The Lincoln Turns 100; Midpoint of America hosts centennial week of celebration

By mike hocker Special The Press-News Published:

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story, written by Mike Hocker, is the third and final installment of a three-part series of articles on the upcoming Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration. Hocker is the executive director of the Lincoln Highway By-Way Association.

A national Centennial celebration of America's first paved coast-to-coast road is being planned for 2013, and several auto tours will happen across the length of the road from New York to San Francisco. Three events are associated with the grand celebration at Kearney, Nebraska, the mileage midpoint of the Lincoln Highway:

Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours

Twin tours will commence from both coasts on June 22, 2013. The trip across America will travel on the 1913 alignments of the Lincoln Highway and will arrive in Kearney on June 30, 2013. For more information, e-mail: tour@lincolnhighwayassoc.org or call Rosemary Rubin at 330-418-3980. The Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration will be June 30 through July 1, 2013, in Kearney, Neb.

On Sunday, five blocks of the downtown's brick streets will host "Show & Shine," a display of cars from 1913 to the 1950s with a backdrop of the "Lincoln's" decades with historical music, characters, etc. On Monday There will also be a tourist camp, an education camp, food and crafts, a parade of Packards and an address by Lincoln Highway founder's great grandson, Henry B. Joy IV. There will be other nationally recognized speakers, a Model T and Model A exhibit and a grand evening gala featuring the Bobby Layne Orchestra. For more information and a downloadable brochure see http://www.visitkearney.org

The Lincoln Highway Association National Conference will be July 2-5, 2013. Arrivals for the National Lincoln Highway Conference will begin, with tours of the area, lectures about the highway's history, a grand fireworks display, awards banquet, and other meetings and dining events through Friday, July 5. Registrations will be available January 2013. For information, e-mail Lenore Stubblefield at lenstubb@yahoo.com or call 308-647-6554.

This once-in-a-century experience will help educate the nation and the world about the superlative history of the Lincoln Highway that ushered in the automobile age not only to America, but the rest of the world, as well.

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