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Original Lincoln Highway marker for park to be added

October 10, 2017
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In a related Lincoln Highway Bridge ridge matter, Coleen Davis, Tama, told the Tama City Council Monday night of her grandson, Hunter Davis' plan to install an original Lincoln Highway road marker in the adjacent park as his Eagle Scout project. It is planned to be accompanied by a kiosk and completed yet this fall.

Davis said Iowa Department of Transportation approval for the marker is in place. The park, located between East 5th Street and Business Highway 30 at the historic bridge site in Tama, is technically DOT property Mayor Mike Carnahan said.

The markers were orignally installed as a Boy Scout project in the early days of the route which was the United States first transcontinental highway.

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Enhancing the historic Lincoln Highway Bridge Park in Tama and as a memorial to his mother, Larry and Cathy Svacina have donated an original directional marker from the historic route for permanent display.

Enhancing the historic Lincoln Highway Bridge Park in Tama and as a memorial to his mother, Larry and Cathy Svacina have donated an original directional marker from the historic route for permanent display.

Larry's mother, the late Delight Svacina, was well-known as an antique collector long before the hobby became popular. She acquired two of the 1928 markers after they were no longer used to mark the 3,400 mile national route which crossed Tama County.

The Svacinas made the donation in 2015 and it has been store awaiting placement until Hunter's project came along.

 
 

 

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