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KCRG TV and the Lincoln Highway Bridge District

July 9, 2018
By Jeannie Sieck - Special To The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

June 4th KCRG TV9 visited Tama /Toledo filming many of our historical sites and businesses.

On June 4th at 10:00am we gathered at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park to talk with KCRG TV9 interviewer Beth Malicki about our special park and historical bridge.

On the West side of the drive, stands the Lincoln Memorial with writing on it about the history of the bridge, park and the Lincoln Highway. The walkway is lined with beautiful plants and flowers such as Hosta, Daylily, White Iris, Daisy, Red Rose bushes and guarded by two small evergreens.

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The new Lincoln Marker stands to the South of the Memorial. Some 2000 Markers were placed along the Lincoln Highway from the East coast to the West coast of the United States by the Boy Scouts of America.

East across the driveway is the large rock carved with the words Lincoln Highway. A flag pole flying the American Flag, is beside the Rock with red, white and blue flowers circling it.

Out in the grassy area under the shade trees sits two shelter houses with picnic tables. These were built and donated by the local Kiwanis Club. Richard Dunsmoor, brought two of his "Old Cars" to share with KCRG TV that these model car traveled the Lincoln Highway across the bridge to take their goods to market, to pick up supplies, and to socialize.

The Lincoln Highway runs along the South side of the park, called 5 th Street truck route, where the Historical Lincoln Highway Bridge stands. This is the only one of its kind in the United States. With the wear and tear of the heavy loaded trucks and traffic, the bridge is in need of serious repair. Five years or more, there have been discussions, engineer reports, financial reports and more meetings to consider the future of the bridge. Do you repair or remove it?

Continuing East on Lincoln Highway is the King Tower Cafe. The King Tower history lies on the walls with numerous framed pictures, beautiful mural painting of the American Indians, and a large old framed photo of the King Tower of the past. This historical landmark was a full service gas station, garage, cafe open 24 hours, and small cabins where travelers could rest for the night. There is only one cabin left and is in jeopardy. A tall lighted sign, an Indian Chief's head, welcomes all travelers, yet it too needs repair to restore it to its original design.

Going West on Lincoln Highway from King Tower, 5 th Street, it will take you past the park, over the bridge, through the residential area to Tama business district. Traveling West from King Tower on old Highway 30, past the north side of the park you will come into some of the Toledo business area.

KCRG TV9 filmed, by Randy Dirck, this Gate Way to Tama/Toledo and it aired on TV channel 9 on the news nightly Our Town Hometown segment June 18th though the 22nd

KCRG interviewed Colleen Davis, Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Org., Anne Michaels, Historical Society, Byron Witt, Lincoln Highway Festival and Janet Gannon, Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Co ordinator.

Come visit these special historical sites and you may catch myself or others in the park pulling weeds or just sitting and visiting.

-Until next time Jeannie



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