Friday, September 14, 2012

Lake County Group Meets To Celebrate Old Lincoln Highway

The Merrillville/Ross Township Historical Society in Lake County will meet on Sunday, September 16 at noon at their museum (13 W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville IN). The focus of the meeting will be to plan for the October 28th "kick off" open house for the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Old Lincoln Highway, the first coast-to-coast improved road across the United States. The October 28th open house will feature famed artist Mitch Markovitz unveiling a new South Shore Line painting and poster honoring the Lincoln Highway. In addition, local classic car clubs will display antique automobiles.

Today, the 1913 original section of the Lincoln Highway in Merrillville is called 73rd Avenue. It was originally built in 1913 to roughly follow the Great Sauk Trail. The Merrillville/Ross Township Veterans Memorial Park, Merrillville Cemetery, Merrillville School (now home to the museum), and Old Mill are a few of the historic sites along the 1913 route.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

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