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Kearney in Buffalo County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Buffalo County’s Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile

 
 
Buffalo County’s Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
1. Buffalo County’s Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile Marker
Inscription. The Lincoln Highway Association was founded in 1913 to promote a transcontinental automobile route from new York City to San Francisco. Dedicated on October 31, 1913, the route was marked by the letter “L” within red, white, and blue bands painted on telephone poles or signs.

The association conceived the Seedling Mile program to demonstrate the use of concrete as a roadway surface, including projects in Buffalo County and Hall County in Nebraska. The Kearney Commercial Club raised funds to construct a Seedling Mile on West 24th Street from present-day 19th Avenue to 30th Avenue, formerly a dirt road. The Kearney Daily Hub of November 5, 1915, described the completed project: “The road is amply wide enough to make possible the passage of two loaded hayracks without interference.”

From 1947 to 1987 this location was the site of the Hammer Motel, famous for its sign topped by a giant hammer and three supporting poles made to look like nails. The building then served as student housing for the University of Nebraska at Kearney until 1995, when it was razed.
 
Erected 2010 by National & Nebraska Lincoln Highway Association,Buffalo County Historical Society, Kearney Visitor Bureau, Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 488.)
 
Marker series.

Buffalo County’s Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
2. Buffalo County’s Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile Marker
This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway, and the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 41.97′ N, 99° 6.298′ W. Marker is in Kearney, Nebraska, in Buffalo County. Marker is on U.S. 30, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kearney NE 68849, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hostetler Amphitheatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kearney State College Memorial Carillon Tower (approx. half a mile away); University of Nebraska at Kearney (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baldwin Engine 481 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shelton Union Pacific Depot (approx. 1.2 miles away); Loup River Freighter Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kearney Civil War and Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); German Baptist Church of the Brethren (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kearney.
 
Also see . . .
1. Looking Back on the History of the Hammer Motel.
It’s parking lot number 27 at Highway 30 and West 19th Avenue on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. But 60 years ago, it was the location of Hammer Motel, a popular overnight stop for travelers along the Lincoln Highway. The motel had eight rooms and several small garages. Rooms rented for $4.50 a night. Rates climbed to $5.50 and $6.50 per night. (Submitted on March 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Seedling mile at west edge of Kearney, Nebraska.
1926 Photo of the Lincoln Highway seedling mile at the west edge of Kearney, Nebraska (Submitted on March 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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