TRAVELERS on I-80 can't possibly miss this giant head of Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth president, tirelessly monitoring the interstate traffic passing exit 323. But what's Abe doing here in Wyoming in the middle of nowhere?
Apparently, Mr. Lincoln is watching those who cross over the summit of the first automobile road across America, the historic Lincoln Highway, at 8,800 feet above sea level. The bronze head weighs two tons, towers over 13 feet, and has a scowling cartoon character appearance. The statue looks a bit strange, and is hard to miss from a distance as you travel across the high plains.
Maybe he's imitating a presidential memorial (like Mt. Rushmore but without the granite), but I prefer to believe that, by facing south from this high perch he's keeping a watchful eye on those annoying rebellious Confederate states!
Still, it's a beautiful part of the country to spend time -- for those who enjoy peace and quiet. Here the sky is endless, the air is crisp and thin, the sunsets colorful, and the snowy plains go on forever...