Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway receives Proclamation from the state of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
The State of Iowa Along with Prairie Rivers of Iowa is observing October 31, 2013 as the Lincoln Highway Centennial Day
(Ames, Iowa) – Prairie Rivers of Iowa, which manages the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Iowa Byways program, is celebrating the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway’s centennial anniversary along with the state of Iowa. A proclamation by the state of Iowa was issued by the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, on the 21st of October, 2013.
The Lincoln Highway holds a statewide significance with the byway crossing Iowa, river to river, connecting thirteen counties, and forty-four communities. Iowans were instrumental in the establishment of the Lincoln Highway and the formation of the modern Lincoln Highway Association. As the Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast improved highway in the United States, stretching from New York City through Iowa to San Francisco, Iowans celebrated the formal dedication of the highway on October 31, 1913 through speeches, music, and special events throughout the state.
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is Iowa’s longest byway, or state-designated scenic or heritage roadway. Spanning 460 miles from Clinton to Council Bluffs, the byway reflects Iowa’s portion of the historic Lincoln Highway. Celebrating its centennial in 2013, the Lincoln Highway was one of the most significant roads for early automobile travelers and demonstrated the effectiveness of high-quality, well-maintained roads for moving people, products, and commerce nationwide.
The Year 1913 was significant for Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s partner, the Iowa Department of Transportation as well. Leighton Christiansen, Librarian for the Iowa Department of Transportation, speaks on behalf of both milestones, Prairie Rivers of Iowa manages the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Iowa Byway Program, whom is also celebrating a significant milestone, commented on the Lincoln Highway’s Centennial celebration,
“Congratulations to the Lincoln Highway Association. It is neat that the Iowa Department of Transportation shares its centennial year with the Lincoln Highway. The DOT’s predecessor, the Iowa State Highway Commission, was created in 1913 to meet the needs for roads and bridges that the young automobile and mechanized farming ages brought with them. And in 1913 the Lincoln Highway (now Lincoln Way) ran right along the Iowa Highway Commission’s front yard in Ames. I hope folks take a celebration trip along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway,” said Leighton Christiansen, Librarian for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
About Prairie Rivers of Iowa
Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to strengthening Iowa’s communities through the responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We manage the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Iowa Byways program. Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s programs help Iowans conserve our state’s natural and historical resources to enrich the lives of current and future generations. To learn more, please visit www.prrcd.org.
Iowa Department of Transportation
For those who would like more information about the 100th Anniversary of the Iowa DOT can check out: Iowa DOT History Timeline http://www.iowadot.gov/history/home.html or the Iowa DOT Virtual Museum: http://www.iowadot.gov/virtual_museum/index.html