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Iowa Non-Registered Routes


This section identifies routes known to have traversed the state, but were not officially registered with the Iowa State Highway Commission under the 1913 Iowa Highway Route Registration Act.

Profiles for Non-Registered Routes beginning with:


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Allison and Marshalltown Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Butler County.


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Amana Scenic Route

Notes: Referenced on Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #73. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Iowa County.


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Ansel Briggs Memorial Highway

Notes: Ansel Briggs was a stagecoach driver who came to Iowa in 1836 and operated a stage in Jackson County. He became the first governor of the State of Iowa. Ref. http://iagenweb.org/history/soi/soi27.htm. Referenced in the road association file in DOT Library.


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Ayr Line

Termini: St. Joseph, MO, and Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:

    Missouri: St. Joseph
    Iowa:
    Des Moines

Notes: Referenced on Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #34; Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and shown in the county maps for Dallas, Madison, Ringgold, and Union counties. Referenced on the National Auto Trails Web site by Schul,
http://www.marion.ohio-state.edu/fac/schul/trails/state/ayr.html. Road association file in DOT Library.


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Belle Plaine and Waterloo Road

Notes: Referenced on Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #40; Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of Benton, Black Hawk and Tama counties.


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Ben Hur Highway

Termini: St. Louis, MO, and Fort Dodge, IA

Cities along route:

    Missouri: St. Louis, St. Charles, Warrenton, Fulton, Columbia, New Franklin, Keytesville, Brunswick, Chillicothe, Jamesport, and Blythedale
    Iowa: Fort Dodge

Notes: The route between the Iowa-Missouri state line and Fort Dodge is unknown. Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site created by Dave Schul; also referenced on Livingston County History as following an old Indian trail, shown on Franquelin’s 1684 map as “Fields Troco,” located 3 miles northwest of Chillicothe, Mo.; no Iowa DOT-known references to the route in Iowa.


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Blue Grass Road East Cut Off

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Lucas and Warren counties.


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Blue Grass Road Fort Madison Branch

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Lee County.


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Blue Grass Road Ft. Madison Branch via Birmingham

Notes: Referenced on Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #38; Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Jefferson, Van Buren and Wapello counties.


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Blue Grass Road Ft. Madison Branch via Fairfield

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #37. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Jefferson and Van Buren counties.


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Blue Grass Road Muscatine Branch

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #39. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Henry County.


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Blue Star Memorial Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Blue Valley Drive

Termini: Waterloo, IA, and Ottumwa, IA

Cities along route:

    Iowa: Waterloo, Dysart, Victor, What Cheer, and Ottumwa

Notes: Shown as "BVD Trail" in 1924 road atlas. The AAA booklet also mentions a Blue Valley Drive in Lincoln, Nebraska. Referenced on the National Auto Trails Web site by Schul,



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Bob White Trail

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #104.


Bob White Trail

Botna Valley Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #9. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on the 1912 county maps for Pottawattamie and Shelby counties.


Botna Valley Road

Botna Valley Route

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Carroll County.


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Burlington & Peoria Air Line

Termini: Burlington, IA, and Peoria, IL

Cities along route:

    Iowa: Burlington
    Illinois: Roseville, Farmington and Peoria

Notes: Referenced on the National Auto Trails Web site by Schul.


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Burlington & Chicago Route

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa. Shown on the 1912 county map for Des Moines County.


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Burlington and Muscatine Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #32. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on the 1912 county maps for Des Moines and Louisa counties.


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Calmar, Cresco and Austin Pike

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Winneshiek County.


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Cannon Ball Trail

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #24. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and on the county map for Decatur County.


Cannon Ball Trail

Capitol Trail (East Cut Off Blue Grass Road)

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #77.


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Cedar Rapids and Marengo

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Iowa County.


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Cedar Rapids and Marengo Cut Off

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #46. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of Benton and Linn counties.


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Cedar Rapids and Marengo Cut Off

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #46. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of Benton and Linn counties.


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Cedar Rapids Diagonal

Notes:Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Benton County.


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Cedar Rapids-Independence Short Line

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Cedar Rapids-Marshalltown Short Line

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Cedar Rapids Manchester Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Linn County.


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Cedar Rapids, Maquoketa and Clinton Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Jackson, Jones and Linn counties.


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Cherokee, Humboldt, Waverly and Oelwein Air Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #47. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Fayette, Franklin, Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Wright counties.


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Cherokee-Strawberry Point Air Line

Notes: Referenced in an advertising display in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa.


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Chicago Kansas City Gulf Highway

Termini: Chicago, IL, and Kansas City, MO

Cities along route:

    Illinois: Chicago, Geneva, Rochelle, Sterling, and Moline
    Iowa: Davenport, Iowa City and Washington
    Missouri: Powersville, Chillicothe, Excelsior Springs, and Kansas City

Notes: This trail may have extended into Kansas. Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #83. Road association file in DOT Library.



Chicago Kansas City Gulf Highway

Chicago-Santa Fe-Los Angeles

Notes: Referenced in an advertising display in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa (trunkline route to Southern California via Santa Fe Trail).


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Clarion and Iowa Falls Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Franklin, Hardin and Wright counties.


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Clinton and Maquoketa Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Clinton County.


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Conroy and Eastern

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #48. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Iowa County.


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Corn Belt Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #25. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and shown in the county maps of Appanoose, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Lee, Ringgold, Taylor, Van Buren, and Wayne counties. Road association file in DOT Library.


Corn Belt Highway

Corn Belt Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #81.


Corn Belt Route

Cornhusker Highway

Termini: Sioux City, IA, and Oklahoma City, OK

Cities along route:

    Iowa: Sioux City
    Nebraska: Fremont, Lincoln and Beatrice
    Kansas: Manhattan, Junction City, Newton, and Wichita
    Oklahoma: Perry, Guthrie and Oklahoma City

Corresponding U.S. highways: U.S. 77, except for Newton/Wichita, Kansas, section



Cornhusker Highway
Council Bluffs

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for O'Brien County.


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Council Bluffs and Shenandoah Short Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #3. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Mills and Pottawattamie counties.


Council Bluffs and Shenandoah Short Line

Council Bluffs, Sioux City and Spirit Lake Official Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #11. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown on the county maps for Cherokee, Dickinson, Harrison, Monona, Osceola, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, and Woodbury counties.


Council Bluffs, Sioux City and Spirit Lake Official Highway

Cresco and Austin Pike

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #78. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and within the county map for Howard County.


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Cresco and New Hampton Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Howard County.


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Davenport & East Iowa

Notes: An index of the road association files in the DOT's Library, prepared in the 1970s, lists this route along U.S. 61 in Clinton County. No other information about this route currently exists.


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Davenport and Dubuque Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Clinton and Jackson counties.


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Davenport, Maquoketa and Dubuque Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Scott County.


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Davenport, Tipton and Cedar Rapids Short Line

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Cedar and Scott counties.


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Denison, Ft. Dodge, Spirit Lake and Sioux Falls Official Highway

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Dallas and Humboldt counties.


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Des Moines and Clear Lake Tourist Route (Des Moines, Clear Lake Tourist's Route)

Notes: Route: Boone, Webster City, Clarion, Clear Lake. Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #19. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Boone, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hamilton, Polk, and Wright counties.


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Des Moines and Twin City Short Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #51. Referenced in an advertising display in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa and within the county maps for Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Polk, and Wright counties.


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Des Moines and Winterset Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Polk and Warren counties.


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Des Moines, Ft. Dodge and Twin City Air Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #27. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Boone, Greene, Humbodt, and Kossuth counties.


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Des Moines, Ft. Dodge, Spirit Lake and Sioux Falls (Official) Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #20. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and within the county maps for Boone, Dickinson, Emmet, Greene, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Polk counties.


Des Moines, Ft. Dodge, Spirit Lake and Sioux Falls (Official) Highway

Des Moines, Mason City and Minneapolis Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #22. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and within the county maps for Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Polk, Story, and Worth counties.


Des Moines, Mason City and Minneapolis Highway

Des Moines, Panora and Spirit Lake Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #49. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Guthrie, and Pocahontas counties.


Des Moines, Panora and Spirit Lake Highway

Dockery Trail

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Dubuque and Cedar Rapids Military Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Dubuque, Jones and Linn counties.


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Dubuque and Davenport Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Dubuque County.


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East Iowa Pike

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #35. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and shown in the county maps for Clayton, Clinton, Decatur, Dubuque, Jackson, and Scott counties.


East Iowa Pike

East Iowa Scenic Trail

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #21. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and identified with the county maps of Allamakee, Clayton, Clinton, Dubuque, Jackson, Scott, and Winneshiek counties.


East Iowa Scenic Trail

Elkader Pike

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #42. Referenced in an advertising display ad in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa and within the county maps for Clayton and Fayette counties.


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Fairfield and Washington Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Jefferson and Washington counties.


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Fairfield, Keota and Cedar Rapids Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #43. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Iowa, Jefferson and Keokuk counties.


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Goldfield and Webster City Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Wright County.


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Grainland Highway

Notes: Referenced on the National Auto Trails Web site by Schul, http://www.marion.ohio-state.edu/fac/schul/trails/state/grainland.html


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Grand Army of the Republic Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library. The file contains copies of newspaper articles. The first article is from the 1940s. It indicates that the G.A.R was actually named for the "unity between these 48 states from coast to coast, to the vision of the boys of the Civil War." It followed what was Highway 6. One article is an extremely detailed account of the route, and the cities and states it went through. The formal dedication of the G.A.R. was in 1953.


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Grant Highway

Termini: Chicago, IL, and Seaside, OR

Cities along route:

    Illinois: Chicago, Elgin, Rockford, and Galena
    Iowa: Dubuque, Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Webster City, Blairsburg, Williams, Cherokee, and Sioux City
    Nebraska: O'Neill, Springview, Gordon and Chadron
    South Dakota: Rosebud
    Wyoming: Casper, Lander and Moran
    Idaho: St. Anthony, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, and Boise
    Oregon: Ontario, Baker, Pendleton, Portland, Astoria, and Seaside

Notes: This route originated in 1916 and was named after President Ulysses S. Grant. To identify this route three bands were painted on corner poles; top and bottom were yellow, and the middle band was black. Through Iowa, this trail was roughly along what is commonly referred to as "old Highway 20." Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site created by Dave Schul, http://www.marion.ohio-state.edu/fac/schul/trails/national/grant.html



Grant Highway


Great North and South Highway

Notes: Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site created by Dave Schul


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Great River Road

Termini: Woodville, MS, and Grand Rapids, MN

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: St. Cloud, Minneapolis and Winona
    Wisconsin: Prescott, Centerville, La Crosse, Prairie du Chien, and Dickeyville
    Iowa: Keokuk, Fort Madison, Davenport, Dubuque, Marquette, and Lansing
    Illinois: Rock Island, Moline, Quincy, and Cairo
    Arkansas Blytheville, Turrell, DeWitt, McGehee, Dermott, and Eudora
    Mississippi: Vicksburg, Port Gibson, Natchez, and Woodville

Notes: The Mississippi River Parkway Commission/Great River Road records are housed at the National River Museum & Aquarium. There are over 50 linear feet of materials from the Great River Road, an organization of ten states organized along the Mississippi River in 1938.



Great River Road

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Hamburg-Bedford Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Hamlin Short Line

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


Hamlin Short Line

Hawarden, Ireton & Le Mars Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #13.


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Hawkeye Short Cut

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #29. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Buena Vista, Cherokee, Plymouth, and Woodbury counties.


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Hawkeye Short Cut to Sioux City via Washta, Kingsley & Hinton

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways.


Hawkeye Short Cut to Sioux City via Washta, Kingsley & Hinton

Hawkeye Short Cut to Storm Lake, Okoboji Lake or Fort Dodge via Kingsley & Washta

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways.


Hawkeye Short Cut to Storm Lake, Okoboji Lake or Fort Dodge via Kingsley & Washta
Hemmingway Lane

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Hiawatha Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Highland Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #44. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown in the county maps for Page, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union counties.


Highland Highway

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Interstate Trail (Inter State Trail or Inter-State Trail); also Des Moines -Kansas City-Staint Joseph Interstate Trail

Termini: St. Paul, Minnesota, and Kansas City, Missouri

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: Perry, Guthrie and Oklahoma City
    Iowa: Northwood, Manly, Mason City, Sheffield, Hampton, Iowa Falls, Hubbard, Zearing, Colo, Nevada, Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines, Indianola, Osceola, Leon, Davis City, Lamoni
    Missouri: Bethany, Albany, Stanberry, King City, Saint Joseph, Gower, Smithville, and Kansas City

Notes: Click here for complete details about this route, including its connection to the Jefferson Highway. Route: Indianola, Lamoni, Kansas City, St. Joe. Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919 as Inter State Trail, route #23. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa (Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Joseph) on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown in the county maps for Clarke, Decatur, Polk, and Warren counties. Road association file in DOT Library.



Interstate Trail
Iowa City and Washington Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Johnson County.


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Iowa Falls, Eldora and Cedar Rapids Diagonal

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #53. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of Benton, Grundy, Hardin, Linn, and Tama counties.


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Iowa Official Transcontinental Route (Iowa Official Trans-Continental Route)

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa (Clinton to Omaha) on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and in same publication as the first cross-state road. The route extended from Clinton to Council Bluffs through Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Boone, Ames, Jefferson, Carroll, and Denison. It closely followed the right of way of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. It is shown in the county maps of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cedar, Clinton, Crawford, Greene, Harrison, Linn, Marshall, Pottawattamie, Story, and Tama counties. Road association file in DOT Library.


(Iowa Official TransContinental Route

Iowa Pike

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Allamakee County.


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Itasca Park Highway

Termini: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and New Orleans, LA

Cities along route:

    Manitoba: Winnipeg
    Minnesota: Itasca SP, Park Rapids, Wadena, Long Prairie, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Windom, and Jackson
    Iowa: Spirit Lake, Spencer, Storm Lake, Carroll, Atlantic, and Clarinda
    Missouri: Maryville
    Arkansas: Not Available
    Louisiana: New Orleans

Notes: Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site by Schul.


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Kate Shelley Memorial Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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King of Trails

Termini: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Brownsville, TX

Cities along route:

    Manitoba: Winnipeg and Emerson
    Iowa: Hawarden, Dubuque
    Nebraska: Omaha and Nebraska City
    Kansas: Hiawatha, Atchison, Leavenworth, Lawrence (Kansas City KS on older route), Ottawa, Iola, and Oswego
    Oklahoma: Vinita, Muskogee, McAlester, and Durant
    Texas: Denison, Dallas, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Edinburg, and Brownsville

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #105. Road association file in DOT Library.



Koszta Kut Off

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #58. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of Benton and Iowa counties. Road association file in DOT Library.


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L. T. K. Trail (Lacrosse-Tama-Kansas City Trail)

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #97. Road association file in DOT Library.


L.T.K

Lake to Lake Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #57. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Cerro Gordo and Hancock counties.


