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Minerva in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way

 
 
Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2016
1. Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way Marker
Inscription.  From 1947 to 1956 Mark and Betty Lutz owned a diner called Mark's Dairy Bar on this site on historic Lincoln Highway.

Mark's Dairy Bar was operated by Betty. She was quite the multi-tasker; preparing food, serving, washing dishes, socializing with customers and, all the while, raising three very young kids in the home attached to the restaurant.

Mark’s Dairy Bar was a favorite of passing truckers, blue-collar workers and Minerva High School students. They would come in to enjoy Betty’s jaw breaker hamburgers, foot-long Coneys, hand-cut french fries, milkshakes and generous banana splits. MHS students would play their favorites on the beautiful old Wurlitzer jukebox. They would dance and, with the help of her three kids, drive Betty nuts!

Before McDonald’s, Arby’s and Burger King, there were small diners throughout the USA. These diners became part of Americana just like apple pie and baseball. Mark and Betty’s diner contributed to that culture and provided the wonderful village of Minerva with a place to enjoy that Golden Era.

Power Lunch
Directly across the street from Mark's Dairy Bar was the
Marker detail: Betty Lutz with Dallas and Earnie Lutz image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Betty Lutz with Dallas and Earnie Lutz
Minerva Municipal Power and Light Plant. The plant was built in 1888, expanded and upgraded consistently until it was demolished in the late 60's.

When the Lincoln Way Bridge was rebuilt in 1934, the power plant provided steam heat through a system of embedded pipes to keep the surface free of snow and ice. On occasion, the plant would "blow up" (as we kids would say) and the power and lights would go out throughout the village. The kids would run outside to enjoy the excitement of a dark Minerva.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway 🛣️ series list.
 
Location. 40° 43.89′ N, 81° 5.995′ W. Marker is in Minerva, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) and Radloff Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level near the entrance to restaurant currently at this location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 404 East Lincolnway, Minerva OH 44657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Pennock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Minerva Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Minerva Ohio First Gas Station
Marker detail: Minerva HS students would dance to their favorite 45’s on the Wurlitzer jukebox image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Minerva HS students would dance to their favorite 45’s on the Wurlitzer jukebox
(approx. ¼ mile away); Minerva East Lawn Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Great Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charles E. Wilson (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Great Trail (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bethlehem Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minerva.
 
Marker detail: Mark Lutz and customers from a 1947 Minerva Cresent Yearbook Ad image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Mark Lutz and customers from a 1947 Minerva Cresent Yearbook Ad
Marker detail: Earnie and Mark Lutz with Janie Engle image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Earnie and Mark Lutz with Janie Engle
Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2016
6. Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way Marker
(marker mounted on wall beside restaurant entrance)
Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 30, 2016
7. Mark's Dairy Bar on Lincoln Way Marker
(marker mounted on wall beside restaurant entrance)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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