The Lincoln Highway
National Museum & Archives
102 Old Lincoln Way West
Galion, Ohio 44833

(202) 536-5329

1913--The Lincoln Highway--2003
"A Way of Life"

Simply put,
there's nothing like it in the World.

Almost from the very first day,
The Lincoln Highway took off across the Continent
like a raging wildfire.

Leading the charge was Henry B Joy, President
of The Lincoln Highway Association who organized
an Army of Patriots in support of this noble cause.

"The universal approval expressed on all sides
is a tribute to the memory of a man beloved by the people.
It is unique in the annals of American History that a proposal
of a national memorial should not even be debated
as to its propriety or fitness."

"The endorsement is unanimous."

"Could there be a greater tribute?"

Within three months of announcing the project,
an office was secured,
two inspections tours were made,
the Governors were addressed,
the Route was selected,
a Proclamation issued,
and 125,000 copies sent out across the land.

A month later,
Lincoln Highway Officials reported
the Highway was almost entirely marked
and the Nation was ablaze in bonfires
as the Dedication Ceremony took place.

It was an "Idea" whose time had come
and from that moment on America never looked back.

The Lincoln Highway was the catalyst
that changed a Nation.

It was the beginning of Individual Freedom
and Mobility that we know today,
and blazed the trail for all that has followed.

Listed below are some of the many examples
of how The Lincoln Highway became,
"A Way of Life"
and
"A Labor of Love by a Patriotic People."

A Labor of Love
by a Patriotic People

The Lincoln Highway
"A Way of Life"

A Labor of Love
by a Patriotic People

1913--The Lincoln Highway--2003
"An Idea Whose Time Had Come"

Lincoln Highway Pennant
Year: 1913
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Source: Brian Butko
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Comments: In October of 1913 this pennant
was issued by The Lincoln Highway Association.
They sold for 50 cents and were available as left or
right reading to be placed on either side of the car.
While hundreds were produced there are only a few
scattered examples and only one original pair.
This is the only time the LHA offered a product of
dubious quality. Note the strange map of the United States.

Lincoln Highway Pennant
Year: ????
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association.
City: Detroit, Michigan
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments: This Lincoln Highway Pennant was
last seen on eBay. It appears to be an official LHA
design but little is known about it or the date of issue.
It is the only known example.

Good Roads Day
Year: 1913
Sponsor: Central City, Nebraska
Location: Central City Nebraska
Source: Central City Historical Society
Central City, Nebraska
Comments: On October 31, 1913 The Lincoln Highway
was dedicated. In Central City, Nebraska the Mayor
called for all able bodied men and 12 teams of horses
to help resurface the road from Central City to Thummel.

Moose Good Roads Day
Year: 1914
Sponsor: Moose International
City: Mooseheart, Illinois
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments: On April 15, 1914 Moose International
held a Good Roads Day. Thousands came from miles around
to help build a two mile section of the Lincoln Highway
in front of Mooseheart. A Good Roads Pay Check was issued
to all in the amount of .01 cent

Lincoln Highway Committee
Year: 1914
Sponsor: American Institute of Architects
Location: Washington, DC
Source: Kearney Daily Hub
July 1915
Comments: In 1914 the Lincoln Highway
Committee was formed by the American Institute of Architects
to create a consistent plan for bridges, monuments, and arches.
While the Utah arch was draw up, to my knowledge it was never built

Lincoln Highway Beautification Committee
Year: 1914-1928
Sponsor: General Federation of Women's Clubs
Location: Washington, DC
Source: General Federation of Women's Clubs-Archives
Washington, DC
Comments: In 1914 the GFWC formed a
Lincoln Highway Beautification Committee with sole jurisdiction
for the beautification of the Highway. They were responsible
for many of the gardens and memorial tree plantings.

Reno Bridge
Year: 1914-
Designer: American Institute of Architects
Location: Reno, Nevada
Source: Library-University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Comments: The Lincoln Highway Bridge
is the first project taken on by the AIA and is located
just outside of Reno, Nevada. It was the first of its
kind and was widely publicized. While the bridge is gone
the side rails still exist near their original location
and are on display at a rest stop on Interstate 80.

Tama Bridge
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Tama County
City: Tama, Iowa
Source: Iowa Department of Transportation
Ames, Iowa
Comments: The famous Tama Bridge was built in 1915.
The original contractor underbid to get the job and was unable to
finish so another contractor took over and completed the structure.
It was thought to be the only one of this style ever built,
but research shows a similar "Hawkeye Highway" bridge was also
built somewhere in Iowa.

Seedling Mile
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Grand Island, Nebraska
Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments: While the original intent was
to actually build large sections of Highway,
the reality of the situation soon set in.
The seedling mile program was set up to provide local
authorities with an object lesson in good road building.

