65 is just two lanes.  But when we got to Nashville, traffic was heavy, but no stoppage.  Not bad for Nashville.  Again, it always seems that whatever lane you're in trying to follow I-65 through the city, you're in the wrong lane and never easy to get over to where you need to be.  Nashville seriously needs a huge bypass a long way outside city limits.

Then to Alabama (Sweet Home Alabama according to the welcome sign) and past that great big rocket welcome center to Alabama.  That is impressive.  We stopped and split one of the Hardee's $5 boxes ( double cheeseburger, hot dog, fries, cookie and drink)  The drive from the Alabama border to Birmingham always  seems to take forever.


Bumpy Illinois Highway 64 By Sycamore Gets Governor a Challenge

From the August 9, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1967, 50 Years Ago.

""Although Governor Kerner has not yet accepted Sycamore Mayor Harold Johnson's invitation to visit the city and to take a ride on bumpy Highway 64 east and west of the city, some patching was done on the highway's east entrance to Sycamore."

Bumpy Roads in Illinois?  Who'd have Figured?  --RoadDog

Friday, February 23, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 6: Arrival at Elizabthtown, Kentucky


And, those trucks from hell kept up their scare tactics most of the way through Louisville.  Where are the cops you need them.

We got off for gas and finally were rid of those trucks.  We were out of the Louisville city limits we believe as I don't want to give this shamed city any business if I can help it.  But, as I said, at least we were rid of those horrible trucks.

Got back on and drove to Elizabethtown where we got off and got a room at the Motel 6.  When we're just traveling, we try to pay the least we can for a room, and this fit the bill.

We drove over to the nearby Lone Star Steakhouse.  All we wanted was a couple two three cocktails, but these stake houses serve drinks, but don't have a bar so we had to sit at a table.  Always hate to take up a table when we aren't going to order food at places. We split a shrimp appetizer, though.  And then, they had peanuts in the shell.  I REALLY like peanuts!

I Survived.  --RoadDog

An Accident on the Lincoln Highway in 1917

From the September 30, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"A Ford Car, occupied by four persons, blew off a tire, ran into a ditch and upset yesterday afternoon on the Lincoln Highway about two miles east of DeKalb

"None of the passengers was hurt.  The top of the flivver and one wheel were smashed.  The car was set upright, a new wheel adjusted and the party went on its way."


Pulling Out of the Quick Sands in Sycamore, 1917

From the August 9, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Workmen have begun operations on the stretch of state aid road between the Sycamore limits and the DeKalb township line out near the Claycomb place.

"The cement road from the city limits on each side of the of the street car tracks runs to where it turns into the side of the highway at which place it will follow the center of the highway.  This will carry ba very pleasant message to those who have traveled the quick sands or worse along the pike between Sycamore and the end of the state road at the township line."


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 5: The Shame of Louisville


You have to pay $2 to cross the I-65 Bridge into Louisville, $4 if you don't have E-Z Pass as you will be mailed the bill.  There are no booths to collect your toll either.

Louisville is on my no visit list because they were one of the first cities to take down their Confederate monument.  I've written a lot about it in my Saw the Elephant Civil War blog, where I refer to the city as (l)ouisville in lower case for its shame.  I also will do no more at present than drive through it if necessary, but otherwise will boycott any and all things dealing with it.

And, that's too bad because I really like the Hot Brown sandwich (maybe I can get one elsewhere) and have always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby.  Perhaps, though, at some time I will be able to forgive the city and University of Louisville (home of Rick Pitino) for their desecration at which time I will be able to visit.

As far as paying the toll, if I am sent the $4 bill, I am a lot more likely to tell them why I am not going to pay it and instead send my money (plus some) to Brandenburg, Kentucky, which stepped up, did the right thing and took the monument. have since put it up.

Some Things Just Aren't Right.  --RoadDog

New Island Off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

From the June 27, 2016, Yahoo! News.

