Lincoln Highway Bridge

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E. 5th St., Tama, Iowa

Concrete bridge over Mud Creek on 5th Street E in Tama


Overview Looking Southwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2007



In September 1912, the Midwestern visionary Carl Fisher proposed to group of automotive businessmen a plan to build a road spanning from coast to coast. The route, later named the Lincoln Highway, would start in New York City, finish in San Francisco, an cross 358 miles through the state of Iowa on the way. This monumental undertaking was to be privately funded with the towns and counties profiting from its passage sharing a large part of the construction costs. Thus, a widespread advertisement campaign for the transcontinental highway was launched with each community along its path trying to outdo the next in making itself the most desirable rest stop. The town of Tama distinguished itself from the rest by constructing a special bridge for the route with the words "Lincoln Highway" spelled out in the concrete railing. This bridge remains a most unusual maker for this historic highway. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER IA-75)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1978
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Other architectural type; Single-span slab bridge
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A - Event
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Update Log 

  • September 1, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Lincoln Highway category
  • September 1, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning