It is finally March and with that comes the promise of Spring! The Byway is gearing up for a wonderful 2018. We are into grant writing season and as we wait for large state-wide projects to come to fruition, we are happy to tackle smaller localized ones.
One project just completed was for the community of Westside. The residents recently developed a park, the Eugene Kock Memorial Park, in honor of a local man who lost his life in Vietnam many years ago. The park has engraved paver bricks that can be purchased, seating for visitors, and a military sculpture placed in the center. The area is flanked by flags and soon will have an interpretive panel we created about the community placed there as well.
We continue to work with the Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) on other interpretive panels. Three smaller ones will be placed in the City of Jefferson’s east entrance as part of their improvement project. The panels will surround a concrete Lincoln Highway Marker one of which the Boy Scouts of America installed all along the route back in 1928. It was quite a feat to get over 3,000 markers installed all across America. This marker will be placed at the east entrance along the Lincoln Highway. It is not in an original location now, so moving it will not be an issue. The post itself is “historic.”
Another interpretive panel the LHA would like to install is for an I-Beam that was salvaged from the Department of Transportation’s project to remove and rebuild the overpass outside of Grand Junction where Highway 30 travels above and over the Lincoln Highway. If you drive by the Lion’s Club Tree Park, you will see the green, newly-painted beam beckoning you to come into the park and learn more.
Byway staff will be attending the Heartland Byway Conference that is being held in conjunction with the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s annual Agri/Ecotourism Workshop and the 2018 Ecotourism Symposium in Kearney, NE in April. We anticipate learning more about agritourism, Byway work, and the Lincoln Highway in Nebraska as well as connecting with other Byway leaders.
As our other projects get funded, we will be sure to share them with you. We can’t wait!