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Slabs of US 40 and Lincoln Highway.

Monument: Slabs of US 40 and Lincoln Highway

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Auburn, California

In 2014 the Placer County Water Agency had to dig up part of Ophir Road to lay a new pipeline underneath it. But before Ophir Road was just Ophir Road it was US 40, and before that it was the Lincoln Highway -- the main route over the Sierras before Interstate 80 was built.

Informed by the local community of this history, the Water Agency saved a pavement slab it had dug up from US 40, and outlined in the ground a pavement slab of the Lincoln Highway, and incorporated them both into a layered roadside monument.

Monument: Slabs of US 40 and Lincoln Highway

10529 Ophir Rd, Auburn, CA
I-80 exit 116, then drive east a little over a mile on Ophir Rd, paralleling the westbound side of I-80. You'll see the monument on the left, just after the intersection for Werner Rd on the right.
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