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Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway

 
 
Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
1. Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway Marker
Inscription. This monument commemorates the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental automobile road, and Henry Bourne Joy, the first president of the Lincoln Highway Association (1913). Joy, also president of the Packard Motor Car Company, is sometimes called the father of the nation's modern highway system. he said that his effort to create the Lincoln Highway was "the greatest thing I ever did."

The old Lincoln Highway passed over the crest of the hill seen beyond the monument. This was the historic "Summit." the highest point on the original highway's 3,500-mile route from New york to San Francisco. The coast-to-coast highway existed as a private enterprise, managed by the Lincoln Highway Association and financed through memberships and donations from automobile and road building industries.

The Association lobbied state and federal governments to support road construction. In 1916, the federal government began granting matching funds to the states and the network of primitive dirt trails that made up the Lincoln Highway across Wyoming began to see some improvement. Much of the original Lincoln Highway evolved into US 30 in the 1920s and Interstate 80 in the 1950s.

The Henry B. Joy Monument was originally located at the site of one of his favorite camping spots beside the Lincoln Highway in Wyoming's Great Divide Basin west of Rawlins

Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 7, 2013
2. Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway Marker
(see photo). He was camping there in 1916 when he saw the most beautiful sunset he had ever witnessed and expressed a desire to be buried at that site. That didn't happen, but his family did provide and place the monument following his death in 1936. It was moved from that remote location in 2001 to protect it from increasing vandalism.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 41° 14.21′ N, 105° 26.149′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Wyoming Highway 210. Touch for map. Marker is in the Lincoln Monument Rest Stop. Marker is in this post office area: Laramie WY 82070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Purple Heart Trail (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln (here, next to this marker); Telephone Canyon (here, next to this marker); Gateway to the Rockies (here, next to this marker); Ranching from the High Point (here, next to this marker); Henry B. Joy Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sherman Cemetery (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ames Monument (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
 
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In Memory of Henry B. Joy image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
3. In Memory of Henry B. Joy
The first president of the Lincoln Highway Association. Who saw realized the dream of a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 1938
Henry B. Joy Monument image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
4. Henry B. Joy Monument
Marker and Monuments at Summit Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 7, 2013
5. Marker and Monuments at Summit Rest Area
From nearest to farthest, the Henry Bourne Joy and the Lincoln Highway marker, the Abraham Lincoln monument, and the Henry B. Joy monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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