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Near Warsaw in Kosciusko County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Indiana ... Where It All Began!

 
 
Indiana ... Where It All Began! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 18, 2014
1. Indiana ... Where It All Began! Marker
Inscription. On September 1, 1912 at a dinner party for automobile manufacturers at the Deutsches Haus in Indianapolis, Carl G. Fisher, President of the Prest-O-Lite Company and father of The Indianapolis 500 unveiled his plan for a highway spanning the country from New York City to California. “A road across the United States! Let’s build it before we’re too old to enjoy it!” Fisher urged the auto executives. A few months after the Indianapolis dinner, Fisher received a letter from Henry Joy, Packard Motor Company president, pledging $150,000 for the proposed roadway. Joy, a leading force behind getting the coast-to-coast highway built, also suggested that the road be named for Abraham Lincoln. On 1 July 1913 the Lincoln Highway Association was created with Joy as President and Fisher as Vice President. The Association’s goal was to “procure the establishment of a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description without toll charges: such highway to be known in memory of Abraham Lincoln, as ‘The Lincoln Highway.’”


The Lincoln Highway in Indiana has two routes. The 1913 Route followed a more northern path in the state. The route was straightened and moved south with the advent of the National Highway Act in 1926. The Lincoln Highway was numbered Highway
Route of Lincoln Highway in Indiana image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 18, 2014
2. Route of Lincoln Highway in Indiana
Close-up of map on marker
30 in accordance with the new national system of marking in the US.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 41° 14.85′ N, 85° 54.638′ W. Marker is near Warsaw, Indiana, in Kosciusko County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old U.S. 30 and County Road N350W, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the west end of the Chinworth Bridge Trailhead park. Marker is in this post office area: Warsaw IN 46580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chinworth Bridge Trailhead (here, next to this marker); The Lincoln Highway (here, next to this marker); Chinworth Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Highland Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Lincoln Highway (approx. 2.6 miles away); M3A3 Stuart Tank (approx. 2.8 miles away); Kosciusko County War Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); General Tadeusz "Thaddeus" Kosciuszko (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warsaw.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Highway Association Official Website. (Submitted on March 24, 2014.)
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Indiana ... Where It All Began! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 18, 2014
3. Indiana ... Where It All Began! Marker
Old U.S. 30, the Lincoln Highway, behind the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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