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Learning along the Lincoln Highway

I’ve been traveling the Lincoln Highway for over 20 years and blogging about my travels since 2011.  One of the best things about traveling this road is the sense of community that I feel as I meet new people along the way and learn about things that I might never have known if not for this road.  And by far one of the biggest (and best surprises) is how this road has lead me to a bustling elementary school in Massillon, Ohio.  If you’ve read even just a little bit of my blog you’ll know that Massillon (and specifically the Massillon Museum) seem to be where I land quite frequently.  Earlier this year when I was asked where I would like to do my student teaching I selected Massillon as my first choice because even though I’m not even from Stark County (don’t tell them I said that, though ;) ), it has always been a place where I have felt at home.

So, here I am, being presented with the opportunity to share a little bit of my love of the history of the Lincoln Highway and their fair city with some of my new favorite people who all just happen to be in elementary school.  I have to admit this task is far more daunting than I’d have imagined.  How do you condense a lifetime’s worth of traveling into a neat and tidy short lesson?  I’m still not sure but I’m going to try the best I can.  I’ve started with the standards in order to try to find a focal point.  Thanks to those of you who have given me suggestions on material and especially to Cece Otto of An American Songline for the use of several of her pictures.

According to the State of Ohio’s Standards for Social Studies, these students are studying Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far.  Several applicable content standards include both History Strand statements which are as follows: Events in local history can be shown on timelines organized by years, decades, and centuries and primary sources such as artifacts, maps, and photographs can be used to show change over time.  Another applicable content statement is the Geography Strand Human Systems statement: Systems of transportation and communication move people, products, and ideas from place to place.

Communities: Past and Present, Near and Far

What is a community?

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary a community is…

Is Massillon a community?

Has anyone here ever traveled to New York City?  San Francisco?

Let’s name some things that the three communities that I listed might have in common.

Can anyone tell me where the pictures below were taken?


Do you know why the main street in downtown Massillon is called Lincoln Way?

The history of the Lincoln Highway.

Map of the Lincoln Highway

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And so, until we meet again, here’s to you and here’s to the road that brings us together…

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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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The Lincoln Highway Experience and other stops along the road

This is the second of two posts written about my birthday trip.  After spending some time at Grand View Point I took a leisurely drive back home.  As you can see from the pictures, I stopped at a few antique stores along the way.  I also got the chance, finally, to stop at the Lincoln Highway Experience!!!  When I walked through the door I was pleasantly greeted by Kelsey who is an intern at the museum.  But when Olga came through the door and saw my Lincoln Highway t-shirt she came over and gave me a big hug!

I’m so glad that I got to visit with them.  The video that they have playing in the dining room featuring Brian Butko is warm, friendly, and informative.  The artifacts that they have on display are all very interesting – especially those from the Grand View Ship Hotel itself.  And the Johnston house which the museum is housed in is truly a treasure.  Since it was my birthday and since I am an artist of sorts, I was happy to support the artists of the Handmade Along the Highway program by buying myself the lovely copper ring that you see.  Amazingly enough, the first ring that I picked up fit my finger perfectly and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

So, if you’re in the area, please take the time to stop by and visit the Lincoln Highway Experience.  You’ll be glad that you did!

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Self Portrait at Rt 30 Antiques

Self Portrait at Rt 30 Antiques

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The Johnston House

The Johnston House

Two lovely ladies!  Olga and Kelsey :)

Two lovely ladies! Olga and Kelsey :)

The entryway at the Lincoln Highway Experience

The entryway at the Lincoln Highway Experience


Oh no!  They've decapitated him!!!!

Oh no! They’ve decapitated him!!!!

The video in the dining room

The video in the dining room

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An original chair from the Ship Hotel - how cool is that?

An original chair from the Ship Hotel – how cool is that?

Of course I liked this for two reasons, it's silver plated and it's from the Ship Hotel

Of course I liked this for two reasons, it’s silver plated and it’s from the Ship Hotel

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My beautiful ring!

My beautiful ring!

Self portrait at Pottery City in East Liverpool

Self portrait at Pottery City in East Liverpool

Stay tuned for my next post.  I made it to the public opening of MassMu’s latest exhibits and all I have to say is, wow, have they been busy!

So until we meet again, here’s to the road and here’s to you…


Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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A brisk little walk through Massillon

Yesterday I was working in Orrville and so when I was done I decided to go for a walk in Massillon.  Honestly, my walk was going to be at least a mile longer, but it was 28F outside and I got COLD!  I started out at Top of the Viaduct and thoroughly enjoyed my Teriyaki Chicken (only $5!) and, as you can see from the picture, I really enjoyed the chocolate cream pie.

