Buffalo County's Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile

Buffalo County's Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile (HMUMA)

Location: Kearney, NE 27803 Buffalo County
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N 40° 41.97', W 99° 6.298'

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The Lincoln Highway Association was founded in 1913 to promote a transcontinental automobile route from new York City to San Francisco. Dedicated on October 31, 1913, the route was marked by the letter "L" within red, white, and blue bands painted on telephone poles or signs.

The association conceived the Seedling Mile program to demonstrate the use of concrete as a roadway surface, including projects in Buffalo County and Hall County in Nebraska. The Kearney Commercial Club raised funds to construct a Seedling Mile on West 24th Street from present-day 19th Avenue to 30th Avenue, formerly a dirt road. The Kearney Daily Hub of November 5, 1915, described the completed project: "The road is amply wide enough to make possible the passage of two loaded hayracks without interference."

From 1947 to 1987 this location was the site of the Hammer Motel, famous for its sign topped by a giant hammer and three supporting poles made to look like nails. The building then served as student housing for the University of Nebraska at Kearney until 1995, when it was razed.

Series This marker is part of the Lincoln Highway series, and the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series.
Marker Number488
Year Placed2010
Placed ByNational & Nebraska Lincoln Highway Association,Buffalo County Historical Society, Kearney Visitor Bureau, Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 4:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 491132 N 4505404
Decimal Degrees40.69950000, -99.10496667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 41.97', W 99° 6.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 41' 58.20" N, 99° 6' 17.88" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)252, 919
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7801-7863 Airport Rd, Kearney NE 27803, US
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