The Official Newsletter of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League
Number 35                                                                                                                             February 2003


    Perhaps the most important Lincoln Highway meeting pertinent to the young history of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on March 1, 2003, at the Bucyrus Middle School in Bucyrus, Ohio.  Ruth Heikkinen, National Park Service Study Team Coordinator, will be seeking input from Ohioans on the subject of the Lincoln Highway, and how to best preserve its history and landmarks.  Anyone with an interest in the highway, whether it be from a historical or business perspective, is strongly encouraged to attend and contribute their ideas and thoughts regarding this significant matter.  Lunch will be available at the meeting site.

    One public workshop is being held in each Lincoln Highway state to discuss the results of a recent study and to seek ideas on management alternatives.  As taken from National Park Service publications:

    In December 2000, a bill was passed by Congress and signed by the President directing the National Park Service to coordinate a comprehensive study of the routes of the Lincoln Highway.  This Special Resource Study will evaluate the highway and related resources.  The study will also present management alternatives for long‑term preservation of the highway, including alternative involving state and local governments and private sector organizations.

    For more information, visit the NPS website at: www.nps.gov/mwro/lincolnhighway

    Let's have a large attendance of LHA/OLHL members to show the National Park Service that we are truly committed to our stated goals for the promotion and preservation of the memory of the nation's first transcontinental automobile route!


    Members of the Lincoln Highway Association/Ohio Lincoln Highway League living in the western counties of Ohio will continue to meet on an informal basis during 2003.  This year the group is planning to view a series of collected video presentations entitled "Popcorn And A Movie."

    The first two movies to be featured in this series are the fifty‑minute video entitled "Modern Marvels: American Highways", as shown on the History Channel, plus the newly released thirty‑minute video entitled "Brush With History", which will focus on the painting of Ohio's Bicentennial barns.  The History Channel project devotes a significant amount of video time and old movie footage to the early Lincoln Highway.

    This first pair of videos will be shown between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday February 20th at the Van Wert Historical Society.  Larry Webb and Kris Salters will be our hosts.  Other movies to be shown during the year include "The Signs and Rhymes of Burma‑Shave" and "Roadsters, Rumbleseats and Country Drives."  Times, dates, and places for these viewings will be announced in future issues of Buckeye Ramblings.




Thursday February 13, 2003, 6:30 p.m.‑‑

Eastern Ohio Chapter of OLHL will meet at Wayside Inn Restaurant

319 West Nassau Street (U.S. 30)/East Canton, Ohio

General agenda will be securing funds for repair of Cindell Street;

Discussion of March 1 NPS meeting

Please contact Jim Ross at 330/497-0447 if you wish to be added to the EO mailing list

or write to him at 704 Vincent Road NW/North Canton, Ohio 44720 

Thursday February 20, 2003, 6:30 p.m..‑‑

Mid-Ohio Chapter will met at Mifflin Inn

Thursday February 20, 2003, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.‑‑

First of "Popcorn And A Movie" series, hosted by Western Ohio LHA/OLHL members

Van Wert Historical Society/602 N. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio

Saturday March 1, 2003, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.‑‑

Bucyrus Middle School, Bucyrus, Ohio

National Park Service Public Meeting on subject of Lincoln Highway

Ruth Heikkinen, NPS Study Team Coordinator

(see lead story)

Thursday March 20, 2003, 6:30 p.m..‑‑

Mid-Ohio Chapter will met at K.C.'s Walnut Lounge in Mansfield

Tuesday April 8, 2003, 7:30 p.m.‑‑

Mike Buettner will speak to the Eagle Creek Historical Organization (ECHO)

Grace Bible Church, 400 Powell Drive, Arlington, Ohio

Thursday April 24, 2003, 6:30 p.m..‑‑

Mid-Ohio Chapter will met at Fingers Corner near Nevada

Saturday May 10, 2003, 12:00 noon‑‑

Ohio Lincoln Highway League Annual Meeting

Grange Hall/Robertsville, Ohio

(more details and registration form in next issue)

