September 12, 1912 – The introduction to the first transcontinental highway

On this day in 1912 Carl Fisher and James Allison announced their vision to open a transcontinental rock (gravel) highway. They planned to acquire the necessary funding of $10 million from private sources but failed to gain support from Henry Ford, which left the short. An acquaintance stated that they could name the highway after President Abraham Lincoln and receive a government grant. They did such, and received $1.7 million from the government for construction of the road. The fully paved highway was designated just more than a year later on October 31, 1913. The original highway spanned from Time Square in New York City to San Francisco. It stretched through 13 states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California and was 3,389 miles long. The highway was gradually replaced by the Numbered Highway System used in the United States, which was implemented in 1926. Pics1916 route map of Lincoln Highway1920 photo of Lincoln Highway running through Philadelphia

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