This new island is called Shelly Island after all the shells that can be fond on it.  It is formed by the changing tides of the Atlantic Ocean right off the Cape Hatteras Point.

Two major Atlantic water currents converge in the area: the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current.

Shelly Island will either continue to grow or perhaps disappear.  Right now it is about a mile long and several hundred yards across.

Authorits warn, though, that it can be dangerous to go to it.

Something Else to See at Cape Hatteras.  --RoadDog

The Corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street in DeKalb, Illinois, Circa 1935

From the July 5, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

Picture of the corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street in DeKalb, Illinois.  It shows the Ward's store and the Standard Oil gas station circa 1935.

This was the gas station so many of the entries from the MidWeek that I have been doing in this blog this past year.

Today, the gas station is no longer there and it is a park.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 4: Indy Rush Hour and the "Trucks From Hell"


Took I-74 southeast from Illinois.

Leaving as late as we did, that guaranteed we'd hit Indianapolis during rush hour (that along with losing the hour when we entered Eastern Time).  Normally, going to North Carolina, I take I-70 through the city, but since we were going to I-65 to Louisville, we took the bypass, I-465, around Indianapolis.

Traffic was heavy, but only once did we slow down to 20 mph.  The rest of the way it was fast running.  I use the term fast-running, because all interstates by Indy are 55 mph or less.  You'd only drive at that speed with a death wish as you'd get run over.

Heavy traffic once on I-65 heading south for awhile and then it opened up.  We made good time.

However, from about twenty miles north of Louisville, our lives were endangered by the antics of between twenty and twenty-five trucks in some sort of a convoy and going way over the speed limit.  I mean WAY over the speed limit.  They were also driving in the left lanes which they weren't supposed to be doing.  Nothing like looking into your rear view mirror and seeing nothing but truck grill.  They were riding that close.  At times they were three across all lanes.

Sure wish there'd been a cop around.

I call them the "Trucks From Hell."

Scared, But Survived.  --RoadDog

About That Gas Station At the Corner of First and Lincoln Highway

From the July 5, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The Standard Oil Company fueling station at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway is in the hands of the finishers at this time, and the building will probably be ready for occupancy in the course of the next ten days."

Well, as we know, it still wasn't ready by January.  Building delays even back then?


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 3: Some More Great Illinois Travelin' Stations

Once out of range of WDRV, 97.1 FM and the Ten at Ten to 1979, we listened to METV FM 87.7, as far to the left as you can go on the dial.  They play music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Unfortunately, it is canned music, but the selection is great and they play a lot of songs we haven't heard on the radio for a long time and fairly often, songs from those eras that we don't know.  Fortunately, they run the names of the songs and singers across the radio dial in the car.  And, obviously, they every so often play theme songs from TV shows.  Great station.

When METV FM gets too weak at Yorkville, we tune over to WJEZ FM, 98.9, Classic Hits in Pontiac.  Then, we tune into WGCO, 106.3 FM in Gibson City which plays beautiful music and oldies.  I never thought I'd be listening to a beautiful music station AND ACTUALLY LIKING IT, but this one has me.

Once that station fades out, we get WKIO Classic Hits, 107.9 FM out of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  I'm listening to it right now over the internet and the last three songs are Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville," the Raspberries "Go All the Way" and "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream.

KIO was the name of my dorm floor back in my freshman year at Northern Illinois University, Keggers Independent Organization.  I wonder if the Champagn radio station has anything to do with KIO?

Groovin' Down the Road.  --RoadMusicDog

Unsafe Rail Crossings in 1942

From the July 5, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"The rail crossing leading into the yards of the factories between Fourth and Sixth Streets at Sixth Street is being repaired today.

"Of late it has become dangerous for cars of any description to use it.  Many of the the crossing spikes were forced out and were not safe for auto traffic."


