Day 20: July 8, 2013
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Wyoming's Green River Palisades is certainly one of the most striking and most photographed scenes on the entire Lincoln Highway. This isn't exactly a copy of the cover of Brian Butko's Greetings from the Lincoln Highway but it's close. Stepping from the road side, I positioned the camera at exactly the same height as the eyes of an average height 1913 Model T driver. Not really but it could be close.

When old cars reach old gas stations, a little posing is naturally in order. That's QT Freytag's 1949 Packard and Chuck & Nora Elderton's 1930 Model A Ford by the pumps. Remember when three digits were enough to display gas prices?

While on this quiet stretch of two-lane, Paul got a call from QT whose Packard had broken down. Paul and the Wheelers turned back to help while the rest of us headed on to Little America to eat fifty-cent ice cream cones and wait. The problem was a broken rear axle so roadside repairs were out of the question. The car is being trailered back to Green River where QT and son Caleb will try to locate a replacement through a network of Packard folks. Rejoining us is a possibility.

When the numbered highways took over, much of the eastern Lincoln Highway became US-30 and it's not unusual for people to think that the two are the same if they even know of the Lincoln Highway at all. They part ways for good just west of Little America. US-30 heads north west to Astoria, Oregon, while the Lincoln Highway's path to San Francisco became parts of US-40 and US-50. This is where they split and where we bid farewell to US-30.

Back in the 1970s, legendary (at least to Cincinnatians) radio station WNOP had a show called "The Eclectic Stop Sign". Hosted by Oscar Treadwell, it was certainly eclectic though I never knew where the "stop sign" part of the name came from. Maybe this is what Oscar had in mind. How many Trucksters travel with Model As and Packards?

This is the only 1928 marker in Wyoming still standing at its original location.

The 1930s era Orange and Black Cabins in Fort Bridger were restored in 2009.

Evanston, Wyoming, was quite the railroad town with extensive repair and servicing facilities. Much restoring and improving has occurred in recent years to produce a great place for receptions and such. Near term plans call for some of the city offices to move into some of the renovated space. We were given a ride on the working turntable and Milton Wheeler even got to "drive". He didn't get lost once and did a fine job parking.

I was pretty much settled into the hotel when I went to the car for one more thing. That's when I spotted the next door brewery that I'd somehow missed when we pulled in. I walked over and had a couple of pleasant but not particularly memorable beers and watched the tail-end of the sunset from the deck.

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