Tama in Tama County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Historic “Lincoln Highway” Bridge
Motorists today can travel the original route through the city by following signs that begin at the bridge and continue west on 5th Street. Guard rails spelling the name on both sides make this a unique bridge on the Lincoln Highway.
On March 30, 1978, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and community donations paid for its restoration in 1987. It stands as a dramatic reminder of a time when few roads were paved and the campaign to “get out of the mud” had just begun.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. 41° 57.843′ N, 92° 33.73′ W. Marker is in Tama, Iowa, in Tama County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (Business U.S. 30) and East 5th Street, on the right when traveling east on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is beside the parking lot, on the west side
More about this marker. This marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at eye-level on an attractive, 6-foot tall brick kiosk.
Regarding The Historic "Lincoln Highway" Bridge. The 1915 Lincoln Highway bridge is about 20 yards south of the marker, and is still in service carrying East 5th street across Tama Mud Creek.
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln Highway Orphaned Bridge. The Lincoln Highway was announced to the world on Oct. 31, 1913, America's first national memorial to President Lincoln. Unfortunately, proclaiming a coast to coast highway is far easier than actually building one, and the Lincoln Highway remained a series of wildly mismatched roads for years. One of the hundreds of towns it went through was Tama, Iowa. In 1915 the town showed its pride in its good fortune by building a concrete bridge for the highway across Mud Creek with the words "Lincoln Highway" cut out of its guard rails. (Submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Tama Lincoln Highway Bridge. The bridge is representative of efforts by local officials in order to promote (Submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.