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Lincoln Highway Bridge donations exceed goal

January 14, 2019
By Anne Michael - Special to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

From: Anne Michael

The Save the Bridge Committee was charged with the task of raising $12,000 to add to current grants and city contributions in order to repair and fortify Tama's Lincoln Highway Bridge. That task is completed. The bridge fund includes contributions of $14,216. This is a testament to the fact that people in or from Tama want to preserve this bridge. This surplus money could be used in a way that would make the bridge even more important historically and on the national scene.

The State Historical Society and Dr. Price, historical preservation expert, believe that since the bridge is the only one left in the United States with the letters Lincoln Highway as part of the bridge, it could qualify as a National Historical Landmark. Those surplus funds could be used to apply for that status which would put the bridge on the same level of importance as the Amana Colonies. An added advantage of Landmark status is that funds could be provided by the federal government to maintain the bridge.

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Following is a list of recent donations: Lincoln Savings Bank $3,000, Ron Woodworth $500, Bob and Mary Buresh $200, Shirley Franklin $100, Fran Prusha $50, Norma Ledvina $100 Ron and Darla Cory $100.

Contributions from all who have done so is appreciated. With your contributions, the Lincoln Highway Bridge will keep its historical importance and its importance to Tama as a site featured nationally.



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