I walked down to the other side of the viaduct and I was already cold at this point so I decided to go cruise around in Deals for a moment to get warm again.  Once I had thawed a little bit I continued on to the Massillon Museum.  Even though they were between exhibits, I still enjoyed seeing the Immel Circus and I am always fascinated with the Sparks Circus picture on the wall.  The expressions on the faces of the people in that picture intrigue me.  After looking around upstairs I went down to the lower level and had a brief chat with Oscar and Harvey.  And I even got to chat with Libby for a few before I left!  (Isn’t that funny, the only live human that I spoke with while I was there and I didn’t get her picture. :)

I left the museum and headed back up to the Top of the Viaduct and my car.  It’s interesting the things you see along the way when you stop to look, isn’t it?

This trip was a total of 3766 steps which equals 1.57 miles.  I’m looking forward to coming back to Massillon again when it’s a bit warmer and walking the other way in both directions.  Hopefully I’ll be able to time my visit so that I can stop and see the Andy Warhol exhibit when it’s open at MassMu.

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Until next time, here’s to the cold and snowy road, and here’s to you.


Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Massillon Museum and Thirteenth Floor on Friday the 13th!

Massillon Museum and Thirteenth Floor on Friday the 13th!

I seem to have several common themes lately.  First of all, I tend to end up in Massillon.  Second, I tend to be doing Lincoln Highway related things when I should really be doing homework.  :)

Well, at any rate, this past Friday evening I once again spent the evening in Massillon and I’m so glad I did!  First off, I volunteered to pull pork at the Massillon Museum‘s Island Party which, incidentally, looking around at all of the other volunteers and how frantically they were working, I feel like I had a really easy job.  There were over 100 volunteers working that night and working very hard to make the event a huge success.

Here’s some pictures of the pre-event volunteer meeting.

This first picture shows Libby, the Volunteer Coordinator in the bright yellowish shirt.

Next up are three fine gentlemen who were my fellow pork pullers.

Then I just took a bunch of random pictures of the huge crowd on the lawn.  I didn’t stay too late but there were many, many people enjoying the night and the music.

I did stop in to see the Odditorium exhibit again.  It was much quieter than the night of the grand opening because everybody was outside on the lawn.  I had to stop by and chat with Oscar for a minute or two..

After I left MassMu I made my way over to the Eerie Street Sideshow at Thirteenth Floor.

And while I know I definitely missed out because I didn’t see the firebreathers later in the evening, I’m still glad that I went.  When I got there a band was playing.  I’m sorry to say that I don’t know who they were.  But maybe someone will come along and let me know.

I also spotted the Dolly Rocker Ragdoll who I previously heard perform at DevilStrip Dolly’s in Akron.

Then I cruised around inside Thirteen Floor for awhile where I found some really cool things.  If you’d like to check them out, their  address is 46 Erie Street N, Massillon, Ohio 44646 and their phone number is 330-280-1977.  This is not on the Lincoln Highway but it is only about half a block down the road so I think it qualifies as something cool to see along the Lincoln.  Or perhaps I’m biased because I noticed they had a Lincoln Highway t-shirt for sale.

And yes, I’ll admit I took this next picture for, well, two reasons, actually.  First of all these are very cool!  Second, though, they happen to be the work of Bili Kribbs who I know just happens to read my blog. :D

So, all in all, I’d say it was a great evening.  I’m looking forward to both events again next year and I hope to see you there.

Until then, here’s to you, here’s to Oscar, and here’s to the road…

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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An evening at The Odditorium

An evening at The Odditorium

Tonight was the grand opening party for the new exhibit at the Massillon Museum.  Holy cow, what a great night! This exhibit, The Odditorium, is a collection of many different bizarre objects that have been acquired by the museum over the years.  These are the things that otherwise might not fit in with a traditional display.  Like, for instance, a wreath made of hair.

Moving right along…

Actually I’m getting ahead of myself.  Before we even made it into the museum there was a party on the lawn!  The Bizarros were playing some cool tunes.

Here’s the crowd going wild!

And the refreshment station.

Inside there was lemonade and several kinds of popcorn!

Then you entered the Wunderkammer House…

Each ‘room’ in this house has a theme and a family member is there, too.  This, of course, is the Mother’s room.

Interestingly enough, the woman standing in line behind us had her very own alligator purse that was similar to this one and had belonged to her grandmother.

Next up is the Son’s room.  I’d also like you to know that this is NOT Oscar.  Although he will be along shortly. :)

I don’t know what this thing is, but it surely creeped me out…

Next is the Daughter’s room.

Speaking of things that creep me out…

Then we went into the kitchen and found the Maid.

Grandpa’s room was right next door!

I took this next picture because I thought that the helmet was cool and also because if Dave had been with me he’d probably have thought that it was cool, too, and would have wanted to try it on. :)

The Father’s room was our last stop along the way and we ran into a familiar, uh, face?

There you are, Oscar!!

Also, a new friend…  Choking Charlie.

After visiting with the Wunderkammer family we toured the other floors because my mom had never been to MassMu before.

I took this next picture, probably for the second time because I never realized before that there was a dog in the picture!

