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Lincoln Highway across Wyoming

Lincoln Highway across Wyoming

The Lincoln Highway enters the state from the east on U.S. 30 at Pine Bluffs, Wyo. Much of the route in Wyoming today is dirt and gravel and is impassable for much of the year. The best guide, now out of print but available in many local libraries, is Gregory Franzwa’s The Lincoln HighwayVol. 3, Wyoming.

For a modern tour, westbound:

  • Take I-80 and exit at Lincolnway in Cheyenne. Rejoin I-80 at the west end of town.
  • On I-80 over the summit between Cheyenne and Laramie, watch for old segments of the Lincoln Highway along the way. Be sure to stop at Tree Rock, the Lincoln Monument, and the Henry Joy Monument.
  • Take the first Laramie exit, and follow the U.S. 30 signs toward Medicine Bow for the best section of the old Lincoln Highway in Wyoming through Bosler, Rock River, Medicine Bow and past Hanna.
  • U.S. 30 rejoins I-80 at Walcott Junction.
  • Follow Business I-80 through Sinclair and Rawlins. Rejoin I-80.
  • The Henry Joy Monument was originally near Exit 184, west of Creston. It is now next to the Lincoln Monument.
  • Business I-80 follows the 1926 alignment of the Lincoln through Rock Springs and Green River.
  • Take the Bridger Valley exit to tour much of the Lincoln Highway through Lyman and Fort Bridger. Don’t miss the restored Black and Orange tourist cabins near the gate of the Fort Bridger Historic Site.
  • Finally, take Business I-80 through Evanston and stop at Depot Square.

Thanks to the Lincoln Highway Association for these for directions.