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.
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Lincoln Highway Monument in Elkhorn
Photo by C.N. Plummer