Lincoln Highway Centennial Programs in South Bend

The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, in cooperation with the Studebaker National Museum and the Center for History, continue the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway by presenting two events during the week of September 29. Each talk will be held at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Wiekamp Auditorium, and are funded in part by a grant from Indiana Humanities with the support of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Sunday, September 29 – Carl Fisher, The Lincoln Highway, and the Evolution of the Highway System in America
Author and Historian Dennis Horvath, presenter, with Professional Actor Jeff Kuehl portraying Carl Fisher
This talk will show how the Lincoln Highway served as a model of the evolution of the highway system in America and cover the evolution of travel from rural roads to improved federal highways in the early part of the twentieth century. “Carl Fisher” will be on hand to describe his vision for the first coast-to-coast rock highway.

Cost: free with admission to the Studebaker National Museum ($8 adults, $6.50 senior, $5 children over six, free for SNM members and children five and under)

Wednesday, October 2 – Insights in History – Competitive Spirits: Celebrating 100 Years of the Lincoln Highway
South Bend native and Lincoln Highway historian, Bill Arick, Presenter
This talk will introduce the founders of the Lincoln Highway. It will also explore the many connections between South Bend and the Lincoln Highway. Included will be a tour of the exhibit, The Lincoln Highway: Centennial Reflections.

Cost: $3.00 regular, $1.00 CFH members – reservations required by September 30. Phone (574) 235-9664

Complete information including presenter biographies are available on this pdf file:

Indiana Lincoln Highway Fall Tour Featured in National Geographic Traveler

From National Geographic – Best of World Weekly – Lincoln Highway Fall Foliage Road Trip, Fort Wayne to Dyer, Indiana:
Each week National Geographic Traveler editors select a seasonal trip showcasing the world’s best destinations to visit right now.

Photograph by Todd Zeiger, Indiana Landmarks

2013 Best Fall Trip #2

Hoosier Carl G. Fisher was one of the people who spearheaded construction of the original 3,389-mile Lincoln Highway in 1913, making the Indiana portions of America’s first coast-to-coast highway ideal for a centennial celebration-fall foliage road trip. Pull off along the way at the Johnny Appleseed Festival, September 21-22; Wanatah Scarecrow Festival, September 27-29; and Westville Pumpkin Festival, October 4-6.

When to Go: September-October

How to Get Around: There are two distinct Lincoln Highway routes in northern Indiana. To retrace the original 1913 sections, start in Fort Wayne and head northwest on U.S. Route 33 following “Indiana’s Lincoln Highway Byway: A Turn-by-Turn Road Guide for the 1913 Route.”

Where to Eat: Teibel’s Family Restaurant at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Highway 41 in Schererville has been a Lincoln Highway lunch and dinner favorite since 1929. Seven days a week, Stephen and Paul Teibel serve up hearty, homemade staples like Grandma Teibel’s fried chicken, buttered lake perch, and broccoli chicken casserole.

Where to Stay: Built 37 years before the Lincoln Highway (and with 96,650 bricks) the stately Kimmell House Inn on U.S. 33 / Lincolnway S in Kimmell has three romantic guest rooms in the main house and a standalone cottage that once served as the estate’s summer kitchen. Trails lead through the inn’s six wooded acres (an additional six are mowed), where by late September the leaves of the hundred-year-old sugar maples typically glow brilliant orange-red.

What to Read Before You Go: Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: A Road Trip Celebration of America’s First Coast-to-Coast Highway, Centennial Edition, by Brian Butko (Stackpole Books, 2013)

What to Watch Before You Go: A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway, a PBS documentary by film director and narrator Rick Sebak

Helpful Links: Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and Visit Indiana

Fun Fact: At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1928, groups of Boy Scouts simultaneously positioned 2,450 directional markers at intervals along the Lincoln Highway. Only 15 markers remain in Indiana, including one displayed outside the New Haven City Hall.