Grand Island in Hall County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Seedling Mile
Here is a section of an original Seedling Mile on the Lincoln Highway. It was completed November 3, 1915. Grand Island was the second city in the United States to build such an example of concrete roadway. The original Seedling Mile extended from the corner of Willow Street one mile east, ending near the Seedling Mile School.
By 1913 the route of the Lincoln Highway had been chosen and dedicated nationwide by the newly formed Lincoln Highway Association. The association's main goal was to develop a paved, toll-free, transcontinental highway from New York City to San Francisco. To help meet this goal, the association conceived the Seedling Mile program. Seedling Miles would be the "seeds" from which paved roads would extend across the nation.
The Seedling Mile was constructed with locally donated cement and funds. Fred W. Ashton of Grand Island raised $1,170 for the project. Realignment of the highway in 1931 allowed this section to be preserved. It is the only remaining original section of a concrete Seedling Mile that has not been widened or covered with asphalt.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway, and the Nebraska State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is November 3, 1847.
Location. 40° 55.858′ N, 98° 19.408′ W. Marker is on Grand Island, Nebraska, in Hall County. Marker is on Seedling Road, in the median. Marker is about 750 feet west of the intersection of U.S. Hwy 30 and Stuhr Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Island NE 68801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Original Settlement in Hall County, Nebraska (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Yancey (approx. one mile away); Hall County Courthouse (approx. one mile away); Fort O. K. Cannon (approx. one mile away); Civil War and Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. one mile away); Federal Building (approx. one mile away); Old Dodge School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Martin Building (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Island.
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Highway Association. (Submitted on March 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lincoln Highway. (Submitted on March 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,096 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.