Strongest Link in Lincoln Way
Year: 1924
Sponsor: New Jersey State Elks
City: Jersey City, New Jersey
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments: This is a New Jersey Elks Medal
made for their 11th Annual State Convention.
It reads, "The Stongest Link in the Lincoln Way".
To my knowledge, this is the first and only link between
the Elks and the Lincoln Highway.
Fort Wayne Arch
Year: 1915
Sponsor: ????
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Omaha Lighted Arch
Year: 1915
Sponsor: ?????
City: Omaha, Nebraska
Source: Great Platte River Road Arch
Kearney, Nebraska
Comments:

Lincoln Highway Russian Road Model
Year: 1917
Sponsor: Russian Government
Location: Iowa
Source: Iowa Department of Transportation-Library
Ames, Iowa
Comments:

Roadside Garden
Year: 1919
Sponsor: Garden Club
Location: Bucyrus, Ohio
Source: University of Michigan-Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Comments:

Show Road of the World
Year: 1921
Sponsor: The Lincoln Highway Association
Location: New York to San Francisco
Source: Motor Life Magazine
1921
Comments:

The Ideal Section
Year: 1921
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association
Location: Schererville, Indiana
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
August 1924, Page 4
Comments:

Sentry Gas Pump
Year: 1914
Company: S. F. Bowser & Co.
Location:Fort Wayne, Indiana
Source: Architect & Engineering
February 1914, Page 124
Comments:
Wayne Gas Pump
Year: ???
Company: Wayne Pump Company
City: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Source: The Lincoln Highway-Penn Travelers Guide
By Brian Butko, Page 4
Comments:

Lincoln Highway Texaco Trail
Year: 1929
Sponsor: Texaco
City: Houston, Texas
Source: The Literary Digest
August 24, 1929, Inside Cover
Comments:

Lincoln Highway Auto Oil
Year: 1916
Company: Lincoln Oil & Grease
City: Chicago, Illinois
Source: 1916 Lincoln Highway Road Guide
Page 65
Comments:
The Lincoln Air Way
Year: 1915
Sponsor: The Lincoln Highway Association
City: New York to San Francisco
Source: The Galion Daily Leader
June 14, 1915
Comments:

Transcontinental Medal
Year: 1915-1917
Sponsor: Motor Magazine
City: New York, New York
Source: Private Collection
Chicago, Illinois
Comments:
1st Armored Car Convoy
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Northwestern Military Academy
Location: Chicago to San Francisco
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
July 15, 1915, Page 7
Comments:
Presidential Dispatch Motorcycle Relay
Year: 1915
Sponsor: United States Army
City: Washington, DC to San Francisco
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 1915
Comments:

Sara Bard Field Suffrage Tour
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Woman's Suffrage Movement
City: San Francisco to Washington, DC
Source: The San Francisco Call and Post
September 16, 1915
Comments:

Temperance Tour
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Lincoln-Lee Temperance Legion
Location: New York to San Francisco
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Boy Scout Lincoln Highway Motor Hike
Year: 1918
Sponsor: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
City: Akron, Ohio
Source: Motor Age
August 22, 1918, Page 48
Comments:

Goodyear Wingfoot Express
Year: 1918
Sponsor: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
City: New York to San Francisco
Source: Motor Age
December 5, 1918, Page 46
Comments:
Motor Transport Convoy
Year: 1919
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association
City: Washington DC-San Francisco
Source: Private Collection
San Jose, California
Comments:
First Airplane Road Survey
Year: 1923
Sponsor: The Lincoln Highway Association
City: Salt Lake City, Utah
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
October 1923, Page 1
Comments:

10 Millionth Ford Tour
Year: 1924
Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
Location: New York to San Francisco
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
August 1924, Page 1
Comments:
Coolidge-Dawes Campaign Tour
Year: 1924
Sponsor: Hometown Coolidge Club
City: Plymouth, Vermont to Seattle, Washington
Source: Utah State Historical Society
Salt Lake City, Utah
Comments:

Abraham Lincoln Horseback Tour
Year: 1925
Sponsor: Frank McGlynn
City: San Francisco to New York
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
May 1925, Page 3
Comments:
MGM 1st Trackless Train Tour
Year: 1925
Sponsor: MGM Studios
City: Hollywood, California
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
May 1925, Page 1
Comments:

Record Coast to Coast Run
Year: 1925
Driver: Louis B. Miller
Sponsor: Wills Sainte Claire
Location: New York to San Francisco
Source: The New York Times
January 10, Page 26
Comments:

Record Coast to Coast Run
Year: 1926
Sponsor: Wills Sainte Claire
City: San Francisco to New York
Source: The New York Times
August 28, Page 13
Comments:
Record Coast to Coast & Return
Year: 1927
Driver: Louis B. Miller
Sponsor: Chrysler
Location: San Francisco to New York to Los Angeles
Source: The Los Angeles Times
June 9, Page I-4
Comments:

Record Coast to Coast & Return Trip
Year: 1931
Driver: Louis B. Miller
Sponsor: Plymouth
City: San Francisco to New York to San Francisco
Source: The Saturday Evening Post
October 10, Page 34
Comments:

Service Station
Year: ???
Company: Marx Toys
City: New York, New York
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Double Board Game
Year: 1925-
Company: Parker Bros.
City: Salem, Mass
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

