“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cheyenne in Laramie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

The First Transcontinental Highway

The Lincoln Highway - U.S. Highway 30 - Wyoming Portion of Interstate 80

The First Transcontinental Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
1. The First Transcontinental Highway Marker
Inscription. The Lincoln Highway was America's first transcontinental highway, conceived in 1912 specifically with the automobile in mind. Although parts of the Lincoln Highway were first used in 1908 for the famous New York to Paris automobile "Great Race", it was Carl Fisher of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fellow industrialists Frank Seiberling of Goodyear Rubber Company and Henry Joy of the Packard Motor Car Company who first envisioned a 3,400 mile improved, hard surface road from New York to San Francisco.
At that time, except for a few metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States and some California cities, few roads existed that were anything but dirt and gravel. Rutted and dusty in dry weather, these trails were muddy at best in the wet weather. All were nearly impassable in winter. It was Joy who would suggest that the proposed route be named after the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.
The Lincoln Highway Association was created in 1913 to promote the road's construction using private and corporate donations. In July of that year the route was officially named the Lincoln Highway. Americans' enthusiasm for good roads led to the creation of many "Good Roads" clubs and associations. One to them, the Lincoln Highway Association, was able to stir the interest of the Federal Government into designating various rural routes
The First Transcontinental Highway Marker, reverse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
2. The First Transcontinental Highway Marker, reverse
by number in 1926,
The Lincoln Highway throughout much of the West became known as U.S. Highway 30. In Wyoming U.S. 30 would follow closely the old Lincoln Highway with only minor changes where bridge, curves, and grades could be improved. It was, however, the Interstate Highway System established in 1956 that would forever change the complexion of the original Lincoln Highway.

Large parts of the western portion of the Lincoln Highway became known as Interstate Highway 80. Part of I-80 lies directly over the old Lincoln Highway and its construction lead to the obliteration of other original part of the original route.
The Lincoln Highway enter Wyoming at Pine Bluffs following portions of U.S. 30 through the communities of Egbert, Burns, and Archer to Cheyenne. In Cheyenne the routes follows Lincolnway, or 16th Street, through the downtown, then heads west along Otto Road passing what used to be the Union Pacific Railroad stations Corlett, Borie, Otto, and Granite Canyon. Further west the routr passes Ozone and Buford, climbs Sherman Hill, and descends into Laramie. West from Laramie the route follows parts of U.S. 30 through Bosler, Cooper Lake, Lookout, Harper, Rock River, and Medicine Bow. As the route continues west it would eventually pass through Rawlins, Rock Springs, Green River, Lyman, Ft. Bridger and Evanston before entering Utah.
The First Transcontinental Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
3. The First Transcontinental Highway Marker
by 1925 the Lincoln Highway was complete, it was not until 1928 that the entire route was paved. In 1928 the Boy Scouts of America placed over 2,000 concert roadside markers along the route, including more than 200 in Wyoming. In addition to the Lincoln bust seal embedded into the markers these concert posts also provided direction through cities and town and at turns in the countryside.
Erected by City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne Historic Historic Preservation Board, Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Board, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and Preserve America.
Location. 41° 7.944′ N, 104° 48.999′ W. Marker is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in Laramie County. Marker is on West Linclonway near Carey Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne WY 82001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cheyenne's Heritage at a Glance (a few steps from this marker); The Tivoli Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Horn (within shouting distance of this marker); Suffrage Tablet (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Trolleys / Cheyenne's Street Railway
An original Lincoln Highway marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
4. An original Lincoln Highway marker
in the lobby of the WYDOT building.
(about 400 feet away); 1974 Downtown National Historic District (about 400 feet away); The Union Pacific Railroad (about 500 feet away); The first steam-powered locomotive reached Cheyenne on November 14, 1867 (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cheyenne.
Also see . . .  Tracks Across Wyoming - Lincoln Highway Association. Wyoming officially welcomed the Lincoln Highway on October 31, 1913 at a ceremony in the capitol city of Cheyenne. The town memorialized the event by naming its main thoroughfare “Lincolnway”, a name that still identifies the old railroad and ranching community’s historic downtown district. Wyoming was now open to automobile tourism, a concept unheard of in the days prior to the Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway was created to free automobile travelers from the confines of their urban environments, providing them a way, and a reason, to venture out toward distant horizons. (Submitted on July 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 125 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on July 1, 2016.
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