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Lincoln Highway Historical Markers

Once the Nation's premier highway, it helped spur the development of enduring highways around the country.
 
Duarte Garage Marker and Lincoln Highway Sign image, Touch for more information
By Syd Whittle, June 14, 2009
Duarte Garage Marker and Lincoln Highway Sign
1 California, Alameda County, Livermore — Duarte GarageBuilt 1915
Service Station and Car Dealership Situated on the Original Route of the Lincoln Highway ———————— City of Livermore Historic Preservation Site Dedicated July 1996 Operated by The . . . Map (db m19994) HM
2 California, Alameda County, Livermore — Duarte GarageBuilt Circa 1915 by F.H. Duarte
The garage was a way station on the original Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental U.S. highway.Map (db m198575) HM
3 California, Contra Costa County, San Pablo — 512 — The Lincoln Highway in San Pablo
In 1928, San Pablo Ave. (U.S. 40) became part of America's 3,384 mi. 'Lincoln' Transcontinental Highway. Marker rededicated April 10, 1988.Map (db m153013) HM
4 California, El Dorado County, El Dorado Hills — 699 — Mormon TavernOverland Pony Express Route - California
At this site on the old Clarksville-White Rock Emigrant Road was Mormon Tavern. Constructed in 1849, this popular stage stop was enlarged and operated by Franklin Winchell in 1851. It became a remount station of the Central Overland Pony Express and . . . Map (db m12056) HM
5 California, Nevada County, Truckee — Donner PassWho Passed This Way
For thousands of years, people have crossed the Sierra Nevada near this place called Donner Pass. Traveling by foot, wagon, train or automobile, the journey has always been challenging. By Foot Long before it’s “discovery” . . . Map (db m23571) HM
6 California, Nevada County, Truckee — Donner Summit Canyon History
Welcome to Donner Summit Canyon You are about to enjoy a wonderful experience with exquisite views, forests and trails. It is also the gateway to the most important square mile in California’s history! Donner Pass, located above the property, . . . Map (db m81978) HM
7 California, Placer County, Auburn — Lincoln Highway
This monument was erected in recognition of the historical significance of this transportation corridor by the Placer County Water Agency and dedicated to the California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. Ophir Road was formerly U.S. 40 . . . Map (db m129960) HM
8 California, Placer County, Cisco Grove — The Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway was the dream of Carl Fisher and Henry Joy. In 1912, Fisher proposed a "coast to coast highway - open to lawful traffic of all descriptions without toll charges." In 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association was born, and the dream . . . Map (db m149496) HM
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9 California, Placer County, Emigrant Gap — 4 — Lincoln HighwayHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History "An uplifting of the soul is sure to follow this contact with Nature in her majesty, and Self becomes smaller and smaller as we realize the immensity of things in traversing this country." -- 1924 Complete Official Road Guide of . . . Map (db m105154) HM
10 California, Sacramento County, Elk Grove — The Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway, a coast to coast all weather road from Times Square in New York to San Francisco’s Lincoln Park, was an idea whose birthday was the 10th of September 1912. This road which freed America from the clutches of changeable weather . . . Map (db m18026) HM
11 California, Sacramento County, Rancho Cordova — The Lincoln Highway"America's First Transcontinental Road"
The Lincoln Highway was conceived in 1912 and promoted by American industrialists determined to create one transcontinental highway from existing paths, trails and city streets. Spear-headed by the Lincoln Highway Association, the route was . . . Map (db m214505) HM
12 California, San Francisco City and County, San Francisco, Lincoln Park — Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway
You are standing at the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first direct coast-to-coast highway from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. It was conceived in 1912 by Carl Fisher (founder of the Indianapolis . . . Map (db m18145) HM
13 California, San Joaquin County, Lathrop — America's First Coast-to-Coast RoadHistoric Lincoln Highway
(First panel:) America's first coast to coast road Established 1913 (Second panel:) 1924-1967 Site of Original Wiggins Trading Post serving travelers along the Lincoln Highway Map (db m156556) HM
14 California, San Joaquin County, Tracy — Lincoln Highway1913 1928
In the 1800's the United States was experiencing its industrial revolution. Inventors were running rampant. The new horseless carriage was the rage. America soon realized that the horse and buggy were a thing of the past. Bicyclists, having trouble . . . Map (db m214456) HM
15 California, San Joaquin County, Tracy — Lincoln Highway1913 - 1928
In the 1800's the United States was experiencing its industrial revolution. Inventors were running rampant. The new horseless carriage was the rage. America soon realized that the horse and buggy were a thing of the past. Bicyclists, having trouble . . . Map (db m230997) HM
16 California, Yolo County, Davis — Davis SubwayRichards Blvd. Underpass
Built in 1917-18, this entrance to Davis is among the oldest surviving examples of I-beam construction on a railroad grade separation. The underpass was part of the Lincoln Highway. The bicycle bore was added in 1978. Listed in the National Register . . . Map (db m57189) HM
17 California, Yolo County, Davis — Lincoln Highway Marker
One of the markers erected by the California Automobile Association in the 1920s to designate the California portion of the Lincoln Highway from New York City to San Francisco. The Highway followed US 40 from Sacramento through Davis via Olive Dr. . . . Map (db m9040) HM
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18 California, Yolo County, Davis — Lincoln Highway Marker
This is an original 1928 marker from the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first transcontinental road, which extended from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This segment of the highway, now known as the Avenue of the . . . Map (db m57102) HM
19 District of Columbia, Washington, Northwest Washington, The Ellipse — Zero Milestone — President's Park —
The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey determined the latitude, longitude and elevation of the Zero Milestone. Authorized by Act of Congress, June 5, 1920. Dedicated June 4, 1923. Point for the measurement of distances from Washington on . . . Map (db m32486) HM
20 Illinois, Cook County, Chicago Heights — Chicago HeightsIllinois
Chicago Heights, an important stop on the Lincoln Highway, is known as the “Crossroads of the Nation” for its famed intersection of the Lincoln and Dixie Highways. The McEldowney Bridge, where the Lincoln Highway crossed Thorn Creek, included the . . . Map (db m170396) HM
21 Illinois, Cook County, Sauk Village — Sauk VillageSauk Trail was the Original Route of the Lincoln Highway — The Route Included Kalvelage Bridge —
Portions of the Lincoln Highway were first established by identifying existing roads to be paved. The Sauk Trail from the eastern Illinois border westbound through Sauk Village was designated as a section of the original route, including the . . . Map (db m204975) HM
22 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta — Illinois Lincoln HighwayThe First Seedling Mile in the Country
Work commenced in September of 1914 on the “First Seedling Mile” in Malta, Illinois. This construction was key to the Lincoln Highway, which runs from Times Square in New York City, to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Planned in 1913 by the . . . Map (db m230825) HM
23 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta — Illinois Lincoln HighwayMobilizing the Country Changed Society
Illinois, in the heart of the nation, has always been a crossroads state. The country's great transportation arteries – the Great Lakes, the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, the railroads, the interstate highway system – all intersect through . . . Map (db m230864) HM
24 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — Lincoln HighwayVillage of Malta — Putting Malta on the map —
Malta is proud to be the home to the “First Seedling Mile” on the Lincoln Highway. This first strip of paved road was made to use as a “show and tell” demonstration of the advantages of travel on concrete verses mud, in an effort to obtain . . . Map (db m230865) HM
25 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile
The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental, hard surface roadway in the United States. The Highway traversed 3,384 miles and twelve states - beginning in New York City and ending in San Francisco. Planned in 1913 by the Lincoln Highway . . . Map (db m230868) HM
26 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — MaltaThe Seedling Mile — The Lincoln Highway in Illinois —
The Lincoln Highway’s first Seedling Mile of paved highway was built in Malta. This strategically chosen location demonstrated the need for better roads, showing the stark contrast between travel on concrete versus mud. From concept to completion, . . . Map (db m233236) HM
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27 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — The Lincoln Highway – The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!Rich in History and Culture
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, . . . Map (db m230819) HM
28 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — The City of LightsAurora, Illinois
Aurora was the first city along the Lincoln Highway with street lights and was among the first in the nation to have them also. Yet again, enhancements to the highway spawned new commerce for communities along the road. With street lights, stores . . . Map (db m170198) HM
29 Illinois, Kane County, Geneva — The Lincoln HighwayAmenities Along The Highway — Geneva, Illinois —
