The Lincoln Highway

July 1, 1913 - Organized at Detroit, Michigan, with the objective:  To procure the establishment of a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description, without toll charges, and to be a lasting memorial to Abraham Lincoln.

September 14, 1913 - Announcement of the route from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, covering 3,389 miles, the first transcontinental highway.

September 1914 - First concrete "seedling" mile completed just west of Malta, Illinois.

May - September, 1915 - Moving picture made of the entire Lincoln Highway for showing the San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exposition.

July - September, 1919 - Lincoln Highway traversed east to west by an army truck convoy.

1922-1923 - Construction of the "Ideal Section" between Schereville and Dyer, Indiana -- the model for future highway design.

1928 - Lincoln Highway marked coast-to-coast by concrete posts set by theBoy Scouts.  The posts, which featured Lincoln medallions, contained directional arrows.

1935 - Publication of the story of the association's great achievement in the book, THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY: The story of a Crusade That Made Transportation History.  The association then dissolved.

October, 1992 - Association reactivated at a meeting in Ogden, Iowa.

1996 - Headquarters office established at: 111 South Elm Street, P.O. Box 308, Franklin Grove, IL 61031 Phone:815 456-3030.  The office is on the Lincolnway.

1999 - Headdquarters office relocated to the H.I. Lincoln Building located at 136 North Elm Street in Franklin Grove.

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