A showcase for the Lincoln Highway story

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa, Aug. 8, 2016 — The Greene County Historical Society met here Friday, Aug. 5, with a program and tours showcasing the transcontinental Lincoln Highway, with a special focus on its route and history here in Greene County.

Joyce and Bob Ausberger, of the Spring Lake area, who’ve long been involved in the Lincoln Highway Association, did a quick presentation of the highway’s story. They’ve traveled it coast-to-coast “a few times,” Bob said.

“The Greene County section from Grand Junction through Jefferson to Scranton is one of the neatest areas anywhere on the Lincoln Highway,” he continued. “Here we’ve got both the Lincoln Highway and U.S. Highway 30 close together, so you can see the differences. On the Lincoln Highway, we have nice interpretive sites, the Lincoln Highway museum here in Grand Junction, and three nice towns with lots of amenities for visitors.”

Two of those interpretive sites that are must-sees are the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Site/Lions Club Tree Park, located along U.S. Highway 30 just east of Grand Junction, and the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association Museum in the business district here.

The program Friday was preceded by lunch at the First United Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction.

You can see more photos from this program on the Facebook page of the historical society. And can learn more about the historic Lincoln Highway in Greene County by visiting the museum and by clicking here.

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