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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Hazen Market

August 30th, 2007 ·

Hazen Market SignSeveral miles later we stop in the wee town of Hazen for gas and a pee at the Hazen Market, an old canopy gas station. Jarrett’s middle name is “Hazen” so he’s happy to be stopping here in such a well named Nevada town, and this independent station’s a wonderful old place, undoubtedly another story we could pursue if we had 4 or 5 more days.

We all get out and wander around, fill the tank

I talk with the woman inside, attractive and pleasant. She seems to be the right age to maybe have been a hippie, maybe went to Woodstock or Altamont, maybe lived on a commune, or maybe I’m totally wrong. She knows some stuff about the Lincoln Highway. “That’s not the original Lincoln you’re traveling on,” she says. “There’s a guy who lives not far away and he’s taught me about it. The original is on the other side of the building. The remains of a concrete roadway are still there, overgrown, but you can see how the road used to go.”

Hazen Market LooShe also tells me this Hazen Market once housed the Hazen post office, pointing out the outline on the ceiling of the old post office walls. Now this business is part convenience store, part gas station, part souvenir stand, serving the unpredictable mix of functions that an independent “market” can. When I go to the restroom, I have to take a picture. It’s the first gas-station restroom I’ve ever been in that has a bathtub.

When we get in the van and hit the highway again, Bob is chuckling.
“What’s so funny?” I ask.
“Jarrett was talking to those two guys,” says Bob.
There had been two young guys hanging out at the Hazen Market.
“And Jarrett pointed to the sign, and said, ‘That’s my middle name.’ And the one guy said, “What? Hazen or Market?'”

We drive into the sunset, heading for Reno.

Hazen Market

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  • 1 Lincoln Highway News // Jul 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    […] Road changes close classic Hazen Market in NV Hazen Market, a well-known stop east of Reno, Nevada, has closed after some 70 years in business. A report in the Lahontan Valley News says the recent widening of US 50A made it difficult for travelers to stop, leading to a decline in business. The store was originally along the old Lincoln Highway but was relocated in 1944 when the railroad and highway were moved to bypass south of the little town. Producer Rick Sebak stopped last year on his first trip for the upcoming PBS special and, like so many, enjoyed his visit. […]