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On Saturday, antique automobiles from the western half of the United States will pass through North Platte in commemoration of the centennial of the Lincoln Highway.

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A contingent of 63 cars will stop at the Lincoln County Historical Museum from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., museum director Jim Griffin said.

The cars are headed to Kearney for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast car route. It was designated in 1913.

Kearney is the midpoint of the route and cars will arrive from both halves of the U.S.

Some original Lincoln Highway markers still stand in North Platte. A few businesses commemorate the highway -- the Lincoln Highway RV Park, the Lincoln Highway Diner and the Lincoln Highway boxing club, for example.

The Lincoln Highway was a rustic route, often using existing county roads, but it was steadily straightened and improved. It became U.S. Highway 30 in the 1930s. The last mile of U.S. 30 was paved west of North Platte in 1935.

There is no admission charge to see the classic cars Saturday at the museum.

"We hope people will come out to take a look at these amazing automobiles," Griffin said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/27/2013
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