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American Auto Trail-Wyoming’s U.S. Highway 30-Now Available in Google Maps

American Auto Trail-Wyoming’s U.S. Highway 30

U.S. Highway 30, originally known as the Lincoln Highway, crosses the rolling prairies and deserts of southern Wyoming, with heavily timbered, snowcapped mountains in view nearly all the way.   Although it reaches its greatest altitude (8,835 feet) near Laramie and crosses the Continental Divide at Creston, it offers easy grades, with little mountain driving.  The route connects several of the largest towns in Wyoming, yet has vast stretches where no dwelling is seen for many miles.  Long freight trains chuff over glistening rails near the highway, and streamlined expresses slither swiftly through the sage, making bright orange streaks across the dead brown and gray-green plain, which sometimes sweeps unbroken from one blue barrier to another.

In October of 1913, the Lincoln Highway was proclaimed to be the nation’s first transcontinental highway and covered 3,300 miles through gravel, mud, and sand.  Across Wyoming it followed the right-of-ways abandoned by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1901.  Many towns were already established along the railroad, and within each of those towns up sprang filling stations, hotels, cabins, and cafes.  However, one should not be confused by highway names such as the Lincoln Highway, Highway 30, and Interstate 80.  In 1926, U.S. Highway 30 was built along the same route of the Lincoln Highway, but a much straighter route resulted.  Interstate 80 furthered those changes along the same route.


New Guide in American Trails Revisited Series–Wyoming’s Oregon Trail


This edition in the American Trails Revisited series explores the Oregon Trail through Wyoming.  The route of the southern Cherokee Trail route along U.S. Highway 30, the main Oregon-California-Mormon Emigrant Road entering the state on U.S. Highway 26, as well as the side routes of the California-Mormon Trail through Fort Bridger and the Lander Cut-Off through the Thompson Pass, are explored in this guide.  Over 300 historic sites and points of interest are documented, with detailed driving directions to locate them.  Reference maps and GPS Coordinates for all listed sites are also included.

Available 10/23 for the Amazon Kindle for $2.99

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All proceeds help us to support local historic organizations.

Updated American Auto Trail-Wyoming’s U.S. Highway 30

This edition of the American Auto Trails series explores U.S. Highway 30, the route of the Lincoln Highway across southern Wyoming.  Along the way, explore the paths of the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Emigrant Trail, and Ben Holladay’s Stage Route.  The cities of Cheyenne and Laramie are visited, with over 150 historic points of interest, reference maps, and GPS coordinates for all listed sites.

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American Trails Revisited

American Trails Revisited

Following in the Footsteps of the Western Pioneers

By Lyn Wilkerson

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  • Published: July, 2003
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 448
  • Size: 6×9
  • ISBN: 9780595282623

Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)

MSRP: $27.95