TAMA NEWS-HERALD (SPECIAL) The Iowa Lincoln Highway Association (ILHA) held its Spring meeting in Carroll on April 11. President Kathy Dirks of Harrison County called the meeting to order with over 30 members in attendance from all thirteen Lincoln Highway counties.
A topic of discussion was progress on the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway project. Signage for the recently approved state heritage byway was discussed and members voted on their preference for the signs that will eventually be placed by state and local highway departments to mark the route of the historic Lincoln Highway across the state.
Lincoln Highway Program Managers Peter Hoehnle from the Iowa Valley RC&D (Resource Conservation and Development) and Francie O'Leary (M&M Divide RC&D) and RC&D Coordinators John Paulin (Prairie Rivers RC&D) and John Klein (M&M Divide RC&D) were on hand to explain their role in the Lincoln Highway Sustainability Project and how the state Lincoln Highway organization may assist.
Lincoln Highway Project Manager Peter Hoehnele from the Iowa Valley RC&D in Amana, shows two sign designs under consideration to mark the new Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway route.
Iowa state director and Clinton County Consul Jeff LaFollette presented an update on the August "River to River Motor Tour". The 2nd annual tour runs west to east beginning at DeSoto Bend, ending at Clinton. Registration and tour details are available on the ILHA website. Several national tours will traverse Iowa on the Lincoln Highway including the commemoration of Alice Ramsey's cross country trip 100 years ago. Her 1909 adventure in a Maxwell automobile will be retraced this summer in a fully restored Maxwell. Ramsey was the first woman to drive across America. The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) convoy will also pass through traveling the Lincoln Highway in June.
Van Becker, Linn County Consul, recently assumed duties as an At-Large Director for the national Lincoln Highway Association. The 2009 Lincoln Highway conference will be held in South Bend, Ind., from June 16-20.
The next meeting of the ILHA will be held in Belle Plaine (Benton County) on July 11.
Tama's 29th Annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival
Membership information and events are available at the ILHA website: