Alameda County Points of Interest

Duarte Garage 27 December 2015
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Duarte Garage
Portola Avenue and North L Street
Built 1915

The Duarte Garage was built on the original Lincoln Highway which ran from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. When the Carquinez Bridge was opened in 1927, the Lincoln Highway was realigned to what is now I-80.

The garage sold gasoline and oil products and performed repairs. In 1923 the south half of the garage was added and became an automobile d dealership selling Durant Star and Flint models.

In the 1940s, the garage was converted into a machine shop for rebuilding winery and farm equipment.

In the 1970s, the City of Livermore purchased the building and surrounding land for use as a park.

The Livermore Heritage Guild restored the building and operates it as a museum.

The Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway, conceived in 1912 and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, was the first road to cross the United States. It ran from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco passing through thirteen states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

In 1925, the US Bureau of Public Roads eliminated named trails and highways, and Lincoln Highway became drab series of numbers: US 1, US 30, US 40, US 50.

One of the last actions of the Lincoln Highway Association before it closed, was to order the casting of 3,000 concrete markers, to dedicate the highway to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. A rectangular head on top of a hexagonal shaped post, the markers featured the Lincoln Highway logo, a bronze medallion and arrows to indicate the route of the memorial highway. The US Bureau of Public Roads allowed the placement of these markers along the length of the old highway.

According to the 1916 edition of the Lincoln Highway Association Official Road Guide, a trip from the Atlantic to the Pacific was "something of a sporting proposition" and might take twenty to thirty days. Motorists were advised to top off their gasoline at every opportunity and to wade through water before driving through to verify the depth. Recommended equipment included chains, a shovel, an axe, jacks, tire casings, inner tubes and sundry tools. Firearms were not necessary, but west of Omaha full camping equipment was recommended.

Source: Lincoln Highway Association and others.

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