|Tourist cabin to be displayed for Holiday at Home|
|Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:25 PM|
BY ED GEBERT
DHI Media Editor
The Van Wert Historical Society’s Larry Webb said, “People took their tent, and strapped their water on the radiator and took their gasoline and a spare tire and pitched their tent where there was a wide spot in the road.”
Then around the 1920s, accommodations improved a bit. That advancement is now on display on the grounds of the Van Wert County Historical Museum.
“We now have an old Lincoln Highway Tourist Cabin that has been restored by Larry Mengerink and his students in the Building and Grounds program at Vantage Career Center.” Webb stated. “It has been fixed up to appear as it did in that period, and it will be on display beginning with Holiday at Home on July 4 on the campus of the museum.”
The cabin itself was one of four which sat behind Runyon’s Hi-Speed Gasoline Station and Tourist Court at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Mendon Rd. The cabin was donated to the Historical Society by Dr. Tom Wilkin in honor of his parents, Dr. Harold and Natalie Wilkin.
The cabin was taken from its original location this past winter and has been refurbished for use on display at the museum grounds. The upcoming holiday weekend will mark its debut there.
A look at the cabin will not remind you of luxury accommodations, but they were very popular along Lincoln Highway all across Van Wert County. At that point, winter was not a time for traveling over any distance, so basically these were used only during the summer months.
The rates were not much like a luxury hotel either. Webb, whose parents rented tourist cabins at a location on down the highway, said, “My parents, when we rented these, got $4 for a single and $7 for a double, but those were just a little bit bigger than this one.”