The Lincoln Highway in
Iowa

If you travel U.S. 30 across Iowa, you are never very far away from the Lincoln Highway, if not right on top of it. As much as 85% of the original highway is still drivable in the Hawkeye State, although some of it is gravel.

It is best to have a copy of Gregory Franzwa's book or the Iowa Chapter's map pack (see For More Information below). Both provide detailed maps for each of Iowa's thirteen Lincoln Highway counties. The maps specify the original route where accessible, and where the roadway is gone or abandoned, they indicate detours that steer the driver back to the highway's drivable road surface.

In addition, both the book and the map pack offer descriptions of colorful roadside attractions, examples of period advertising for "gas, food, and lodging," and points of local interest not aways associated with the Lincoln Highway.

Noteworthy Lincoln Highway locales extend across the state, from Clinton to Council Bluffs. Be sure to visit some of the sites detailed in these guides.

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[Photo of Preston Museum]
The Preston Museum in Belle Plaine
Photo by Paul Walker


Highlights

Photos by Paul Walker

[Photo of Lincoln Highway in Mount Vernon]
Brick paving and bridge in Mount Vernon

[Photo of Youngville Station]
Youngville Station, west of Cedar Rapids

[Photo of Tama Bridge]
Lincoln Highway bridge in Tama

[Photo of Niland's Corner]
Old Niland's Corner station, in Colo, still stands

[Photo of Marsh Bridge]
1919 James Marsh Bridge, over Beaver Creek, west of Ames

[Photo of interpretive site in Grand Junction]
Lincoln Highway interpretive site and bridge at Grand Junction

[Photo of Eureka Bridge]
1912 Eureka Bridge, west of Jefferson

[Photo of Woodbine]
Brick streets of Woodbine