The tour, which is sponsored by the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association is being themed as “From the Wide River to the Loess Hills” because the tour will start with a pre-tour event on Thursday August 26 at the Wide River Winery in Clinton and concluding on Aug. 29 at the Loess Hills Winery in Crescent. The historic route travels nearly 330 miles across Iowa going through the communities of Tama, Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Ames, Boone, Carroll, Denison and Council Bluffs.
The idea of the Lincoln Highway came from the mind of Carl Fisher, the man also responsible for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miami Beach. With help from fellow industrialists Frank Seiberling and Henry Joy, an improved, hard-surfaced road was envisioned that would stretch almost 3400 miles from coast to coast, New York to San Francisco, over the shortest practical route. The Lincoln Highway Association was created in 1913 to promote the road using private and corporate donations.
The Iowa tour kicks off on Friday, Aug. 27, in Clinton and stops are planned for DeWitt, Lowden, Lisbon, and Cedar Rapids where the tour will stay overnight.
Saturday Aug. 28, the tour leaves Cedar Rapids, and stops at historic Youngville Café in Benton County, Belle Plaine, Tama, State Center, Colo, with the overnight stay in Ames.The final day, Sunday, Aug. 29, the tour leaves Ames and continues west to Jefferson, Carroll, Denison, and Woodbine and concludes at the Loess Hills Winery in Crescent, along a historic stretch of the Lincoln Highway just a few miles north and west of Council Bluffs.
Organizers stress that this is a “classic car friendly” tour because some of the original route is gravel, but the tour will not be traveling on those long gravel sections.
More information and registration forms for the tour can be found on the Iowa LHA website atwww.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/iowa, by contacting the county consuls listed on the website or tour director Jeff LaFollette by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 563-349-3047.