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Near McGill in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Lincoln Highway

A Vision that Spanned America

 
 
The Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
1. The Lincoln Highway Marker
Inscription.
The Visionary: Carl Fisher was a dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit. After amassing a large fortune and building a reputation in the auto-parts industry, Fisher began to dream of building a paved hard-surface, coast-to-coast highway. He envisioned a magnificant roadway that spanned the United States and officially closed the gap between the East and the West forever.

The Vision: Prior to the Lincoln Highway's completion, the majority of roadways in America were unpaved, dusty trails that aimlessly crooked and kinked from one settlement to the next. The disjointed nature of the roadway did not permit transcontinental travel. Fisher recognized the growing popularity of the automobile and saw the need for a national road which would allow individuals to travel at their own pace, a luxury not afforded by trains.

Construction began in 1913 with the proposed highway route starting in Times Square in New York City and passing through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and ending in San Francisco, California's Lincoln Park. As the construction effort moved forward, paving the roadway became an expensive proposition, and much of the route was left unpaved until state and federal funds were invested in the project almost a decade later.

The
Carl Fisher image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
2. Carl Fisher
Caption: Carl Fisher was the creative mind behind the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Miami Beach, and the Lincoln Highway. (Illustration by Scott Fisher.)
Vision Fades:
The Lincoln Highway triggered the American people's desire to connect and drive across the nation. Witnessing the economic prosperity that followed the highway route, every state in the Union wanted a named highway built within their borders. Soon, named highways began to pepper the landscape. The new roadways shared routes, intersecting and overlapping in a confusing tangle. The time for a national system of highway was looming.

In March 1925, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) started plannig a federal highway system. All named roads (including the Lincoln Highway) were ignored in their planning. Eventually, the Lincoln Highway was broken up into U.S. 1, U.S. 30 (including U.S. 30N and U.S. 305), U.S. 530, U.S. 40, and U.S. 50. All road signs featuring the Lincoln Highway name were removed. By the 1940s, the Lincoln Highway had faded away.
 
Erected by Nevada Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.839′ N, 114° 44.462′ W. Marker is near McGill, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 93 and White Pine County Road 18 (Nevada Route 893), on the right when traveling
Lincoln Highway Route in Nevada image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
3. Lincoln Highway Route in Nevada
north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Schellbourne Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Gill NV 89318, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Schellbourne (here, next to this marker); The Crowds Cheered On ... (a few steps from this marker); Speedy Riders (a few steps from this marker); Strength and Endurance (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Creek (approx. 10.5 miles away); Cherry Creek School (approx. 10.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in McGill.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Lincoln Highway Route image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
4. Lincoln Highway Route
Caption: Traveling the highway was an adventure. Most cars averaged only 18 miles per hour, and the entire trip would take 20-30 days. (Photo left: courtesy of the University of Michigan Library. Photo right: courtesy of the Nevada Digital Collections Portal, original held by the University of Nevada's Special Collections Department.)
Lincoln Highway Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
5. Lincoln Highway Monument
Caption: This stretch of the Lincoln Highway is known as the Loneliest Road in America. After years of neglect, the Lincoln Highway Association and the state of Nevada have made substantial efforts to preserve the memory of America's first transcontinental highway. (Photo courtesy of Alvis Hendley.)
The Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
6. The Lincoln Highway Marker
Lincoln Highway Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
7. Lincoln Highway Monument
Located near Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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