Indiana Volkssport Association’s Lincoln Highway walking events

The Indiana Volkssport Association (Hoosier Hikers) will be sponsoring two walking events along the Lincoln Highway:

  • Sunday, October 20, 2013 in South Bend, IN  – Veteran’s Memorial Park
    Click here for more info:

    The map-guided and unmarked Volksmarch routes mostly make use of sidewalks and designated trails in the Cities of South Bend and Mishawaka. The routes will be focused on the banks of the Saint Joseph River and the Lincoln Highway.

The unmarked Volksmarch routes are mostly flat, shaded and makes use of city sidewalks and designated trails within the City of LaPorte. The routes will be oriented on the route taken by the Lincoln Highway through LaPorte prior to 1926 and historic neighborhoods.

Each walk will be available in 5, 10 & 13 km lengths.

For additional information contact:
Robert Buzolich
(574) 339-9140


New Lincoln Highway Kiosk Dedicated in La Porte

On May 5, La Porte became the fourth town along Indiana’s Lincoln Highway routes to display an informational kiosk; it joins Warsaw, New Carlisle and Plymouth.

La Porte Kiosk Dedication

The newest kiosk can be found in front of the town’s restored NY Central and Lake Shore Depot (803 Washington St.), now the home of the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce. One side of the kiosk highlights the Lincoln Highway’s history through La Porte County, featuring such landmarks as Bob’s Bar-B-Q, the Hotel Rumely and the county courthouse, as well as the depot. The reverse side offers a brief history of “The Lincoln Highway: American’s First Paved Coast-to-Coast Highway.”

The kiosk, which was painted in a color scheme to match the depot, was unveiled by Indiana Lincoln Highway Association members Jim Bevins and Fred Sachtleben. Both men are La Porte County natives who spent more than two years on construction and installation of the kiosk.

La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, and Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce President Mike Seitz, were presented with a Proclamation prepared by Indiana Lincoln Highway Association President Jan Shupert-Arick.  Click here for the Proclamation.

La Porte Mayor Blair Milo & Chamber President Mike Seitz

The annual meeting of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association followed at B&J’s American Café. The group learned of opportunities for partnering with businesses in a presentation from Chamber President  Mike Seitz.

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association’s accomplishments of the past year – highlighted by the highway’s designation as a Byway– were outlined in a presentation by President Jan Shupert-Arick.

Photos courtesy Tim Ashley.  Click photos for larger views.

Jim Bevins & Fred Sachtleben
Restored La Porte Depot

Festivals in Indiana Lincoln Highway Towns – 2012

As you tour the Indiana Lincoln Highway this summer and fall be sure to check out one of the many festivals taking place:

Columbia City
August 10-12, Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow,

Fort Wayne
July 13-21, Three River Festival,
September 15-16, Johnny Appleseed Festival,

June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2-3, and December 7, First Fridays – Downtown,
July 20-28, Elkhart County 4-H Fair,

La Porte
July 15-21, La Porte County Fair,

August 31-September 3, Marshmallow Festival,
September 8-9, Stone’s Trace Pioneer Festival,
October 1-31, Pumpkin Fantasyland,

New Carlisle
July 27-29, New Carlisle Home Town Days,

August 31-September 3, Marshall County Blueberry Festival,  www.blueberryfestival.orgCentennial Park, Plymouth Site of the Blueberry Festival, on the Dixie Highway just north of the Lincoln Highway     Intersection

South Bend
June 9, Blues and Ribs Festival – Downtown,
July 20-21, South Bend College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival,

September 8, Valparaiso Popcorn Festival,

September 21-23, Wanatah Scarecrow Festival,

June 9, Northern Indiana Lakes Festival,
July 9-14, Kosciusko County Community Fair,

September 28-30, Westville Pumpkin Festival,

La Porte Kiosk Dedication and 2012 Annual Meeting

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association invites the general public to the Lincoln Highway Kiosk Dedication and 2012 Annual Meeting 
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. CDT
La Porte, IN – 400 Michigan Ave. at Washington St.

Schedule for the Day:|

  • 9:30—Lincoln Highway Kiosk Dedication
  • 10:00—Tour of restored New York Central Depot
  • 10:30—INLHA Annual Meeting and Silent Auction at B & J’s American Café, 607 Lincolnway
  • 11:30—Buffet lunch at B & J’s  –  $15
  • 12:15—Guest Speaker ~ Mike Seitz, President, La Porte Chamber of Commerce:“Forming New Partnerships:  The Lincoln Highway Byway and Local Business”
  • Silent Auction winners announced

Lincoln Way La Porte IN