The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) is retracing the route of the first U.S. Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy across the United States, along Lincoln Highway, and one of the stops will be in Clinton on Sunday, June 21.

“As many as 100 military convoy vehicles could be in Clinton that day,” said Heather Hilgendorf-Cooley, director of the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The vehicles will be on display on Riverfront Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with other vintage cars and food vendors taking part.”

In 1919 the U.S. Army decided to plan and execute a motor convoy of various vehicles across the country on the newlyformed Lincoln Highway. In general, the route began at the White House in Washington, D.C., and ended at Lincoln Park in San Francisco — some 3,250 miles and 62 days later. This was the first motor transport convoy ever to cross the U.S. This original 1919 convoy passed through Clinton on its way west.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first convoy. As many as 150 historic military vehicles will retrace the original convoy route. The MVPA 2009 Transcontinental Motor Convoy will launch from Washington, D.C., on June 13 and arrive in San Francisco on July 8.

Vehicles involved in this year’s convoy are from World War I, World War II and other conflicts from private collectors that will put them on the road.

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