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Illinois Scenic Drives: Lincoln Highway

Highlights of Lincoln Highway

Although the scenic qualities of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois may differ from those of other byways, the highway is scenic nonetheless. Several architectural treats await you. Often, this architecture is combined with elements of nature for a scenic effect. Many of the most interesting sites on the byway can be seen from the car, but you will likely want to get out and try some of the biking trails or river walks.

Your tour of Lincoln Highway begins north of Aurora and travels west across the state. If you wish to take the tour traveling east, read this list from the bottom and work your way up.

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Mooseheart: Just north of Aurora on Illinois Route 31, you'll find Mooseheart. This lodge is an important piece of history for the Lincoln Highway because members of the Moose Lodge raised 12,000 dollars to fund the initial paving of the Lincoln Highway. Members of the lodge from all over the country then traveled to Illinois and helped grade the road using picks and shovels. In appreciation for the efforts of the lodge, the state later paved an extra ten-foot strip, which is still visible today, in front of Mooseheart.

DeKalb Memorial Park: Traveling west from Mooseheart on State Route 60, you come to the city of DeKalb. The Memorial Park in DeKalb is famous for its memorial clock called Soldiers and Sailors, which was originally dedicated in 1921. The clock was restored completely in 1996, and in 1999, a community mural was painted on the side of the old Chronicle building, located behind the park.

First Seedling Mile: Cement companies donated the cement to pave seedling miles on the highway. The first seedling mile in the country is located west of Malta on State Route 38.

Railroad Park: Located in Rochelle, west of Malta, is Railroad Park, one of two X rail crossings in the country. People come from all over the world to watch the rail traffic of the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads, the two major rail carriers in the eastern United States.

Transportation might not be the same today without the Lincoln Highway. The creation of the seedling miles in an effort to foster a public desire for good roads changed transportation history.

Find more useful information related to Lincoln Highway in Illinois:

  • Illinois Scenic Drives: Lincoln Highway is just one of the scenic byways in Illinois. Check out the others.
  • Joliet, DeKalb, Dixon: Find out what there is to do in these cities along Lincoln Highway.
  • Scenic Drives: Are you interested in scenic drives beyond Illinois? Here are more than 100 scenic drives throughout the United States.
  • How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.

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