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Dyer in Lake County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Lincoln Highway / The “Ideal Section”

 
 
The Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bruce S, December 15, 2007
1. The Lincoln Highway Marker
Inscription.
The Lincoln Highway

United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." Sponsored by Lincoln Highway Association and supported by automotive industries.

The "Ideal Section"

"Ideal Section" - 1.5 miles - of Lincoln Highway, completed 1923, designed and built as a model for road construction. Funded by county, state, and U.S. Rubber Co. Features included 100 foot right-of-way, 40 foot paved width, 10 inch steel-reinforced concrete, underground drainage, lighted, landscaped, bridge, and pedestrian pathways.
 
Erected 1996 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Northwest Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, Dyer and Schererville Historical Societies, Sand Ridge Bank, Welsh, Inc. (Marker Number 45.1996.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers, and the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 41° 29.568′ N, 87° 30.57′ W. Marker is in Dyer, Indiana, in Lake County. Marker is on Joliet Street (U.S. 30) near Calumet Avenue, on the right when traveling
The "Ideal Section" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bruce S, December 15, 2007
2. The "Ideal Section" Marker
east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dyer IN 46311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John Township School District #2 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dutch in the Calumet Region (approx. 5.5 miles away); Camp Thornton #2605 and the Civil Conservation Corps (approx. 6.4 miles away in Illinois); Site of Absolem Wells Cabin (approx. 6.9 miles away in Illinois); First Physician (approx. 7.1 miles away); Washington Park Racetrack (approx. 8.3 miles away in Illinois); Great Sauk (Sac) Trail (approx. 8.5 miles away); W.W.II Triangle Memorial (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Lincoln Highway. A brief history by Richard F. Weingroff and hosted by the Federal Highway Administration.

"In 1920, the LHA decided to develop a model section of road that would be adequate not only for current traffic but for highway transportation over the following 2 decades." (Submitted on July 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Lincoln Highway Association. pick a state - loads of information from coast to coast. (Submitted on July 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. Carl G. Fisher. Mentioned on the marker, he was the driving
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By Bruce S, December 15, 2007
3. The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section" Marker
force to bring about the Lincoln Highway. He also owned the Indianapolis 500 Race Track and invested in many things. A man of action - he enjoyed activity. (Submitted on July 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Lincoln Highway in Indiana image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the University of Michigan, circa 1925
4. Lincoln Highway in Indiana
Photograph is from the University of Michigan Special Collections for the Lincoln Highway (lhc2313).
Billboard on the Lincoln Highway in Indiana image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the University of Michigan, circa 1927
5. Billboard on the Lincoln Highway in Indiana
Photograph is from the University of Michigan Special Collections for the Lincoln Highway (lhc2793).
Indiana, looking East, 6.1 miles east of the Illinois State Line, before construction image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the University of Michigan
6. Indiana, looking East, 6.1 miles east of the Illinois State Line, before construction
Photograph is from the University of Michigan Special Collections for the Lincoln Highway (lhc2800).
Highway Under Construction image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the University of Michigan, circa 1922
7. Highway Under Construction
Photograph is from the University of Michigan Special Collections for the Lincoln Highway (lhc2794).
Carl G. Fisher image. Click for full size.
circa 1909
8. Carl G. Fisher
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,173 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   6, 7. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   8. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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