Day 13: June 20, 2014

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Presentation day started with a recorded welcome from Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox then John Clark and Jess Petersen gave talks titled "Exposition Highway" and "Wendover vs. Goodyear" respectively. Together the talks covered all of the "wheres" and most of the "whys" of the Lincoln Highway's various routings in Utah.

The lunch break included time for the group photo. Though we once again found ourselves stopped by a locked gate, we were eventually let in this time. The photographer was on an elevated platform then, for a portion of his shots, added a couple more feet of elevation by climbing onto the railing. No word on why the platform operator was also on the rail.

Edward Leo Lyman and Robert L. Rampton were the afternoon speakers. Lyman spoke about the Arrowhead Highway which was going through gyrations similar to the Lincoln in getting Salt Lake City connected to Los Angeles. The focal point of Rampton's "Teddy at the Throttle" presentation was the first land speed record established on Utah salt but includes lots of wonderful background on the characters and cars that were involved. In 1914, Teddy Tetzlaff established a half-mile record of 142.8 MPH. This was the first land speed record set on the Utah salt bed though it was not at the same location used for record setting today.

There was enough of a break between the last speaker and dinner that driving back to the motel was warranted. You know how metropolitan areas sometimes reserve lanes for buses? Well, out here in the country...

I happened to catch LHA President Kay Shelton at the banquet podium but there were several others that gave thanks and presented awards. The conference was both well attended and well organized. Last year's centennial brought some attention to the highway and that brought some new members to the association. A significant number of people in the room were attending their first LHA conference. The banquet ended with a presentation on what to expect at next year's conference in Detroit/Ann Arbor. Although The highway itself never entered Michigan, the Association headquarters were always in Detroit and a feeder route existed from there. The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor holds the LHA archives and the conference will definitely include a visit there.

Here's the surprise. I received a "Friend of the Highway Award" for By Mopar to the Golden Gate. That was entirely unexpected and a real shocker for me. There were a total of five. Cece Otto received one for her concert tour during the centennial year and the others went to the three men who produce and edit all of the text for the Illinois series of Lincoln Highway murals.

The pin is part of the "Bernie Queneau Lincoln Highway Association Coast-To-Coast Recognition Award" which I and several others received for traveling the full length of the Lincoln Highway. That wasn't a surprise at all. This is the first year for the award which is named for 101 year old Eagle Scout and LHA member Bernie Queneau. Bernie traveled the entire LH in 1928 as one of four Boy Scouts doing safety demonstrations. Recipients need not be LHA members. The application form is here.

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