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2nd annual car show Oct. 11 to help save The Mill

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[October 02, 2008]  Classic cars will dominate the landscape at The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln on Oct. 11, along with great food from Hallie's restaurant and music from Vintage Daze.

The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has teamed up once again with the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County to present the second annual car show at The Mill.

The show will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 738 S. Washington St.

All are welcome to attend or to register their car in the show. Registration is $3, which will go directly to restoration of the old Mill.

Visitors will be able to participate in rare treats, such as tours of the restoration in progress and barbecue sandwiches served with baked beans, chips and a soda from Hallie's in Lincoln. Local rock 'n' roll band Vintage Daze will also perform from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a 50-50 drawing and a display of antique cars.

All members of the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club and the general public are invited to attend this fun-filled event. Geoff Ladd, chairman of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, said, "It's great to have them coming in to help us. I'm looking forward to seeing all the cars and having a lot of great food to save The Mill."

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County was created to promote and preserve Route 66 sites in Logan County after the historic Mill restaurant was slated for demolition. Working with the owner and city council members, the organization managed to save the building from the wrecking ball. The Mill is now a construction site as volunteers work to restore the building to its former condition. (

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The Mill opened in 1929 under the name of the Blue Mill. Its proprietor was Paul Coddington, who would serve patrons grilled sandwiches at any hour of the day or night. A Dutch-themed building with blue trim, it featured a revolving windmill and waitresses dressed in blue with white aprons.

In 1945, Albert and Blossom Huffman purchased the building, added a barroom and dance hall, and then painted the building barn red. Over the years, the restaurant became famous for its fried schnitzel, originally made of veal and later of pork.

By the mid-1980s the restaurant had lost most of the Dutch-themed interior and was becoming a museum of rather strange objects, including a mechanical leg protruding from a hole in the ceiling.

The Mill closed in 1996; however, the building is still standing in its original location.

The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has been an active organization in downtown Lincoln and hosts cruise-ins throughout the spring, summer and fall. The group is always looking for new members, so come out to The Mill and join up.

For more information on this and other events in Logan County, call 217-732-8687.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]


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