Whether by Car or Computer, ZOOM to Hanna For our Fall Event

We invite you to the Fall Gathering of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association on Saturday, October 24, in Hanna.  We have not been able to meet in person for nearly a year and I think it is important we do so. On the other hand, I know some are concerned about safety so here is the plan:

  • Meet at Rumors Restaurant at 9:00 a.m. CDT (10:00 EDT).
    Address: 12 Moore St, Hanna, IN 46340
  • Program being developed for 1- 1 1/2 hours in and around Hanna (history, bridges, etc.).
  • Business Meeting at Rumors upstairs from the restaurant beginning at 10:30 to 10:45 CDT.
  • Social distancing provided and masks worn by all throughout the business meeting.
  • Rumors has WiFi so we will ZOOM the business meeting portion to anyone who wishes to participate in that way, rather than attending the meeting in person. The meeting ID through ZOOM is 840-4357-5178 and the Passcode is 752048
  • Business meeting completed by no later than 12:15-12:30 followed by lunch.  I hope to place orders by 12:00 so that we can eat and leave prior to 1:00 CST.  Cost of lunch is on your own.
  • We will mail documents to everyone ahead of time to expedite the meeting. We need to hear from each of you who will attend either in person or remotely. Please call Jeff at 574-527-4227 or email the INLHA office so we can send you the meeting materials.

Lincoln Highway BuyWay Yard Sale

LH BuyWay Yard Sale – Ohio is still planning to participate in the annual LH BuyWay Yard Sale-August 13-15. Due to the COVID-19 and being cautious, the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association will NOT support any sales along the 2 routes in Indiana. If folks want to take the chance and have a sale, go for it. But please be safe and follow the CDC Guidelines. Thank you.

2020 Indiana Lincoln Highway Sign Project

One of our top projects right now is the addition of more of the LH BYWAY signs that you see across our 2 alignments. We placed our first signs about 3 years ago and some need replacing, some routing has changed, some were actually stolen, and some extras are being added to benefit the traveler. If you can, we ask you help contribute to this project. Each sign costs over $40 and each turn arrow costs nearly $15 and we need 70-80 more, so you can see it adds up quickly.

All donations are tax deductible, as the INLHA is a 501 (c) (3) organization for IRS purpose. You can use the PayPal “Donate” button on our homepage with a credit card even if you don’t have PayPal account.


Please Consider the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association For Your Year-End Giving

Holiday Greetings from the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association (INLHA) – dedicated to preserving and celebrating this important part of American history. The INLHA is an all volunteer non-profit organization, and any donations are tax deductible. Your donations  help sponsor special projects such as signing and historic preservation.
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Join us as we Gather in Goshen for our 2019 Fall Meeting

Join us as we Gather in Goshen For our Fall Event
Saturday, November 2, 2019

The fall meeting of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association (INLHA) will be in Goshen, Indiana on November 2, 2019.  Everyone is invited, whether a current INLHA member or just interested!   Here is our tentative agenda.

9:30 a.m. EDT – Meet at the Reith Interpretive Center for car pooling. The facility is located at Millrace Park, 410 W. Plymouth Ave. Click here for a Google map of the area:  https://goo.gl/maps/42z2YX15138zyJ2w6

10:00-11:30 a.m. – Join us at the Lincoln Highway kiosk at Fidler Pond Park, 1424 Lincolnway East for a view of our LH historic panels and a brief discussion of the LH through Goshen, followed by a drive further east on US 33 to just beyond Benton, IN to hear the story of the ongoing restoration of the Benton Tourist Camp Cabins and some recognition for Dave Beachy and his work there. The cabins were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

11:30-12:30p.m. – Lunch on our own at one of the suggested restaurants listed below.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – INLHA business meeting back at the Reith Interpretive Center.  All are welcome if you have an interest in the activities underway regarding the LH in Indiana or want to know more. If not, just come for the morning!

Restaurant suggestions for lunch:

Olympia Candy Kitchen
136 N. Main St. (across from the Court House)

South Side Soda Shop
1122 South Main St.

Venturi’s Pizza
123 E. Lincoln St.
Opens at 11:30

1208 W. Pike St.

Goshen Brewing Co.
315 W. Washington St.

Lunch and Learn in La Porte – Saturday, July 13, 2019

You are invited to
Lunch and Learn in La Porte
during the
The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association’s
Summer Event & Annual Meeting
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Mama T’s Diner (formerly B & J’s American Cafe)

The Itinerary:

  • 9:00 am Central Daylight Time:  Meet at Mama T’s Diner, 607 Lincolnway, La Porte 46350
  • 9:15 – 11:15 am:  La Porte native Bruce Johnson, educator and historian, will guide non-board member attendees as they visit the Lincoln Highway Kiosk downtown, then drive to the La Porte County Historical Society Museum for a tour ($3.00), 2405 Indiana Avenue. laportecountyhistory.org/
  • 9:15 – 11:15:  INLHA Board meeting
  • 11:30 – 1:30:  Lunch and Membership Meeting at Mama T’s.  We will order off the menu on our own.

Meeting Highlights:

  • View The Lincoln Highway’s Ideal Section* produced by Paul Nelson
  • Hear updates on INLHA projects and activities including the visit by two groups traveling cross-country commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army’s 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy on the Lincoln Highway
  • Election of Directors, and more.

We look forward to seeing YOU! There is no charge (except for the Museum entry fee) but it would be helpful for planning if you reply by email that you will attend. Use the link in the upper right hand corner of this page under the Byway sign.

* The 20 minute documentary offers a look at the creation of the Ideal Section of the Lincoln Highway, the memorial site, and the restoration of the Henry C. Ostermann Memorial Seat and the Ideal Section Monument.  The video includes historic photos and movie clips as well as interpretive comments from several members of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and other historians.  In addition, viewers will get a condensed introduction to the Lincoln Highway, including the 1919 Military Convoy.


Original Lincoln Highway Buffet at 607 Lincolnway in La Porte, IN

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.

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:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/68-0661158
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.