VACAVILLE — The Lincoln Highway is an iconic mishmash of roads across 13 states that began in 1913.
Its goal was to be the most direct and safe route from coast to coast. The original configuration stretched more than 3,300 miles from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.
The original route to San Francisco went through Stockton, Tracy, Livermore, Dublin and into Oakland, but with the completion of the original Yolo Causeway and the Carquinez Bridge, a third generation of the icon was born that took it through Solano County.
It sashayed its way across the county on roads such as the present-day Midway Road, came in to Vacaville on what is now East Monte Vista Avenue and shot out the other side of Vacaville on Merchant Street.
Getting off at the current Cherry Glen Road exit, closest to Vacaville, and heading west gives the motorist a quick glimpse of what driving the Lincoln Highway was all about way back when.
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