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Plainfield in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!

Rich in History and Culture

 
 
The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway! Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway! Marker
Inscription.

In 1913, Carl Fisher proposed the "Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway". Eager to put America on wheels, executives from automobile and tire manufacturers quickly joined in the effort. At the inaugural meeting on July 1, 1913, the newly elected President, Henry Joy, proposed the highway be dedicated to the martyred Abraham Lincoln. This became a cause that Americans nationwide could rally behind.

Through a wildly successful marketing campaign convincing the public (and eventually the federal government) that better roads were needed, The Road Act of 1916 provided the seed money to begin road improvement. The Federal Highway Act of 1921 reflected the need for an interstate road network. This act provided $75 million in funding to state highway departments.

The Lincoln Highway was once the most famous road in America. It was a testament to the vision and perseverance of entrepreneurs inspired to create the first successful, all-weather, coast-to-coast automobile highway.

In the early 20th century, as bicycle's popularity gave way to the expanding automotive industry, demand for improved driving conditions increased. Muddy, treacherous stretches, roads plagued by broken down vehicles, and impassable expanses amounting to little more than cow paths were rapidly becoming intolerable to a now mobile public.

Traveling along the

The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
2. The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park
Lincoln Highway in Illinois will guide you to an adventure rich in beauty and heritage. You will explore a wide variety of scenic communities that celebrate unique history and culture brought together by the first paved road in Illinois. Rediscover the charm of the American road as you follow the 179 miles of the Illinois Lincoln Highway, where every mile is a story!

This gazebo project is coordinated by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition, the management agency for the Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway. The 179 mile portion of the Lincoln Highway through Illinois is the only section that has received the National Scenic Byway Designation.

www.drivelincolnhighway.com

Background Image: "One Half Mile West of Malta, Illinois"
Lincoln Highway Digital Image Collection, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
 
Erected by Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 41° 36.493′ N, 88° 12.713′ W. Marker is in Plainfield, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is at the intersection of Lockport Street (Illinois Route 126) and Wood Farm Road, on the left when traveling west on Lockport Street. Touch for map. Marker

The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
3. The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park
Looking ENE toward Lockport Street
kiosk is in Settlers' Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24401 Lockport Street, Plainfield IL 60544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Interurban Transportation (here, next to this marker); Great American Crossroads in Illinois (here, next to this marker); Village of Plainfield (here, next to this marker); E J & E Depot No. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Boxcars (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caboose (about 300 feet away); The Development of Downtown Plainfield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Downtown Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plainfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Lincoln Highway. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Drive the Historic Lincoln Highway (Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition). (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Lincoln Highway Association. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Lincoln Highway. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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