U.S. 36 Highway Association: Multiple local members honored
The US 36 Highway Association Inc., formed in Belleville in March 1913. It became incorporated July 12, 1968! Celebrating 105 years and 50 years of incorporation didn’t happen by itself. In each of the thirteen counties across the state, businesses and community people annually support with their membership.
For example, in 1964, Gene Buser served as president of the Association. Currently, Sabetha’s Chamber Director Gina Murchison, and Seneca’s Chamber Director Kylee Luckeroth represent Nemaha County on the Association’s Board of Directors. More than 30 businesses and organizations in Nemaha County support the Association. While many organizations are subsidized by grants and government funding, this Association remains funded by annual memberships and individual donations.
For 105 years, the mission of the organization has focused on promoting the use of this historic highway to bring commerce and tourism to your doorstep! As a Board member once said, “U.S. 36 may be a federal highway, but it is Kansas’ Main Street!”
In keeping with the mission statement, Treasure Hunt was launched September 2006. This annual event held on the third weekend of September for antique, estate and garage sales from Colorado to Missouri was first met with doubtful minds! But each year, more people come!
In 2017, the website’s stats revealed more than 100,000 aggregate hits to its pages. Starting Sept. 1, participating town coordinators and chamber offices begin posting maps and sales lists. Those who travel from Florida, Oregon, California, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Vermont (to name a few) start planning and plotting their buying frenzies!
Today, the Association’s leadership and Board members from each county communicate with KDOT’s district engineers and legislators on maintenance and projects. Traditionally, district engineers, legislators and special guests make presentations at the Association’s June meeting. This year, Marysville will host the annual meeting. Members and public are encouraged to attend. Details about the meeting will begin to appear on the US 36 website @ www.ushwy36.com and its Facebook page in May 2018.
Please join us in honoring these members in Nemaha County for 20 or more years of support:
Company / Person(s) Member since No. of Years
Nemaha County Coop Association 1968 50
Nemaha Valley Motors 1968 50
Seneca Implement 1968 50
Starlite Motel 1968 50
Wenger Manufacturing 1988 30
Community National Bank 1988 30
Haug Communication 1988 30
Suther Building Supply, Inc. 1983 35
Floyd’s Trucking 1988 30
Gene’s Thriftway 1988 30
The Courier-Tribune 1988 30
Seneca Wholesale 1988 30
Bennett Trucking 1988 30
Water Conditioning of Seneca 1993 25
Heinen True Value 1998 20
Stallbaumer Lumber & Hardware 1998 20
The US 36 website provides the traveler with points of interest in each county, local contact information, lodging, restaurants, fuel stops, antique stores, history of the highway and road information via links to all six states from Ohio to Colorado! Visit us often at www.ushwy36.com. Follow us on Facebook!