Monday, February 19, 2018

A Growing Automobile Business in DeKalb in 1917

From the July 26, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Terry Redmond has been more than busy on account of the fact that he has been moving his office from his residence to Quinn's garage in DeKalb.  Terry says he will have two private telephone lines, of the same number, 197, two drivers at the office all night to take care of all night calls that chance to come his way.

"The downtown office will be of great help to the local hustler in his business and his many fiends about the city bespeak for him greater success."

A three number telephone line?

Growing Auto Business.  --RoadDog

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 2: Radio Tunes

As I mentioned in my last post, we listened to the radio a whole lot on our way to Panama City Beach.

Since we were somewhat late getting off on the first day of the trip, we were able to listen to Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, first at 96.9 FM and then 97.1 FM as we got further south.  Always a favorite thing for me.

The year ten songs were chosen from was 1979.

COOL CHANGE--  Little River Band

WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE--  Cliff Richards
I NEED A LOVER--  John Mellancamp

LOVE IS THE ANSWER--  England Dan and John Ford Coley

Brought Back Some Memories.  --RoadDog

About That Gas Station at First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1917

From the May 3, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Work has commenced this morning on the erection of the new service station which the Standard Oil Company will install at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb next to the Chronicle building."

There was lots of coverage of the building of gas stations in the paper back in 1917 as the automobiles were well on their way to replacing horses as the main mode of transportation.

The Chronicle had a  lot of coverage on this particular building, which still wasn't finished as the year of 1918 dawned.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Warm Here We Come-- Part 1: Radioing Through Illinois

We just returned from Panama City Beach, Florida.

We found warm...mostly.  But, anyway, even the quite cool mornings warmed up and overall, temps were mostly in the 60s.  During that time, back in Spring Grove, Illinois, averaged in the 20s most of the time, and with 12 inches of snow.

All-in-all, much nicer in PCB.


Went through e-mails, watered plants and packed for the trip.

We listened to the radio much of the way through Illinois.

Took our usual Chicago bypass, Illinois Highway 47 from Woodstock to Mahomet by I-74.

We got gas in Morris for $2.36 and stopped at the Burger King there which was recently remodeled.  They are the only Burger King we know of that still sells the tacos.  Their tacos are the closest to Jack-in-the-Box's and we really love those.  Always a stop for us in Litchfield, Illinois, when we're doing Route 66.  It is the closest Jack's that we know.    (We have found out that the Jack's restaurants in Alabama are not Jack-in-the-Box.)


The Case of the Purloined Cash Box in 1917

From the June 28, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"One of the conductors of the DeKalb-Sycamore street car line was on his way yesterday afternoon at three o'clock, ready to turn in for the day.  His strong box containing tickets and money was in the rear of the car as usual.

"At Sycamore, there was a crowd of youngsters taken on an outing at Electric Park.  When the youngsters left the car, one of them took the strong box along, and for a short time the conductor was a triffle worried.  He went to the park on the next car, and with the aid of the school ma'am recovered the property."

Juvenile Delinquents 100 Years Ago.  --RoadDog

Angle Parking Comes To the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1917

From the June 28, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"In accordance with the action of the city council at the meeting of last week, the new traffic ordinance was published Saturday in The Chronicle.

"It will be noted that the new law calls for angle parking of cars on Lincoln Highway between First and Fourth street and the same will be in effect in a short time.  In this way, the city authorities hope to eliminate all chance for accidents and at the same time allow more cars to park on Lincoln Highway during the season."

Diagonal parking definitely easier than that cursed parallel effort.

Stop That Parallel Parking Downtown.  --RoadDog

Friday, February 16, 2018

Panama City Beach's Wild Willie Radio: Real Country Legends

We just got back from our somewhat annual trip to Panama City Beach, Florida, where I came across this great radio station, evidently fairly new, Wild Willie, 100.1 which plays great oldies country songs from the last 30 years,.  That was the only station I had on the whole time we were in PCB.  Also listened to it all the way from PCB into Alabama on Wednesday.

