Nomination for National Register of Historic Places

Eastgate Station, State Route 722 - the Lincoln Highway.  Photo courtesy of Cindy Ainsworth

Reported by Cindy Ainsworth:   The Lincoln/Victory Highways in Nevada --- An important development has taken place concerning the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  The Cultural Resources office of NDOT has completed what is known as the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) Multiple Property Documentation Forms (MPDF) for the Lincoln and Victory Highway across Nevada. These provide the historic context statements of the overall development of the Nevada segments of the Lincoln and Victory Highway. 

 

A NDOT press release stated that “With the completion of this five-year project, the NDOT Cultural Resources team has set the standard for work conducted from the California state line to the Utah state line, not only for NDOT but for every federal agency and Cultural Resources contractor working in the state of Nevada, resulting in money savings and significant time savings moving forward.”  This is a significant development also for the Nevada Chapter as it will make working with NDOT much easier when for instance we need to identify significant Lincoln Highway sites or routes when marking the highway with new signage or interpretive plaques.

 

More importantly, as the result of this documentation, the SHPO has concurred on two of NDOT’s national register nominations and the submitted determinations of eligibilities on many segments of these highways.  The SHPO concurred that 1.) Carroll Summit Roadbed Segment nomination --- that the "17.5 mile segment of the Lincoln Highway that extends from Eastgate at the western terminus and an unnamed road 0.4 miles east of Campbell Creek Ranch at the eastern terminus should be nominated.  The nomination contains three contributing resources: the road segment, the Carroll service station and a complex of buildings at Eastgate." 2.) Victory Highway Pequop Summit Roadbed nomination --- "for a 3.2 segment of the Victory Highway that extends from approximately 0.5 miles southwest of the maintenance station at Interstate 80 exit 376 to the top of Pequop Summit in the vicinity of Oasis.

 

As of this writing, NDOT is still working with the SHPO on the two nominations which will hopefully be submitted to the National Park Service’s officials for their review as possible National Register of Historic Places candidates.

If you would like read the MPDF’s here are the links:

MPDF_LincolnHwy Carson to Utah.pdf

 

MPDF_VictoryHwy.pdf

Eastgate Station Carroll Summit Route 722.JPG

Preparing the Lincoln Highway Marker for Transport

Acquired by the Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association in 2016, the 1928 concrete marker is being prepared for installation and display in Reno along East 4th Street (old alignment of the Lincoln Highway becoming US 40). Tom and Connie Davis volunteered to store the monument at their home until funds and plans could be generated to find a permanent home for the marker. These photographs by Connie document the creation of a protective crate to facilitate the move of the eight-foot marker.

From Iowa State University: “As part of the last promotional activity of the Lincoln Highway Association, groups of Boy Scouts placed almost 3,000 concrete markers along the Lincoln Highway route to officially mark and dedicate it to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. The markers, . . . ., were placed September 1, 1928 at 9 AM simultaneously across the route. Only a few markers remain on the more than 3,000 mile length of the route.”

Tom building a box to protect the authentic 1928 Lincoln Highway concrete Marker. The box will prevent the Marker from flexing where it is cracked at the head during transport.

The Marker rests on blocks with the box below.

Tom with his friend Joe loading the marker secured in the crate into the pickup truck.

Unloading the Marker at Scott’s house using metal pipe handles Tom had inserted through the box.

Being ever so careful during the unloading process.

Scott, the contractor for the repair and installation of the marker, along with Tom and Joe putting the box on two dollies.

Tom slipping one of the dollies under the box.

Scott and Tom discussing possible preservation techniques.

Three guys (all fingers accounted for) and the Marker.

Success!! Well done Tom!

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