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1913 - The Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across the United States, is dedicated. (October 31)

New Route Across Continent Will Be Inaugurated With Many Celebrations in Towns Touched by It.
New York, Oct. 31. - Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the new direct roadway through 13 states from coast to coast, will be made by local celebrations in all towns and villages along the route tonight. The Highway has been completed and will open to all with no toll charges. Motorists, particularly, will find it convenient, not only in transcontinental travel, but for interstate trips.

Roads adopted by the highway will have their local names dropped and "Lincoln Highway," substituted. Markers will individualize the highway. These markers are to be a strip of red three inches wide, white, 15 inches wide, and a blue strip three inches wide, with the letter "L" in blue on the white section. The words "Lincoln Highway" in small blue letters will also be upon the marker.

The first marker to go into position on the highway was placed at Clinton, Ia., on Sept. 15, by W. F. Coan, president of the Clinton National bank, and a state consul for the Lincoln Highway association.

State consuls are now being appointed along the route and in other states to arrange in the distribution of contributors' certificates for the $10,000,000 fund necessary to complete the Lincoln Highway. Some named are Payson W. Spaulding of Evanstown, for Wyoming; E. P. Brinegar, chairman of the Lincoln Highway committee of the San Francisco chamber of commerce, for California; H. O. Smith, president of the Premier company, of Indianapolis, for Indiana; F. E. Edwards of Chicago Automobile club, for northern Illinois; C. L. Newcomb, jr., chairman of the Lincoln Highway committee of the Denver chamber of commerce, for Colorado; W. F. Coan, president of the Clinton National bank, for Iowa, and H. E. Frederickson of Omaha, for Nebraska.

In line with the plan to make the Lincoln Highway not only a smooth and permanent roadway, with easy grades, reaching all important points of scenic splendor across the country, school children will assist in making it a beautiful one as well. Trees are to be planted along the highway on Arbor Day, 1914, by the children and from year to year.

El Paso Herald
El Paso, Texas
October 31, 1913

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