Aksarben toll booth
Photo taken by Eric Kinkhorst
BH Photo #171837
On the contrary, the Lincoln Highway was routed through Blair AFTER the completion of the Blair Bridge in 1929:
The comment about the Lincoln Highway being an overlay of the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge requires further explanation. When the original Lincoln Highway route was laid out, the original path was through Missouri Valley crossing the Missouri River at Blair, Nebraska. This would be U. S. 30 East-West main route. When Southwest Iowans and Nebraskans in the Omaha area learned it would by-pass Omaha-CB, there was considerable consternation. The protest was so loud, the Lincoln Highway promoters decided to build a connector loop from Missouri Valley to Council Bluffs to Omaha and then up the west side of the Nebraska side to Blair. This later became U. S. 30 Alternate. When I used to cross the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge, it was formally an overlay of U. S. 6, U. S. 75 and U. S. 30A. My memories are from 1957-1966.
Yes, the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge was part of the Lincoln Highway.
Barry, it looks like the Lincoln Highway logo to me but I haven't researched the route, so I'm not certain.
In picture #4: Is that the blue "L" logo of the Lincoln Highway painted on it? Comparing the steel members with the size of the cars and people, I can see that this was a very heavily built bridge.
Nice write-up on the history of the bridge: