We’ll start with pre-tour activities in Sioux City on Thursday August 17. On Friday, we begin the tour from Sioux City heading south for a little time in the Blair, Nebraska and Missouri Valley area.
We’ll come back into Iowa through Council Bluffs and make our way to Carroll, IA for our banquet on Saturday evening. Our tour will end in Grand Junction on Sunday. Please join us for the sites, the great people, the fun and the history.
By Caron Osburg
The 2016 Iowa Lincoln Highway Association Motor Tour was as much fun as state law would allow.
This year the tour began in Clinton, Iowa with a full three days’ itinerary planned. But as so often happens, we gave folks a chance to travel in and provide a little something called a pre-tour. This year, we had almost 100% participation in the pre-tour travel, which was a beautiful, rural drive north into Galena, Illinois followed by a delicious supper at Timmerman’s Supper Club in East Dubuque.
It was a hot, muggy day in Galena, but everyone found something to do from the long list of options that included wine tasting, walking tours, historical sites, restaurants and the popular guided trolley tour. Galena is a historic town situated with a small river running through the middle.
At the height of the town’s prosperity, the river was much wider, deeper and an important part of
the town’s economy. Many people visited the historic DeSoto hotel to sit in air-conditioned comfort and watch an interesting video about the history of the town. Timmerman’s Supper Club made our large group feel right at home and we enjoyed time at the bar, a delicious meal, and beautiful views of the Mississippi River.
The next morning, we visited with the owner of Smith Brothers General Store in Clinton. Browsing and remembering as we looked at the collection of goods, quite a few purchases were made to start the official portion of the tour.
We left Clinton and headed west to DeWitt where we were warmly met by a group of DeWitt residents along with the mayor. There we visited the Hausbarn and the Petro service station while some of our motorists went into the shopping district for a quick peek at the stores. Leaving DeWitt, we drove through Calamus and over two of the bridges near the pony truss bridge into Wheatland. We drove into Lowden to their lovely park for a generous Iowa pork chop lunch.
Leaving Lowden on the Herbert Hoover Highway, we drove to West Branch to visit the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, which is the preservation of
the neighborhood where Hoover grew up. We then proceeded to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, a real treat for all the history buffs in our group. Afterward, we drove into Coralville to visit the Antique Car Museum to see the large collection of cars and the exhibition of local history.
On Saturday, the group drove to the Amana Colonies via Highway 6 where a local Model A club was showing a huge collection of cars. We drove through other Amana locations on our way to Belle Plaine to see the Belle Plaine Area Museum with its special area on the first floor devoted to the Lincoln Highway. Leaving the museum on the old Lincoln Highway, we stopped at the JEV Winery to taste wine and buy some bottles for our wine collections.
Stopping in Tama, we were happy to
see a small group of Tama Lincoln Highway representatives greeting us near the bridge. We bought t-shirts and took a lot of photos, which can be seen on the Iowa Lincoln Highway Motor Tour Event 2016 Facebook page.
On Saturday night, the banquet was a time to relax over a good meal and plenty of conversations and laughter.
Sunday morning, we headed to State Center on the old Lincoln Highway to have donuts and coffee in the City Hall as well as to visit their rich collection of historic buildings: the converted service station that’s now the police station, the train depot, the one-room schoolhouse, the barber shop museum and Watson’s Grocery. As a bonus, the local re department was running drills right on the Lincoln Highway in preparation for an upcoming competition!
We then headed to Colo and Niland Corner where the Jefferson and Lincoln Highways intersect and enjoyed a short visit of the grounds and the gas station. Then it was off to Ames for lunch.
After lunch and a video presentation in
the Ames City Hall (which was once the Ames High School) we drove into Boone to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace to enjoy the beautiful weather, a private tour, and Mamie’s own chocolate fudge and sugar cookies for an extra treat.
After some visiting and long goodbyes, the tour was over. Consider joining us next year for a memorable trip through the best of Iowa on the Lincoln Highway.
If you are interested in viewing pictures about the trip, please click here.