Rochelle in Ogle County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Better Roads for a Bright Future
Illinois Lincoln Highway
During the 19th century, cities usually had descent roads, but rural roads were often little more than muddy trails. Bicyclist's and railroad companies began calling for good roads in the 1880s, but American road building really took off in the 20th century as a response to rising numbers of cars and trucks. Some of these new roads were private initiatives such as the Lincoln Highway, but after 1916, federal law and government money fueled much of the country's road building.
The Complete Official Road Guide o the Lincoln Highway (1924) suggested equipment for travelers along the highway:
1 Lincoln Highway Sustaining Membership Radiator Emblem
1 pair of Lincoln Highway pennants
2 sets of tire chians
6 extra cross chains (for above)
1 set chain tighter springs
1 set tools
1 pair good cutting pliers
1 pair good cutting pliers
2 extra tire casings, mounted
1 casing patch
3 spark plugs
8 feet of high tension cable
1 gallon can of oil
1 hand axe
1 shovel (medium size)
1 upper radiator connection
1 lower radiator
1 set lamp bulbs
1 flash light
3 extra fuses
1 tow line
1 auto-robe trunk
Image: "The Complete Official Guide of the Lincoln Highway." The Lincoln Highway Trading Post.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 41° 55.219′ N, 89° 4.347′ W. Marker is in Rochelle, Illinois, in Ogle County. Located at the Rochelle Railroad Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 N 10th Street, Rochelle IL 61068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Fill 'er up!" (here, next to this marker); The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway! (here, next to this marker); City of Rochelle (here, next to this marker); Morgan Grist Mill (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Stinson House (approx. 10½ miles away); Stillmans Defeat (approx. 14 miles away); Stillman's Run Battle Site Memorial (approx. 14 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.