Nevada Proud: Lincoln Highway celebrates 100th birthday

Reported by: Bill Frankmore
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Updated: 6/13/2013 6:46 pm
LINCOLN HIGHWAY, Nev. (KRNV & -- All month long, you'll be able to toast a special birthday for one of the state's most well-known roads.

There's a lot of history behind the Lincoln Highway. Most notably, it is the first paved coast to coast highway in the country. 1

Nevada's stretch of the Lincoln is Highway 50, also known as the loneliest road in America, but it won't be alone as this stretch of road celebrates its 100th birthday. All month long, you have a chance to get a free mug and take part in the celebrating.

Driving east to west, from Great Basin National Park, six of the towns will be handing out free mugs to celebrate the birthday, so seven mugs in all. And like the towns along the way, each one is different.

A lot has happened on this stretch of road over the past 100 years, and as we celebrate a century of connecting east and west together, travelers are also raising their mugs and toasting the pioneers who helped make it happen.

After the first mug is handed out at Great Basin National Park, the other six can be collected in Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Fernley and Dayton.

For exact locations where the mugs are given out, click here.
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parsa9 - 6/22/2013 2:04 PM
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Actually, there were several transcontinental auto trails that predated the Lincoln Highway, including: The National Old Trails Road (started 1911-1912), the Yellowstone Trail (1912), the Southern National Highway (late 1912), the Midland Trail (1912), and the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway (which was eventually subsumed by the NOTR). The National Old Trails Road had already had two national conventions and two congressional bills considered by the time the Lincoln Highway was dedicated. The Lincoln Highway was certainly not the first paved highway across the country either. Most transcontinental highway did not have completed pavement until well into the 1930s, during the era of numbered US highways. This was especially true in western states like Nevada.

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