Singer/songwriter Cece Otto writes about Al Jolson’s 1928 hit single, “Golden Gate,” including a music video (also embedded below). Listen carefully and you’ll hear a couple of references to your favorite coast-to-coast highway.
Back in 1937, the original Lincoln Highway Association donated its archive to the University of Michigan. The archive is now held in the university’s Special Collections Library. In 2007, the library finished digitizing every photograph in the archive, over 3,000 of them, and placed them online. You can browse the collection and search over the captions of the photos.
Alex Marshall of Governing magazine argues that the transition from private initiatives like the Lincoln Highway to a state-owned, federally-coordinated system of highways was crucial to the successful development of a road network in the United States, and that passenger rail needs similar innovations in “bureaucratic infrastructure” to become as successful.