Near McGill in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Lincoln Highway
A Vision that Spanned America
The Visionary: Carl Fisher was a dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit. After amassing a large fortune and building a reputation in the auto-parts industry, Fisher began to dream of building a paved hard-surface, coast-to-coast highway. He envisioned a magnificant roadway that spanned the United States and officially closed the gap between the East and the West forever.
The Vision: Prior to the Lincoln Highway's completion, the majority of roadways in America were unpaved, dusty trails that aimlessly crooked and kinked from one settlement to the next. The disjointed nature of the roadway did not permit transcontinental travel. Fisher recognized the growing popularity of the automobile and saw the need for a national road which would allow individuals to travel at their own pace, a luxury not afforded by trains.
Construction began in 1913 with the proposed highway route starting in Times Square in New York City and passing through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and ending in San Francisco, California's Lincoln Park. As the construction effort moved forward, paving the roadway became an expensive proposition, and much of the route was left unpaved until state and federal funds were invested in the project almost a decade later.
In March 1925, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) started plannig a federal highway system. All named roads (including the Lincoln Highway) were ignored in their planning. Eventually, the Lincoln Highway was broken up into U.S. 1, U.S. 30 (including U.S. 30N and U.S. 305), U.S. 530, U.S. 40, and U.S. 50. All road signs featuring the Lincoln Highway name were removed. By the 1940s, the Lincoln Highway had faded away.
Erected by Nevada Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. 39° 47.839′ N, 114° 44.462′ W. Marker is near McGill, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 93 and White Pine County Road 18 (Nevada Route 893), on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is located at the Schellbourne Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Gill NV 89318, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Schellbourne (here, next to this marker); The Crowds Cheered On ... (a few steps from this marker); Speedy Riders (a few steps from this marker); Strength and Endurance (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Creek (approx. 10½ miles away); Cherry Creek School (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McGill.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 29, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.