Cigars
Year: ????
Company: National Cigar Company
City: Frankfort, Indiana
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Cigars
Year: ????
Company: National Cigar Company
City: Frankfort, Indiana
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Lincoln Highway Menu
Year: 1932
Company: Chalfonte-Hadden Hall
City: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Lincoln Highway Glad Hand Club
Year: 1926
Company: Glad Hand Club
City: Belle Plaine, Iowa
Source: Tama County Historical Society
Toledo, Iowa
Comments:
Anita King-First Coast to Coast Solo Trip
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Paramount Pictures
Location: Hollywood, California
Source: Oakland Tribune
August 22, 1915, Page 39
Comments:
Anita King-The Race
Year: 1916
Company: Paramount Pictures
City: Hollywood, California
Source: The Los Angeles Times
April 16, 1916, Page III-3
Comments:

The Lincoln Highwayman-The Play
Year: 1917-1919
Writer: Paul Dickey
Producer: Paul Dickey & Company
Location: New York, New York
Source: Library of Congress
Washington, DC
Comments:
The Lincoln Highwayman-The Movie
Year: 1919-1920
Writer: Paul Dickey
Producer: Fox Film Corp.
City: Hollywood, California
Source: The Moving Picture World
December 13, 1919-Page 746
Comments:

See America First
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association
Location: New York to San Francisco
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
God's Country
Year: 1939
Writer: Herald Arlin
Producer: MGM
City: Hollywood, California
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

Lincoln Highway March
Year: 1921
Writer: Harry J. Lincoln
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Source: Brian Butko
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Comments:
Lincoln Highway Piano Roll
Year: 1921
Writer: Harry J. Lincoln
Producer: US Regular
City: ????
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

Radio Tour
Year: 1922
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association
Location: Detroit to San Francisco
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 1922, Page A-2
Comments:
NBC Radio Show
Year: 1940-1942
Sponsor: Shinola Shoe Polish
City: Coast to Coast
Source: The Lincoln highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio 44833
Comments:

DAR Memorial Flag Pole
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Daughters of the American Revolution
City: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Source: Edward Holden Album-LHA
Truckee, California
Comments:

Memorial Flag Pole
Year: 1917
Sponsor: Native Daughters of the Golden West
City: San Francisco, California
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
Drinking Fountain
Year: 1914
Sponsor: Private Citizen
Location: Illinois
Source: Iowa Department of Transportation
Ames, Iowa
Comments:

Lincoln Fountain of Peace
Year: 1916
Sponsor: Southern California Veterans Assoc.
City: Los Angeles, California
Source: Brown University Library
Providence, Rhode Island
Comments:

Memorial Miles
Year: 1914-
Designer: Lincoln Highway Women's Auxiliary
Location: New York, New York
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

Road of Remembrance
Year: 1922
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway
City: York, Pennsylvania
Source: American Forestry Magazine
July 1922, Page 419
Comments:

Gettysburg Address Markers
Year: 1916
Sponsor: Grand Army of the Republic
Location: Coast to Coast
Source: American Heritage Center
Laramie, Wyoming
Comments:
Moss Marker
Year: 1919
Sponsor: J. E. Moss
City: Jefferson, Iowa
Source: Greene County Historical Society
Jefferson, Iowa
Comments:

Mullins Statue
Year: ????
Sponsor: W.F. Mullins Company
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
E.B. Wilson Statue
Year: 1918
Sponsor: E.B. Wilson.
City: Jefferson, Iowa
Source: Iowa Department of Transportation
Ames, Iowa
Comments:

Tama Pillars
Year: 1915
Sponsor: Tama Citizens
City: Tama, Iowa
Source: Iowa Department of Transportation
Ames, Iowa
Comments:

W.F.Coan Monument
Year: 1923
Designer: Lincoln Highway Association
Location: Clinton, Iowa
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
June 1926, Page 1
Comments:

Ohio Brick Marker
Year: 1923
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association
City: Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Source: The Lincoln Highway Forum
October 1925, Page 2
Comments:

Clink Blvd Monuments
Year: 1923
Designer: Lincoln Highway Association
Location: Crestline, Ohio
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

H. C. Osterman Memorial
Year: 1921
Producer: Lincoln highway Association
Location: Schererville, Indiana
Source: Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
John F. Hopley Monument
Year: 1929
Sponsor: Friends of John Hopley
City: Bucyrus, Ohio
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

1928 LH Boy Scout Safety Tour
Year: 1928
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association-Boy Scouts
Location: New York to San Francisco
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:
1928 LH Boy Scout Markers
Year: 1928
Sponsor: Lincoln Highway Association-Boy Scouts
City: San Francisco, California
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

Henry B. Joy Memorial
Year: July 2, 1939
Sponsor: Mrs. Henry B. Joy
Location: Grosse Point, Michigan
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

Lincoln Statue
Year: October 18, 1959
Sculptor: Robert I. Russin
Sponsor: State of Wyoming
City: Sherman Hill, Wyoming
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments:

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