Canton, Ohio -- A special license plate featuring the familiar red, white and blue Lincoln Highway logo has been awarded to The Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway thanks to State Senator Clifford Hite, Findlay, who introduced the bill last year. The new plate will also include the declaration: “America’s First Coast-to-Coast Road.”
The new vanity plate will be created once 150 orders are received. Proceeds from the sale of the special plates will help provide signage and better awareness of the historic road.
The Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (OLHHC), better known as the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway, is a non-profit corporation organized in 2000 to promote the history of the road through travel and tourism. It was granted Ohio byway status in 2004.
“Everybody knows about Route 66 because of books, a TV series and even movies in the past,” said Mike Hocker, executive director of the road, “but the Lincoln was built earlier, is much longer and more influential to the birth of the automotive culture we know today. This new plate will be a fun way to let your friends and others know about the road, but also support our cause to make people more aware of it.
Those interested in purchasing the plate will be pleased to know that they may have their personalized (vanity) plate number produced on the plate, as long as it does not exceed six numbers or letters, Hocker said.
The BAD news is that you are just hoarding junk that you will never use again. The GOOD news is that by giving it to us, WE not only recycle it, but actually get money for that stuff! And that includes power cords, chargers, etc. So help the Lincoln Highway and grab those old cell phones and accessories and drop them off to your local convention bureau. (If there isn't one close to you on the list, email me at info[at]historicbyway.com and I will arrange a pickup! If you are really feeling energetic, you can send it to OLHHC, 127 Harding Way East, Galion, OH 44833.
So where can you drop these off right now? W to E in Ohio: Van Wert CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau), Delphos Chamber, Cairo Library branch, Lima/Allen County CVB, Ada Public library, Forest/Jackson Public Library, Wyandot/Upper Sandusky Visitors Bureau, Bucyrus Chamber office, Galion Chamber office, Crestline ADVOCATE, Mansfield/Richland CVB, Wayne/Wooster CVB, and there will be more pickup places designated soon.
Thanks in advance for your help and support!
The mission of the Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is to preserve, interpret and promote the Lincoln Highway. Our effort will strengthen education, increase tourism and encourage economic development along America's first coast-to-coast paved highway.In 1999, Ohio Lincoln Highway Association Director Bob Lichty of Canton joined with Main Street Galion, Ohio Director Mike Hocker and several convention and visitor bureau leaders to go one step further by promoting organized tourism, with the belief that as a commercial destination, travelers, shoppers and tourists could be better educated to this piece of American history.
A coming together of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League with this new "heritage Corridor" group became a good fit for both. This new organization, along with the official Ohio Department of Transportation's granting of an official byway status in February of 2004 became a great advantage for businesses along the Ohio Lincoln Highway Corridor.
Traditionally, businesses spent money and received benefits only on a 1 to 1 ratio, but because this organization is driven under the professional direction of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) across the state, members' ad dollars are maximized, and the message is much clearer and farther reaching.
Individuals interested in saving this great piece of American history should visit the website of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League. Businesses, chambers and CVBs, attractions and retailers interested in being a part of our mission should visit our information page.