West Wendover, Nev. (PRWEB) March 9, 2007
Across this country, and the world, people celebrate beginnings and endings: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and funerals. Even our businesses and governments observe starts and finishes: the opening or closing of buildings, highways, programs, terms of office, or commercial enterprises.
What seldom happens is the observance of both at one time! However, that's exactly what's going on in West Wendover, Nevada.
The first start: A group of Indiana automobile manufacturers decided their cars needed a hard-packed coast-to-coast highway. This was to cover New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. Of course, in 1913, this route through Nevada was mostly old stagecoach and freight wagon trails. That required some cash to be raised, and raise it they did.
Despite quibbles about routes, the Lincoln Highway Association and the federal, local, and state governments all chipped in funds for improvements. Considering that traveling the whole Lincoln Highway took twenty to thirty days, with the Salt Lake City to Ely leg alone requiring two full days, such enhancements were much needed.
The first ending: The routing dispute between Utah and Nevada was settled in a 1927 compromise--a road between West Wendover and Ely, linking the Victory (primarily following US Route 40) and Lincoln Highways. This was the final section of the Lincoln Highway in Nevada to be agreed upon and built.
The new beginning on March 16, 2007, is all about that final sector. West Wendover plans a dedication ceremony to place commemorative markers on its historic stretch of the Lincoln and Victory Highway. These emblems are replicas of the original Lincoln Highway markers, fashioned after the three thousand cement ones commemorating Abraham Lincoln that were placed along the highway by the Boy Scouts of America in 1928. It is only fitting that Korbin Murphy from Boy Scout Troop 140 Wendover, Utah, will fashion and place a tep cover for the marker, dig the hole for placement, present the colors and conduct the pledge the day of the event as part of his eagle project.
West Wendover local, Kerrie Supanich, wrote the grant responsible for funding the historic markers' creation and dedication ceremonies. When asked, Supanich indicates that the idea for the grant came from Nevada Lincoln Highway enthusiast, Rollin Southwell, whose knowledge of and involvement with the Lincoln Highway is extensive. The marker placement idea is a culmination of two years of Southwell's persistent efforts to see markers placed near the original Lincoln Highway marker locations. Thanks in part to the cooperation of the Peppermill Resort and Casino, the City of West Wendover will have three markers placed in 2007. One marker is destined for the Utah and Nevada state line near the historic telegraph pole monument on the Peppermill Resort's properties. A second will be situated at the intersection of Wendover Boulevard and A-93. A third and final marker will be dedicated at the intersection of A-93 and Airport way in Autumn 2007.
Plans are underway to reenact the original Victory Highway dedication ceremony held in 1925. The original dedication of the Victory Highway had two governors and a member of the president's cabinet dressed in white overalls (Utah Governor George Dern, Secretary of Agriculture William Jardine, and Nevada Governor J. Stratham) clearing away a pile of salt that was blocking the roadway.
The March 16th Commemorative Marker Dedication Ceremony, located at Montego Bay, is at 11:30 am. The Lincoln/Victory Highway Historical Heritage Seminar features presentations from Montana State University Professor, Joe Ashley from Bozeman, and Victory Highway historian George Clark, both experts on the historic highways of the area. The seminar at 9:00 am will be held at the Rainbow Hotel and Casino Convention Center, where the momentous endings and beginnings will be relived with pride. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Kerrie Supanich to reserve space at 866-299-2489 or via e-mail at ksupanich @ westwendovercity.com.