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Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway PDF Print E-mail

As you trace the path of America’s first transcontinental highway, you will find glimpses of its esteemed past. A small stretch of road on the eastern end still boasts original brick pavers, and the original Lincoln Highway road markers can be found sporadically along the 400 miles of this statewide drive that parallels much of Interstate 80.


Strike out along this highway with a true pioneering spirit in search of Pony Express stations, sod houses, original wagon ruts from the overland trails, and even the ranch of Buffalo Bill Cody. Enjoy the plentiful views of rich farmland, and get a firsthand taste at the many farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and wineries populating the route.


This byway also offers you some perfect opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Lake McConaughy offers a range of water and beach activities, and neighboring state recreational areas provide hiking and biking opportunities. There are also great views of the annual sandhill crane migration at Rowe Sanctuary and the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center.


THE ROUTE: 400 miles along U.S. Highway 30—America’s first coast-to-coast motor route—from the eastern to the western border.



Wagon ruts of the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails; the Platte River Valley; the first transcontinental railroad; the world’s largest railroad yard; and Buffalo Bill’s Scout’s Rest Ranch.


Abundant farmland, historic pathways and rivers, scenic valleys, parks, lakes, and awe-inspiring golf courses.


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