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

Great American Crossroads in Illinois

Illinois Lincoln Highway

 
 
Great American Crossroads in Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. Great American Crossroads in Illinois Marker
Inscription.

The two longest highways in America, the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 intersect in Plainfield and Joliet Illinois. This famous historic crossroads intersects for three blocks [in] the heart of downtown Plainfield with road signs to mark where both roads are aligned.

The Lincoln Highway also crosses another important road, the Dixie Highway which goes to Miami, Florida. Carl G. Fisher developed the idea of the Lincoln Highway as well as the Dixie Highway. In Chicago Heights near the Indiana border the Arche Memorial Fountain built in 1916 marks this crossing of these famous highways, with the image of Lincoln on a penny.

In 1926, Route 66 went from Chicago to Santa Monica, California consisting of a collection of two-lane concrete or paved roads. The route runs through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. John Steinbeck called it the "Mother Road" in his book The Grapes of Wrath

The Lincoln Highway crosses the Great River Road in Fulton along the Mississippi River. This road is known as America's north and south transcontinental highway extending from Minnesota to Louisiana.

Image: "A. F. Bement and G. S. Hoag in front of official Packard at the end of Hoag's"
Lincoln Highway Digital Image Collection, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan-Ann

The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park
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 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. The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway! (here, next to this marker); Interurban Transportation (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. Drive the Historic Lincoln Highway (Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition). (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. The Lincoln Highway Marker Kiosk in Settlers' Park
Looking ENE toward Lockport Street

2. The Lincoln Highway Association. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Lincoln Highway. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Historic Route 66. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Dixie Highway Association. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Great River Road - Illinois. (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 120 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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