It's the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental route. On a national centennial tour, which began in New York City in the east and San Francisco in the west on June 21, The New York portion should hit Tama County Friday afternoon, June 28.
Following a lunch stop in Mt. Vernon, the tour has stops scheduled at Belle Plaine and the Tama Lincoln Highway Bridge site according to the Lincoln Highway Association website. The tour follows the original route whenever possible.
The tours originating in the east and west will meet for the Association's National Convention in Kearney, Neb., on Sunday.
Scene of earlier tour stop at the Lincoln Highway Bridge on East 5th Street in Tama.
News-Herald file/John Speer
A total of 270 people in 140 vehicles are registered for the tour.
The Lincoln Highway crossed Tama County and today, stretches of U.S. Highway 30 as well as city streets and county roads, still remain of the original route.
From the east, the Lincoln Highway route was on the present Tama County Road E66 beginning at the north edge of Belle Plaine westward into Chelsea. The Lincoln Highway Bridge over Otter Creek in Chelsea was rebuilt a few years ago with a preservation of history in mind.
The highway continues westward out of Chelsea to U.S. 30 east of Tama. It follows Business Highway 30 into Tama onto 5th Street, across the bridge and westward to Siegel where it runs north to 9th Street and west on 9th to Harding.
The route is the north on Harding to 13th Street and west on 13th and Tama County Road E49 through the Meskwaki Settlement and through Montour.