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Plymouth in Marshall County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway

 
 
Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
1. Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway Marker
Side One
Inscription.
(Side One)
Historic Crossroads of America

Marshall County has been called the Crossroads of America. The Lincoln Highway (the Lincolnís second alignment constructed in the mid-1920s), the Michigan Road (Indianaís first state commissioned road established in 1829), later a portion was designated as the Dixie Highway that ran from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to Miami Beach, Florida, the Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) and the Yellowstone Trail were all routed through Marshall County.

The second alignment (1928) of the Lincoln Highway across Indiana was fully decided except for the path it would take through the city of Plymouth. Ultimately the state told Marshall County officials if they could not decide, the route would be decided for them. Several meetings followed until the night before the deadline and in a packed chambers at the high school, two sides presented their cases for their preferred path. The City and downtown business-owners lobbied for a downtown route, while others preferred Jefferson Street. If the Jefferson Street route was chose, a new bridge would be needed over the Yellow River. If the downtown route was chose, the highway would run across the then new Garro Street Bridge. Ultimately the group promoting Jefferson Street won out because the construction of a
Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
2. Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway Marker
Side Two
new bridge was a less expensive route. The new Jefferson Street/Lincoln Highway Bridge was constructed between 1927 and 1928 for the sole purpose of the new alignment of the Lincoln Highway.

Time Line of the Lincoln Highway

1913†††††Lincoln Highway Association was formed by Carl G. Fisher of Indianapolis & a coast-to-coast route was announced.
1914†††††The first seedling mile was completed just west of Malta, Illinois.
1919†††††A U.S. military convoy travels the Lincoln Highway with Lt. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1922-23†††††The Ideal Section was built between Schererville and Dyer, Indiana, as a model for the nationís roads.
1926-28†††††The Lincoln Highway was shortened across Indiana establishing the route from Fort Wayne to Valparaiso through Plymouth.
1928†††††Concrete markers were placed coast-to-coast by the Boy Scouts of America to honor Abraham Lincoln.
1966†††††The 1928 Lincoln Highway (then designated U.S. 30) is bypassed through Marshall County for current four-lane U.S. 30.
1992††††† The Lincoln Highway Association was reestablished to preserve and promote the heritage of the road.

(Side Two)
The Lincoln Highway

Once called the Main Street across America, the idea for the Lincoln Highway began on September 10, 1912,
Early National Highways in Marshall County image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
3. Early National Highways in Marshall County
Close-up of map on marker
when a group of industrialists led by Carl. G. Fisher of Indianapolis Motor Speedway fame, envisioned a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The road would be open to lawful traffic without toll charges and was to be a living memorial to President Abraham Lincoln. When the route was announced in 1913 the road stretched 3,389 miles and stitched together existing roadbeds. New road sections were built to demonstrate state-of-the-art concrete road construction methods. Local residents were asked to join the Lincoln Highway Association to show their support for this patriotic and private road building effort.

That highway still exists, and for many it holds an allure in much the same way that it did in its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s. Along the way tourists discovered towns such as New Carlisle, Rolling Prairie, Deep River, Valparaiso or Plymouth. Each town and city along the route has a unique story and culture making travel more interesting than that found on modern interstates. Although not a highway in contemporary terms, the Lincoln Highway crosses 13 states and stretches nearly 3,400 miles from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park, San Francisco.

This kiosk was funded in part by a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation, Lincoln Highway Association and the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association.

For
Shell Gas Station c. 1930 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
4. Shell Gas Station c. 1930
Southeast corner of Jefferson Street and Michigan Street in Plymouth
Close-up of image on marker
more information on the Lincoln Highway visit www.IndianaLincolnHighway.org or visit the Historic Crossroads Center of the Marshall County Museum located at 123 North Michigan Street, Plymouth.
 
Erected by Marshall County Community Foundation, Lincoln Highway Association, and Indiana Lincoln Highway Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 41° 20.614′ N, 86° 18.433′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Indiana, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Jefferson Street and Cleveland Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth IN 46563, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Honor Roll - Marshall County Indiana (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of The Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Meeting of Marshall County (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Taber Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Chief Menominee (approx. 4.4 miles away); Potawatomi Indian Village (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hindel Cemetery (approx. 4.8 miles away); Roberts Cemetery (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
Also see . . .
Gas Station c. 1920 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
5. Gas Station c. 1920
300 block of Jefferson Street in Plymouth
Close-up of image on marker

1. The Lincoln Highway Association. Official website of the Lincoln Highway Association. (Submitted on July 19, 2014.) 

2. Indiana Lincoln Highway Byway. Official website of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association. (Submitted on July 19, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Lincoln Highway in Plymouth image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
6. Lincoln Highway in Plymouth
View to east along Jefferson Street
from the Yellow River Bridge
Lincoln Highway in Plymouth image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
7. Lincoln Highway in Plymouth
View to west
Marshall County Courthouse visible in background
Marathon Gas Station Today image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
8. Marathon Gas Station Today
Southeast corner of Jefferson Street and Michigan Street in Plymouth
300 Block of Jefferson Street Today image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 17, 2014
9. 300 Block of Jefferson Street Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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