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As you drive the road, imagine a time gone by, when
brick streets, diners, filling stations and roadside cabins
were regular stops in your family automobile.
Many of these sites are still visible along the
Nebraska Historic Byway.
Welcome to the Nebraska Lincoln Highway
Historic Byway, celebrating the history of the
Nebraska Lincoln Highway.
From the beautiful landscape of western Nebraska
to the cityscape of eastern Nebraska, enjoy our
nostalgic stops along the Lincoln Highway.
If you enjoy the history of early roads, fun and
exciting things to do along the way, this is your Byway!
Please use this guide to explore its historic treasures.
Enjoy your journey!
Nebraska Lincoln Highway Historic Byway
P.O. Box 607 • 1007 Second Avenue
Kearney, NE 68848
Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway History
The last stretch of Lincoln Highway in the United States
to be paved was in North Platte, Neb., in 1935. Before that,
the route across the state was anything from paved
streets in parts of Omaha to brick streets, gravel roads
and dirt paths elsewhere. The best roads at the time
made up the route, depending on the year and weath-
er. Every community in its path benefited from the
route, and tourist destinations sprung up across the
state. From Kimball in the west to Omaha and Blair in
the east, road travelers found unique attractions and
accommodations. The Lincoln Highway era, 1913-
1950s, was the heyday of flurry and activity on the
Lincoln Highway (officially designated U.S. Highway
30 in 1928) before Interstate 80 took its place as the
main thoroughfare through Nebraska in 1962.
Nebraska Lincoln Highway Historic Byway
The Nebraska Lincoln Highway Historic Byway is one of
nine recognized byways in Nebraska. The Nebraska Byways
Program, which began in 1999, is designed to showcase out-
Western Region
Central Region
Eastern Region
Rivers and Lakes
Lincoln Highway
Original Lincoln Highway (Paved)
Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway Historic Byway is the
only byway that traverses the entire state, a total of 498 miles.
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