We are at an important crossroads. It's right here, preserved for decades and for posterity in the slogan of Schererville. And if traffic hassles are any indication, the claim has merit.
Indeed, the region is at the Crossroads of the Nation. We have the junction of national highways to prove it. U.S. 30 — the famous Lincoln Highway — links New York City to San Francisco, while U.S. 41 connects Miami with the Canadian border in Michigan.
But official rights to the Crossroads title are disputed. Just to the west, Chicago Heights boosters have long claimed the corner of Lincoln and Dixie highways as the nation's crossroads. A National Park Service website declares Indianapolis the "Capital at the Crossroads of America," and Terre Haute bases its title on its location at U.S. 40 and U.S. 41.
The Region's claim, however, is backed not only by roads of national significance, but local landmarks that made the 30/41 junction a destination in itself. Teibel's restaurant opened there in 1929, and its blue-lit trees still decorate the intersection at Christmastime. From 1949 until 1994, it was joined at the intersection by Sauzer's Kiddieland, where generations of children were treated to inexpensive thrill rides.