Lincoln Highway | 2016 - page 3

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Before turning another page, we suggest that you ask yourself,
“Am I a tourist or a traveler?” The manner in which you answer
that question is of utmost importance because, as a motorist
on the Lincoln Highway — our nation’s original coast-to-coast
highway — you owe it to yourself to be a “traveler.”
Tourists stray only as far as necessary from their favorite
routes over interstate highways. They rush through meals at
franchise restaurants, and, if presented an opportunity to absorb
a bit of history or culture, they gawk for a few moments, then
race back to the super slab, where at great speed they can miss
even more of the magical experiences they otherwise might
enjoy.
If you see yourself as a tourist, please consider a change.
In contrast to the tourist’s stop-eat-and-get-gas approach of
getting from Point A to Point B, the traveler is a risk-taker.
Travelers are more apt to invest the time to enjoy the pleasures
of motoring off the beaten path. They believe that straight roads
mostly lead nowhere, but that crooked roads will carry them to
discoveries and lifelong memories.
In every respect, the Lincoln Highway — now U.S. Highway
30 — is a road for travelers, not tourists.
So unleash the traveler in you, and be prepared for the
pleasures and surprises that are waiting around the bend.
For decades the Platte River Valley served as a transportation
corridor for wagons, stagecoaches and trains. With the coming of
“the horseless carriage” it became apparent that the same paths
would be ideal as the route for an automobile highway.
Historian Donald Hickey notes the progress over time: In the
1840s, pioneers followed the Oregon Trail; in the 1870s they rode the
Union Pacific Railroad; in the 1930s they drove Highway 30.
Today, Interstate 80 follows the Platte River Valley across much of
Nebraska.
When planners designated the Lincoln Highway’s route in 1913,
they recognized the advantages of the Platte River Valley.
The Lincoln Highway connected these main communities:
Omaha, Fremont, Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte,
Ogallala, Sidney and Kimball.
Regardless what you prefer to call it — Lincoln Highway or U.S.
Highway 30 — it indeed is an historic route across Nebraska.
Tourists rush, but travelers relish
Historic Route
Across Nebraska
Published by the Kearney Hub
in partnership with the
Nebraska Lincoln Highway
Historical Byway
A common sight along the 498 bone-jarring miles of
the Lincoln Highway were concrete markers featuring
medallians with the profile of the president whose
memory inspired millions of Americans to support
construction of the Lincoln Highway __ the nation’s
first coast-to-coast roadway.
(Photo from the Lincoln Highway memorabilia
collection of Lenore and the late Bob Stubblefield of
Shelton.)
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