Please consider the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association for your year-end giving

Accomplishment of the INLHA’s objectives for 2018 will require support from each of our members and friends! As you plan your year-end giving please consider how you can help us attain our goals. The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is a 501(c)(3) corporation, making donations tax deductible to the extent of the law.

You can make donations by sending a check to our address below, or online with PayPal by clicking the “Donate” button on our homepage. You can pay by credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Indiana Lincoln Highway Association,
801 W. Washington St.
South Bend, 46601

Thanks in advance for your ongoing support of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association!

Please review our homepage for the year-end letter from our President Debra Parcell.

Please Join Us For The Allen County Adventure – INLHA Fall Meeting

Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
New Haven City Hall, New Haven, IN 46774
815 Lincoln Highway E.
$14.00 includes lunch and tours


9:15 EDT:  Gather at New Haven City Hall

9:30 – 10:45:  Driving tour of Old LH from Ohio Line to Fort Wayne
Visit Townley, Zulu, St. Louis Catholic Church in Besancon, and more.

10:45:  Return to New Haven City Hall

11:00 –12:15:  Guided walking tour of downtown New Haven
Inside tour of remodeled depot, old hotel next door to depot; old homes                         on LH and Main Street; original City Hall/Fire Station dating to 1913;
Moser Park where significant train wrecks occurred on sharp curve;                              canal system plaque, and more.

12:15 –1:00:  Lunch at Rack & Helen’s Restaurant – lunch selections with descriptions are on the downloadable registration PDF

1:15 – 3:00:  INLHA Membership Meeting ~ INLHA Updates

Click below for a registration form PDF which also includes your lunch menu selections:

Your registration form can be mailed in with a check payable to INLHA at 801 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601

You can also pay by PayPal online by even if you don’t have a PayPal account. Just scroll down on our homepage until you see the Donate button. For online payments please include an extra $1.00 for processing. Make sure you include your name, contact information, and menu selection in the PayPal comment section – thanks!

2017 Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Listings:

Marshall County Historical Society
123 N. Michigan, Plymouth, IN 46563
August 10, 11, & 12     9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Karen – 574-936-2306

3 miles W. of Bourbon, IN
NE Corner of Gumwood Road and Lincoln Highway
August 10, 11, & 12
Judy – 574-342-5378
“I will have my tents pitched and filled with lots of UNIQUE items my husband collected, filling the barn with lots of things that caught his eye.  Many unusual canes and walking sticks; old coin banks in cast iron, tin, glass, ceramic, etc., in all sizes – lots of pocket banks; fancy old umbrellas; rare dinnerware; a collection of smoking pipes in a wood pipe rack; unusual decks of playing cards; old kitchen collectibles; old books; unique ceramic pieces; old glass bottles; vases; tin boxes; duck decoys; caps and t-shirts; a few tools and more.  Stop and see what I’m discovering among his diverse collection of STUFF.  There’s even an old church pulpit looking for a new home.”

The town of Hanna (on US 30 in southern La Porte County) will celebrate their annual town festival on Aug. 11, 12, 13. Hanna Fest includes many town-wide garage sales, free entertainment, a parade, vendors in the park, kids’ activities, food, a car show, street dance, and more:
Hanna Fest
Organization:  Hanna Lions Club
P. O. Box 108, Hanna, IN 46340
Site of sale:  Community-wide garage sales all around town
August 11 & 12, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ligonier Visitor Bureau
800 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767
August 10 & 11
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Norma – 260-463-6647

Lincoln Highway Buy-Way / Save the dates: August 10, 11, & 12, 2017

Looking for a fundraising opportunity?  Since your residence, church or business is along the historic Lincoln Highway, join hundreds of others from West Virginia to Iowa who will be holding Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sales on these dates.  All sale receipts remain with the individual/group that holds the sale (unless you choose to make a tax-deductible donation to the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association), and you can choose the days/hours you wish.

  • Do you have some clutter that others will no doubt cherish?   Set up your own table along the route!
  • Is your church, school, or organization looking for a unique fund-raising opportunity?  Take advantage of the marketing, publicity, and customers that will be available.
  • Time to move some merchandise from your business or celebrate a “Sale”?  Acknowledge Abraham Lincoln and his Highway with a super sale on those dates—possible a “Sidewalk Sale!”
  • Like to drive and learn about our heritage, plus see some yard sales going on along the route?  Get out and drive along the Lincoln Highway in Indiana for a day or two.  Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the many great restaurants on the route and visit historic sites while you shop.

For more information and tips on participating in the Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale go to  To learn more about the Lincoln Highway go to  or

If you choose to hold a yard sale on these dates, please let us know by returning the form (PDF) at this link –
so we can publicize it on our website.  We also have LH BUY-WAY Yard Sale signs (that can be customized for your location) with wire brackets for sale @ $12.00.  Contact Bev at or 574-210-6278 for more details.

Thank you.
Joyce Chambers, Coordinator (574-272-5374)
Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, 801 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601

Explore the Indiana Lincoln Highway Selfie Contest – Official Rules

Go to our map page: where you can find the link to the national Lincoln Highway Association’s Official Map of the Lincoln Highway:

Click on the map Menu link in the upper right hand corner for more information. The map uses Google Maps technology. Zoom in on Northwest Indiana and find the blue line, which represents the original route of the Lincoln Highway.

Drive America’s first transcontinental highway in Lake, Porter, and/or La Porte County.

