Greetings, one more time today, Fellow Travelers,
The picture above was taken around 1913 near Vail, IA. The fellow standing tall in the air, on top of his road grader, is none other than my own grandpa, Pat Fitzsimmons. Pat and his crew of cousins began carving out and smoothing the roadway for the Lincoln Highway, starting their section in Missouri Valley, IA, next to the Missouri River, and working their way to Vail, IA.
Now, as the Google Maps image shows, it would take an average person about 17 hours just to walk that distance. If you add in horses, grading the road, and the Iowa summer heat, this would have taken quite some time over the years.
As you can see, the Lincoln Highway runs in my blood from the beginnings of this great road and will continue to be reflected in my art and my narratives for many years to come.
From the Road,
Lincoln Highway Johnny