Geneva played an important role in connecting the cities of the Fox River Valley to the Lincoln Highway. The city was eager to cater to the newly motoring public by offering well-lit, paved streets, a stop-and-go light, and a motorcycle policeman . . . Map (db m94267) HM
30 Illinois, Ogle County, Creston, Dement Township — CrestonLincoln Highway Water Fountains
Illinois was the only state to have LH drinking fountains. They were donated by Carl Parker in memory of his mother, Amanda Sutherland Parker who had grown up in the Garden Plain area of Whiteside County. Originally the fountains were to be placed . . . Map (db m235450) HM
31 Illinois, Ogle County, Oregon — Illinois Lincoln HighwayArchitecture Along the Highway
Improved roads in the 1900s, like the Lincoln Highway, contributed to the rise of Industrialism in America. This brought the period known as the Gilded Age. Business leaders amassed enormous wealth and built elaborate homes, theaters, local . . . Map (db m209415) HM
32 Illinois, Ogle County, Oregon — Illinois Lincoln HighwayArt Along the Highway
The Lincoln Highway is an example of the 1900s American cultural awakening. The end of the Victorian era brought progress and independence as people set out in their automobiles to venture across the country. The vision of the first . . . Map (db m209416) HM
33 Illinois, Ogle County, Oregon — Lincoln HighwayCity of Oregon — An Artist's Retreat —
Oregon has a rich art and cultural heritage that dates back to the days of the Lincoln Highway. Seeking peace and quiet from the hectic life of the city, motorists were now able to enjoy weekends and summers in nearby rural areas. Located on the . . . Map (db m209417) HM
34 Illinois, Ogle County, Oregon — The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!Rich in History and Cluture
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 the effort. At the inaugural meeting on July 1, 1913, the newly elected President, . . . Map (db m209414) HM
35 Illinois, Ogle County, Rochelle — "Fill 'er up!"Illinois Lincoln Highway
The evolution of the road changed the look of America with the development of roadside industries. As motoring became a way o f life, the local filling station was welcomed sight to travelers. Service stations and garages along the Lincoln . . . Map (db m133512) HM
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36 Illinois, Ogle County, Rochelle — Better Roads for a Bright FutureIllinois Lincoln Highway
During the 19th century, cities usually had descent roads, but rural roads were often little more than muddy trails. Bicyclist's and railroad companies began calling for good roads in the 1880s, but American road building really took off in the . . . Map (db m133511) HM
37 Illinois, Ogle County, Rochelle — City of RochelleLincoln Highway — Hub City —
Rochelle was a natural forefront to major automobile transportation and grew to earn the name of the "Hub City" because of its location at the intersection of several major transportation routes. The "Hub" began with the railroads in . . . Map (db m133513) HM
38 Illinois, Ogle County, Rochelle — The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!Rich in History and Culture
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 . . . Map (db m133510) HM
39 Illinois, Whiteside County, Fulton — Lincoln HighwayCity of Fulton — Fulton Offers a Warm Welcome to Travelers —
Fulton celebrates a rich Dutch heritage with its early immigrants being especially drawn to the area because of its position on the Mississippi River. The premium riverbank's natural bounty was a source for fishing, hunting, excursions, boating and . . . Map (db m230384) HM
40 Illinois, Whiteside County, Fulton, Fulton Township — Illinois Lincoln HighwayA Link to the West
“Let's try to get to the Mississippi River today,” said the Lincoln Highway driver. “The Lyons Fulton Bridge is our link for the journey west.” When the newly paved road connected to the Lyons Fulton Bridge it became the “Official Crossing” of . . . Map (db m230382) HM
41 Illinois, Whiteside County, Fulton, Fulton Township — Illinois Lincoln HighwaySpeed Racer
The Lincoln Highway became the route of choice for transcontinental auto speed records, mostly sponsored by small automobile companies trying to compete with General Motors and Ford. The first was in 1916 when Bobby Hammond set the mark at six days, . . . Map (db m230383) HM
42 Illinois, Whiteside County, Fulton, Fulton Township — The Lincoln Highway – The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!Rich in History and Culture
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, . . . Map (db m230372) HM
43 Illinois, Will County, Crest Hill — Women on the Lincoln HighwayCrest Hill, Illinois
Anita King, a former race car driver turned movie star, was the first woman to drive solo cross-country on the Lincoln Highway. Nicknamed the "Paramount Girl", she left Los Angeles on August 25, 1915. Making public appearances along the route, she . . . Map (db m170397) HM
44 Illinois, Will County, Frankfort — Frankfurt, Illinois
In July 1928, four Eagle Scouts were selected for a nationwide safety tour to promote the Lincoln Highway and the upcoming national scouting event in which the Lincoln Highway concrete markers would be installed. The Scouts, two Scoutmasters, and a . . . Map (db m172995) HM
