STARTS LINCOLN HIGHWAY
|Topics: Lincoln Highway
The New York Times
April 16, 1914
Gov. Dunne Wields Spade—Illinois "Good Roads Day."
CHICAGO, April 15.—Gov. Dunne, members of the Illinois Legislature, Judges, bankers, business men, school children, and scores of others began to-day the work of building the Lincoln Highway across Northern Illinois, from the Mississippi River to the Indiana State line.
Every one of the persons who wielded a pick or shovel will receive a check for 1 cent and a card signed by Samuel Gompers signifying that he is an honorary member of the American Federation of Labor.
Under the terms of a proclamation issued several weeks ago by Gov. Dunne this was "Good Roads Day" in Illinois. The celebration marked the beginning of road construction in Illinois with State aid. Hundreds of towns and villages of the State participated by holding stone hauling and road dragging contests.
Gov. Dunne donned overalls at Mooseheart, near Aurora, and began officially the work of the Illinois stretch of the Lincoln Highway by turning the first spade of gravel.
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