I am listening to it right now while typin' away with my two little fingers back in the cold, cold Northlands.  You can be sure I will  be listening to this station a lot from here on out.

I also like another classic station out of Galax, Virginia, called Classic Country 98.1 FM, WBRF which plays even older songs.

Between the two of them, I will get my country fill.

They're playing Bocephus' "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" right now at 9:03 a.m..

Good Music Maynard.  --RoadDog

Along 66, January 2018: Forest Manor Motel and Classen Circle

JANUARY 12-  The closed Forest Manor Motel in Lebanon, Missouri, may be converted into a homeless shelter.  This motel is across the street from the Munger-Moss Motel.  I don't know about this.  I like to see efforts to help the homeless, but you never know what kind of activity might result.

JANUARY 15--  The Classen Circle site in Oklahoma City has been sold and avoids the wrecking ball.  I don't remember seeing it, but it looks like a neat site in the pictures I've seen.  Glad it might remain.

JANUARY 22--  The Carthage, Missouri, Chamber of Commerce has honored Camp Me Casa for revamping a once-decrepit property and turning it into a nice RV park.

Always Glad For Something, Anything, Being Revitalized Anywhere, But Especially Along You-Know-What Road.  --RoadDog

Travelin' With My Music

Music is a big part of any of my travels down the road.  I go between radio stations and CDs.  (Well, if I had a cassette player on the '11 Malibu, I'd play that as well.

My brother and sister swear by that Sirius/XM radio with no commercials, and I enjoy it when I get in their cars, but would rather get local color as I travel and that means the local radio stations.  With Sirius/XM, it is the same old same old the whole way.  You never know what you're going get, even that horrible rap.  Needless to say, those stations don't stay on very long.

Now, when I'm traveling by myself, I put on CDs that I haven't heard before, but when Liz is with me, as was the case for the trip to Panama City Beach these past two weeks, I bring along greatest hits collections as she likes songs she's heard before.

We made a long list of good stations (Oldies and Country Oldies mostly) which we listened to on the recent trip.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Lincoln Highway Becomes a Mud Hole in 1917

From the June 28, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Of late much complaint has been heard concerning the Lincoln Highway east of DeKalb, especially between Maple Park and Cortland.

"From what facts are obtainable it is said that the road has been plowed up, and instead of a gravel road that was in evidence there, it is now a mud road, unpassable in wet weather."

Evidently the Lincoln Highway was still not all paved by 1917, four years after it was created.

A Mud Time On the Old Road Today.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Intersection of the Lincoln Highway and Burlington Way in DeKalb Marker in 1917

From the May 3, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"J.H. Jarboe, as president of the DeKalb County Good Roads Association and ex-officio member of the committee of the association in regard to the placing of the monument at the corner of Fourth and Lincoln Highway, marking the intersection of the Lincoln Highway and Burlington Way, says today that the marker will be ready to install by June 1.

"The marker as placed by the committee at the time will be six feet high, with base 18-inches square and the marker tapering to the glass globe at the top which will protect the electric light which will be used at night.  The marker will be embellished with a bronze tablet and on the east and west side will be the official sign of the Lincoln Highway, while the north and south side will carry the emblem of the Burlington Way."

So, current Illinois Highway 23 was once part of the Burlington Way road.

I wonder what happened to this marker?


Monday, February 12, 2018

The "Dog" Ghost in the "Foreign" Section of DeKalb in 1917

From the May 17, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The police department was called on this morning to take care of a dog in the foreign section of the city.  The officer giving attention to the call found that the inhabitant believed his house to be haunted as each night at the stipulated time, some person or animal would come to the house, and create a disturbance.

"The foreigner stood it as long as he could and last night remained up for the night armed with a shotgun.  About 9:30 a dog put in an appearance and the shotgun soon put an end to the ghost.  However, the foreigner still believes in ghost and proposes to move at once."

A story better suited for around October 31.  A "Foreign" section of DeKalb?

