The Lincoln Highway
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 41° 07.939 W 104° 48.995
13T E 515394 N 4553461
Quick Description: A dual-sided City of Cheyenne historical marker stands at the northwest corner of West Lincolnway and Carey Avenue, providing an overview of the highway's origins on one side, and on the reverse, background about its route through Wyoming.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2015 5:21:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMPWNJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
Views: 9

Long Description:
The marker stands next to a 1928 Lincoln Highway Marker, and has several insets: One shows the Lincoln Highway emblem; the second shows an example of a Lincoln Highway Marker; the third shows a closeup of the Lincoln bust on the marker; the fourth shows the highway's route across America.

The First Transcontinental Highway
The Lincoln Highway - U.S. Highway 30 - Wyoming Portion of Interstate 80

The Lincoln Highway was America's first transcontinental highway, conceived in 1912 specifically with the automobile in mind. Although parts of the Lincoln Highway were first used in 1908 for the famous New York to Paris automobile "Great Race", it was Carl Fisher of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fellow industrialists Frank Seiberling of the Goodyear Rubber Company and Henry Joy of the Packard Motor Car Company who first envisioned a 3,400 mile improved, hard-surfaced road from New York to San Francisco.

At that time, except for a few metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States and some California cities, few roads existed that were anything but dirt and gravel. Rutted and dusty in dry weather, these trails were muddy at best in wet weather. All were nearly impassable in winter. It was Joy who would suggest that the proposed route be named after the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Highway Association was created in 1913 to promote the road's construction using private and corporate donations. In July of that year the route was officially named the Lincoln Highway. Americans' enthusiasm for good roads led to the creation of many "Good Roads" clubs and associations. One of them, the Lincoln Highway Association, was able to stir the interest of the Federal Government into designating various rural routes by number in 1926.

The Lincoln Highway throughout much of the West became known as U.S. Highway 30. In Wyoming U.S. 30 would follow closely the old Lincoln Highway with only minor changes where bridges, curves, and grades could be improved. It was, however, the Interstate Highway System established in 1956 that would forever change the complexion of the original Lincoln Highway.

(Reverse)

Large parts of the western portion of the Lincoln Highway became known as Interstate Highway 80. Part of I-80 lies directly over the old Lincoln Highway and its construction led to the obliteration of other parts of the original route.

The Lincoln Highway enters Wyoming at Pine Bluffs following portions of U.S. 30 through the communities of Egbert, Burns, and Archer to Cheyenne. In Cheyenne the route follows Lincolnway, or 16th Street, through downtown, then heads west along Otto Road passing by what used to be the Union Pacific Railroad stations Corlett, Borie, Otto, and Granite Canon. Further west the route passes Ozone and Buford, climbs Sherman Hill, and descends into Laramie. West from Laramie the route follows parts of U.S. 30 through Bosler, Cooper Lake, Lookout, Harper, Rock River, and Medicine Bow. As the route continued west it would eventually pass through Rawlins, Rock Springs, Green River, Lyman, Ft. Bridger and Evanston before entering Utah.

Although by 1925 the Lincoln Highway was complete, it was not until 1928 that the entire route was paved. In 1928 the Boy Scouts of America placed over 2,000 concrete roadside markers along the route, including more than 200 in Wyoming. In addition to the Lincoln bust seal embedded into the markers these concrete posts also provided directions through cities and towns and at turns in the countryside.

This project completed through the cooperation of the City of Cheyenne and its Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board, Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and funded through grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and Preserve America.

Marker Name: The Lincoln Highway

Marker Type: City

Group Responsible for Placement: City of Cheyenne/Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board/Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Addtional Information: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

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