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Near Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails

The “Coast to Coast” Lincoln Highway

 
 
The Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 3, 2013
1. The Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails Marker
Inscription. These are the first Lincoln Highway bridge rails ever built on the nation's first transcontinental highway. The Abraham Lincoln Highway ran from Times Square, New York, to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, during 1913-1927.

Towns all across the nation were anxious to have the "Main Street of America" pass their way and went all out to advertise the route. Washoe County had been criticized for not marking their part of the route. So in 1914, contractor A.F. Neidt, when building a new culvert about 0.9 miles east of here took it upon himself to mark the highway with these unique rails.

H.E. Frederickson, (pictured) Consul-at-large of the Lincoln Highway Association was so impressed with the rails that he proposed this design for all Lincoln Highway bridges clear across the country. Only one other such set of bridge rails were ever built, in Tama, Iowa, the following year in 1915.

In later years, when the highway numbering system replaced named highways, this route became U.S. 40 and was eventually realigned.

During the early 1970's, when Interstate 80 replaced U.S. 40, the Nevada Department of Transportation salvaged the old bridge rails from the long abandoned Lincoln Highway and put them on display here.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 3, 2013
2. Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails
Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 39° 30.56′ N, 119° 56.25′ W. Marker is near Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 6. Click for map. Marker is located at scenic vista overlook/pullout from the I-80 eastbound lanes after Exit 5 (Mogul). Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Verdi NV 89439, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truckee River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Train Robbery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Verdi (approx. 3 miles away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Von Schmidt (approx. 3.6 miles away); Henness Pass Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); Truckee/Donner Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Verdi.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Highway Association. Official Website (Submitted on July 16, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
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Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall
3. Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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