Dogs Best Beware At That House.  --RoadDog

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Along 66, January 2018: Kingman Gateway Arch, John T. Woodruff and the Rose Bowl

These are taken from the Route 66 News which has a daily list of things happening along 66.  I just pick out the ones of most interest to me.

JANUARY 7--  Kingman considers a gateway arch design.  They will choose from five possible choices.  I always like a good gateway arch for a city like the one in Dixon, Illinois.

JANUARY 7--  John T. Woodruff's 150th birthday commemorated in Springfield, Missouri.  he was a major early developer of the city and a key figure in the establishment of Route 66.  His former Kentwood Arms Hotel in Springfield is now a dormitory of Missouri State University.

JANUARY 9--  Tulsa's unique 1961 Rose Bowl building is reopening as the 918 Flea Market.  The Rose Bowl opened as a bowling alley.

I always like to see a new use for an ld structure, especially a unique one.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Another Gas Station in DeKalb in 1917

From the May 3, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Sawyer & Son of DeKalb have made arrangements with the Standard Oil Company where they will install a filling station there at once and be able to take care of all wants along that line.

"It is said that the filling stations up and down the Lincoln Highway from coast to coast will endeavor to cater to motorists in a tip top manner."


Interurban Picture

From the May 3, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back.'

Every week the "Looking Back" article has a picture that the good folks at the Joiner Library in Sycamore, Illinois, have dug up.

The accompanying photograph was of the Sycamore-Woodstock Interurban Trolley southbound under the Illinois Central tracks in Genoa, Illinois.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Along 66, January 2018: A New Magazine, Neon and Temporary Museum Closing

JANUARY 2--  The original neon sign of the desert Drugs in Kingman, Arizona has been restored.  Always love it when neon is restored.  Not much prettier  at night.

JANUARY 3--  Route Magazine will launch its initial issue on February 1.  It will focus on United States road travel, vintage Americana and, of course, good ol' Route 66.  Looking forward to taking a look at it but can't imagine it to be better than the American Road Magazine we already have.

JANUARY 4--  Extreme cold closes Illinois Route 66 Museum in Pontiac until January 8.  Yep, it was pretty cold up north 120 miles in Spring Grove, Illinois.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Along 66, Dec. 2017: Joliet Correctional Center and Ron Warnick

From the Route 66 News Site.

DECEMBER 22--   Joliet, Illinois, strikes deal to rent out old Joliet Correctional Center.  There will be a five-year lease to take some responsibility for the long-closed and deteriorating structure built in 1858.

Perhaps a bed and breakfast?  Sleep where John Belushi slept?

DECEMBER 30--  Editor of the Route 66 News, Ron Warnick, is moving to Tucumcari, New Mexico.  He and his wife have long wanted to live there and she has a teaching job.

When I saw that the Blue Swallow Motel had come up for sale in Tucumcari for $165,000, I seriously thought about ir, but decided running a motel was too much work.

Of course, we all owe Ron a huge thanks for continuing with his Route 66 News blog.  If there is anything you want to know about the Mother Road, this is where you go.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Holes and Piles Cause Accidents in DeKalb in 1917

From the April 26, 2017, MidWeek   "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"An open ditch on Pleasant street in DeKalb was the cause of a couple of accidents during the night, when taxi cabs ran into the pile of dirt and one into the ditch.

"The red lanterns had been placed but had been blown over by the wind and storm, and it was necessary for the authorities to rouse the workmen out of bed at an early hour this morning to get the lanterns relighted."

Watch Out For That Pile,  It's a Doozy.  --RoadDog

Friday, January 26, 2018

Taxi-Truck Accident in 1917

From the April 26, 2017, MidWeek   "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The Lincoln Highway taxi cab driven by Gene Blake with C.F. Toenniges as a passenger for the Haisch truck driven by Ernest Parkins came together this morning at the corner of Third and Pine street.

"Mr. Toenniges was injured by flying glass and also the jar when the two cars came together."

