Lincoln Highway: Omaha Council Bluffs Elkhorn P.B.S. Film Crew: Lost in Omaha A three-mile stretch of brick road in Elkhorn could prove to be Omaha's newest and oldest tourist attraction. Omaha announced plans for a walking/bike trail along the longest and best preserved example of the original Lincoln Highway. A bold step to honor the National Historic Landmark. Omaha: Once known as the epicenter of commerce (Muleskinners outfitted wagontrains for their journey west ) was also the epicenter of The Lincoln Highway. Dedicated in 1913. Union Pacific donated several railcars of ties for the largest bonfire in America. Over 10,000 celebrated the dedication. 100's of thousands of motorists traveled thru Omaha. Eating at cafe's. Camping out in the country at 78th and Dodge. It was the first “coast to coast” highway connecting every Mainstreet along the way. From “Times Square” in New York to “Lincoln Park” in San Francisco. ( like a giant connect-the-dot map ) A motorcycle ride by Eisenhower in 1918 inspired him to develop the Interstate which parallels the main cities of The Lincoln Highway. After traveling thru Missouri Valley, Honeycreek & Council Bluffs. Motorists crossed over to Omaha on The AK-SAR-BEN bridge at Douglas St. Up to 24th Over to Farnam St. Past All-Makes, Past McFoster's ( White Rose service station ) Up to 40th St. Over to Dodge St. Past Sutter's Mill, over Saddle Creek, Dodge Street Overpass, ( A National Historic Landmark, constructed of solid concrete, featuring a stone facade made of the original curbstones from the 1800's perhaps Omaha's first recycling project, a W.P.A. Project to “pull america out of the depression”. One of the finest examples of the Highway Beautiful Program, which was inspired by The Lincoln Highway ) Past OH-K FastPrint ( West Dodge Tin Shop ) Past MoJo's (drug store) Past Cecil's ( Long's Grill ) out to 78th Turn right, Past The Tower Motor Courts (featuring a five-story tower, a welcome beacon, service station, and campgrounds )( New Tower featuring Millie of the Birdcage )( now Brazen Head, Old Chicago) Over to Peony Park. Then out West Dodge Road, A southern jog, Then off to Elkhorn. A recent CSO meeting confirmed that the Dodge Street Overpass has not been damaged by the flooding which was caused by connecting a twelve foot sewer pipe on the north side rigged to the existing eight foot pipe at the bridge. Flooding could be easily remedied by continuing the twelve foot pipe to 64th and Dupont. 1/2 Lincoln Highway: Omaha Council Bluffs Elkhorn P.B.S. Film Crew: Lost in Omaha When U.N.M.C. Moves Saddle Creek road to the west of Saddle Creek, The Dodge Street Overpass could be restored to it's former glory like it's twin The Dundee School Underpass. Plenty of room for a meandering twolane brick road to honor The Lincoln Highway with enough space on the west side for a bike and pedestrian walkway. A film crew from P.B.S. that got lost in Omaha while filming a documentary about The Lincoln Highway, points out the need for education and better marking of The Lincoln Highway ( Omaha's best kept secret ) “ We zipped right past Boystown and got lost in suburbia. Trying to find an old section of The Lincoln Highway” ( Rick Sebak, P.B.S. ) They never found it and ended up in Fremont. The new book Traveling On The Lincoln Highway has a map of the United States marked with historic sites and the only blank spots on the whole map are in Nebraska. The introduction on the Nebraska page is not very complimentary. Nebraska has historic sites. Many are in Omaha. Omaha has a rich history and also a history of destruction. Jobber's canyon, Peony Park (Lincoln Highway) Guy Barton Mansion (Lincoln Highway) Recent discoveries on The Lincoln Highway: The Hupmobile dealership (25th & Farnam) Sutter's Mill (Saddle Creek & Dodge ) With the main office downtown and the mill (west of Omaha) out in the country, it is one of the oldest surviving historic buildings on the Lincoln Highway ( built in 1875 ). The mill provided essentials to the muletrains being outfitted in Omaha. It predates the incorporation of the towns of Dundee, Benson, Ralston, and South Omaha. E.A. Benson lived a block away (not in Benson) on the Lincoln Highway. Sarah and George Joslyn and the Mercer's would have picked up supplies there. The Cornerstone Mansion (Offutt House) Omaha's only historic B&B is just a few hundred feet from 40th and Dodge. The Lincoln Highway is so much more than pavers and bricks. It's the Buildings. The Stories, The Pictures, The Maps, It's an Adventure. Discover The Lincoln Highway and Discover America at it's finest. Plans are in the works for a Lincoln Highway Museum in Omaha: featuring a printshop with wooden type from the Civil War era, and the printshop from AK-SAR-BEN. National information: Anyone with artifacts, info/stories: www.rainbowaudioguru@hotmail nils anders erickson: Rainbow Recording Studios 402-554-0123 2/2

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