Convoy to mark Interstate Highway System’s 50th birthday

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June 29, 2006, marks the 50th anniversary of the Federal-Aid Highway Act, the law that led to America’s Interstate Highway System. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is celebrating the birth of the Interstate by sponsoring a re-enactment of the 1919 military convoy that inspired President Eisenhower to campaign for the Federal-Aid Highway Act nearly 40 years later.

The present-day convoy begins June 16 in San Francisco and concludes June 29 in Washington, D.C. Here is the complete list of stops:

  • San Francisco, June 16
  • Reno, Nev., June 16
  • Salt Lake City, June 18-19
  • Rock Springs, Wyo., June 19
  • Cheyenne, Wyo., June 20
  • Omaha, Neb., June 21-22
  • Urbandale, Iowa, June 23
  • Walcott, Iowa, June 23
  • Ottawa, Ill., June 24
  • Chicago, June 24-26
  • South Bend, Ind., June 26
  • Akron, Ohio, June 26
  • Gettysburg, Pa., June 28
  • Frederick, Md., June 28
  • Washington, June 29

    Simultaneous events also are scheduled for:

  • Denver, June 21
  • Abilene, Kan., June 22-23
  • Kansas City, Kan., June 23

    In Walcott on June 23, a reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Iowa 80 TA Truckstop’s Trucking Hall of Fame Museum, which features antique trucks, old signs, gas pumps, engines and other trucking memorabilia.

    For more information on the convoy, go to http://www.interstate50th.org.