Rancho Cordova in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Lincoln Highway
"America's First Transcontinental Road"
There were two Lincoln Highway routes from Reno to Sacramento, and the southern or Pioneer branch follows today's U.S. 50 west from Carson City, around the south shore of Lake Tahoe to Placerville, and on to Sacramento through what today is Rancho Cordova.
That route followed a path just north of this monument, today's Folsom Boulevard. The area was known as Mills, and the road was traveled by farm trucks carrying grapes, pears, hops and other produce which grew in the riverside fields to market.
In 1918, nearby Mather Air Field opened, and by the 1950s, Aerojet General began building rockets nearby. While Folsom Boulevard remained the backbone corridor of the community, the sight of farm trucks gave way to daily commuters to Aerojet and Mather as
By 1925, the United States had gone from having one named highway to a confusing system of many and thus a numbering system was born. The Lincoln Highway was broken up into parts of U.S. Highways 1, 30, 530, 40, and 50.
By the late 1940s, the memories of the Lincoln Highway started to fade away. A generation of Americans had grown up with paved roads and numbered highways and had never heard of the Lincoln Highway.
However, not everyone has forgotten. The Lincoln Highway Association was reactivated in 1992, and remains dedicated to preserving the highway and its fascinating history, celebrated by the Rancho Cordova Heritage Corridor along the original Lincoln Highway route.
Erected by City of Rancho Cordova.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 38° 35.058′ N, 121° 18.666′ W. Marker is in Rancho Cordova, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Mills Station Road west of Mather Field Road, on the right when traveling west. The plaque is mounted on the east side of a kiosk in the Mills Station Plaza. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mills Station (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Sacramento Valley Railroad (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Pony Express (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mather Field (approx. 1.2 miles away); F-105G “Wild Weasel” (approx. 1.2 miles away); Edward Kelley School (approx. 2.1 miles away); American River Grange #172 (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rancho Cordova.
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Highway Association.
" The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental road for automobiles in the United States, dedicated in 1913. It winds its way over 3,000 miles between New York City and San Francisco."(Submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
2. Remembering Lincoln Highway, City Dedicates Historical Marker. Article in the Gold River Messenger
"Rancho Cordova’s historical Mills Station was the site Sunday afternoon of “The Great American Road Trip,” a celebration marking the unveiling of the city’s first historical monument commemorating the area’s vital role as a stop along the nation’s Lincoln Highway."(Submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 132 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.