Near McGill in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Lincoln Highway
A Vision that Spanned America
The Visionary: Carl Fisher was a dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit. After amassing a large fortune and building a reputation in the auto-parts industry, Fisher began to dream of building a paved hard-surface, coast-to-coast highway. He envisioned a magnificant roadway that spanned the United States and officially closed the gap between the East and the West forever.
The Vision: Prior to the Lincoln Highway's completion, the majority of roadways in America were unpaved, dusty trails that aimlessly crooked and kinked from one settlement to the next. The disjointed nature of the roadway did not permit transcontinental travel. Fisher recognized the growing popularity of the automobile and saw the need for a national road which would allow individuals to travel at their own pace, a luxury not afforded by trains.
Construction began in 1913 with the proposed highway route starting in Times Square in New York City and passing through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and ending in San Francisco, California's Lincoln Park. As the construction effort
The Vision Fades: The Lincoln Highway triggered the American people's desire to connect and drive across the nation. Witnessing the economic prosperity that followed the highway route, every state in the Union wanted a named highway built within their borders. Soon, named highways began to pepper the landscape. The new roadways shared routes, intersecting and overlapping in a confusing tangle. The time for a national system of highway was looming.
In March 1925, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) started plannig a federal highway system. All named roads (including the Lincoln Highway) were ignored in their planning. Eventually, the Lincoln Highway was broken up into U.S. 1, U.S. 30 (including U.S. 30N and U.S. 305), U.S. 530, U.S. 40, and U.S. 50. All road signs featuring the Lincoln Highway name were removed. By the 1940s, the Lincoln Highway had faded away.
Erected by Nevada Department of Transportation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1925.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Gill NV 89318, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Schellbourne (here, next to this marker); The Crowds Cheered On ... (a few steps from this marker); Speedy Riders (a few steps from this marker); Strength and Endurance (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Creek (approx. 10˝ miles away); Cherry Creek School (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McGill.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.