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Historic Places and Tama's Lincoln Hgihway Bridge
June 23, 2018

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Letter to the Editor:

A Monument

What do these items have in common?

Bridge Hunter

Travel Iowa

National Register Information

National Park Service Register of Historic Places

Roadside America

Wikipedia

Landmarks and Historical Places

Library of Congress Prints and Video

All of the above have two things in common: they include the Lincoln Highway Bridge, and they include Tama, Iowa. They promote our town by bringing people from across the nation to see our bridge.

In 1978, the work was done to put our bridge onto the National Register. It was a difficult task. It is hard to get on the National Register, but it is very easy to lose that status. If the Lincoln Highway Bridge is altered, like taking the rails off and putting them in the park, it will lose its place on the National Register. Its national monument status will be lost. The bridge must maintain its current integrity to keep its national standing.

One hundred years ago, the founders of this city gave their money to put those letters into the bridge so our town would stand out and be remembered by those persons traveling the Lincoln Highway They reasoned that it would make Tama unique and special among the hundreds of thousands of towns along the highway and be remembered by those travelers. And they were right. The bridge has made Tama nationally known for over 100 years.

Its importance has grown as it has become known that this is the only bridge like it in the entire United States. It is truly a historical monument that marks an important era in the growth of our nation. As such, it is important to Tama, but equally important to our nation.

Anne Michael

Tama

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