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1913 Lincoln Highway Association Map of the Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway. - Main View

1913 Lincoln Highway Association Map of the Lincoln Highway


An early map of the Lincoln Highway - the first transcontinental highway in the United States.



The Lincoln Highway.
  1913 (dated)     11.5 x 16.75 in (29.21 x 42.545 cm)     1 : 11750000


This is a 1913 Lincoln Highway Association and American Automobile Association map of the proposed route for the Lincoln Highway, what would become the first transcontinental automobile road and the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. The map depicts the continental United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to Mexico. Highlighted in red and marked by diagonal lines, the original route for the Lincoln Highway stretches from New York to San Francisco and includes the 'Colorado Loop' that was removed from the route a few years later. Numerous other highways are illustrated, and those that are believed to be 'natural tributaries' are indicated by parallel lines drawn through those highways. Myriad cities, towns, and villages are labeled from coast to coast, as are major rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges.
The Lincoln Highway
The idea for the highway was originally conceived and promoted by Carl Graham Fisher, an early automobile entrepreneur who manufactured Prest-O-Lite carbide gas headlights. An early racecar enthusiast and one of the principal investors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he first presented the idea of a transcontinental highway to friends in the automobile industry and estimated the cost at $10 million. Within a month he had raised the first $1 million. At first, the name Lincoln Highway was not available, as a group of Easterners was seeking federal support to build a Lincoln Highway from Washington to Gettysburg, but that project never gained enough support to get off the ground. So, Fisher's first called his project 'The Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway' or 'The Ocean-to-Ocean Highway', but quickly claimed the name Lincoln Highway once it became available.

Established on July 1, 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association began work on establishing a highway from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. One of their first tasks was to establish a route. The relatively dense road network east of the Mississippi River made route selection in that part of the country relatively easy. When it came to the western route, however, the Association elected to send a 'Trail-Blazer' tour of seventeen cars and two trucks from Indianapolis to San Francisco, where they arrived after a thirty-four-day journey. The 3,389-mile route was announced on September 14, 1913, but as non-improved segments of this first route were improved over time, the route was reduced by 250 miles.

The Lincoln Highway only bore this name until the national highway numbering system came into effect in November 1926. With the advent of this system, the Lincoln Highway was split into several different segments known by different numerical designations, and the name Lincoln Highway began to fall out of use. It would not be until the 1990s that a movement began 'to identify, preserve, and improve access to the remaining portions of the Lincoln Highway and its associated historic sites'. Today, there are state chapters of the reconstituted Lincoln Highway Association in twelve Lincoln Highway states and in 2013 the Lincoln Highway Association organized a tour commemorating the highway's 100th anniversary.

This map was created by the Automobile Association of America and the Lincoln Highway Association and published in 1913.


The Lincoln Highway Association (1913 - 1927 ; 1992 - present) was originally established 'to procure the establishment of a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description without toll charges'. Organized on July 1, 1913, with the ultimate goal of raising ten million dollars for construction of the Lincoln Highway, which was first known as the 'Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway'. The original proposal called for the organization to raise contributions from automobile companies and in hundred-dollar and five-dollar donations from private individuals. The money would then be used to purchase road materials, such as concrete and gravel, which would then be provided to state and county highway authorities, who would in turn provide the labor and machinery necessary to build the highway. The group was disbanded in 1927, following the creation of the highway numbering system, as the Lincoln Highway lost its name and the transcontinental route was broken up into several different numbered highways. The group was restarted in 1992 with the goal of preserving the highway and its heritage. Learn More...

The American Automobile Association (March 4, 1902 - present), better known as AAA ('Triple-A'), is a federations of motor clubs throughout America. A privately held national member association, AAA boasts over 58 million member in the United States and Canada. Founded on March 4, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, AAA was originally created in response to a lack of roads and highways that were suitable for cars by nine individual motor clubs, including the Chicago Automobile Club, Automobile Club of America, and Automobile Club of New Jersey. AAA began publishing road maps in 1905 and hotel guides in 1917. Learn More...


Very good. Area of infill along original centerfold. Blank on verso.


OCLC 44186543.