West Wendover in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Victory Highway
The Victory Highway Association incorporated
From Salt Lake City, the Victory Highway skirts around Great Salt Lake over the famous Wendover Cutoff. The crossing of the salt flats between Salt Lake City and Wendover on the Utah/Nevada border was costly, involving five years of labor. The remarkable engineering feat bridged what was once a great obstacle to transcontinental motor travel, the Bonneville Salt Flats. This accomplishment blazed a new auto-route across northern Nevada to Reno, parallel to the Lincoln Highway to the south. In the early to mid-twenties, only 81 miles of the 371 miles of the Victory Highway across Utah were paved, 107 miles consisted of gravel surfacing, and 183 miles were relatively unimproved. The Victory Highway was designated Route No. 40 by
An original culvert to the east of this marker still exists today. When a newer portion of Highway 40 was constructed in the 1940s, this section of the Victory Highway, along with culverts, was left intact. Constructed of stone and galvanized steel, these culverts are a testament to the skills of road engineers and rock masons of the early 19th century.
In 1921, the federal government passed the Federal Highway Act of 1921. A similar act, passed in 1916, provided matching funds to the states for highway construction. Unlike the 1916 act, the 1921 act required the states to identify seven percent of its total mileage as “primary”; only these roads would be eligible for federal funds. In the ten years prior to the 1921 act, the United States went from having one named highway to having an unorganized and confusing system of multiple-named highways. As a result, a numbered highway system was formed to organize the national highways across the United States. In most states, the Lincoln Highway was the obvious choice as a federal road, but there were a few exceptions, the greatest challenge being Utah. Despite numerous reports and heavy lobbying by the Lincoln Highway Association,
Location. 40° 44.442′ N, 114° 4.368′ W. Marker is in West Wendover, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker can be reached from Wendover Boulevard west of North Gene L. Jones Way, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located along the south side of the Victory Highway Monument Arch walkway, south of the West Wendover Police Department complex parking lot and just north of the giant "Wendover Will" landmark. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1552 Wendover Boulevard, West Wendover NV 89883, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Highway (here, next to this marker); Western Pacific Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Historic Wendover Field (a few steps from this marker); Ancient Lake Bonneville (a few steps from this marker); The Hastings Cutoff (within shouting distance of this marker); Transcontinental Telephone Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Wendover Will Reclaims Skyline Once Again (within shouting distance of this marker); 509th Composite Group – First Atomic Bombardment (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Wendover.
Also see . . .
1. Victory Highway (Wikipedia). (Submitted on March 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Victory Highway. While the Lincoln Highway is certainly more celebrated, a few artifacts remain to remind us that the Victory Highway once passed through. This is especially true in Colorado and Utah where the Victory Highway was the first major through road in many areas. Every once and a while you will stumble across a street sign for Victory Street or an old sign for the Victory Motor Court. (Submitted on March 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 129 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.