Imagine travel by automobile 100 years ago: Many early vehicles did not have roofs or headlights. Most roads outside the major cities were made of dirt, which turned into sticky mud after a rain. Drivers and their passengers wore goggles to keep the grit and dust out of their eyes.
One hundred years ago, there were no fast-food restaurants lining the highways. There were no motels in every midsized town, which meant there were no hot showers with little bars of soap, no coffee makers in hotel rooms, no ice dispensers with vending machines just down a hallway, and no swimming pools to greet and refresh weary families after a long day of traveling.
The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast highway in the United States developed on improved roads. Established in 1913, it stretches from Times Square in New York City to the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The Lincoln Highway was an integral part of improving the driving experiences of the American public. To celebrate the Lincoln Highway’s anniversary, numerous activities planned throughout this year will tell its story.
For those wanting to experience the modern Lincoln Highway, the Lincoln Highway Association® conducted a coast-to-coast driving tour. One group of vehicles started west on the highway from New York City on June 21, and another group started east from San Francisco on June 22. They planned to meet in the middle of the country – Kearney, Nebraska – for a weeklong celebration around July 4.
Owners of classic cars and cars of all different generations were expected to participate. Longtime Lincoln Highway Association member Jim Peters led the East Tour out of New York City, driving a 2004 Subaru Forester.