Old Conoco Gas Station in Ogallala

Old Conoco Gas Station in Ogallala

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY (State Route 30) extends 430 miles across Nebraska's midsection and is affectionately known as "Main Street". For east-west travelers those 430 miles are a long stretch to cover by auto (or by foot!) It feels like I've been crossing the state for a long time -- long enough to register to vote here! The last section of road was paved in 1935 near North Platte, replacing a highway surface that was either dirt, gravel, or brick depending on the region. Eventually, the entire route was bypassed by Interstate 80, but locals have maintained historic elements of old Highway 30 to attract tourists.

Original Billboard and Brick Pavement  

Original Billboard and Brick Pavement  

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Museums, tourist centers, garages, theaters, hotels, campgrounds, and bridges stand in testimony of times gone by, much to my delight and interest in discovering Nebraskan history. Do you remember Bromo-Seltzer, a popular remedy for headaches, hangovers, and indigestion? The rusty red brick buildings and roadway pavement are prevalent and easily identified as historic artifacts. Incidentally, the road bricks were laid on an angle to resist the iron wagon wheels from cutting deep ruts in the surface.

Visitors Center in Shelton's Bank Building

Visitors Center in Shelton's Bank Building

The Town of Kearney boasts a historic World Theater that originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1927, later to be converted to a movie theater when "talkies" arrived on the scene. Now, it can be scheduled for gatherings, birthday parties and events. 

Kearney's World Theater

Kearney's World Theater

Another noticeable difference I've noticed during my easterly trek has been the subtle change in weather. Leaving the Great Plains behind and crossing the Midwest portion of the state (Remember the 100th median?) I've traded hazy skies and semi-arid fields for rich blue cloudy skies and a green countryside. That's visual evidence of those humid air currents generated by the eastern seaboard... 

 

Weather Variations on I-80

Weather Variations on I-80

Week 20, 1524 Miles, Weather 71F🌥 

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AuthorRich Monroe