New landscaping for a Lincoln Highway monument

For numerous decades a stone monument standing on the front of the golfing course property close to Ohio 330 on the Lincoln Freeway has been somewhat forgotten. For me it seemed smaller. It was the six towering evergreen trees that may have contributed to that idea.

This monument was assembled to honor John Andrew Hopley. The stones used to build the special marker came from quite a few sources. It was erected and dedicated in August 1929.

Months ago Elaine Gebhardt Naples contacted me. A eyesight was borne. We talked with Mike Hocker of Galion who shares a passion for nearly anything similar to the Lincoln Memorial Freeway. That was true of Hopley also.

Enthusiastically I drafted a grant proposal seeking some funding to begin a target on this just one-of-a-kind monument. The Ohio Affiliation of Yard Golf equipment Foundation was good about flowers, shrubs, soil and mulch. The intention was to use junior gardeners sponsored by the Earth, Wind and Flowers Backyard Club to launch an effort and hard work to have individuals detect the monument.