Visit Fallon Nevada Celebrates The Lincoln Highway 100th
While it wasn’t until the later 1900’s that the Lincoln Highway earned its famous nickname of America’s Loneliest Road, Highway 50’s rich history hits a landmark occasion this year as it turns 100 years old!
Nevada’s Pony Express Territory served as America’s first paved coast-to-coast road and paralleled multiple portions of the original Pony Express route. To celebrate 100 years of automobiles grinding its asphalt, the communities along Nevada’s portion of the historic Hwy 50 will reward travelers with complimentary, commemorative coffee mugs during the month of June.
Travelers can obtain a mug from any number of the 7 participating towns along route; Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, Austin, Eureka, Ely and the Great Basin National Park. For a complete list of locations in each city, click here. Each mug features a specially selected iconic photo of that town specific to the history of the Lincoln Highway.
To officially celebrate the century birthday, The Lincoln Highway Association has set two official tours to start June 22, one in San Francisco and one in New York.
The West tour route from San Francisco will come through Nevada’s Pony Express Territory on Hwy 50 to Fallon overnight on June 24 with a second overnight in Ely on June 25. The communities of Fallon, Austin, Eureka and Ely are busy planning tour dedication events and festivities in addition to offering a complimentary commemorative mug.
The Lincoln Highway is an American travel staple that passes across an estimated 14 states, 128 counties, and 700 communities to total approximately 5,869 miles. Its name is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, officially logged as America’s first national memorial to our great leader. Famous supporters who helped fund Lincoln Highway include Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Edison.
If you have four-wheeled travel plans this summer, please make sure to pit stop at one or more of the locations along Hwy 50 and pick up your piece of Nevada and U.S. history!
You can find out more information by visiting http://nevadaponyexpress.com/.