One of the reasons for celebrating this centennial anniversary of the first transcontinental highway is this is the first official memorial to our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It preceded the Lincoln Monument or the copper penny minted in his honor. Another significant factor is the new highway allowed thousands of Americans and foreign travelers to ‘go west’ and “see the USA” as never before.
The Lyons-Fulton High Bridge, erected in 1891, was also a major factor in the highway coming through Fulton to Lyons. Although the Clinton-Illinois Bridge (frequently referred to as the South or East Clinton Bridge) opened in 1892, the selected route was through Fulton, Lyons and Clinton. The Lyons-Fulton High Bridge photos are included in the program.
Barbara Mask is president of the Fulton Historical Society.