It’s now official. Per the March 1st edition of USA Today, The Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration in Kearny, NB, is worth planning a trip around.
Why is this celebration significant? Fifty years before the Interstate Highway System was enacted, the Lincoln Highway, America’s first transcontinental highway, was proposed. Within three years of the founding of the Lincoln Highway Association, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916, the first of many that would eventually see the highways of America built.
Some have called the Lincoln Highway “America’s Main Street.” It encouraged travel to communities with stops in hotels, mom and pop restaurants, and local tourist attractions. The Interstate Highway System wrought the demise of leisurely travel along these byways.
Studebaker at Kearney, Nebraska 1915
This summer the Lincoln Highway Association is hosting the Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration in Kearney, NB, June 30 – July 1, 2013. Kearney is conveniently located on the Lincoln Highway in the center of the country, 1733 miles from Boston and 1733 miles from San Francisco.
On Saturday, June 29, two auto caravans will converge on Kearney, one from New York and the other from San Francisco. On Sunday, events will kick-off in downtown Kearney, five blocks will come to life celebrating the 1910s to 1950s. The celebration continues at the Great Platt River Road Archway, a world-class attraction about the routes that opened the West, on Monday. Check out www.visitkearney.org or www.lincolnhighway.org for more information.
Closer to home, Indiana’s part in the Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration will take place when the Centennial Auto Caravan from New York tours the Lincoln Highway with an overnight stop in South Bend, on Wednesday, June 26. The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association invites you to come to the Studebaker National Museum to visit with the tourists for dinner at 6:30 pm and a self-guided tour of the museum. This should be a once-in-a-lifetime-event. For more information on this event visit www.indianalincolnhighway.org
I concur with USA Today and invite you experience some of these festivities celebrating the Lincoln Highway Centennial.