Something that I find amazing about Immel’s Circus is that you can look at it a dozen times and see things you’ve never seen before.  Like, for instance, these elephants.

And the balloon vendor in the grandstand.

Due to the Massillon Tiger debacle at the Top of the Viaduct Restaurant (where we had dinner at tonight again, by the way) I felt compelled to have my picture taken with this Massillon Tiger. ;)


Lastly I took a few pictures outside.

The Lincoln Highway post is lurking in the background, just taking it all in…

And because this is a Lincoln Highway blog, I close with a picture of the Lincoln Theatre.

So.  To sum up this evening…. WOW.  If you’ve never been to the Massillon Museum, now’s the time to go.  This was a great, wonderful, and fun evening and a very cool exhibit.  It’s only going to be there for a limited time so don’t miss out!

Until my next adventure with the Massillon Tiger, here’s to you and here’s to the road…

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Pie is brain food, right?

Pie is brain food, right?

Today I had my last exam of the semester in American Sign Language.  I was working in Orrville which, you know, is kinda sorta almost on the Lincoln Highway and not too far from Massillon.  Awhile back I had asked on facebook for good places to go for breakfast along the Lincoln Highway.  And, by the way, to anyone reading this blog, I pose the same question…

Well, anyways, the folks at the Massillon Museum suggested that I try the Top of the Viaduct Restaurant, however, it took me until today to finally make it that far but I needed a place to sit and study for awhile so I thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s the restaurant and by the way I should let you know that this picture was taken after lunch.  When I got there, the whole parking lot was full and I got the last spot on this side.  I should probably also mention that they are located at 607 Lincoln Way W., Massillon, OH 44647 and their phone number is 330-832-8292.

Here’s a few pictures of the menu…

Here are a few pictures of the inside of the restaurant…

Here’s my reading material.

Oh, and let’s not forget the view out the windows.

If you’re still with me, now we get to the good stuff.

For the sake of the blog I ordered a cup of the Boom-Boom Bean Soup.  And I have to say that, being a connoisseur of bean soup, this was one of the best bean soups that I have ever eaten.  It had such an interesting blend of flavors as it was slightly smoky, slightly sweet, and slightly salty.  Totally delicious.

Next I ordered the Cheeseburg which came with fries.

After all that I was pretty well stuffed, but everyone around me seemed to be ordering pie so I figured it was the thing to do.  I asked my waitress to decide for me between the chocolate peanut butter, custard, and chocolate pie.  She chose chocolate and she was sooooo right.

Now, looking at this picture you might get the wrong impression of this humble little pie.  But let me assure you that this is truly THE BEST CHOCOLATE PIE EVER.  No, no one is paying me to say this.  They probably didn’t even notice that I was there except for wondering why there was some strange woman taking pictures of her food.  But I can’t urge you strongly enough to go and try this pie.

And, since I was at the Top of the Viaduct Restaurant I figured I should stroll on over to the viaduct itself.

How many times have we (locals) driven past this sign and never knew what it actually said?  (If you click on the picture it will enlarge so that you can read it.)  It’s pretty neat, I think.

Here’s the view of the restaurant from the other side.  There’s a tiger under the sign but I didn’t realize how hard he was to see until I got home.  So, dad, if you don’t believe me (yeah, right) you’ll just have to drive over there yourself and check it out. :)

And, last but not least since we all know that I have a fascination with old service stations, I thought I’d throw in a picture of this gem which is simply lovely and only two doors down.

So, until we meet again here’s to the chocolate pie and here’s to the road…

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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Happy Birthday, My Lincoln Highway! Look how far we’ve come!!

Happy Birthday, My Lincoln Highway!  Look how far we’ve come!!

Wow.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging about my road for a whole year now. It’s just amazing to me that what started as a solo trip out here in cyberspace has turned into a journey full of friendly faces, some familiar, and some that I’ve met along the way.

Here’s a look back at some of my favorite pictures from the past year.  (You knew Grand View Point would be first.  Right?)  :)

Thanks to all of you for traveling with me.  Hope to see you again soon, on the road…


Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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MassMu is waiting for you! (part two – Immel’s Circus)

MassMu is waiting for you! (part two – Immel’s Circus)

This post is the second part of my visit to the Massillon Museum.

My favorite thing of all at the museum was Immel’s Circus.  I mean, wow, all the pieces were carved by hand and most of them were carved by Dr. Immel himself!  I certainly wouldn’t have that kind of patience.

And so, without further delay is a slideshow of this amazing circus…

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Click here to find out more information about the circus which was carved by Dr. Robert M. Immel, a native of Massillon.

And because I forgot to mention this in my last post, I’ll let you know that the Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon, OH 44646.  Their phone number is 330-833-4061 and they are open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9:30 to 5 and on Sundays from 2-5.  If you’re in the area, you should definitely stop by.

So until next time, here’s to Dr. Immel, Harvey, and Oscar, and here’s to you!

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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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