Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cross Country

Conceived in 1912 and dedicated in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was one of our nation’s earliest transcontinental roads and America’s first memorial to President Lincoln. The Lincoln Highway spanned coast-to-coast, starting off in Times Square in NYC, ending at Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This highway originally passed through 13 states - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. In 1915, the "Colorado Loop" was removed and in 1928, realignment relocated the Lincoln Highway through the northern tip of West Virginia. Thus, there are a total of 14 states, 128 counties, and over 700 cities, towns and villages through which the highway passed at some time in its history. To see a map of the Lincoln Highway, please click here.

If you have been though Times Square at any point during your lifetime, chances are that you have missed the sign marking the point of origin of the Lincoln Highway. It took me years to see it myself and that was only after my mom told me it was there! If you stand on the Southwest corner of 42nd and Broadway and look up, you’ll see it. 

We also ran into this marker of the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY. It’s a bit hard to read with the shadows hiding some of the text but it says: 1928 Lincoln Highway Marker, Dedicated to the Citizens of Cheyenne, May 2000 by the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board. With Special Thanks to the Finder - Delmar Stone.

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