The Nation’s first coast-to-coast route for automobile travel followed Parley P. Pratt’s Golden Pass road into the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Spanning the Country during the years from 1913 to 1928, the Lincoln Highway was conceived and financed by private sources before the national government became responsible for interstate highways.
The first federal highway acts were passed by Congress during the 1920s. Route numbers were assigned to all major highways and the Lincoln Highway become a part of America’s history.
– Parley P. Pratt Monument –
Born in New York in 1807, Parley Parker Pratt converted to Mormonism in 1830 and became one of its most successful missionaries and writers. After joining the original Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, he became a leading explorer and colonist. A great builder of roads and communities, Parley’s soul was full of romance, poetry and song. He authored many widely-used religious tracts, popular hymns, and a colorful autobiography. Parley was killed while doing missionary work in Arkansas in 1857.
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