Day 2: April 23, 2005
League Business



I took a picture of the day's most incredible event with the idea of opening this entry with it but it just didn't work. About a half hour before the Ohio Lincoln Highway League meeting began, it started snowing. Unmistakable large white flakes that the wind blew sideways. They melted the instant they touched anything but they were snowflakes until that instant. But, like vampires, they were invisible in the picture. Maybe they were magic. Yeah, magic end-of-April-it-was-70-degrees-two-days-ago snowflakes. But I saw them. I know they were real.

The meeting started fairly close to on time and it was conducted efficiently but entertainingly by League President, Mike Buettner. That's Mike in the first picture in the red shirt. The seated fellow also featured in that picture is Ken Richardson, the mayor of Upper Sandusky. It turns out that I and another rank and file roadie shared a table with the mayor, a couple of county commissioners, the vice president of the visitors bureau, and someone from the local museum. That is the elusive Bob Lichty in the second picture. The crew at Motorcar Portfolio had been correct yesterday when they told me he was at a car auction in Michigan but they were unaware that he was driving back to Ohio for the meeting then back to Detroit for the rest of the auction. Mike Buettner's wife, Tammy, is in the third picture along with Lincoln Highway maven Russell S. Rein, a.k.a. ypsi-slim.

After the meeting, lunch, and some fun and games (including some LH trivia involving the spinning wheel pictured above and some fairly flexible rules) some local spots were available for tours. These pictures are of the Wyandot County courthouse just a half block from the meeting site. The ceiling was refreshed and improved in the early 1990s by a female artist from Centerville, OH. The main courtroom, looking much like it did at the 1900 opening, was used for scenes in the movie "Shawshank Redemption". Prison scenes were shot up the road at the closed Mansfield Correctional Facility.

This church was the first Methodist Mission in America. It was built in 1824 when this was still a Wyandot Indian Reservation.

In case you can't read it through the rain covered windshield, the sign says "HIGH WATER". The sign's subject is shown in the second photo.

Yes, it's just some more pictures of rain covered road but it is some very special road. The first picture is looking west down the Lincoln Highway (Main Street) in Beaverdam. Church Street, coming in from the right, was once Dixie Highway and still has that name north of town. In the second picture, the Lincoln continues west at the picture's right side and it is the road heading to the upper left of the picture that was once the Dixie. So, once upon a time, the short stretch of road between these corners carried two of the nation's major routes. One connected east to west and the other north to south. A true "crossroads of America". The Lincoln Highway pillar in the first picture is a replica erected in 1999.

The Arrow Motel, in Delphos, is my home for the night. There are eight spotless and well maintained rooms in an 'L' behind the owner's home. I could not get an internet connection through the room's phone or through my own cell phone but that is the only "negative". My room is in the middle of the L's long side and has windows front and back. Out the front window I can see my car near the door in its dedicated numbered spot. The neighbor's backyard, neatly groomed and with trampoline, is my view on the other side. Mini-fridge & coffee maker in the room and the very good Carriage House Restaurant just up the street. It's in easy walking distance when the air isn't filled with falling ice water. $36 plus tax ($2.52 sales, $1.08 motel). Larger rooms are a little more.

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