The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway has been selected to continue on to the second round of the ArtPlace America Grant! Out of 1,000 applications, 70 were selected for a site visit and asked to submit a final application. Our Byway was one of those selected. Quite an honor! The Byway’s proposed project is to work with Preston’s Historic District in Belle Plaine, Reed-Niland Corner in Colo, and Youngville in rural Benton County to restore their old gas stations; add art, interpretive signs, and oral histories; and re-purpose the stations by adding electric charging stations. Many partners have gathered to bring this project together and we can not wait to know if we receive these funds. We will continue fundraising efforts to add to the overall project that will be jump-started with the ArtPlace America grant.

We also have a new Recreational and Camping Brochure available. It has been placed in some Iowa Welcome Centers and a few key Lincoln Highway locations, passed out at the Iowa State Fair, and available on our web page on the Prairie Rivers of Iowa website. Check it out by clicking here and plan your next adventure on the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway!

And yes! The Byways of Iowa were represented at the Iowa State Fair for the 2nd straight year. The amount of people stopping at the booth was incredible and we gave out boxes and boxes of information to fair goers. People were very interested in traveling in Iowa and on the Byways. We will have 3 new Byways join the DOT Byway program in 2018- Bridges of Madison County, Jefferson Highway, and White Pole Road. The DOT is designing their road signage and it will be installed in 2018.

As summer comes to a close, there are many fall festivals all along the Byway. Check out what is close to you and enjoy traveling the Byway! It won’t be long and the leaves will start to change color, making the Lincoln Highway a very scenic autumn experience. See you on the Byway!