Western Historic Trails Center to explore Lincoln Highway

For immediate release August 9, 2007

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The Western Historic Trails Center will welcome author and noted historian Gregory Franzwa Sunday as he delivers a presentation about the Lincoln Highway and the states it covers.

Franzwa’s presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. Admission is free. Guests are invited to join Franzwa and WHTC staff for a picnic dinner at 5:30 p.m. Franzwa will sign copies of The Lincoln Highway: Iowa after his presentation.

The Lincoln Highway, conceived in 1913, was America’s first coast-to-coast highway. A demonstration road, it is credited with pulling the nation out of the mud and starting it on a great travel adventure.

The highway stretched from New York City’s Times Square at Broadway and Forty-Second Street to San Francisco’s Lincoln Park on the Pacific shore. In so doing, it crossed the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

The Lincoln Highway: Iowa is the first in a series of state-by-state guidebooks that explores the highway. Each title consists of two parts – a narrative on the historic road with archival and present-day photos accompanied by driving instructions for today’s motorists. Travelers are guided along pavement, asphalt, brick, gravel, “two-tracks,” and dirt roads.

The second half consists of a map portfolio, showing all known versions of the highway as a dark gray line superimposed over the latest available 7.5-minute topographic quadrangles from the U.S. Geological Survey. Using these maps, the road may be followed from west to east or east to west.

Call the Western Historic Trail Center at 712-366-4900 for more information.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

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