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The 15th annual conference of the Lincoln Highway Association will be held in Colorado in June, 2007. The conference dates are Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Nebraska and Wyoming chapters, the two end points of the Colorado Loop of the Lincoln Highway. The conference is being organized by Colorado members of the LHA.
The conference will be held in Fort Morgan, a Lincoln Highway town about 80 miles northeast of Denver. Fort Morgan is a delightful and progressive high plains agricultural and manufacturing community — a community of about 11,000 residents which maintains the charm of a small town.
Lodging headquarters for the conference will be a complex comprised of a Comfort Inn, a Rodeway Inn, and Maverick’s Restaurant. All bus tours will operate out of this complex. Tour registration will include three breakfasts, two lunches, three evening meals, and three coffee breaks. Breakfasts preceding the two bus tours will take place at Maverick’s. Other national brand motels including Days Inn, Super 8 and Best Western also have properties in Fort Morgan. Several small local motels are also available.
The main conference venue will be at the beautiful and well maintained Fort Morgan High School. Famed band leader Glenn Miller graduated from the Fort Morgan High School in 1921. All presentations and the annual meeting of the Association will take place at this location. The book room will also be located here.
The Colorado Loop
The Colorado Loop was the result of fierce and acrimonious political battles between the Lincoln Highway Association and Colorado politicians. The LHA finally acquiesced and included the Colorado Loop as an alternate route between Big Springs, Nebraska and Cheyenne, Wyoming. That agreement from the LHA only lasted eighteen months at which time official sanction of the Colorado Loop was withdrawn in March, 1915. Then, not wanting to be left out, Colorado politicians and businessmen, primarily Greeley businessmen, organized the Northeastern Colorado Lincoln Highway Association. The route was modified to run through Greeley. The resulting circuitous route remained on maps until the late 1920’s.
The east bus tour will enter the Colorado Loop at Big Springs, NE at the site of the billboard which encouraged drivers to take the route through Colorado. The west bus tour will travel portions of the nonsanctioned route through Greeley and will return to the sanctioned route west of Greeley. Traveling the sanctioned route, the tour will continue to Cheyenne where the Loop rejoins the main route of the Lincoln Highway.
No Charge Optional Tours
Two wonderful optional tour opportunities will be available to conference participants at no charge.