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Near Bertram in Linn County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Linn County Seedling Mile

Lincoln Highway

 

— Constructed: August, 1918 - June, 1919 —

 
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By TeamOHE, August 30, 2018
1. Linn County Seedling Mile Marker
Inscription.  This is the site of the first and only seedling mile of concrete pavement in the state of Iowa on the Lincoln Highway. The Linn County Engineer at the time was R. W. Gearhart and the project was constructed by Ford Paving Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Northwestern States Portland Cement Company of Mason City donated 3,000 barrels of cement and Linn county provided grading, draining and construction of the 16 ft wide pavement. Reconstruction of the seedling mile section of Mt. Vernon Rd took place in 2002. Approximately four tenths of a mile of the seedling mile was left in place and used as a base for the new unbounded (Portland cement concrete paving.

Plaque placed by Linn County in 2004
Board of Supervisors
Lu Barron, chair, James M. Houser, Linda Langston
Linn County Engineer
Steve Gannon, engineer, Bradley Ketels, assistant
 
Erected 2004 by Linn County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 41° 58.472′ N, 91° 30.021′ W. Marker

Linn County Seedling Mile Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, August 30, 2018
2. Linn County Seedling Mile Marker
is near Bertram, Iowa, in Linn County. Marker is on West Mount Vernon Road (County Road E48) 0.8 miles west of Smyth Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Vernon IA 52314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seedling Mile (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Abbe (approx. 3.4 miles away); Uranus (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Old Military Road (approx. 5.7 miles away); Freedom Flame (approx. 6˝ miles away); George B. Douglas House (approx. 8.3 miles away); George Greene (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
Linn County Seedling Mile Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, August 30, 2018
3. Linn County Seedling Mile Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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