Note: LHA President Jim Ranniger is making plans to join us for this meeting

June 4‑June 9, 2003‑‑ Gregory Franzwa's Book Tour Of Ohio

Proposed stops at: East Liverpool/Canton/Mansfield/Bucyrus/Lima/Van Wert

(Watch for details in future issues of Buckeye Ramblings)

June 7, 2003-- Stark County Cross-County Cruise

See www.LHcruise.com for details

June 10‑June 14, 2003‑‑ Lincoln Highway Association Annual Conference

Don Hall's Guesthouse on Washington Center Road just east of Lima Road

Fort Wayne, Indiana

August 17‑September 1, 2003‑‑ Lincoln Highway Anniversary Cross‑Country Tour

August 19: Pittsburgh to Mansfield

August 20: Mansfield to South Bend

See www.LHcruise.com for details



(First video in "Popcorn And A Movie" series hosted by Western Ohio LHA/OLHL members)

                                                    [see story]

About Emily Post: Ms. Post regaled Americans with the wonders of road travel.  Post's fluid account of her roadway adventure piqued and fueled the fever for highways.


About the Model T: The Model T revolutionized automobile production.  The car appealed to American wanderlust and independence.  No train schedules.  No forced itineraries.  No limits.  The car was your very own personal locomotive. 


About Henry Ford, on the subject of his financial non-support for the Lincoln Highway: The Detroit dynamo stepped on the brakes. "It was Washington's responsibility.  If private industry footed the bill, the fed's would never kick in."


About Carl Fisher, Henry Joy, and the Lincoln Highway: It would take the grand visions of two men to show the potential of roadbuilding to America.  Their impossible dream: the first transcontinental highway.


About Henry Joy: Joy was an adventurer trapped in the stiff suit of a successful capitalist.  A rugged outdoorsman, Joy had often pitted his car in survival skills against treacherous roads....In order to wrap the project in patriotic bunting, he named it after the man who held the nation together.



According to a mailing recently received by the OLHL President, the members listed below were dropped from the roster of the Lincoln Highway Association during April/May 2003.  It is our hope that all of you will see the value of promoting and preserving the memory of the Lincoln Highway, and that you will renew your memberships as soon as possible.

Linda Baker                                                     Robert L. Brandt

David Buele                                                     Canton Preservation Society

Galion Public Library Association                     Leveta N. Gold

Ray & Sally Gottfried                                       Fahye I. Graber

Massillon Public Library                                   Michael G. Oxley




                                                                  (Answers below)

1. Which original Lincoln Highway town in Ohio uniquely featured a Main Street/Lincoln Highway alignment that ran north and south for over one mile through the town?

2. With respect to street names, what do the courthouses at Lisbon, Canton, and Wooster all have in common?



Proof that the smallest communities on the Lincoln Highway had their own post card image is this 1915 real photo post card of "Main St. New Stark O.," which was recently won by a well-known LHA member/collector after a successful eBay bid.  This view is looking east on that long straight stretch through Hancock County which, in 1919, would finally become host for the Lincoln Highway.

According to the auction description, the building on the right was a general store, and may be the same building which now is an antique store; and if memory continues to serve correct, the church on the left also remains, although it has grayed considerably after years of neglect.  Additional information mentions Bushong's Garage—including a Sohio station with "two tall gas pumps"—which was located "to the right of the general store pictured in the post card."



1. Ada, which was on the Lincoln Highway route between 1913 and 1919.  They were prone to boast that they were the largest town on the route where the historic route ran only north and south.























2. In remarkable coincidence, all three courthouses are located at the corner of Market Street and the Lincoln Highway route through that town.


Buckeye Ramblings is the quarterly newsletter of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League, our state affiliate of the Lincoln Highway Association.  Editor of this newsletter and president of the OLHL is Mike Buettner (1618 Chandler Drive/ Lima, Ohio/ 45805).  Any changes of address should be forwarded to Mike.  Other officers through April 2002 are Mike McNaull, Vice-President; Jim Ross, Secretary; and Mike Lester, Treasurer.  State Director for the Lincoln Highway Association is Bob Lichty.  For texts of back issues, plus photography and other Ohio information, visit our website at www.lincolnhighwayoh.com.