If you’re a history buff and happen to be out for a drive in Omaha one day, you’ll want to take this little detour that will lead you straight to a piece of American history. The Lincoln Highway was the first automobile route to connect the east coast and the west coast, passing through 13 states along the way. Nebraska was, of course, one of those states.
This three-mile stretch of road is the longest intact segment of the original Lincoln Highway. You can get to it in Omaha by traveling west on West Dodge Road; 2.5 miles beyond Boys Town you’ll see a Lincoln Highway marker sign. Turn right and keep going until you get to the brick road. It passes right by the OPPD complex.
There are quite a few other places to experience pieces of the old Lincoln Highway in Nebraska. Most of the original route is now known as Highway 30, and there are terrific things to see along the entire route. You can work your way all across the state following these bits of transportation history – start planning your trip here.
Have you driven this historic little stretch of highway? Tell us about it and share your pictures in the comments!
The Lincoln Highway/Highway 30 route is a beautiful journey; for even more scenic routes, take a look at this article from the archives.
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