Auto History

Celebrating a Centennial

Larry Jewett - October 31, 2013 09:40 AM


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This is a significant day in automotive history. It was 100 years ago today (October 31) that the first improved highway for automobiles that spanned the country was dedicated.
It’s called the Lincoln Highway and it started in Times Square in New York City and ended at Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The highway originally passed through 13 states, but was re-routed two years after opening and again in 1928. As it stands today, it crosses 14 states and has or currently passes through as many as 700 different communities. One of those communities, Tama, Iowa, has a special bridge commemorating the highway.
The original length was 3,389 miles, but by 1924 had been shortened to 3,142 miles.