Lincoln Monument-Lincoln Highway and I-80 Summit
Posted by: NevaP
N 41° 14.214 W 105° 26.181
13T E 463433 N 4565147
Quick Description: This huge bust of Lincoln at the high point of I-80 in Wyoming is visible for miles.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 5/10/2007 1:14:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM1H9F
This thirteen and a half foot bronze bust of Lincoln is mounted on a massive, thirty-five foot granite base which stands at the rest area at exit 323, on I-80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. This is the highest point on I-80. The monument was created in 1959 to mark the high point of the Lincoln Highway and it originally stood about half a mile west and 200 feet higher along U.S RT. 30 which closely followed the path of the Lincoln Highway across this summit. It was moved to the present location in 1969 after I-80 was opened.
Robert Russian, an art Professor at University of Wyoming created this stern, brooding, sculpture. It was cast in 30 pieces in the favorable climate of Mexico City and assembled in Wyoming. The base is hollow and has ladders and lightening rods inside.
Location Type: Statue/Bust/Portrait
Property Type: Public
Date of Event: 1959 -1969
Rest area at Wyoming exit 323 on I-80, open 24/7
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