Watch Out!!  --RoadDog

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Writing the Story To "Suit" Himself

From the April 26, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The young Mr. Parkins, who drives the Haisch truck has the gall to inform the Chronicle reporter this morning that if our report of the auto accident did not suit him he was going to make us correct it.

"For the benefit of him and anyone else who may be interested on the similar occasions, we wish to take this opportunity of stating that the reports of news events in the Chronicle are not written to 'suit' anyone except the general public which is entitled to fair, truthful and complete reports of the news and will get them here.

Take That Mr. Parkins!!  --RoadDog

Along 66, December 2017: Museum Club and the Route

From the Route 66 News Site.

DECEMBER 19--  The Museum Club in Flagstaff, Arizona, to reopen December 29.  Has operated since 1936, but closed in September.  Built by taxidermist Dean Eldredge in 1931 to show off his vast collection.

Became famous in the 1960s when the owners began booking country acts like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Bob Wills.

We went there back in 2006 and had a real good time.  A classic.

DECEMBER 21--  Cybthia Troup's role in "Get Your kicks on Route 66."  Cynthia and Bobby Troup drove Route 66 to California in 1946.  She came up with the line "Get Your Kicks on Route 66."

Bobby finished the song.  She probably should have received at least partial credit for the songwriting.

Where Would Route 66 be Without Her?  --RoadDog

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Along 66, December 2017: Virden Mural, "The Elvis of France" and Onion Burgers

DECEMBER 5--  Virden, Illinois, mural deemed irreparable and will be wholly repainted instead of touch up.  It will be repainted from scratch and with a new design.

Love those murals.

DECEMBER 6--  Johnny Hallyday, "the Elvis of France" and a big Route 66 fan died at age 77.  I never heard any of his songs.

DECEMBER  9--  50 Years of Making Fried Onion Burgers.  Monty Hall of El Reno, Oklahoma has been making them for that long.  First at Johnnie's Grill and then at Sid's Diner, which he has owned since 1989.

One of those great foods you can find on 66.


Streets a Bit Dusty in DeKalb in 1917

From the April 26, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The oldest sprinkling wagon in DeKalb, repainted and other repairs made, was out today giving the main street a soaking.

"The advent of the wagon was received with gratitude by many business men as the dust along the street was getting thick, filling the stores at every opportunity.""

Well, Dirt Streets.  What Did You Expect?  --RoadDog

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Car Slams Into Building in Sandwich, Ill., in 1917

From the September 20, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"While parking his auto in front of Warner's store in Sandwich, a Mr. Rule from Kewanee who was with his family was making an auto trip, lost control of the car, causing it to jump the curb and crash into the doorway at Warner's shoe department.

"One of the large plate glass at the end of theshow window was shattered when the car struck it and the show case in which gents collars are displayed and which hangs outside between the two doorways was also demolished."

Oops!  --RoadDog

Horsin' Around in 1917: Just "One Good Eye Between Them"

From the October 4, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

"Fred the Sycamore junk man, who lives on Fair Street bought a stove from DeKalb, and while he was delivering it to rooms over the Sycamore laundry, left his team of horses, which had only one good eye between them, standing unhitched.

"It was late at night, and the horses were hungry, so they wandered around the corner to State street on their way toward home.

They did not see the red lights, nor the piles of earth, nor the open ditch, and Officer Proust a short time later found them both in the ditch unable to get out.  He called for assistance and they were unhitched and untangled and fed with no particular damage done."


Monday, January 22, 2018

A Detour in 1942

From the September 27, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

"Motorists in Sycamore coming into the city by way of the state highway (Il-23) are now compelled to use Fair Street from DeKalb Avenue over to Route 64 and the same applies to those wishing to drive to DeKalb.

"Fair Street is in fairly good shape and no complaint has been heard from anyone regarding the necessary detour."

In 1942, the state road, Il-23, was being made into a four lane highway.

