Near Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails
The “Coast to Coast” Lincoln Highway
Towns all across the nation were anxious to have the "Main Street of America" pass their way and went all out to advertise the route. Washoe County had been criticized for not marking their part of the route. So in 1914, contractor A.F. Neidt, when building a new culvert about 0.9 miles east of here took it upon himself to mark the highway with these unique rails.
H.E. Frederickson, (pictured) Consul-at-large of the Lincoln Highway Association was so impressed with the rails that he proposed this design for all Lincoln Highway bridges clear across the country. Only one other such set of bridge rails were ever built, in Tama, Iowa, the following year in 1915.
In later years, when the highway numbering system replaced named highways, this route became U.S. 40 and was eventually realigned.
During the early 1970's, when Interstate 80 replaced U.S. 40, the Nevada Department of Transportation salvaged the old bridge rails from the long abandoned Lincoln Highway and put them on display here.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. 39° 30.56′ N, 119° 56.25′ W. Marker is near Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 6. Touch for map. Marker is located at scenic vista overlook/pullout from the I-80 eastbound lanes after Exit 5 (Mogul). Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Verdi NV 89439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truckee River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Train Robbery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Verdi (approx. 3 miles away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Von Schmidt (approx. 3.6 miles away); Henness Pass Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); Truckee/Donner Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
Also see . . . Lincoln Highway Association. Official Website (Submitted on July 16, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on August 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on November 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.