Lincoln Highway remnant in Allen County

The Lincoln Highway is one of the most historical highways in all of the United States. And Indiana is immersed in that history because the road came through the Hoosier State. If you drive on U.S. 33 between Ligonier and Fort Wayne, you will see remnants of the original alignment along the way. One such alignment, shown in the photo, is near Chase Road in Allen County, north of Fort Wayne. Part of the old road alignment remains, as does a pony truss bridge. These bridges were typical of those found on roads in the early days of automobiles. Of course in 1913, the year the Lincoln Highway began, there weren’t nearly as many automobiles on the road as there are now. And those automobiles didn’t move as fast, were lighter and not as wide as today’s cars. A bridge such as this would likely not be able to handle the amount of traffic today on U.S. 33. The bridge and old road alignment are now on a farm. The Lincoln Highway was rerouted in the 1920s and went west from Fort Wayne, not north. That alignment is known today as Old U.S. 30.


Old alignment of Lincoln Highway north of Fort Wayne in Allen County.


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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