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VAN WERT — Larry Webb, president of the Western Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, presented a copy of Brian Butko’s book, The Lincoln Highway, Photos through Time, to the Van Wert County Library. The book is donated by the Ohio Lincoln Highway League. Butko has written several books on the Lincoln Highway and this one is a visual experience of the first transcontinental highway.

In 1913, the proclamation of the Lincoln Highway stated the purpose of the Lincoln Highway Association to be: “to immediately promote and procure the establishment of a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description, without toll charges and to be of concrete wherever practicable.

Webb pointed out that the Lincoln Highway was and still is an important piece of the history of Van Wert County. There are several photographs of places in the county found in Butko’s book. Those wishing to secure a personal copy of the book may do so at

As president of the newly formed Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, Webb invites those interested in the history and preservation of the highway to attend the next meeting which will be held on March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Postal Museum in Delphos. Dinner will be served and those planning to attend should RSVP Larry Webb at (419) 203-5779 by March 14.

Anyone wishing to become a member of the Western Chapter may do so by sending $10 in care of Larry Webb, 6831 John Brown Road, Van Wert, Oh. 45891. You are encouraged to include your email address.