Elkhorn, Nebraska: Brick Lincoln Highway from 1920

Time travel, roadside-style, by driving a three-mile-long stretch of the circa 1920 brick Lincoln Highway.
Address:
Old Lincoln Hwy, Elkhorn, NE
Directions:
I-680 exit 4. Drive west on Hwy 64/W. Maple Rd for eight miles. When you see the Elkhart water tower on the right, turn left at the stoplight onto Hwy 31. Drive south about a mile. Just after crossing the bridge over the train tracks, turn right (no stoplight) onto Burdette St., then right again onto Park Rd, which loops back under Hwy 31. Park Rd quickly turns into the brick Old Lincoln Hwy, which continues for three miles.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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Brick highway.

Brick Lincoln Highway from 1920

There are road barriers in place, but you can stealthily, fully go around them. It looks like cars haven't driven on the highway, with the overgrown vegetation.

[Thumper, 07/09/2018]

Lincoln Highway.

Original Paved Section of the Lincoln Highway

One of the earliest paved sections of the historic Lincoln Highway still exists just outside of Elkhorn. The road runs east out of downtown Elkhorn adjacent to a railroad track toward west Omaha. The road is paved with red clay bricks. Also, if you look carefully along the roadside, you will notice the concrete "L" right-of-way markers, along with red-white-and-blue stripes painted on poles, that was customarily done to indicate the path of one of the earliest marked highways across the United States.

[Clint, 01/01/2016]

The brick roadway has been here since 1920. Dec. 2017: Photo added.

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