The Corridor Management Plan has been completed! This has been a 3-year process and included hours of research, meetings with city and county officials, holding community input meetings, and many hours of writing. You may view the plan using this link.
The plan not only contains history of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa and in the nation, but details the 6 intrinsic qualities that make up a byway (Archaeological, Cultural, Historic, Natural, Recreational, and Scenic). The document also contains projects listed by county as it travels through 13 counties in Iowa. The plan also identifies projects that will be completed statewide.Some of the projects have begun already. We are working with the City of Tama to secure funding to repair the iconic Lincoln Highway Bridge that travels over Mud Creek on East 5th Street. This bridge was built in 1915 with plans created from a design by the Iowa Highway Commission. In the National Register of Historic Places nomination form, it is noted that the decorative railing spelling out “LINCOLN HIGHWAY” was “paid for by local boosters as a means of advertising the newly-designated Lincoln Highway, and Tama’s location on it.”
The bridge remains one of the few iconic Lincoln Highway structures in Iowa and in the nation. The Tama community celebrates the bridge every May with their Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival. The Byway is honored to help restore and preserve this bridge for future generations.Another project is in Greene County. The Lincoln Highway Association has created 4 interpretive panels, using the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway’s interpretive design created through the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Byway Program. We aided them in text editing, selecting photos, creating the layout, and facilitating the manufacturing of the weathered steel bases and the interpretive panels. We will show you photos once they are installed!This summer several Lincoln Highway communities will have sesquicentennial (150th) celebrations. State Center will celebrate 150 years as part of their annual Rose Festival in June, Logan will celebrate their 150 years during the 4th of July, and Glidden will celebrate 150 years Aug 3-7. Here’s to the next 150 years and beyond!
These are many other celebrations and events this year all along the Byway. If you are looking for something to do, just pick up one of our Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Information Guides available at Welcome Centers and many Byway attractions or click on this link. There is always something going on along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway! Get traveling!