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Lakes to Gulf Highway

Termini: Scaledonia, MN, and Harrison, AK

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: Caledonia
    Iowa: Charles City, Marshalltown, Newton, and Chariton
    Missouri: Princeton, Marshall (?) and Springfield (?)
    Arkansas: Harrison

Notes: There are no details about the route through Missouri, though since both Princeton and Harrison are on U.S. 65, there is a chance the highway took that route. Information would be appreciated.



Lakes to Gulf Highway


Lewis and Clark Trail

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Liberty Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Maltese Trail

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Manchester and Cedar Rapids Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #56. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Decatur County.


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Manchester and Maquoketa Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #62. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Decatur, Jackson, Jones, and Linn counties.


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Manchester, West Union, Hawkeye Pike

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #54. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Clayton, Decatur and Fayette counties.


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Marion Crandell Memorial Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Marshalltown and Newton Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Marshall County.


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Marshalltown and Parkersburg Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Grundy County.


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Marshalltown, Grundy Center and Marshalltown Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Grundy County.


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Mason City and Waverly Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Butler County.


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Milwaukee Trail

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Minnesota Scenic Highway

Termini: Warroad, MN, and Rock Rapids, IA

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: Warroad, Roseau, Karlstad, Donaldson, Crookston, Moorhead, Breckenridge, Ortonville, Ivanhoe, Pipestone, and Luverne
    Iowa: Rock Rapids

Branches:
    Branch 1: Warroad, Baudette, Pelland, Big Falls, Bergville, Blackduck, Cass Lake, Walker, Brainerd, Garrison, Onamia, Milaca, Elk River, and Minneapolis
    Branch 2: Pelland and International Falls<
    Branch 3: Bergville, Max, Round Lake, Bigfork, Holman, Hibbing, Virginia, and Ely
    Branch 4: Cass Lake, Schley, Bena, (short N and S split), Ball Club, Deer River, Grand Rapids, Martins and Duluth
    Branch 5: Walker, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Perham, Alexandria, Sauk Centre, and St. Cloud

Connections between:

    Moorhead and Detroit Lakes
    Holman and Grand Rapids
    Virginia and Martins


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Mississippi River Scenic Highway

Termini: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; New Orleans, LA; Galveston, TX; and Fort Meyers, FL

Cities along route:

    Manitoba: Winnipeg and Letellier
    North Dakota: Pembina
    Minnesota: Warren, Red Lake Falls, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hastings, and Winona
    Iowa: Dubuque, Clinton, Davenport, Burlington, and Keokuk
    Illinois: Quincy, Shepherd (E. Hannibal), Rockport, Grafton, Alton, and Granite City
    Missouri: St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau
    Arkansas: Blytheville
    Tennessee: Memphis
    Mississippi: Tunica, Clarksdale, Greenville, Leland, Vicksburg, and Natchez
    Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Donaldsonville, and New Orleans
    Alabama: Mobile
    Florida: Pensacola, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, and Fort Meyers
    Texas: Beaumont, Houston and Galveston

Branches:
    Branch 1: Port Arthur, ON; Duluth, MN; Siren, WI; and St. Croix Falls, Stillwater and St. Paul, MN
    Branch 2: Shepherd (E. Hannibal), Hannibal, Louisiana, Troy, St. Charles, St. Louis, MO
    Branch 3: Clarksdale, Greenwood, Yazoo City, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Mobile, AL, Pensacola, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, and Fort Myers, FL
    Branch 4: Port Allen, Ville Platte, Opelousas, Rayne, Lake Charles, Beaumont, Houston, and Galveston, TX
    Connection: between Grafton and St. Charles, MO
    Connection: between Leland and Greenwood, FL

Notes: The Mississippi River Scenic Highway was established in 1920.



Mississippi river Scenic Highway


Mississippi River Scenic Highway

Notes: Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site by Schul. Road association file in DOT Library.


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Mississippi Valley National Park Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Missouri River Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa.


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Montezuma and Tama and Waterloo Highway

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Tama County.


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Montezuma and Waterloo Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Poweshiek County.