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45 Illinois, Will County, Joliet — Route 66 Visitors CenterJoliet 66 Roadside Attraction
A clearinghouse for information as you travel down the Mother Road, the Route 66 Experience has information on Route 66, Lincoln Highway and all of Joliet! Visit the Free Route 66 Experience with interactive features to entertain for hours! A key . . . Map (db m157506) HM
46 Illinois, Will County, Plainfield — Great American Crossroads in IllinoisIllinois Lincoln Highway
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 . . . Map (db m119937) HM
47 Illinois, Will County, Plainfield — Interurban TransportationIllinois Lincoln Highway
Prior to the onset of paved roads like the Lincoln Highway public transportation in the form of an electric passenger railroad known as interurban enjoyed widespread popularity. These light rail lines were mainly electrified operating with . . . Map (db m94170) HM
48 Illinois, Will County, Plainfield — The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!Rich in History and Culture
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, . . . Map (db m94168) HM
49 Illinois, Will County, Plainfield — Village of PlainfieldA Suburban Showcase — Lincoln Highway —
Plainfield is reported to be the oldest community in Will County, situated along the DuPage River it quickly became a summer suburban vacation spot for much of northern Illinois. Before automobile travel on the Lincoln Highway became the preferred . . . Map (db m94175) HM
50 Illinois, Will County, University Park — The Van Buren Sisters
In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren set out to prove women could ride motorcycles across the country to serve as military dispatch riders. Even though their attempt was futile, they became the first women to make a solo coast-to-coast trek on the . . . Map (db m172993) HM
51 Indiana, Allen County, New Haven — The Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway was the first auto road across the United States. Promoted by Carl G. Fisher, of Indianapolis, the Lincoln Highway route was announced in 1913. From Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, the Lincoln . . . Map (db m197131) HM
52 Indiana, Elkhart County, Goshen — The Historic Goshen Police Booth
Erected 1939 to protect the Maple City from gangsters who might travel along this the old transcontinental Lincoln HighwayMap (db m30164) HM
53 Indiana, Kosciusko County, Warsaw — Indiana ... Where It All Began!
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 . . . Map (db m72547) HM
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54 Indiana, Kosciusko County, Warsaw — The Lincoln Highway
Was the first "Coast to Coast" road covering 3,389 miles across the U.S.A. The dream of Hoosier Carl G. Fisher, founder of the Indianapolis 500. The Lincoln Highway Association was established on June 1, 1913. The Boy Scouts of America . . . Map (db m68035) HM
55 Indiana, Kosciusko County, Warsaw — The Lincoln HighwayThe Path of Progress
The Lincoln Highway was the first “Coast to Coast” transcontinental highway in the United States constructed from 1913 to 1928 beginning at Times Square in New York City and ending in Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The route spanned . . . Map (db m72548) HM
56 Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — The Ideal Section Of The Lincoln Highway"The finest section of road in the world"
A model stretch of object-lesson road built by the Lincoln Highway Association with the co-operation and financial aid of the federal government, the State of Indiana, and Lake County, Indiana, with funds contributed by the United States . . . Map (db m213120) HM
57 Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — The Lincoln HighwayIdeal Section & Monument
Ideal Section During the first few years of its existence, the Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) worked feverishly to promote the idea of a transcontinental highway. The excitement and enthusiasm of Americans for better roads became well . . . Map (db m213124) HM
58 Indiana, Lake County, Dyer — 45.1996.2 — The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section"Approximate Western-extent of the "Ideal Section"
The Lincoln Highway. United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." . . . Map (db m213119) HM
59 Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — Lincoln Highway - Ideal Section - 1923Prototype of construction technology intended to make it the finest road in the world
The "Ideal Section," a portion of the Lincoln Highway (US 30), was a prototype of construction technology intended to make it the finest road in the world. The section begins one half mile west of US 41 and extends 1.3 miles westward to Bank . . . Map (db m213121) HM
60 Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — The Lincoln HighwayAmerica's first transcontinental highway passed 137 feet south of this spot
This plaque is dedicated to the history of America's first transcontinental highway, which passed 137 feet south of this spot. A section of Macadam is displayed in the sidewalk. The highway in the Schererville area followed the Sauk . . . Map (db m204887) HM
