Tagged as "37 Miles of Smiles," this weekend's event will feature
garage sales in Atlanta, Lawndale, Lincoln, Broadwell and Elkhart,
along with sidewalk sales, a special Railsplitter car show on
Lincoln's square, several food booths and many other activities.
According to Geoff Ladd, director of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County and the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan
County, this could very well be the biggest and best event yet.
Ladd is hoping that Logan County will see more visitors from
outside the area than ever before; "We've been able to perfect the
marketing aspect of things, so I really think that this year more
than ever there will be a lot of visitors to the community," he
Ladd said that in the past they have encouraged folks who lived
along Route 66 to do yard sales at their homes. This year they have
encouraged citywide events and have participants in Lincoln as well
as other towns along the route.
He added that another important feature for this year is sidewalk
sales. He said that many of the downtown businesses in Lincoln will
be participating as well as businesses in Elkhart.
After last year's event, flea market vendors participated in a
survey about the Miles of Smiles. Ladd explained that the survey
showed that the vendors wanted fewer locations and a higher
concentration of participants.
To that end, all flea market vendors this year will be located at
either the McDonald's parking lot on Lincoln Parkway or the
Postville Courthouse Park on Fifth Street.
Ladd said that there are a lot of vendors, and both sites will be
jam-packed with their offerings.
According to the Route 66 Garage Sale map and booklet, there are
five sales in Atlanta.
While in Atlanta, visitors can also visit the new Palms Grill
Café and Museum, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator and Museum (Saturday
only), the Lincoln interpretation site, the Route 66 Park and
tourism site, and get a picture with the Paul Bunyan statue in
On Saturday between 3:30 and 9 p.m. there will be a special event
at the Atlanta Fire Station. The Betterment Fest will offer walleye
dinners, and live music will be provided by the Cattle Bandits Band.
Leaving Atlanta and moving south, the next town to offer sales
will be Lawndale, currently with two advertised.
Lincoln will offer townwide sales, with currently more than 30
addresses advertised. In the downtown area, merchants will have
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Another special event going on Saturday will be a garage sale, car
wash, and pork or rib-eye sandwich fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop
102, to be held at the First United Methodist Church. Food will be
available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
While in Lincoln, visitors can tour the Postville Courthouse,
drop in at the museum on the Lincoln College campus, visit the
Heritage In Flight Museum at the airport and get a picture taken at
the "World's Largest Covered Wagon."
Following Route 66 south through the county, the next stop is
Broadwell, where currently one sale is listed in the guide booklet
published by the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County.
While in Broadwell, travelers can visit 101 W. Oak and view the
Pig Hip marker, which tells the story of the Route 66-era Pig Hip
The final stop along the route will be in Elkhart, where there
are two garage sales listed, as well as sidewalk sales at several of
the downtown businesses.
While in Elkhart, a visit to the Elkhart Cemetery will allow
visitors to see the John P. Gillett Memorial Arch, as well as the
final resting places of Gov. Oglesby, Capt. Bogardus and John D.
The 22-page guide to this weekend's event is available online.
Visitors can access the PDF file through
http://www.route66garagesale.com/ and download GPS coordinates
so that they won't miss a single stop!
Sale guides will also be available at the McDonald's in Lincoln,
the Palms Grill and Country Aire restaurants in Atlanta,
Horsefeathers in Elkhart, or by stopping by the Information Station
at the corner of Fifth and Lincoln Parkway in Lincoln.
[By NILA SMITH]