By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
Last week when I gave the background on Carter Avenue in Fort Bridger, I hadn’t planned on writing anything else on it for the paper.
However, I was stopped at the Post Office by Ramon Arthur on Monday afternoon. He wanted to talk about the issue of renaming Carter Avenue. He said he was dead set against it. I suggested he call the county commissioners and let them know his feelings.
Ramon told me he thought the route of the highway had been changed in the 1930’s to its present location instead of following Carter Avenue through the town of Fort Bridger. I told him I was initially going to name the mid-to-late 1930’s as the time of the change of the route. Second guessing myself, knowing when Dad built his business on his lot, etc., I went with the 1940’s. I thought the date was too late, but I wasn’t sure when the actual change took place.
Ramon told me the main highway through Fort Bridger was like it is now when he went to high school in 1938. Prior to the change, the highway came from the hill north of Fort Bridger on Main Street travelling south, hit the corner of Carter Avenue and Main Street and then turned east via Carter Avenue and out of town.
According to a letter by Gary Rollins, the highway was paved in the 1930’s. I can remember being at a hearing in Evanston at the Court House years ago when I was reporting for the Casper Star. There was some disagreement on improving county roads in Bridger Valley and which roads should be improved first. One of the complaints was a former commissioner lived on a road and other residents insinuated his road was being improved because he was a commissioner, not because of the amount of traffic the road received.
I can remember Dub Tanner (an old man from the Mountain View area) standing and asking “What would have happened to the paving of the Lincoln Highway” if there would have been all the squabbling over the improvement of the roads when the highway was paved.
America's Main Street, the Lincoln Highway, was the first paved coast-to-coast roadway, spanning 3,380 miles through 13 states, connecting New York to San Francisco and all the towns in between.
Today, Interstate 80 is the cross-country highway most closely aligned with the Lincoln Highway.
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