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The Lincoln Highway / The The Lincoln Highway / The

Location: US 30/Joliet Street and Calumet Avenue, about 30 yards west of the intersection on the southwest corner on the south side of Joliet Street/US 30, Dyer. (Lake County, Indiana)

Erected 1996 Indiana Historical Bureau, Northwest Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, Dyer and Schererville Historical Societies, Sand Ridge Bank, Welsh, Inc.

ID# : 45.1996.1

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Side one:

United States' first transcontinental highway, constructed 1913-1928, from New York City to San Francisco. Dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived by Carl G. Fisher to encourage building "good roads." Sponsored by Lincoln Highway Association and supported by automotive industries.

Side two:

"Ideal Section" - 1.5 miles - of Lincoln Highway, completed 1923, designed and built as a model for road construction. Funded by county, state, and U.S. Rubber Co. Features included 100 foot right-of-way, 40 foot paved width, 10 inch steel-reinforced concrete, underground drainage, lighted, landscaped, bridge, and pedestrian pathways.

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Transportation, Business, Industry, and Labor