The Lincoln Highway Association’s “Object Lesson:” The Seedling Mile in Linn County Iowa,

(2004) The Lincoln Highway Association’s “Object Lesson:” The Seedling Mile in Linn County Iowa,. Transportation, Department of


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The Seedling Mile in Linn County, Iowa, was part of the Lincoln Highway Association’s so-called “object lesson” program that sought to graphically demonstrate, in the paving of selected one-mile demonstration sections, the benefits of concrete paving to improving road travel across the nation. Constructed in 1918-19, this Seedling Mile became much more than an object lesson and served as something of a battleground between two municipalities—Marion and Cedar Rapids—in their struggle over the county seat and their place on the Lincoln Highway. The Seedling Mile eventually became part of a continuously paved section of the Lincoln Highway between Chicago and Cedar Rapids, with the whole of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa paved in some fashion by the 1930s. In 2002, Linn County reconstructed Mt. Vernon Road from the City of Mt. Vernon to the west end of the Seedling Mile impacting the historic road section. An agreement between concerned government agencies resulted in this publication in partial mitigation of the impact to this historic road section under the guidelines of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Lincoln Highway, Seelding Mile, Road Construction
Subjects: Transportation > Roads and highways
History and culture > History of Iowa
Transportation > Research
ID Code: 4135
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2006