61 Indiana, Lake County, Schererville — 45.1996.1 — The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section"Approximate Eastern-extent of the 1.5 mile long "Ideal Section"
The Lincoln Highway. United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." . . . Map (db m213118) HM
62 Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — The Lincoln HighwayAmerica's First Paved Coast-to-Coast Highway
How It All Began      The time was 1912. One million plus motor vehicles were in use in America, primarily in urban settings. To that time only eight recorded motor car travelers had ventured a trip across America. Paved roads were . . . Map (db m77213) HM
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63 Indiana, LaPorte County, La Porte — The Lincoln Highway in La Porte County"Through the Door"
French fur traders came to Northwest Indiana in the 1600's. A natural opening through the forest served as a gateway to the prairies beyond. They called this opening, La Porte, meaning, “the door”, from which the county received its . . . Map (db m77215) HM
64 Indiana, Marion County, Indianapolis, Downtown — Starke CountyOrganized in 1850 — Named for John Starke —
The low, swampy land along the Kankakee River was drained to contribute to Starke County's fertile soil of which 75 percent is used for farming. This tranquil land can be enjoyed by traveling scenic Lincoln Highway through the county. The peaceful . . . Map (db m238874) HM
65 Indiana, Marshall County, Bourbon — The Lincoln HighwayAmerica's First Coast to Coast Highway
The idea that America needed better roads did not originate with the invention of the automobile, but with bicyclists known as "wheelmen." Challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt and faced with antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and . . . Map (db m184845) HM
66 Indiana, Marshall County, Bourbon — The Lincoln HighwayIndiana: Two Distinct Routes - 1913 and 1928
The Lincoln Highway Association A New Generation The original Lincoln Highway Association dissolved, its final activities occurring in the early 1940s. As the interstate highway system and superhighways bypassed the small towns and . . . Map (db m244096) HM
67 Indiana, Marshall County, Plymouth — Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway
(Side One) Historic Crossroads of America Marshall County has been called the Crossroads of America. The Lincoln Highway (the Lincoln’s second alignment constructed in the mid-1920s), the Michigan Road (Indiana’s first state . . . Map (db m75489) HM
68 Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso — The Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway was the first “Coast to Coast” road covering 3,389 miles across the USA. It was the dream of Hoosier Carl G. Fisher. In 1913. The Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) announced that . . . Map (db m244097) HM
69 Indiana, St. Joseph County, New Carlisle — The Historic Lincoln HighwayMain Street Across America
—Lincoln Highway— The Nation’s First Coast-to-Coast Auto Road Once called the Main Street Across America, it all began on September 10, 1912, when a group of industrialists led by Carl Fisher of Indianapolis Motor Speedway fame, . . . Map (db m244095) HM
70 Indiana, St. Joseph County, South Bend — 71.2010.1 — Lincoln & Dixie Highways
Lincoln Highway Association, formed 1913, promoted and procured a route from New York to California, Dixie Highway Association, formed 1915, worked similarly from Canada to Florida routes. Highways intersected here and . . . Map (db m53874) HM
71 Indiana, Whitley County, Columbia City, Columbia Township — The Lincoln Highway
In 1915, Vice President Thomas Marshall traveled to Indiana to participate in dedication ceremonies in Hoosier cities that were celebrating the Lincoln Highway. In 1928 concrete markers provided by the Lincoln Highway Association were planted along . . . Map (db m228156) HM
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72 Iowa, Carroll County, Arcadia — Influence of Railroads and Elevation
Union Pacific Railroad in Iowa Iowa crews began laying the first rails in 1854. A year later, the first locomotive was shipped across the Mississippi River by ferry. As with the Pacific line, the U.S. government was instrumental in . . . Map (db m186198) HM
73 Iowa, Crawford County, Westside — Eugene Kock Memorial Park
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74 Iowa, Crawford County, Westside — Westside
History of Westside Iowa became part of the United States in 1805 as part of the Louisiana Purchase, and was admitted to the Union as the 29th state on December 28, 1846. The Railroad Telegraph road was built from Boone to Council . . . Map (db m186199) HM
75 Iowa, Greene County, Jefferson — Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway, the nation's first east-west transcontinental highway, has an intimate history with Greene County. Stretching from New York City to San Francisco, its original construction was essentially a private promotional effort, created . . . Map (db m168843) HM
