100 Year Celebration of First Transcontinental Highway

Jun 29, 2013

100’s of classic cars and special vehicles will be in Kearney this weekend for the centennial celebration of the Lincoln highway.

Rose White, Public Affairs Director for AAA Nebraska, says Kearney was selected as the host site since for its equal location between both coasts. 

White says in the early years, speed limits on the Lincoln Highway were capped at 25 miles per hour on the open road, and 8 miles per hour when driving through town.

"Known as America’s Main Street, the Lincoln Highway was the first coast to coast highway, spanning 3,380 miles through 13 states.  It was built to promote economic development and tourism across America.  Named in honor of President Lincoln, the road project began in 1913 and in 1935 the last section of Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway was paved in North Platte.”

More information on the 100 year celebration of the First Transcontinental Highway is available at