Remembering the Historic 1919 Transcontinental Army Convoy
Zoom Webinar Tuesday, April 6
6 -7 p.m. CDT
(Ticket info coming soon)
Presented by Prairie Rivers of Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Jan Gammon
Join Jan as we explore the Army’s historic 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy. Our story begins with the foundations that led up to this historic trip just as World War I was coming to a close. One man envisioned this convoy and gained the support of the military to share their “modern” equipment with the nation as well as test out America’s roads. That man was Henry Ostermann.
The “Truck Train” left Washington, D.C. on July 7, 1919 from the south lawn of the White House and traveled to Gettysburg where it connected with the Lincoln Highway, taking it across the nation to San Francisco, California. Learn about the experiences and challenges of the men and machines, including a report written by one of the young men- Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower. He would later, as President of the United States, sign the bill creating the interstate system. Stories, photos, and videos clips will be included.