“Our mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the Lincoln Highway. Our effort will strengthen education, increase tourism and encourage economic development along America’s first transcontinental paved road.”

In 1999, Ohio Lincoln Highway Association National President Bob Lichty of Canton joined with Main Street Galion, Ohio Director Mike Hocker and several convention and visitor bureau leaders to gain Ohio byway status, with the belief that as a commercial by promoting commercial destinations, travelers, shoppers and tourists could be better educated to learn more about this piece of American history.

A coming together of Cooperation with the Ohio Lincoln Highway League, which comprises of three chapters of advocacy groups in Ohio with this new "heritage Corridor" group became a good fit for both created a new coalition to promote and advocate the history of the road.. This new partnership, along with the official Ohio Department of Transportation's granting of an official byway status in February of 2004 became a great advantage for businesses along the Ohio Lincoln Highway Corridor.

Traditionally, businesses spent money and received benefits only on a 1 to 1 ratio, but because this organization is d Driven u Under the professional direction of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) across the state, members businesses’ ad dollars are maximized, and the message is much clearer and farther reaching about the history of the road.

Individuals interested in saving this great piece of American history should consider becoming a FRIEND of the BYWAY. visit the website of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League, Businesses, chambers and CVBs, attractions and retailers interested in being a part of our mission should visit our Membership page.