Jefferson Highway


Jefferson Highway

:"For the Jefferson Highway from Richmond to Staunton, Virginia, see Jefferson Highway (Virginia). For the one in Oregon, see Jefferson Highway (Oregon)."

The Jefferson Highway was an automobile highway stretching through the central United States from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jefferson Highway was replaced with the new numbered US Highway system in the late 1920s. Portions of the highway are still named Jefferson Highway, for example, the portions that run through Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Osseo, Minnesota, and Wadena, Minnesota.

It was built in the 1910s as part of the National Auto Trail system.

The Jefferson Highway was inspired by the east-west Lincoln Highway.

It was nicknamed the "Palm to Pine Highway", for the varying types of trees found at either end.

The cities the highway passed on its route included Alexandria, Louisiana; Shreveport, Louisiana; Marshall, Texas; Muskogee, Oklahoma; Baxter Springs, Kansas; Paola, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Saint Joseph, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; Ames, Iowa; Mason City, Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Bemidji, Minnesota.

Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company, operates service from Texas to Winnipeg, and takes its name from the old Jefferson Highway.

ee also

*National Auto Trail
*United States Highway system

External links

* [http://maps.bc.ca/jeffhwy/jeffmap.htm Jefferson Highway Map]
* [http://www.marion.ohio-state.edu/fac/schul/trails/national/jefferson.html Jefferson Highway]
* [http://www.jeffersonlines.com/ Jefferson Lines home page]
* [http://www.morrisoncountyhistory.org/histpalmpine.html Palm to Pine]
* [http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/iowa/newsletter/Paul's%20NL%20Archive/003/003.html Welcome to the Jefferson Highway] (Section of Iowa Lincoln Highway Association newsletter Summer/Fall 2000)
* [http://www.powersmuseum.com/about/jeffhwy2.html More on the Jefferson Highway] (Powers Museum, Carthage, Missouri)
* [http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mdt&CISOPTR=177&CISOBOX=1&REC=6 Jefferson Highway legal description within Minnesota] , filed with the Minnesota Department of Highways on August 9, 1917


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