Feature Story

Dixie Highway - Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Carol Flynn, RHS Newsletter Editor
Linda Lamberty, RHS Historian

Prior to the arrival of the automobile, means of transportation were limited. Locally, people relied on horse and buggy, an occasional trolley, bicycles or walking. Long-distance trips were made by train, confining travelers to established routes and schedules. The advent of the automobile allowed more options and freedom for traveling, but to make automobiles really usable, it became obvious that there needed to be a great improvement in roads. In the early 1900s most roads were dirt, and while passable in dry weather, became muddy quagmires when it rained.

The Good Roads Movement was founded in 1880, initially by bicycle enthusiasts, but other groups took the lead once automobiles became more popular. Good Road advocates pushed for new road construction and improved roadways throughout the country. They often involved themselves in local politics and these issues often became crucial factors in elections. As a result of this movement, major cross-country projects directly affecting Illinois came about. The first was the east-west Lincoln Highway in 1913.

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JULY Event Flyers:

It's Time for the Annual
Carl Spencer Memorial Bike Race Party!

Join us on the RHS lawns Friday, July 17th,
from 4:30-9:30 PM for dinner, drinks, dessert
and neighborhood fun!

Cost is $40 per Member, $50 per Non-Member; Children 12 & younger are free.
Please contact the RHS Office for Reservations.

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Thank You!

We would like to thank
the following people for their 2015 membership and for their
continued support of the
Ridge Historical Society.

Thank you all so much!

Donald J. & Barbara G. Akers
Mati and Kathy Maldre
Mary Brandt
James Matthews
Marilyn Breen
Gretchen L. McDowell
Anna-Marie Brodsky
John and Mary Meany
Larry G. & Nancy Brown
Linda Miller
Eugene Broyls
Joel P. & Shirley R. Morbito
Joanna Burnet
William Nesbit
Patricia Carroll
Dan Nichols
Susan Cunningham
Joseph & Martha O'Connor
Philip & Mary Doran
Nancy & Jack O'Donnell
Paula Everett
Kurt & Mary Quinn Olsson
Nancy Flannery
Peggy Antonides Papp
Norma J. Flynn
Patrick  Racey
Joseph & Mary Ann Furlong
John Richert
Willetta Gary
Charles A. Rita
Susan Burnet & Maurice Givens
Jean & Bill Robinson
Lois V. Grayston
Toni Romeo
Sidney & Grace Hamper
Herman & Lois Schell
Fred & Carol Haw
Jean Lane Shannon
James & Margaret Hilburger
Michael J. & Sheila Sise
Jeanne & Earl Hokens
Susan Snow
Edris & Steve Hoover
Suzanne Smith
Wendell A. & Margaret Kapustiak
Elaine Spencer
Thomas & Joan Kelly
Clifford Taylor
Norman and Karen "Penny" Kerr
Tom Thayer
Eileen Klees
Barbara Thompson
Joan L. Klenk
Mary Ellen Tatro-Mendoze
Linda Lane
Cheryl Tully
Rosemarie Lebensorger
Matt & Lisa Walsh
Florence F. Lorance
Anna Wassenaar
Carol Ann Macola
Fran Zimmerman
Kenneth & Cathy Majeske

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