The Lincoln Highway
National Museum & Archives
Washington Office

(202) 536-5329



Dear Friends,
 
Greetings Once Again..
 
"Hadn't Planned On A Second Email"
BUT
"Received A Call Last Night"
from
"The Grandfather"
of..
 
 
 
"THE LAND OF LINCOLN"
(Hard To Believe..Of All Places)
Lincoln Highway Eagle Scout
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about
"The Parade!!"
 
Well..
 
"As You Might Imagine"
he was
SHOCKED
"To Learn We Had Not Been Invited!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Try As I Might"
COULDN'T
"Give Him An Explanation"
and or
"Any Idea"
IF
"A Second Chance Invitation"
MIGHT
"Be Extended!!"
 
That being the case,
"Told Him I'd Try"
ONE LAST TIME
to
"Get A Definitive Answer"
and or
"An Indication"
CONCERNING
"A Second Chance Invite!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Before Any Decisions Are Made"
THINK IT PRUDENT
to
"Share With You"
A Little Lincoln Highway History.
 
"First & Foremost"
 
 
The Lincoln Highway
AMERICA'S
 First Transcontinental Highway
as..
 
 
"A Memorial"
to
Abraham Lincoln
 
 
Of The People, By The People, and For The People
making...
 
 
IT
The Greatest Memorial
The Lincoln Highway
"It is a name to conjure by. It calls to the heroic.
It enrolls a mighty panorama of fields and woodlands;
of humble cabins and triumphant farm homes
and cattle on a thousand hills;
burrowing mines and smoking factories;
winding brooks, commerce laden rivers and horizon lost oceans.

And because it binds together all these wonders
and sweeps forward till it touches the end of the earth
and the beginning of the sea it is to be named the "Lincoln Highway".

It brings back to us the lank figure of the growing boy
walking the country roadway with borrowed books;
the dreaming out, surveying and building of his highway of the soul,
that should stretch from that mysterious ocean of the past, whence he came,
to the mysterious ocean of the eternal, to which he would go;

a highway along whose everyday travel he had a gentle word for the sorrowing,
a hand for the one in trouble, a sharp prod for the indifferent,
a word of council for the perplexed, an inspiration for the doubtful, and love for all;
the highway of the soul of the "Great American".

Rev. Frank G. Brainard
First Congregational Church
Ogden, Utah
September 21, 1913

and..
 
 
"Show Road Of The World"
as
A Perpetual Memorial
The Lincoln Highway
"The Lincoln Highway will never be finished.
You and I will be able to drive over it from New York to San Francisco in 1915.
Perhaps ten years from now every mile will be of concrete,
but there will always be something more to do, some improvement to make.

Not only is the Lincoln Highway a perpetual memorial,
but a road to be perpetuated by the energies of future generations.
We are only laying the foundations now."

The best minds in the country are "laying the foundation now"
for the beautification of the Lincoln Highway..."

"They are working today that the tourist of fifty and one hundred years from now
may cross the country over the most beautiful and inspiring roadway in the world."

"The Lincoln Highway is to be something more than a road-
It will be a road with personality, a distinctive work
of which the Americans of future generations can point with pride-
an economic but also artistic triumph."

Carl D. Fisher, Founder
The Lincoln Highway
Chicago, Illinois
1914
to be
PERPETUATED
by
"Future Generations"
as..

 

"A LABOR OF LOVE"
by..



"A Patriotic People!!"

And..
"Not Only That"
it was to
BE



A ROAD OF CHARACTER
and
"A Scroll"
upon which
THE HISTORY OF OUR LAND
"Shall Be Recorded"
[as]
"A River Of Life"
[and]
A SYMBOL
of
"The March Of Humanity"
toward
PERFECTION!!

Well..

Needless to say,
"Think You'd Be"
HARD PRESSED
to
"Find"
ANOTHER
"Chapter In American History"
SO
"Compelling!!"
 
And..
 
Speaking of which,
NOT ONLY
was..
 
 
The Lincoln Highway
"The Backbone"
of
"The American Road System"
BUT
it was
THE BACKBONE
of..
 
 
 
 
 
"The American Airway System"
and..
 
 
 
 
 
"The American Defense Highway System"
which
OPENED THE DOOR
for...
 
 
"The First War Truck Train"
over..
 
 
 
The Lincoln Highway
which
LED TO
 
 
"The First Transcontinental Motor Convoy"
from..
 
 
 
The White House
to..
 
 
 
San Francisco
with..
 
 
IKE ON BOARD
as..
 
 
"An Observer"
which
ULTIMATELY
led to..
 
 
"The Eisenhower Interstate System!!"
 
So..
 
"As You Can See"
WITHOUT
 
 
Abraham Lincoln
and..
 
 
The Lincoln Highway
as..
 
 
"A Fitting Memorial"
to..
 
 
BIND THE NATION TOGETHER
and
LEAD
 
 
"The Way"
AMERICA
would be
"A Very Different Place!!"
 
That being the case..
 
 
"An Inaugural Parade"
without..
 
 
LINCOLN
and..
 
 
The Spirit of the Lincoln Highway
is like
AMERICA
without..
 
 
"Her Guiding Star!!"
 
More Later..
 
Until then..
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
 
Craig Harmon, Director
202-536-5329
 

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