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Nelson Trail

Termini: Bemidji, MN, and Sanborn, IA

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: Bemidji
    Iowa: Sanborn



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New Hampton and Cresco Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Chickasaw County.


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New Hampton and La Crosse Pike

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #59. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Chickasaw and Winneshiek counties.


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Newton to Marshalltown Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Jasper County.


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Nishna Valley Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #1. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa county maps of Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cass, Fremont, Montgomery, Page, and Sac counties.


Nishna Valley Route

North Iowa Pike

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919; route #15. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways. Followed a route from Sioux Falls and Canton, through Sheldon, Spencer, Ruthven, Emmetsburg, Algona, Britt, Garner, Clear Lake, Mason City, Charles City, and New Hampton to Dubuque and McGregor. Listed in the 1912 county maps for Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Hancock, Jones, Kossuth, Lyon, O'Brien, Palo Alto, and Sioux counties.


North Iowa Pike

North Star Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #55. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and shown in the county maps for Buchanan, Fayette and Linn counties.


North Star

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O.K. Short Line

Termini: Council Bluffs, IA, and St. Joseph, MO

Cities along route:

    Iowa: Council Bluffs
    Missouri: St. Joseph

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #4. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and shown in the county maps for Fremont, Mills, Page, and Pottawattamie counties. Referenced on the National Auto Trails Web site by Schul.



O.K. Short Line


Oakdale Trail

Termini: St. Paul, MN, and Madison, WI

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: St. Paul, Owatonna, Austin, and Leroy
    Iowa: Cresco and Postville
    Wisconsin: Prairie du Chien and Madison

Notes: The route between Prairie du Chien and Madison is unknown.




Oakdale Trail


Okoboji Trail (Cedar Rapids to Spirit Lake Division)

Termini: St. Paul, MN, and Madison, WI

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: St. Paul, Owatonna, Austin, and Leroy
    Iowa: Cresco and Postville
    Wisconsin: Prairie du Chien and Madison

Notes: The route between Prairie du Chien and Madison is unknown. Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #89.




Oakdale Trail


Old Military Road

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Omaha - St. Louis Short Line

Termini: Omaha, NE, and St. Louis, MO

Cities along route:

    Nebraska: Omaha
    Iowa:
    Missouri: Tarkio, Maryville, Albany, Gallatin, Chillicothe, Brunswick, and St. Louis

Notes: Route from Omaha to Tarkio and from Brunswick to St. Louis is unknown. Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site by Schul.



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Omaha Trail

Termini: Omaha, NE, and St. Joseph, MO

Cities along route:

    Nebraska: Omaha
    Iowa: Dubuque, Mitchell
    Missouri: Tarkio, Mound City and St. Joseph

Notes: Route from Omaha to Tarkio and from Brunswick to St. Louis is unknown. Referenced on the North American Auto Trails Web site by Schul.



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Omaha, Denison and Spirit Lake Air Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #61. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Buena Vista, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Harrison, Pottawattamie, and Sac counties.


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Omaha, Denver Trans-Continental Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #80.


Omaha, Denver Trans-Continental Route

Onawa and Okoboji Diagonal

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #18. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways and shown in the county maps for Clay, Monona, O'Brien, and Woodbury counties.


Onawa

Oskaloosa and Montezuma Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #60. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Mahaska and Poweshiek counties.


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Ottumwa and Des Moines Trail

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Ottumwa, Sigourney and Cedar Rapids Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #63. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Benton, Iowa, Keokuk, Linn, and Wapello counties.


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Pan American Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library. The concept of a route from one tip of the Americas to the other was originally proposed at the First Pan-American Conference in 1889 as a railroad; however, nothing ever came of this proposal. The idea of the Pan-American Highway emerged at the Fifth International Conference of American States in 1923, where it was originally conceived as a single route. The first Pan-American highway conference convened October 5, 1925 in Buenos Aires. Mexico was the first Latin American country to complete its portion of the highway, in 1950.


