In 1913 the Lincoln Highway came into being, the first coast-to-coast “motor road” that linked New York City and San Francisco. Its 3,389 miles of mostly one lane dirt road passed through 12 states, entering Utah at Evanston, Wyoming, and departing at Ibapah near the Nevada state line. The Lincoln Highway ran through the heart of Tooele County, with a major stop at Orr’s Ranch in Skull Valley. At Orr’s Ranch, motorists could buy gas, food and stay the night before embarking across the Great Salt Lake Desert. The ranch still stands today, with an intact Lincoln Highway marker on site. Also still visible at Dugway Proving Ground is a bridge that motorists crossed.
Location: At the bottom of Johnson’s Pass on State Route 199 while heading toward Dugway Proving Ground.
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