Old Lincoln Highway

Lincoln Highway Pole

Before road signs were used, utility poles or poles of some type served as a source of guidance for motorists on the old Lincoln Highway. It is not certain when the pole shown here was originally painted red, white and blue but in the old days they were quite common along the road. This one is just west of New Carlisle in St. Joseph County on what is now U.S. 20. Notice also the small concrete marker to the left of the pole. It is, for certain, quite old and was some type of a road easement marker for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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