DUBLIN - A 1964 fire truck and a
museum director with a mission made their way through Dublin on
Friday on the last leg of a 10-month trip to re-create the past.
Like he has done in most of the 400-plus towns he has visited so
far, Craig Harmon stopped off to spend some time at the local fire
station. There, at Alameda County Fire Station No. 16, he raised the
ladder on his bright red 1964 Maxim, unfurling a string of flags --
including that of the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first
In Galion, Ohio, Harmon is director of the Lincoln Highway
Museum. On July 4, Harmon plans to drive into San Francisco,
completing his trip across the continent on the Lincoln Highway.
His trip begin in summer 2000, in front of the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington, D.C. He drove a few weeks that summer, but began
again in September and has been on the road ever since.
Along the way, this tribute to Abraham Lincoln and one-man
re-creation of the 1915 Lincoln Highway Film and Flag Trip has
become a mobile memorial to Sept. 11 heroes.
Harmon, who has spent many nights at friendly fire stations, has
collected helmets from departments across the country and hopes to
incorporate them into a firefighters memorial in New York City.
"This is a labor of love," said Harmon, who said his museum
directorship is a full-time volunteer job.
Harmon's trip also ties into the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth,
to be celebrated in 2009. As part of his display, Harmon carries a
picture of Lincoln and a lock of the ex-president's hair.
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