Lincoln Highway scenic route was a pretty interesting and, at times, just weird historic route. Weird because the reroutes from a main road and through a very small residential area, and then back onto the main road was just weird. However I understand that it was trying to show you the original routes which now have homes built up around it.
I’d hate to live in those homes with all the traffic that comes through.
Lincoln Highway is my quest #10 out of the National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways.
Lincoln Highway Historical Markers and Farms
I must give Illinois a high-five for making sure the markers for the route were clear, well spaced throughout the route and really helped me to navigate around the area.
There was only one time I got lost, but as long as I got back on the main road I could pick up the Lincoln Highway markers again.
Lincoln Highway isn’t this impressive, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, cliff hanging, scenic route. Instead it’s simple, and quaint, and undemanding.
It’s filled with farm lands – mostly corn with some wheat scattered around – and beautiful red barns, some dilapidated and some with a fresh coat of paint.
Oh and the houses were incredible that dotted the farms. As you drove by I could imagine how that house must have looked back in the late 1800s to early 1900s with no paved roads and horse-drawn carriages.
I felt myself stepping back in time were things were simpler but life was more physically demanding on farms.
Traveling on Historic Lincoln Highway
My travel started in Fulton, Illinois, on the west side of Illinois, and continued on into Chicago Heights, a suburb of Chicago.
From Fulton to Geneva, Illinois it was mostly farm land with small towns in between.
The weird part – as mentioned earlier – was that I was on highway 38, Lincoln Highway, and then a Lincoln Highway marker would point down a small street or winding road into this little, bitty area of homes and then take me back out to highway 38. I presume that would have been part of the original road.
Traveling in my Class C RV, I didn’t come across any area that I couldn’t get through or felt it was awkward. Some Class A RVs though might find it more difficult when you get into the suburbs along US 30 where the streets are super narrow.
Lincoln Highway History
Lincoln Highway was the first automobile road built across America and was one of the earliest transcontinental highways that spans from coast-to-coast through 12 states.
It gets its name from being dedicated as a memorial to President Abraham Lincoln.
Now the LHA (Lincoln Highway Association), that formed in 1913 to bring in donations for the building and upkeep of the road, provides information about the highway through each state and highlights along the road to look out for as you travel.
Monsanto in the Middle of Corn Fields??
As I was traveling around the corn fields I came upon the Monsanto’s building right out there with all the farmers and corn.
I imagine all that corn was grown with Monsanto GMO corn seeds considering the heavy presence it had out there with its building so close to the farmers.
I even saw park benches with the Monsanto’s logo on it right in front of the National Lincoln Highway Association headquarters.
This company is bad news for our environment and food supply.
I realize this is a travel blog and maybe you don’t want to hear about Monsanto’s, so I’ll stop here, but I’d like for you all to be aware of this company, its presence on this historic highway, and encourage you to do your research.
Skipping Chicago for Now
While downtown Chicago was not on the Lincoln Highway historic route I was on, but I still wanted to visit, but there was one problem.
There are a ton of height restrictions in that area that are 11 feet and under. My RV is 11 feet tall so if there were construction or I made a wrong turn, then I could be in serious trouble. I’d have to back out of a one way street.
Can you imagine?
So until I have either somebody with me or a different vehicle, I opted to steer clear and continue on.
Maybe next time Chicago.
What’s been your favorite scenic route in the U.S.? Leave me a comment below.
Overnights & Places Visited
Place: Walmart overnight
RV Accessibility: Any length
Cell Phone Signal Strength: Mostly full bars
Park Pass: N/A
City/State: Dixon, Illinois
Video/Audio Equipment Used
Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging
Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video
Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.