Lincoln Highway Orphaned Bridge.

Lincoln Highway Orphaned Bridge

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Tama, Iowa

The Lincoln Highway was announced to the world on Oct. 31, 1913, America's first national memorial to President Lincoln. Unfortunately, proclaiming a coast to coast highway is far easier than actually building one, and the Lincoln Highway remained a series of wildly mismatched roads for years.

One of the hundreds of towns it went through was Tama, Iowa. In 1915 the town showed its pride in its good fortune by building a concrete bridge for the highway across Mud Creek with the words "Lincoln Highway" cut out of its guard rails.

Unfortunately, the Lincoln Highway was rerouted around the town only 11 years later, and then made obsolete in the 1950s with the construction of the interstate highway system. But the bridge is still there.

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Lincoln Highway Orphaned Bridge

E. 5th St., Tama, IA
U.S. Hwy 30 exit 204. Drive west. After you pass the King Tower Cafe on the right, the highway bends right, but instead you should drive straight onto the side road. The bridge will be straight ahead. Limited parking area is on right (before bridge if traveling west).
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