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Historic Lincoln Highway

US Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) Reconstruction Project
From Williams Street to IL Route 43 (Harlem Avenue)

The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the United States of America. It was conceived and promoted by entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher. The Lincoln Highway spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally through 13 states. In 1928, a 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.

Conceived in 1912, the Lincoln Highway was America's first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln.

The official recorded length of the entire Lincoln Highway in 1913 was 3,389 miles. Through the years, the road has been improved and numerous realignments have been made. Including the original route and all of the realignments, there is a grand total of 5,869 miles.

In 2013, the Lincoln Highway Association will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Highway.

The links below offer comprehensive information regarding the history and concept of The Lincoln Highway. 


 

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