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Lincoln Highway
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The Lincoln Highway was the first road across America. It spanned almost 3400 miles, coast-to-coast, from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This category seeks to waymark the unique pieces of Americana and history that still lie along this supplanted route.
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The Lincoln Highway was the first road across America spanning almost 3400 miles, coast-to-coast, from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Link Link Link

Some examples of what we're looking for...
Times Square, the Eastern Terminus

Vintage Motor Court east of York,PA

Monument in Princeton, NJ

The Coffee Pot lunch stand in Bedford,PA

The Preston Museum in Belle Plaine,IA

The first officially recorded mileage for the entire Lincoln Highway was 3389 miles in 1913. Over the years, as the road was improved, numerous realignments were made. Counting the original route and all of the subsequent realignments, there is a grand total of 5869 miles.

The Lincoln Highway is one of America's best-known historical roads. It was inspired by the Good Roads Movement, and in turn inspired the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which was championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, influenced by his experiences as a young soldier crossing the country in the 1919 Army Convoy on the Lincoln Highway.

As the first road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns, and villages along the way.

Affectionately, the Lincoln Highway became known as "The Main Street Across America", a nickname that, even today, remains synonymous with the famous old road. Additionally, with the renewed interest in America's historic two-lane highways, and in deference to Route 66 having been nicknamed "The Mother Road" by John Steinbeck, the older and longer Lincoln Highway has become regarded as "The Father Road", a nickname used regularly by American Road magazine, and by author Michael Wallis in his recent book, The Lincoln Highway, Coast-to-Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate: the Great American Road Trip.

The Lincoln Highway Association was re-formed in 1992 with the mission, "…to identify, preserve, and improve access to the remaining portions of the Lincoln Highway and its associated historic sites." The new LHA publishes a quarterly magazine, The Lincoln Highway Forum, and holds conferences each year in cities along the route.

In 2005, Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America’s First Coast-to-Coast Road, a comprehensive coffee table book by Brian Butko, became the first complete guide to the road, with maps, directions, photos, postcards, memorabilia, and histories of towns, people, and places.

A mix of research and on-the-road fun, the book placed the LHA's early history in the context of roadbuilding, politics, and geography, explaining why the Lincoln followed the path it did across the US, including the oft-forgotten Colorado Loop through Denver.

Butko's book also incorporated quotes from early motoring memoirs and postcard messages - sometimes funny, sometimes painfully descriptive of early motoring woes - hence the Greetings title. Butko had previously written an exhaustive guide to the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania in 1996, which was revised and republished in 2002 with different photos and postcard images.

In July 2007, the W.W. Norton Company published The Lincoln Highway, Coast-to-Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate: The Great American Road Trip by Michael Wallis, best-selling author of Route 66, and voice of Sheriff in the movie Cars, and Michael Williamson, twice a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer with The Washington Post.

If you are interested in America's historic highways you also might want to look at these categories: The Dixie Highway, The Mother Road: Route 66, U.S. Route 40: The National Road, or the U.S. Route 99: The Pacific Highway.

Instructions for Posting a Lincoln Highway Waymark:
What to post: This category is for cataloging the people, places, events, and things that are a part of the history, culture, and lore of the Lincoln Highway – anything that captures the spirit of the Lincoln Highway during its heyday. Potential waymarks might be pieces of Americana such as diners or motor lodges, historic markers about the road, historic structures along the road, roadside attractions, etc. Submissions to this category must be found along the Lincoln Highway and will be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria: Does it represent period culture? Is it distinctive or of significant interest? Is it an important milestone or marker? The well-known Lincoln Highway marker posts will not be accepted unless they have an accompanying historic marker telling about the posts. These posts can be waymarked in the category Lincoln Highway Markers.
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Lincoln HighwayDuarte Garage - Livermore, CA

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The historic Duarte Garage in Livermore, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/5/2014

last visited: never

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The Banta Inn in the small town of Banta on the east side of Tracy, California, was a stop on the historic Lincoln Highway and is still in business as a restaurant.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: California

date approved: 10/22/2010

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayFerry Building - San Francisco, CA

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The starting point of the San Francisco leg of Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 7/31/2008

last visited: 2/27/2015

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Lincoln HighwayLincoln Park - San Francisco, CA

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Lincoln Park is located on the northwest section of San Francisco at the area known as Lands End. The park contains the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: California

date approved: 9/27/2011

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayCalifornia Palace of the Legion of Honor - San Francisco, CA

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The Legion of Honor is at the Western Terminus of the Lincoln highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/21/2008

last visited: 7/30/2010

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Lincoln HighwayRichards Underpass Bridge - Davis, CA

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A historic bridge in Davis, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 4/12/2011

last visited: 5/14/2012

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Lincoln HighwayCalifornia State Capitol - 1913-27 Northern Route & 1927-28 Central Valley Route

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The Lincoln Highway passed by the California State Capitol on what is known as the Northern & Central Valley Routes.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam

location: California

date approved: 9/4/2008

last visited: 11/15/2013

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Lincoln HighwayM St. Bridge Crossing - 1927-28 Central Valley Route

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Co-signed with US 99 and US 40 this crossing point once had the M St. Bridge. A railroad owned bridge that had been built in 1911. It was originally used for both rail traffic and auto traffic. Replaced in 1926 the again with the Tower Bridge in 1935

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam

location: California

date approved: 8/21/2008

last visited: 6/25/2007

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