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Property Name Lincoln Highway- Grand Island Seedling Mile
Reference Number 13000198
State Nebraska
County Hall
Town Grand Island
Street Address Seedling Mile Road, Grand Island, NE
Multiple Property Submission Name Lincoln Highway in Nebraska MPS
Status Listed 04/24/2013
Areas of Significance TRANSPORTATION
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000198.pdf
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The Lincoln Highway was envisioned to be a paved, toll free cross-country highway. Organized by the Lincoln Highway Association, which was founded in 1913, supporters propelled the highway into national significance as the nation's first transcontinental automobile route. In one of its earliest and most enthusiastic promotional devices, the Lincoln Highway Association conceived the Seedling Mile program just one year following the organization and routing of the Lincoln Highway. The Seedling Mile program demonstrated the value of improved roads, not only to area motorists but also to those traversing the highway long distance. The roadway represents a single event- the construction of Nebraska's first Seedling Mile - and a pattern of events -the Lincoln Highway Association's promotional scheme to demonstrate the value of improved roads. It was also an early object lesson in the use of concrete as a permanent, all-weather road surface. The Grand Island section of Seedling Mile, constructed in 1915, was the first of only three that were approved and built in the state. No other example of a Seedling Mile is known to be extant in any of the five states that built Seedling Miles. The roadway exhibits excellent integrity and is considered a significant representative of the development of the early Lincoln Highway as a whole. It is therefore being evaluated at the statewide level of significance under Criterion A. The period of significance is 1915 through about 1931, when improvements to the Lincoln Highway/U.S. Route 30 east of the city caused the Seedling Mile to be vacated as the route of the highway.

 

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