76 Iowa, Harrison County, Missouri Valley — 3389 Miles from New York to San Francisco... Join the Ride!
In 1912, there were approximately one million motor vehicles registered in the United States but few good roads. Most of the roads outside of urban areas were dirt that turned to mud when wet. Long-distance travel by car was still very much a . . . Map (db m162418) HM
77 Iowa, Linn County, Lisbon — History of Our Town Lisbon, Iowa
Lisbon is a small community that is full of rich history dating back a long way. Early records show the first settlers were arriving in the mid 1830's. It is said the community was named after Lisbon, Ohio where some of the first settlers came . . . Map (db m184817) HM
78 Iowa, Linn County, Lisbon — 1 — The Lincoln HighwayA Highway to Honor Lincoln
As of 1900, the United States had an excellent rail network but no system of long-distance highways. Private associations made the earliest attempts to blaze "auto trails," giving them colorful names and emblems. The most famous road across Iowa . . . Map (db m184820) HM
79 Iowa, Linn County, Mount Vernon — 2 — The Lincoln HighwayA Highway of Main Streets
The Lincoln Highway ran through the central business districts of hundreds of small towns and cities across the U.S., giving substance to slogans proclaiming the highway as the "Nation's Main Street." To small-town merchants, the Lincoln Highway . . . Map (db m184844) HM
80 Iowa, Linn County, Mt. Vernon — 3 — The Lincoln Highway"Seedling Miles"
At first, the Lincoln Highway through Iowa consisted mainly of dirt roads, which were fine when dry but impassable when wet. Motorists were advised against trying to cross Iowa in rainy weather. The goal of the Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) . . . Map (db m158227) HM
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81 Iowa, Tama County, Tama — The Historic "Lincoln Highway" Bridge
This bridge, constructed in 1915, was an early advertisement for the Lincoln Highway, which was the first successful effort to mark, promote, and build an automobile highway spanning the United States. Initiated in 1913 as a memorial to the . . . Map (db m126563) HM
82 Nebraska, Buffalo County, Kearney — 488 — Buffalo County’s Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile
The Lincoln Highway Association was founded in 1913 to promote a transcontinental automobile route from new York City to San Francisco. Dedicated on October 31, 1913, the route was marked by the letter “L” within red, white, and blue . . . Map (db m45520) HM
83 Nebraska, Dawson County, Cozad — 17 — The 100th Meridian
The 100th longitudinal line west of Greenwich was the major goal set by Congress in building the first transcontinental railroad. Construction of the Union Pacific track reached the Meridian on October 5, 1866. To celebrate this record-breaking . . . Map (db m123869) HM
84 Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 255 — The Lincoln Memorial Highway
The Lincoln Highway association, formed in 1913 to build a New York to San Francisco highway, sold “highway memberships” to raise funds for the project. In Nebraska the road, which traversed twelve states, extended westward from Iowa . . . Map (db m45203) HM
85 Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 482 — The Seedling Mile
Here is a section of an original Seedling Mile on the Lincoln Highway. It was completed November 3, 1915. Grand Island was the second city in the United States to build such an example of concrete roadway. The original Seedling Mile extended from . . . Map (db m53234) HM
86 Nebraska, Keith County, Ogallala — Standard Oil Gas Station“Hugh”
This friendly hometown mechanic embodies the spirit of the Lincoln Highway in Keith County. He commemorates a simpler, gentler time, when the attendant would pump your gas, check your oil, and wave you on your way with a smile. Built in 1922, . . . Map (db m70370) HM
87 Nebraska, Keith County, Ogallala — 8 — The Lincoln Highway
The Lincoln Highway was proclaimed the nation’s first coast-to-coast highway in 1913. It connected New York City with San Francisco, crossing twelve states and spanning 2,300 miles. The Lincoln Highway was created by an association of automobile . . . Map (db m50799) HM
