Dyer in Lake County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section"
United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." Sponsored by Lincoln Highway Association and supported by automotive industries.
"Ideal Section" - 1.5 miles - of Lincoln Highway, completed 1923, designed and built as a model for road construction. Funded by county, state, and U.S. Rubber Co. Features included 100 foot right-of-way, 40 foot paved width, 10 inch steel-reinforced concrete, underground drainage, lighted, landscaped, bridge, and pedestrian pathways.
Erected 1996 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Northwest Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, Dyer and Schererville Historical Societies, Sand Ridge Bank, Welsh, Inc. (Marker Number 45.1996.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers, and the Lincoln Highway series lists.
Location. 41° 29.568′ N, 87° 30.57′ W. Marker is in Dyer, Indiana, in Lake County. Marker is on Joliet Street (U.S. 30) near Calumet Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dyer IN 46311, 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. St. John Township School District #2 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dutch in the Calumet Region (approx. 5˝ miles away); Camp Thornton #2605 and the Civil Conservation Corps (approx. 6.4 miles away in Illinois); Site of Absolem Wells Cabin (approx. 6.9 miles away in Illinois); First Physician (approx. 7.1 miles away); Washington Park Racetrack (approx. 8.3 miles away in Illinois); Great Sauk (Sac) Trail (approx. 8˝ miles away); W.W.II Triangle Memorial (approx. 9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Lincoln Highway. A brief history by Richard F. Weingroff and hosted by the Federal Highway Administration.
"In 1920, the LHA decided to develop a model section of road that would be adequate not only for current traffic but for highway transportation over the following 2 decades." (Submitted on July 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Lincoln Highway Association. pick a state - loads of information from coast to coast. (Submitted on July 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Carl G. Fisher. Mentioned on the marker, he was the driving force to bring about the Lincoln Highway. He also owned the Indianapolis 500 Race Track and invested in many things. A man of action - he enjoyed activity. (Submitted on July 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,429 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 6, 7. submitted on January 24, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 8. submitted on July 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.