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Panora Speedway

Notes: Hyperion Club, Dallas Center, Panora, Guthrie Center. Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #64. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa (via Hyperion Club, Grimes, Dallas Center and Panora) on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown in the 1912 county maps for Dallas, Guthrie and Polk counties.


Panora Speedway
Prairie Trail

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #65. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, and Wapello counties.


Prairie Trail

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Rainbow Highway

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


Red Star Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #66. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Clarke, Polk and Warren counties.


Red Star Line

River Boulevard

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Lee County.


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River Driver Boulevard

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #70.


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Russell Boulevard

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #71. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa (For Albia and Points East) on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown in the county maps for Lucas and Monroe counties. Road association file in DOT Library.


Russell Boulevard

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Saints Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #76. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown within the county maps for Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.


Saints Highway

Sioux City and Denison Cut Off

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #30. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Crawford, Monona and Woodbury counties.


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Sioux City and Sioux Falls Official Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #17. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways, and shown on the county maps for Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties.


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Sioux City and Spirit Lake Diagonal

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for O'Brien County.


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Sioux City and Twin City Short Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #16. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties.


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Sioux Valley Scenic Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #12. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties.


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St. Paul and St. Louis Short Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #75. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Cerro Gordo, Davis, Franklin, Grundy, Hardin, Keokuk, Mahaska, Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama, and Wapello counties.


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St. Paul, Burlington and St. Louis Cut Off

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Linn County.


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St. Paul, Burlington and St. Louis Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #28. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Des Moines, Floyd, Johnson, Louisa, and Mitchell counties.


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Storm Lake and Okoboji Air Line

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #67. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Buena Vista, Clay and Dickinson counties.


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Swastika Trail

Termini: Nebraska City, NE, and Keokuk, IA

Cities along route:

    Illinois: Galva, Aledo and New Boston
    Iowa: Wapello

Notes: When this route was designated, the Swastika symbol was recognized for its attributes as a charm or amulet, as a sign of benediction, blessing, long life, good fortune, and good luck. The swastika symbol was popular in the United States prior to 1920, when it was appropriated as a Nazi symbol and later associated with the Third Reich during World War II. The symbol remains visible on numerous historic buildings, including sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also appeared on tiles, lampposts, metal valves, tools, surfboards, stock certificates, brand names, place names, medals, commercial tokens, postcards, souvenirs, rugs and clothing.



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Tama and Waterloo Highway

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #68. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Black Hawk County.


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The Bedford Way

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #33. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Taylor County.


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The Diamond Trail

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #86.


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Union Route

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #82.


Union Route

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Victor, Williamsburg and Oxford Cut Off

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #69. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Iowa and Johnson counties.


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Waterloo and Marengo Road

Notes: Referenced on the Map of Iowa Showing Principal Automobile Routes 1919, route #72. Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps of Benton, Black Hawk and Iowa counties.


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Waterloo and New Hampton Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county maps for Black Hawk, Bremer and Chickasaw counties.


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Waterloo Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Tama County.


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Waterloo, Grundy Center & Marshalltown Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Black Hawk County.


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Waubonsie Blue Grass Connection

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa on page 9 depicting the pole markers of prominent organized highways.


Waubonsie Blue Grass Connection

Waukon and West Union Road

Notes: Referenced in the 1912 Huebinger's Automobile and Good Road Atlas of Iowa within the county map for Allamakee County.


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White Arrow Route

Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.


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Woodrow Wilson Way

Termini: Albert Lea, MN, to Maryville, MO

Cities along route:

    Minnesota: Albert Lea
    Iowa: Forest City, Garner, Story City, Ames, Des Moines, Winterset, Creston, and Bedford
    Missouri: Maryville

Notes: Woodrow Wilson Way was established in 1919 and follows the present U.S. 69 alignment. Referenced on the National Auto Trails Web site by Schul



Webster Trail

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