The History of Nebraska's Lincoln Highway

America's Main Street, the Lincoln Highway was the first paved coast to coast roadway, spanning 3,380 miles through 13 states, connecting New York to San Francisco and all towns in between.

In 1915, the Lincoln Highway was a bold, innovative plan, mapped across the U.S., yet years from being fully paved. There were sections of dirt, sand and even pasture, marked only by posts, poles and hand-written signs; travel was a monumental undertaking.

But once the idea of traveling independently became a reality there was no holding America back. The freedom of the open road was intoxicating and for five decades, before the development of the Interstate system, the Lincoln Highway was indeed America's very busy Main Street, with Nebraska right in the center.

Today, the Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway lets you glimpse into the past and relive some of the adventure of this significant era, when a roadway first linked America from coast to coast... and Nebraska from border to border. It's time to rediscover the open road and enjoy the Lincoln Highway.