The Lincoln Highway was America’s first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln. As “America’s Main Street,” the first road for auto travel that stretched across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns, and villages along the way.
Inspired by the Good Roads Movement, the road itself inspired the creation of many other long-distance roads. The first officially recorded length of the Lincoln Highway was 3,389 miles running through 14 states, 128 counties, and more than 700 cities, towns, and villages.The Ohio portion of the Lincoln Highway has some of the best original sites in the country. There are still several brick-paved sections, brick pillars, concrete markers installed in 1928, and a myriad of historic buildings preserved along the highway.
As the Ohio Lincoln Highway Association says, “traveling west, you’ll be on the route which runs through Hanoverton, Canton (don’t miss the Classic Car Museum here!), Massillon, Wooster, Mansfield, Bucyrus (home to the Hopley Monument) and on to Upper Sandusky, Beaverdam, and Delphos. Be sure to stop to see the wonderful historic buildings in Van Wert.”