Detours Even Back Then.  --RoadDog

Friday, January 19, 2018

Roadwork Coming Along in 1942

From the September 27, 2017 MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Mayor Frank Ashelford is well satisfied with the progress that is being made in the street paving and says that by this evening the stretch on DeKalb Avenue will be made ready for the preliminary work and will be roped off to traffic."


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Near Car-Train Crash in DeKalb in 1917

From the November 1, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Some little excitement was caused at First street crossing of the North Western last night when a Ford car, driven by unknown parties, crashed through the gates, just ahead of the Sterling passenger (train).

"The gates were down, and the bell ringing, and the driver of the car was either in a big hurry or else did not see the gates.  Both gates at the crossing were broken in the driver's effort to get away."

Never A Good Idea to Try to Beat a Train Through the Crossing.  Especially With How Fast Trains Roar Through DeKalb.  --RoadDog

Thursday, January 11, 2018

About That Balky Mule in DeKalb in 1917

From the November 1, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"A new use for the taxicab was exemplified on the street of DeKalb today when a local driver ran through Lincoln avenue towing a balky mule which had changed hands at the horse sale and which the owner wanted to get home.

Can't Ride It, Tow It.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

State Aid Cement Road Completed From DeKalb to Sycamore in 1917

From the November 1, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The new state aide cement road which connects with the Sycamore pavement on the DeKalb road, which was completed several days ago, will be opened to the public, and the cement road out of Waterman, being laid by the same contractors, is well toward completion.

"The stretch out of Waterman will give a cement road from Waterman to the James Carter farm just south of DeKalb."

The Sycamore-DeKalb Road is today's Illinois Highway 23.  Part of the cement road from Waterman to DeKalb was a "Ribbon Highway."

Those Cement Roads Were Really an Improvement Over the Dirt Roads  --RoadDog

Along 66, December 2017: Mother Jones and Roger Miller

DECEMBER 12--  A Mother Jones marker was dedicated at the I-55 rest area.  She was a union activist and leader of the coal miners.  The rest area is located south of Springfield, Illinois, in the southbound lanes.

Her grave is in Mt. Olive New York.

DECEMBER 18--  The Roger Miller Museum in Erick,Oklahoma, will close for good because of financial difficulties.  It opened in 2004.  Of course, favorite son Roger Miller was a noted performer in the 1960s, especially known for his huge hit  "King of the Road."

I always hate to see a museum close.  Sadly, we never got around to visiting it.

"Rooms to Let 50 Cents."  --RoadDog

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mr. Quinn Meets a Calf in 1917

From the December 6, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"P. Quinn, of Clare, who recently invested in a new Hudson automobile has taken every precaution keeping the car in good shape, safety first being his slogan whenever there is a shadow of a doubt.

"The forepart of the week, the Quinns, together with some guests drove the car to Rockford and the trip was one of enjoyment.  Just before turning into the gate at home, on the return trip, the driver encountered a herd of cattle and as he did so, a calf kicked at the car as it was getting out of the road, breaking off a headlight.

"The rest of the family and the guests have had considerable fun at Mr. Quinn's expense."

Pretty Funny, Mr. Quinn.  Well, At Least It Wasn't a Flivver.  --RoadDog

The New Ellwood-Fisk Garage in DeKalb in 1917

From the December 13, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"On account of the new Ellwood-Fisk garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway, it is probable that several sets of telephone and electric wires will have to be moved.

"As it is now there are electric wires will be in the path of the south wall of the building and the officials of the telephone company and also the electric company were giving the matter the once over today."

Progress Causing Problems.  --RoadDog

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Filling Station Gets Sold in Sycamore in 1942

From the October 18, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Arthur Taylor, who has successfully operated the Nash (cars) sales agency in Sycamore while his garage mechanics have been busy much of the time, is reported to have signed papers this week whereby he will take over the Standard Oil station at Main and State streets.

