Lincoln Highway (formerly Foothill Blvd) near Hayward, California in Alameda County
- June 5th through August 29th
- Audubon Room
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On the Road: Celebrating 100 Years of the Lincoln Highway uses rich visual resources – including vintage postcards, maps, and photographs – to document the formation and early days of the Lincoln Highway Association and the construction of the highway itself. The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway in North America and originally covered approximately 3,400 miles from coast to coast. The route, consisting of both existing and newly-built roads, followed the most direct, scenic route possible from New York to San Francisco.
The exhibit coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Lincoln Highway Association in Detroit. The Association, led by Indianapolis-based entrepreneur Carl Fisher, was made up of representatives from the automobile, tire, and cement industries, with the goal of planning, funding, constructing, and promoting the highway. Drawn from Association records, which were donated to the U-M's Transportation History Collection in 1937, items in the exhibit shine a spotlight on the founders and their travels plotting the Highway's route, and highlight interest in this piece of American history that continues through the present day.