The Lincoln Highway in

The Lincoln Highway entered Nebraska from the east on a bridge which stood one block south of the current I-480 bridge. For a detailed description of the route, refer to Gregory Franzwa's book (see For More Information below).

To follow much of the original route (directions assuming you are traveling westbound):

  • Exit I-480 at Dodge Street and follow it west. It later becomes Dodge Road.
  • 2.5 miles west of Boy's Town, turn right at the Lincoln Highway sign and drive on the original bricks laid down in 1920.
  • At Elkhorn, take NE 64 west to U.S. 275 northwest to Fremont.
  • From there, take U.S. 30 west through Columbus, Grand Island, and Kearney. Along the way, watch for many Lincoln Highway-era canopy gas stations and other period architecture.
  • Continuing west, old bridge abutments still stand at Overton, but you will need Franzwa's instructions to follow the historic Gothenburg Stairsteps south of the Platte River.
  • Continue west on U.S. 30 to North Platte, Ogallala, and Sidney. The Lincoln Highway continues west, entering Wyoming at Pine Bluffs.

For More Information


[Photo of monument in Elkhorn]
Lincoln Highway Monument in Elkhorn
Photo by C.N. Plummer


[Photo of Lincoln Highway at Dodge Road]
Old Lincoln Highway at Dodge Road, west of Boy's Town
Photo by C.N. Plummer

[Photo of brick road near Elkhorn]
Historic brick paving near Elkhorn
Photo by Bob Stubblefield

[Photo of Lincoln statue in Fremont]
Lincoln statue in a Fremont park
Photo by Bob Stubblefield

[Photo of Grand Island]
Grand Island seedling mile
Photo by Bob Stubblefield

[Photo of 1733 Estates sign]
The only remaining sign of the historic 1733 Ranch in Kearney
Photo by C.N. Plummer

[Photo of a Lincoln Highway bridge in Overton]
Lincoln Highway bridge at Overton
Photo by Bob Stubblefield

[Photo of roadbed in Gothenburg]
Old roadbed at Gothenburg
Photo by Bob Stubblefield

[Photo of road west of Sidney]
West of Sidney at Route 87
Photo by Bob Stubblefield