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happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)

Abby Sale 10 Sep 05 - 09:38 AM
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Subject: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 09:38 AM

The first paved coast-to-coast road, New York-San Francisco, the "Lincoln Highway" officially opened on 9/10/1913

        I been a-hittin' that Lincoln Highway,
        I thought you knowed;
        I been a-hittin' that sixty-six,    [It's a different road - "The Will Rogers Highway"]
        Way down the road;
        Heavy load and a worried mind,
        Lookin' for a woman that's hard to find,
        I been a-havin' some hard travelin', Lord.

                "Hard Travelin'"; WW Guthrie

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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 11:54 AM

Which reminds me, why does 66 get so many songs? Probably a silly question, but I'm curious.


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 12:33 PM

It was (sort of still is) an early major east-west route. Late 20's I believe and somewhat more used for goods transport. Went souther as you got wester. You could travel America (US) and see most all of it without leaving the road. You could meet & talk to people, sit on an actual gas station porch and philosophize with townsfolk. On modern roads you go fast but only see 25 feet of landscaping. See Compare them.

I don't know there were so many songs...the best known was written for the bland TV show. I drove both some distance in the late 50's. We didn't really have the I-road system yet. Lincoln Highway was just bits & pieces by then and not so interesting. But my parents drove it all in the 20's and had a lifetime's adventures. So in people's thoughts by the 50's & 60's, Rte 66 was the much better known road and still a major east-west route. I liked it, too.


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 12:46 PM

Thanks. Makes sense now.


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 11 Sep 05 - 09:48 AM

Route 66 used to go from Los Angeles to Chicago. It has largely been swallowed by the Interstate system, but pieces of it are still on the map. I think it appears in many songs because it went thru Oklahoma (where a good stretch of it survives, paralleling I-44) & thus was the major route for Okies who fled the Dust Bowl & sought their fortune in California.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: The vice of the English is not buggery but humbuggery. :||


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Paul Burke
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 04:49 AM

I was brought up within projectile-vomiting distance of Route 666 (well, the A666): about half way down .


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 06:30 PM

I live on the Lincoln Highway, just west of Colfax, California. In this area, it was replaced by the stretch of Interstate 80, the "All-Weather Highway" built for the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. This part of the Lincoln Highway was U.S. 40, but the Lincoln Highway was U.S. 30 through Pennsylvania and parts of the East.

The Lincoln Highway Association has been trying to preserve the history of the highway, and they take donations for placement of US 40 signs along the historic route. We thought of sponsoring a sign, but I've noticed that several of the signs in our area have been stolen. If we pay for something that's just going to be stolen, what's the use?

Whatever the case, it's an interesting place to live, with remnants of old highway attractions along the way, and some really spectacular bridges - I see this one from my favorite hiking spot, Donner Peak (on the Mount Judah Loop of the Pacific Crest Trail). Besides that, we have the transcontinental railroad right next to the highway.

This page (click) will give you lots of information about the Lincoln Highway, and will explain that Route 66 is NOT the Lincoln Highway. Highways 30, 40 and I think some California parts of U.S. 50 were the Lincoln Highway.

-Joe Offer-
(my stretch of the highway is called Geisendorfer Road)


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: Peace
Date: 12 Sep 05 - 07:07 PM

History of the Lincoln Highway . . . .


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Subject: RE: happy? - Sept 10 (Lincoln Highway)
From: GUEST,Franz S.
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 06:45 PM

I hitchiked the middle portion (Wyoming to Chicago) several times i the early '60's; I don't think there were any Intertate system pieces there yet.    I slept by the side of the road, washed up in gas station restrooms, got rides with radical farmers and striking railroad telegraphers as well as Mormons who warned me of the vicious Eastern cities they had never seen. It was almost all two-lane, and always friendly. Of course, in memory I was never cold, hungry, tired, or discouraged.   The experience probably imporves in the retelling.


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