The National Park Service is considering getting involved in the preservation and restoration of the 34-hundred-mile Lincoln Highway. The nation’s first coast-to-coast paved route, the road is Highway 30 where it passes through Iowa. Jeff Benson’s a member of the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association.Benson says the highway is a great way to see the country — or at least, parts of it.It’s not Highway 30 across the country, it’s a collection of state and county roads, streets, parts that are nothing more than ruts across a field. The Park Service involvement would be in preserving scenic byways along the highway, though Benson says that would have to be limited.He says there are plenty of local preservation agencies and areas, but they balance saving the road’s history and still letting people use it. Rather than some kind of historic district three thousand miles long, Benson says the highway’s surroundings could be given historic meaning by one management scheme.
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