The North Bend Eagle


 

Lincoln Highway marker to be installed Saturday in North Bend

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/26/13

Boy Scouts of North Bend Troop 110 will install a Lincoln Highway marker on Saturday, June 29, in what was formerly known as the Railroad Park, at the intersection North Bend’s Main Street and Lincoln Highway, presently known as Highway 30 and Highway 79.

The marker will be a replica of the ones place by local Boys Scouts in 1928.
As written in the 1996 book The Lincoln Highway: Nebraska by Gregory M. Franzwa:

“Members of the Boy Scouts of America placed almost all of the 3,000, 275-pound markers in their predrilled holes on a singe day, September 1, 1928.

“About seventy-five Scouts from the North Bend and Fremont troops installed thirty-nine markers in Dodge County. The Fremont boys worked from Valley to North Bend and the North Bend kids, under the direction of Scoutmaster John Hewlison, set markers west from North Bend to Schulyer. None are known to be in their original position today.”

Jereme Montgomery, excutive director of the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association (NC&AA), is the Lincoln Highway Markers project chairman. He said he was approached about making markers a year ago by a representative from Kearney, where the official Lincoln Highway centennial celebration will take place June 30 - July 1.

Montgomery arranged with Artisan Stone in Omaha to cast 30 replicas of the 1928 markers. The markers were made available to NC&AA members, business and others to purchase and place along the Lincoln Highway from North Bend to Kimball. NC&AA purchased the one that was donated to the North Bend community

The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony.

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