"Tama is tops!" according to Craig Harmon of
Galion, Ohio, following his overnight stop at the Tama fire station
Wednesday. Harmon, founder and director of the Lincoln Highway
National Museum and Archives, was in Tama as part of "The Unfinished
Journey", his trip across the United States on the original Lincoln
Highway route. He is driving a 1964 Maxim fire truck dubbed "The
Spirit of Lincoln".
Harmon expressed gratitude for his welcome to Tama
recognizing Tama fire fighters and Mayor Richard Gibson for their
hospitality. In demonstrating the vintage truck to fire fighters, he
raised the truck's 100-foot extension ladder high above the fire
station, with the U.S. flag and Lincoln Highway banner attached. He
also presented fire fighters with a Lincoln Highway license plate
featuring the road's original logo.
Tama's link to the highway, with the historic
Lincoln Highway bridge on East 5th Street and route through the
city, was appreciated by Harmon. He photographed the bridge with the
fire truck during his stop.
Harmon began his journey across the U.S. last year,
beginning at Times Square in New York City, the kick-off point for
westbound travelers on the original Lincoln Highway route. He
returned on July 29, 2001 to Irwin, Penn., to continue the trip in
the open-cab fire truck.
Lincoln Highway Stop At Tama Fire Department --Tama fire
fighter Jim Glendy (left) was among fire fighters who greeted Craig
Harmon during his stop here last Wednesday. Harmon is touring
America in his 1964 tower truck to raise awareness of the Lincoln
Highway. Photo by John Speer