88 Nebraska, Kimball County, Kimball — 487 — Maginnis Irrigation Flume
In 1910 the Kimball Irrigation District voted to construct an irrigation system with a reservoir and two canals. The rough topography traversed by the canals required several aqueducts, which used flumes manufactured in Kimball, Nebraska, by . . . Map (db m178497) HM
89 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — Gardiner SchoolPlatte County School District No. 8
This Gardiner Station Section of the Lincoln Highway also had a rural one room school about .5 mile north east of this location. Currently grain bins occupy the site. The school was established in 1910 and held classes until it was closed in the . . . Map (db m53227) HM
90 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — Lincoln Highway
First continental highway across United States passed through Duncan Main Street 1913 75th anniversary 1988Map (db m53196) HM
91 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — 462 — The Lincoln Highway - Gardiner Station Section
The Lincoln Highway Association was founded in 1913 to promote a coast-to-coast, toll- free automobile route. The Lincoln Highway, which followed existing roadways through thirteen states, was dedicated on October 31, 1913. The route was marked by . . . Map (db m53206) HM
92 Nevada, Carson City — Lincoln HighwayFirst Marked Coast to Coast Federal Highway
Now: U.S. 50 • San Francisco to Salt Lake City U.S. 30 • Salt Lake City to Philadelphia U.S. 1 • Philadelphia to New York CityMap (db m128552) HM
93 Nevada, Churchill County, Middlegate — Middlegate Station
Middlegate was named in 1850 by James Simson as he mapped the route for the Overland Stage Company. In his journal he writes that he thought the cuts in the mountains looked like 'gates' so he named each cut Westgate, Middlegate, and Eastgate to . . . Map (db m89452) HM
94 Nevada, Douglas County, Spooner Summit — 261 — Spooner Summit
Toll Roads Johnson's Cutoff, also called the Carson Ridge Emigrant Road, passed over Spooner Summit and down Clear Creek from 1852 through 1854, but was rugged and little used. With discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, Spooner Summit . . . Map (db m69714) HM
95 Nevada, Elko County, West Wendover — Lincoln Highway
In 1912, roads were dirt, bumpy and dusty in dry weather; impassable in wet weather. Asphalt and concrete roads were yet to come. To get from coast-to-coast, it was much easier to take the train. The Lincoln Highway Association conceived the first . . . Map (db m131448) HM
96 Nevada, Eureka County, Eureka — 80 — Eureka Courthouse
Built in 1879-80, of locally-fired brick and of sandstone quarried nearby, the Eureka County Courthouse remains a fine example of boom town Victorian opulence. This relic, scene of many famous trials, lives on in reflected glory of the days when . . . Map (db m14616) HM
97 Nevada, Lyon County, Dayton — 3 — Lifeblood of the MillsDayton's History
The Carson River While camping in 1849, waiting for snow to melt in the Sierra Nevada, frontiersman and wagon train guide Abner Blackburn used a butcher knife to dig Nevada's first-found gold from a creek bed at the mouth of Gold Cañon. The . . . Map (db m160800) HM
98 Nevada, Lyon County, Dayton — 2 — The Road to NowhereDayton's History
The Carson and Colorado Railroad (C&C) The Carson and Colorado Railroad (C&C), completed in 1881, operated on a 3-foot narrow-gauge track. Nicknamed the "Slim Princess," it provided transportation from Mound House, Nevada to Keeler, California . . . Map (db m160798) HM
99 Nevada, Lyon County, Dayton — 1 — Where Nevada BeganDayton's History
Dayton (known as Chinatown 1857-1861) Dayton is the site of Nevada's first gold discovery (1849) and the state's first permanent Euro-American settlement, founded after miners created a tent town at the mouth of Gold Cañon in 1851. Initially . . . Map (db m160799) HM
100 Nevada, Lyon County, Fernley — America's First Transcontinental Highway
The Lincoln Highway was conceived and promoted by industrialists who were determined to act on the concept of creating one transcontinental highway from amongst the various and fragmented paths, trails and city streets. The LH (1913 -1927) brought . . . Map (db m46380) HM

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