Take a photo of yourself visiting three (or more) of these interesting sites:

Lake County

♦ By the Lincoln Highway concrete post inside the Dyer Historical Society Museum
♦ By the Ostermann Memorial in front of the Meyer’s Castle property 1370 Joliet St. (park in the Woudeland Professional Center lot)
♦ By the Lincoln Highway plaque on the side of the Walgreen’s east of Teibel’s near the intersection of US 30 and US 41
♦ By the Ideal Section marker in the parking lot of the Home Town Inn and Suites
♦ By the LH post at the Schererville Town Hall
♦ By the Rogge Insurance sign in front of the Boyd-Rogge house – oldest home in Merrillville, 1500 E. 73rd
♦ By the mill wheel at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill
♦ By any Lincoln Highway logo painted on a utility pole or Lincoln Highway Historic Byway sign

Porter County

♦ By the Lincoln Highway marker at the Valparaiso City Hall
♦ At the Lincoln Highway sign east of the viaduct on Old SR 2 southwest of Westville
♦ By any Lincoln Highway logo painted on a utility pole or Indiana Lincoln Highway Historic Byway sign

La Porte County

♦ By the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train plaque in Westville and/or Wanatah
♦ On the steps of Pinhook Church on SR 2
♦ At the Lincoln Highway kiosk near the depot in La Porte at Michigan and Washington Streets
♦ In front the vintage Bob’s Bar –B –Q sign inside Jennie Rae’s restaurant in Rolling Prairie
♦ By any Lincoln Highway logo painted on a utility pole or Indiana Lincoln Highway Historic Byway sign

Enter by emailing your three (or more) selfies to or mailing them to Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, 801 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601. Include your name and contact information with your entry.

A drawing will be held on September 11, 2017. Two winners will be selected to each receive $25 in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by that date.

Photos may be posted on the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association Facebook page. Submission of your selfies provides your approval to post your photos on the INLHA Facebook page or for use by the INLHA for marketing purposes.

Thank you for your interest in the Indiana Lincoln Highway Byway. Become a member of our INLHA – see:

From Deep River to the Ideal Section – Join us for our spring / summer meeting in Dyer

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association will be having its spring / summer meeting in Dyer on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For an itinerary, lunch options, and more information see the Reservation Form here:

Or see our website Home page at:


The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association office has moved down the street:

The Indiana Chapter has moved a few blocks west to a small office space in the 1885 Romanesque mansion built by South Bend business leader William Kizer, listed in the 1915 LH Road Guide as the St. Joseph County Consul.  While the interior is being renovated by Indiana Landmarks, who will use this as their Northern Regional Office, we are in the carriage house behind the home.  The INLHA took over the space in the Remedy Building when the LHA National Office was closed in 2008. The replica LH concrete post that was planted during the LHA National Office Dedication on April 21, 2007, will be removed and stored until it can be installed at an appropriate site along the 1928 alignment. The new INLHA address is 801 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601.  Bev Gillespie continues as the volunteer office manager.

Year-end reflections from our new President

Dear Indiana Lincoln Highway Association Members and Friends,LH-holiday-sign

Please visit our Home page on this website for the year-end letter from our new President Deb Parcel. And please consider the Indiana Lincoln HIghway Association in your year-end giving. The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association is a 501(c)(3) corporation, making donations tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Our homepage has a PayPal Donate button for your convenience. You can pay by credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Review of Honest Eats

Keith Elchert and Laura Weston-Elchert have written a wonderful new book Honest Eats – Celebrating the Rich Food History of Indiana’s Historic Lincoln Highway.
The book is now available through Amazon. Use the AmazonSmile homepage when you shop, and Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Indiana Lincoln HIghway Association. Please bookmark this link for all your future Amazon shopping – thanks:
Honest EatsHere’s a review by Jeff Blair, president of the Indiana Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association:

I had heard for the past couple of years about this book on restaurants along Indiana’s portion of the Lincoln Highway and looked forward to seeing it when it was to be released. I had personally walked the two Indiana alignments twice, once in 2011 and again in 2014, so felt I was a pretty knowledgeable guy about places to see and eat on its paths. I might even be the first one to order a copy the very day I got the email that it was about to be released from publication. Boy am I glad!

Laura and Keith’s book is terrific and a good read for everyone…Hoosiers, Lincoln Highway tourists, history buffs, even those who love a good picture or postcard.  Photographer Brian Tombaugh and Graphic Designer Amanda Reyher, along with many other contributors, make this a visually stimulating book in addition to the fine verbal content.

The Lincoln Highway from New York City to San Francisco is often considered the “Main Street of America” and the Elchert’s book is a marvelous walk down that Main Street. It is full of old and new descriptions and photographs of nearly 100 Indiana restaurants that bring the Highway to life…through food.  It introduces you to innumerable Hoosier entrepreneurs who have left their footprint on northern Indiana over the years. Along the walk they point out additional points of interest either on the Lincoln or nearby. And you get the added pleasure of some of the divine recipes they collected in their travels.

My congratulations and thanks to the Elchert’s for this book. It is extremely well researched and they give ample praise to the many historical societies and individuals that made contributions. Here are my summary recommendations to anyone reading this review…

  • SHOW IT by putting the book on your coffee table or business waiting room table for everyone to see…your guests will be both surprised and pleased to learn about this historic road and its significance.
  • DRIVE IT…the Indiana Lincoln Highway that is. Use the book as a great guide across the state to find the listed points of interests and many more of your own.
  • DIGEST IT…whether it be through testing the many great looking recipes or supporting the wonderful restaurants and diners depicted throughout the book.  Find the perfect Indiana tenderloin, the finest candy, great little diners, outstanding ethnic stops all along the route.  But first I highly recommend you…
  • BUY IT! It will be a great addition to your home or library.  You will not be disappointed.