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Lincoln Highway trekkers pause at Fort Bridger

Posted: Monday, Jul 8th, 2013


Rosemary Rubin, Canton, Ohio; Lincoln Highway Association; Martin Lammers and site director Linda Byers are pictured as Lammers breaks ground for the replica of the Lincoln Highway bridge at the state site. The bridge will lie in the area marked by the pink ribbon, 25 feet by 100 feet. And, vintage cars ready to roll. PIONEER PHOTOS/Virginia Giorgis


By VIRGINIA GIORGIS

Pioneer Editor



FORT BRIDGER¬ – Several vintage cars pulled into the Fort Bridger State Historic Site last Thursday afternoon, June 27, as they travelled west in celebration of the 100th year of the Lincoln Highway.

When the route of the Lincoln Highway was announced 100 years ago on Oct. 31, 1913, wild celebrations erupted across the United States. The Lincoln Highway was America’s first coast-to-coast highway and helped open up the nation for bigger and better things.

Fireworks shot into the sky, bands played and 10,000 Omahans burned a huge pile of railroad ties donated by the Union Pacific when they learned their city would be along the highway's route.

In all, about 140 cars made up the Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour. Auto and travel enthusiasts departed from Time Square in New York City and Lincoln Park in San Francisco for the 1,733-mile trip to the mid-point of the Lincoln Highway in Kearney, Neb.

Part of the group from San Francisco stopped at Fort Bridger to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony at the state site. The site will utilize a rail of the original Lincoln Highway bridge that crossed the Blacks Fork River north of Fort Bridger in their interpretive area of the Lincoln Highway. The rail became available for use at the state site after the bridge was deemed unsafe for use and is being replaced this summer.

The original rail will be utilized in a replica of the bridge, 25 feet by 100 feet, to connect the present parking lot to an overflow lot southeast of the present lot.

According to site director, Linda Byers, last Thursday, the use of the rail will enable the site “to expand our historical interpretation of the Lincoln Highway.”



For the complete article see the 07-05-2013 issue.

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