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It happened on October 31st: Lincoln Highway is inaugurated

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The Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway for automobiles across the U.S., was inaugurated on October 31st, 1913. Stretching from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, it originally crossed 13 states over a distance of 5,454 kilometres.

Numerous realignments and additions were made over the years, so the Lincoln Highway now covers 9,450 kilometres.

Lincoln Highway
Image: Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway Association, originally established in 1913 to plan, promote, and sign the highway, was re-formed in 1992 and is now dedicated to promoting and preserving the road.

Celebrations took place this summer as part of the 100th anniversary. Over 270 people travelling in 140 vehicles, from 28 states and from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Norway and Russia, participated in the two tours which started simultaneously the last week of June in New York City and San Francisco, and took one week to reach the midpoint of the Lincoln Highway in Kearney, Nebraska.

Sources: Wikipedia and Lincoln Highway