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

(202)536-5329



1913--American Presidents--2003

"Lead the Way"

From the very beginning,
American Presidents have led the way.

Woodrow Wilson was the first member
of the Lincoln Highway Association
and planted one of the first trees along the Highway in 1914.

Seven years later Warren G. Harding became its
most involved and interested supporter.

In 1916 as a US Senator,
he led a hometown delegation
to Lincoln Highway Headquarters in Detroit to protest
the Lincoln's route change out of Marion.

Four years later in December of 1920,
the Lincoln Highway was moved from Galion
and Carl Gugler, a local attorney formed
The Harding Highway Association
as a Memorial to Ohio's favorite son
and the newly elected President.

As President he supported the Memorial Tree Program,
and dedicated both The Lincoln Memorial & Zero Milestone.

In addition,
he maintained a watchful eye
over the Secretary of Agriculture's decision
concerning the Utah Controversy.

After his untimely death in San Francisco in 1923,
the Boys Scouts planted the tree he was scheduled to plant
at the End of the Lincoln Highway in Lincoln Park
and named it The Harding Memorial Tree.

In 1924 the Coolidge-Dawes Lincoln Tour
was organized by the Hometown Coolidge Club
and was billed as the largest automobile caravan in history
with over 100,000 autos taking part.

President Ronald Reagan grew up just a few
blocks from The Lincoln Highway in Dixon, Illinois
and credits many of his leadership skills to his
early days growing up on the Lincoln.

He was the only President to send a wreath
for the Museum Opening in April of 2000.

President Eishenhower's trip across the Nation
on the First Army Transcontinental Motor Transport Convoy
in 1919 is the most dramatic and well publicized
participation of all the Presidents.

This experience is widely credited for his support
and signing of the Federal Highway Act in 1956.

President Clinton made several significant
contributions to the evolution of the Lincoln Highway
and set the stage for it becoming the centerpiece of
The Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration.

In January of 1999,
his State of the Union Address
was the catalyst for
"The Lincoln Highway Comes of Age"
A Nationwide Millennium Project
and the founding of
The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives.

In April of 2000,
The White House Millennium Council
designated The Lincoln Highway a
Millennium Trail

And finally,
on December 23, 2000
the President Signed
The Lincoln Highway Study Act.

Let us hope President Bush
will soon take his place and lead us as
The Lincoln Highway
becomes not only
"The World's Greatest Memorial"
but,
"Sacred Ground"
as humanity continues
the march toward perfection.

President Wilson
Takes the Lead
First 100 Years

The Lincoln Highway
"The World's Greatest Memorial"
"Sacred Ground"
President Clinton
Sets the Stage
Second 100 Years

1913-American Presidents Lead the Way-2003
Woodrow Wilson
28th President
2 Terms 1913-1921
Born: December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia
Died: February 3, 1924 in Washington, DC
Comments: President Wilson was the first member of
The Lincoln Highway Association.
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First Member of LHA
Year: 1913
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments: President Wilson planted one of the first trees
on the Lincoln Highway in Princeton, NJ in April of 1914.
The Lincoln Air Way, a transcontinental Air Route was renamed
the Wilson Airway in 1917 in Honor President Wilson.
Warren G. Harding
29th President
Died in Office 1921-1923
Born: November 2, 1856 in Blooming Grove, Ohio
Died: August 2, 1923 in San Francisco, California
Comments: President Harding was a big supporter of
The Lincoln Highway and the only other President
to have a Transcontinental Highway named after him.
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Dedicated The Zero Milestone
Year: 1923
Source: The Library of Congress
Washington, DC
Comments: President Harding and his wife
were big supporters of the Memorial Tree Program.
He dedicated both the Lincoln Memorial and the Zero Milestone.
After his death in San Francisco, the Boy Scouts planted the tree
he was scheduled to plant at the End of the Lincoln Highway
and named it The Harding Memorial Tree.
Calvin Coolidge
30th President
Finished Harding Term Plus His Own 1923-1929
Born: July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont
Died: January 5, 1933 in Northhampton, Mass.
Comments: After the death of his son,
President Coolidge didn't feel much like Campaigning,
so a group of his friends organized the Home Town Coolidge
Club and set out across the Nation to do it for him.
The Coolidge-Dawes Lincoln Tour lasted over 2 months
and started at the Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, VT
and ended near Seattle, Washington after traveling
across the Continent on The Lincoln Highway.
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Coolidge-Dawes Lincoln Tour
Year: 1924
Source: The Utah State Historical Society
Salt Lake City, Utah
Comments: The Lincoln Tour was co-sponsored by
The Republican National Committee and was billed
as the largest automobile caravan in history.
With caravans as long as 10 miles at times,
over 100,000 cars took part during the 4000 mile journey.
The highlight of the Tour was a call for all Lincoln Voters
to step forward and Sign the "Book of Lincoln"
which was later presented to President Coolidge.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President
2 Terms 1953-1961
Born: October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969 in Washington, DC
Comments: President Eishenhower's trip across the Nation
on the First Army Transcontinental Motor Transport Convoy
in 1919 is the most dramatic of all the Presidents.
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Observer on Motor Transport Convoy
Year: 1919
Source: Captain William Greany
Scrapbook
Comments: President Eisenhower wrote about his experiences
traveling on the Lincoln Highway in his book "At Ease".
The Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas has a large collection
of his photographs and other material from the trip.
Click for Eisenhower LIbrary
Ronald Reagan
40th President
2 Terms 1981-1989
Born: February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois
Comments: President Reagan lived a few blocks
from The Lincoln Highway in Dixon, Illinois from 1920-1924.
Dixon is home to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge and
the Blackhawk Wars Lincoln Statue.
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Grew up in Dixon, Illinois
Years: 1920-1924
Source: The Lincoln Highway National Museum & Archives
Galion, Ohio
Comments: President Reagan writes about
growing up in Dixon and his experiences on the Lincoln Highway
in his autobiography, "An American Life".
While a life guard in Dixon
he is credited with saving 77 lives.
Click to Visit Reagan Home
Bill Clinton
42th President
2 Terms 1993-2001
Born: August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas
Comments: President Clinton's State of the Union Address
in 1999 was the Catalyst for
"The Lincoln Highway Comes of Age"
A Nationwide Millennium Project.
The White House Millennium Council
provided the framework for the Lincoln Highway
being designated a Millennium Trail.
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Signed Lincoln Highway Study Act
Year: 2000
Source: Unites States Congress
Washington, DC
Comments: In October of 2000,
Congress passes the Lincoln Highway Study Act.
Ohio Congressman Mike Oxley co-sponsors the legislation
and mentions the Museum during the House debate.
On December 23rd President Clinton signs it into law
which mandates the current National Park Service Study.
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