I’ve lived most of my life on one side or the other of Highway 30 which for most of its route follows what was once the Lincoln Highway, so it’s always a surprise to me when people haven’t heard of it. After all it stretches across the country from New York to California, it was the first paved road across the country, and even after its name was changed to a number as part of the newly nationalized system, Boy Scouts marked the route with cement posts topped with a massive Lincoln Penny like coin the size of your fist to memorialize the route. Today as you make your way throughout the Midwest you often find a town or a county that has in someway marked their local piece of the highway. My favorite is when they repaint the telephone poles with the red, white, and blue bands as they originally did. Much more frequently you see signs and cloth banners declaring the path of the Lincoln Highway and street and store names declaring the connection. This video provides an excellent introduction on the road, why it is important, and how it changed driving.
UPDATE: Learn more about the Lincoln Highway in Iowa, with photos.