Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Last Slabs of the Seedling Mile

Paved in the summer of 1919. According to its plaque, it was "the first and only Seedling Mile of concrete pavement in the state of Iowa on the Lincoln Highway."
Lincoln Heights Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
East of the city. US Hwy 30 exit 259. Drive north on US Hwy 151 for 3.5 miles. Turn left at the stoplight onto Mt Vernon Rd. Drive west two miles. You'll see the white West Bertram Fire Dept. shed on the right (And the Seedling Highway kiosk). Turn right just past the shed onto Wilder Drive, then right again onto Lincoln Heights Drive SE. The slabs, kiosk, and marker are at the end of Lincoln Heights Drive SE, which is only a hundred yards long.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Last Slabs of the Seedling Mile

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Seedling Mile.

Last Slabs of the Seedling Mile

Interesting local history. If you blink you'll miss it. I would not drive out-of-the-way for this, but if you were on your way it is full of "gee-whiz" history. The concrete mixture is definitely different than what we use today.

[Russ & Annette, 07/05/2017]

The Seedling Mile was a gimmick to show taxpayers how nice the Lincoln Highway would be if taxpayers would pay to pave all the other miles. The Highway was eventually rerouted, leaving this tiny blocked-off original section abandoned and, now, preserved as a monument.

Nearby Offbeat Places

African American Museum of IowaAfrican American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA - 4 mi.
Logo Tree of the CityLogo Tree of the City, Cedar Rapids, IA - 4 mi.
Flying Wienie PlaneFlying Wienie Plane, Cedar Rapids, IA - 4 mi.
In the region:
First Pilot to Take Off and Land on a Ship, Williamsburg, IA - 31 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

December 1, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Iowa Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Jimmy Carter Peanut, Plains, Georgia (Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now