"Hillquist Brothers, who operate the Fargo Garage, have been operating the this filling station across from the post office, and have relinquished their hold on the place."


Building a New Gas Station in 1917 in DeKalb

From the October 18, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Skoglund & Wedberg, who have the contract for the eraction of the new Fisk-Ellwood garage, started work at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway.

"The contract is one of the largest of its kind in the city and much material has been hauled to the scene in order to commence the work .  The work will be rushed with all possible haste in order that cold weather will not stop operations completely."

Building a Fancy Gas Station in DeKalb.  --RoadDog

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Fire at Electric Corners in Sycamore

From the December 6, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The DeKalb fire department received word of a fire in a vacant house at Electric Park corners.  The house, formerly was on the opposite side of the highway and was once used as a filling station.

"When a modern station was erected on the route between DeKalb and Sycamore, the frame building was moved across the road."


Slippery Roads in Sycamore in 1942

From the December 27, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Because many motorists were having difficulty in backing out of parkway spaces in the business area of Sycamore, city men scattered cinders along State Street from California to the post office.

"This proved of great benefit to drivers of all kinds of vehicles and also to pedestrians as well, and probably averted more than one accident during the day and evening."

Slip Sliding Away.  --RoadDog

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lincoln Highway and Burlington Way Marked in 1917

From the December 27, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Through the efforts of the fire chief, the traffic post at the corner of Fourth street and Lincoln Highway shows the color of the Lincoln Highway on two sides and also the official colors of the Burlington Way on the other two sides.

"The chief fitted the glass on the inside of the globe on the other two sides , and also painted the colors and although the blue does not show up plainly at this time, the matter will be remedied at a later date, so that all of the colors of the two highways will be readily seen from a distance."

Since the Lincoln Highway runs east west through DeKalb, the Burlington Way must have gone north-south along Fourth Street.

In the days before numbered highways.  I have never heard of the Burlington Way.  Too bad this globe was not kept in a museum or somewhere.


Car/Hand Car Collision in 1917

From the December 27, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"A motor car used by the C.M. & G section hands collided with a hand car loaded with section hands near Yaeger's crossing north of Fairdale.

"Several of the men were badly bruised and badly shaken up, but no bones were broken."


Friday, January 5, 2018

When Diagonal Is Not Parallel in 1917: Obey the Parking Law

From the December 13, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"An autoist coming to DeKalb yesterday afternoon stopped at one of the restaurants and drove up parallel with the sidewalk.  It happened that the next two cars stopped at the same place parked the cars according to the traffic laws (diagonal).

"When the offender came to get started on his trip again some 30 minutes was necessary before he could get away from the curbage.  Safe to say that the next time the same motorist stops in DeKalb he will do as DeKalb people do with regard to parking automobiles."

Dumb Out-Of-Towners.  RoadDog

Another Industry for DeKalb in 1917: The Tire-O-Fix Company

From the October 18, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Another industry for DeKalb!  The Tire-O-Fix company, manufacturers of a semi-liquid fluid which mends punctures like magic has leased the building on West Lincoln Highway formerly occupied by the West End Garage and in three weeks' time will manufacture the product which should prove a boon to motorists."

Yep, They Had Flat Tires Back Then.  --RoadDog

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A "Flivver" Goes Head-to-Head With a Street Car in DeKalb in 1917

From the December 20, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The two o'clock street car of the DeKalb-Sycamore Electric Company and a flivver belonging to a man from Troy Grove locked horns at Oak and Fourth street yesterday afternoon.

"Motorman and Conductor McCann were in charge of the car, and from all reports obtainable today the driver of the flivver did not see the street car until he started to make the turn at this particular corner, and then it was too late to stop.

"The front of the automobile was badly damaged although no one was injured."

I knew flivver was referring to the automobile, but looked it up anyway and found that flivver refers to a small, cheap, usually old automobile.  Also, something of unsatisfactory quality or inferior grade.

Careful of Those Street Cars.  --FlivverDog