The North Bend Eagle


  Setting stone
North Bend Boys Scouts set a new Lincoln Hiway marker on its pedestal Saturday morning [June 29, 2013].

Lincoln Highway marker set in North Bend

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/3/13

Sunny skies greeted those who attended the placing of the marker along the Lincoln Highway. The marker, donated to North Bend by the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association (NC&AA), is one of 30 being made. These markers were available to NC&AA members and businesses to purchase to install in communities from North Bend to Kimball.

The North Bend Library Foundation sponsored the placing ceremony. Pat Beebe welcomed those in attendance to the event as a commemoration “of the building of the transcontinental highway and to recognize the importance this highway has played in the development of our community.”

Lincoln Highway medalThe medallion set into the concrete marker reads "This highway dedicated to Abraham Lincoln."

Beebe said that when the highway was proposed prior to 1913, it was suggested that concrete “seedling” miles should be placed periodically to demonstrate how to build a good road. In Dodge County the concrete manufacturers donated 3,000 barrels of cement, enough concrete for six miles of pavement between Fremont and Ames. This was the longest “seedling mile” in the 3,000 mile stretch of the proposed highway.

Jereme Montgomery from NC&AA told the assembled group how the marker project came about to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway.

Boy Scouts from Troop 110 set the top of the marker as part of the ceremony. Boys Scouts from North Bend also took part in the installation of the original markers in 1928.

A crowd of about 30 people attended the ceremony including John and Janice Wright from Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada. The Wrights are members of Tin Can Tours, a group of people with vintage motor homes who take tours together. The Wrights and their refurbished 1948 motor home joined the group in Haysville, Ohio, to follow the Lincoln Highway to Kearney for the centennial celebration June 29 - July 1.

The Wrights had a book describing local places to eat along the highway, including North Bend’s own Corner Cafe. While at the Corner for breakfast, they heard about the “Good Roads 1911” exhibit at the library, so they took that in and decided to stay for the marker setting at the intersection of highways 79 and 30 in downtown North Bend.

“It’s the highlight of our trip,” John said as they were leaving.

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