Van Wert in Van Wert County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Historic Lincoln Highway
First Transcontinental U.S. Highway
— Main Street Across America —
Father of the Lincoln Highway
In 1913, foreseeing the automobile’s impact on American Life, Carl Fisher conceived and was instrumental in the planning, development, and construction of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America, connecting
Fisher turned his attention to creating the Dixie Highway, connecting north to south the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to southern Florida, with an opening celebration hosted in 1916. His efforts then changed to real estate development, first developing and promoting Miami Beach, Florida, then later Montauk at the eastern tip of Long Island, New York. Carl Fisher died at the age of 65.
1912 Carl Fisher conceives the idea of a transcontinental highway across the US as a living memorial to President Lincoln
1913 Lincoln Highway Association is formed in Detroit, MI, with Henry Joy (Packard Motor Co.) as first president
Early automobile companies funding transcontinental
1914 Lincoln Highway representatives travel through local communities to pitch the idea of being part of this first national road
Van Wert County is very enthusiastic about being on Lincoln Hwy
1st official marker placed in place in front of Hotel Marsh in Van Wert
County and community consuls elected, responsible for the maintenance of portions of the highway
Lapel buttons sold to raise funds for volunteers to paint telephone poles across the country
$5.00 subscriptions sold at local banks for residents to join and help fund the road construction with the endeavor of gaining 250 members in Van Wert County
1915 Marsh Hotel opens with 55 guest rooms, recognized as one of the most inviting hostelries in Ohio
Lincoln Hwy Special Consul Henry Osterman took recorded film of his entire drive along Lincoln Highway across United States
1919 3 mile long Army Motor Convoy passes through Van Wert along Lincoln Hwy, on route from Washington DC to San Francisco, CA
1923 The Marsh Foundation School is built along Lincoln Highway east of Van Wert
1924 Population of Van Wert City 8,100 people
1931 Local Boy Scouts planted concrete Lincoln Hwy markers along highway through county
1932 The first Van Wert Peony Festival is held. Two days
1939 Admiral Bird’s snow cruiser passes through Van Wert as hundreds gather to see vehicle
1949 Martha Raye makes stop at Webb’s Hi-Speed Station outside of Convoy
1956 The Federal Highway Act of 1956 authorizes rebuilding of the nation’s interstate highway system with limited access expressways
1968 Interstate US-30 is constructed through Van Wert County
1992 The Lincoln Highway Association is reformed in Iowa, dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of America’s first transcontinental automobile road
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 40° 52.167′ N, 84° 35.082′ W. Marker is in Van Wert, Ohio, in Van Wert County. Marker is on Main Street (Lincoln Highway) (Ohio Route 118) just west of South Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk on the north side of Fountain Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Van Wert OH 45891, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brumback Library (a few steps from this marker); First County Library in the United States (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Wert GazeboThe Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hoghe Road Bridge (approx. one mile away); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Company D, 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ohio City Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Wert.
Also see . . . Lincoln Highway (Wikipedia). The Lincoln Highway was America's first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., by nine years. As the first automobile road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns and villages along the way. The Lincoln Highway became affectionately known as "The Main Street Across America". (Submitted on August 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.