Category Archives: Loneliest Highway in America

Lincoln Highway – What Now?

Dear Readers, I haven’t forgotten you. I’m preparing for an extended trip to Austin and environs for some further research. I’ll be traveling to and photographing Ford’s Defeat amongst other places on the old road. I’m trying to get all … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Ely, Nevada

Ely Ely was a much anticipated destination in the Great Basin because it was the largest town between Salt Lake City and Reno. It boasted of many services. “Pop. 3,500 Alt. 6,000 feet. Six Hotels, 1 ¬†garage. Local speed limit … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Jakes Summit and Environs

Jakes Summit, which leads into Jakes Valley (no apostrophe) allowed passage from Ely and the Ruth Mining District to Hamilton and the west, long before the new road over Robinson Summit was completed in the twenties. Let’s first have an … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Hamilton

Hamilton was once the county seat of White Pine County. In its heyday it was a very active mining town but suffered the same boom and bust as so many other Nevada towns. The county seat moved to Ely. For … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Eureka, Nevada and Ford’s Defeat

There are several reference works everyone should have when playing along the Lincoln Highway, and today’s recommendation is a book that is available online: Effie Price Gladding’s Across The Continent by The Lincoln Highway written after her epic journey in … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Chapter Nine – Fun With Archaeology

About twenty six miles east of Austin and seventy miles west of Eureka is Hickison Summit. Just east of the summit itself is a well known and oft visited petroglyph site, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. It is … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Chapter Eight – Austin

Austin is on the Lincoln Highway and is about as far from anywhere as one would like to be. I love this little town, really love it, and I’d live there if it wasn’t so far from good medical help, … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Chapter Seven – Middlegate and the Shoe Tree

What’s this “Gate” Stuff All About? A gate is a notch or an opening between two hills, or the entrance to a canyon. Here is Middlegate viewed from the east; Middlegate Station is two miles west of here. There are … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Chapter Six – Frenchman Flat

I have no idea what is so appealing to me about Frenchman Flat and Frenchman Station (there is no ‘s in those titles, and that is correct.) Frenchman Flat is in the narrow Dixie Valley, thirteen miles across,¬† which currently … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Chapter Five – Sand Springs and Sand Pass

Sand Springs The feature known as Sand Springs was an important place on the 1913 Lincoln Highway. It was here that the promoters encountered the dreaded Fallon Sink (nee Marsh) and attempted to get around it. It had an awful … Continue reading

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