Tagged with California

California Lincoln Highway history recalled

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO The El Cerrito [Calif.] Patch ran an article by Rich Bartke, president of the El Cerrito Historical Society, about the Lincoln Highway. The story concentrates on the San Pablo Avenue, the main artery through El Cerrito, about 10 miles north of Oakland. Early local history is … Continue reading

Duarte’s Lincoln Highway Garage owner passes

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Mike Kaelin of Tracy, Calif., sends word that Francis (Frank) H. Duarte, 96, passed away on Nov. 22, 2011. He was the last business owner of the iconic Duarte’s Lincoln Highway Garage in Livermore. Frank was born in 1915, the year of the Pan-Pacific International Expo … Continue reading

Blogging the Lincoln Highway in NV and UT

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO I’ve been following a fantastic blog for a couple weeks. Grover Cleveland — his real name — writes “Camera and Pencil in the Mountains” that details his travels in the Sierra Nevada range. Last year he bought a 1919 Model T Ford roadster and converted it … Continue reading

Long-time LH fan and researcher Norm Root

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Long-time LH fan and activist Norm Root has passed away. As reported on a CaringBridge site his family set up, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness just last month. Norm was a Caltrans employee and dedicated preservationist and researcher who helped me with information and … Continue reading

Denny’s Lincoln Highway adventures continue

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Make sure you keep following Denny Gibson’s blog after the first day he hits the Lincoln Highway (his Day 9). Click HERE to continue with Day 10. Highlights include encountering snow at Donner Summit (note the LH “Subway” beneath the railroad overpass just left of center) … Continue reading

Lincoln/US 50 closing for repair at Echo Summit

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Starting May 11, Caltrans will close U.S. 50/Lincoln Highway at Echo Summit for approximately two weeks to replace a rock wall with a barrier that meets current safety standards while preserving the natural beauty. According to Way2Tahoe.com, traffic will be one-way on May 9–10 in preparation … Continue reading

LHA conference committee meets at Lake Tahoe

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO The 19th annual Lincoln Highway Association conference will take place June 20–24 at Stateline, Nevada, on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. The host hotel is Harrah’s Lake Tahoe (along with with Harvey’s), where you will register for the conference, browse the book room, enjoy the … Continue reading

Offbeat 1917 LH brochure touts water fountain

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO A brochure scanned and online for free download touts a Lincoln Highway water fountain design that was to be placed from coast to coast. Also proposed were cement tourist cabins to be built resembling Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin. Both ideas intended to honor the slain President. … Continue reading

CA Lincoln Highway Assoc to tour Central Valley

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO The California Lincoln Highway Association will tour the Central Valley Route from Sacramento to San Francisco, via Sacramento Valley and across the Carquinez Strait on Saturday, October 30. Tour departs and ends at the Holiday Inn Sacramento I-80 at 9 am. Cost $25 or $40 with … Continue reading

Lincoln Highwayman — the film

In  discussing this summer’s journeys of James Devitt Jr., aka the Lincoln Highwayman, I mentioned a film The Lincoln Hiighwayman, based on a 1917 one-act play written by Paul Dickey. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1919 movie released by William Fox Film Corp. It featured William Russell (b. 1886), wh0 Fandango describes: “Although … Continue reading

More Lincoln Highway signs for California route

The Tracy Press reports that more reproduction LHA “Control Station” signs are being posted along the original Lincoln Highway route in western California: “A sign tacked on the front of the Tracy Inn provides another identification of 11th Street as a route of the historic Lincoln Highway, the first highway network to span the nation … Continue reading

Lincoln Highway trip done, Route 66 return

Don’t forget to follow along as John and Joyce Jackson of Delaware, Ohio, follow the Lincoln Highway westward. Actually, they’ve already reached the Pacific and are taking Route 66 back eastward but their adventures are preserved online. Follow along at blog.jacksonlhtour.com/.

Reporters follow Lincoln Highway eastward

From Oh My News comes a series of reports by David McLane documenting life in small towns along four major highways in the US. First was US 95 from Mexico to Canada, then south on US 395 from Canada near Laurier, Washington, then merging with I-15 near Hesperia, California (at one time it went all … Continue reading

More Lincoln Highway signs for Tracy, California

From the Tracy Press, a story that more Historic Lincoln Highway signs are being placed in Tracy, California. On Wednesday morning, city employee affixed a Lincoln Highway sign to a metal post on westbound Byron Road just west of Corral Hollow Road, joining three signs were on 11th Street. A second new sign was placed … Continue reading

Donner Summit icon Norm Sayler honored

The Auburn Journal reports that Norm Sayler, who served as president and manager of Donner Ski Ranch for 46 years, was honored on July 5 for his  contributions to the community. He received the 2009 Community Person of the Year Award at the annual Donner Summit Area Association Picnic from Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. … Continue reading

Lincoln Highway Consul porcelain sign auctioned

California LHA newsletter editor Gary Kinst writes with an intriguing story and photo. “Wondering how many Lincoln Highway collectors have come across one of these signs? I would guess that there weren’t more than 13 at anyone time. I discovered this sign at a Gas Bash (petroleum collectors swap meet) in Escalon, California. After returning … Continue reading