A Blog Along The Lincoln Highway

All of this is about a public TV project about one of America’s great roads, and we’re hoping you might enjoy reading about some of our behind-the-scenes work. I’m Rick Sebak, and I write most of the tales. Bob Lubomski is our cameraman. And Glenn Syska has been traveling with us recently. He made the video blog entries in 2008. Back in 2007, Jarrett Buba did all that. A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY first aired on PBS on October 29, 2008 at 8 PM. Check with your local PBS station to find out about repeat broadcasts. Or go for the DVD at www.shopwqed.org.

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Route 30 curves at Woodbine

June 25th, 2008 ·

We leave Woodbine about 3 o’clock, grabbing a quick shot on our way out of town of the replica of the Statue of Liberty in front of the Carnegie Library. Several people had mentioned it.dsc00297b.jpg

We also stop at the western edge of town where Woodbine’s Lincoln Way reconnects with Route 30. We want to show how you have to turn off 30 to get in to see the glories of Woodbine, and the intersection’s so busy it’s amazing! Cars and trucks, road maintenance vehicles, two long Union Pacific trains, sprayers (farm vehicles that look like four-wheeled high-riding robot vehicles from some sci-fi futurist film.) dsc00313b.jpgWe stand beside the road not far from Walker’s Service Station and Mr Walker walks over to chat with us. He remembers that we had stopped and taken a picture of his WORMS sign last year.

He told me that the sign had blown away in the recent bad storms, the night the four boy scouts were killed by the tornado. (Everybody around here seems to call that storm the “Little Sioux Tornado.”) But Mr Walker figured the sign must have flown across the street into the small field beside Route 30. He walked around in the tall grass till he found it. Now he’s keeping the WORMS sign inside the garage.

dsc00306b.jpgThe whole time we’re talking, there’s white fluffy stuff blowing around in the air. Cotton puffs from the big cottonwood tree behind the service station. It’s like snow, swirling all around at times. It adds to the wackiness and chaotic energy that seem to be everywhere at this odd bend in the highway, this intersection where the old road meets Route 30.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Noel Sherer // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for stopping in Woodbine to highlight our great stretch of historically preserved Lincoln Hwy.

  • 2 Lynne Seeburger // Jul 10, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Having been born in Pisgah and raised in Woodbine, it is refreshing to see something about my home town.
    My parents, Herb & LaNore Speake used to run the cafe behind Doke Walkers filling station.
    I don’t get home often enough, but believe me, I have very fond memories of Woodbine and the people who live there.

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