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Iowa Registered Routes

Routes officially registered with the Iowa State Highway

This section identifies all of the routes officially registered with the Iowa State Highway Commission under the 1913 Iowa Highway Route Registration Act, which required routes of 25 miles or more in length be registered. The Iowa State Highway Commission was given the authority to determine which road association would be granted permission to use of the route names, and color combinations and designs of the route markings. The registration process continued through 1924. There were 64 routes registered with the Iowa State Highway Commission during this period.

Profiles for routes beginning with:

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Atlantic Yellowstone Pacific Highway

Termini: Des Moines, IA, and Kansas City, MO

Cities along route:
Iowa: Lake, Spencer, Emmetsburg, Charles City, Waverly, Waterloo, and Dubuque

Pres: W.H. Allison
Sec: Chas. McCaffree

Date of registration: October 22, 1923

Iowa mileage: 259

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This route was sponsored by the Atlantic Yellowstone Pacific Hiway, Inc.

Atlantic Yellowstone Pacific Hiway

| B |


Black Diamond Trail

Termini: Cedar Falls and Marshalltown

Cities along route:
Iowa: Cedar Falls, Conrad (Grunty County) Grundy Center and Marshalltown
Pres: W.H. Merner
Sec: J.D. Thompson

Date of registration: September 25, 1916

Iowa mileage: 57

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This route was sponsored by the Black Diamond Trail Association. There was another Black Diamond Trail in Illinois.

Black Diamond Trail


Black Hawk Trail

Termini: Davenport, Iowa to Davenport, Iowa (Loop Highway)

Cities along route:
Iowa: Davenport, Pleasant Valley, Le Claire, Mt. Joy

Pres:
W.J. Henigbaum
Vice Pres : Louis G. DeArmand

Date of registration: September 1916

Iowa mileage: 35

Notes: View the complete history of this route.
The Black Hawk Trail was sponsored by the Davenport Auto Club.

BlackHawk Trail


Blue Grass Route

Termini: Momence, IL, and Council Bluffs, IA

Cities along route:
Illinois: Momence, Kankakee, Dwight, Streator, Lacon, Galesburg, and Monmouth
Iowa: Burlington, Mount Pleasant, Fairfield, Ottumwa, Chariton, Creston, Red Oak, and Council Bluffs


Date of registration: December 1, 1917

Iowa mileage: 310

Notes: View the complete history of this route. The Blue Grass Trail followed a similar, or perhaps identical, route in Iowa. Both are listed separately in the travel guide published by AAA. This east-west route was of military importance.


Black Hills Highway


Blue J Highway

Termini: Des Moines, IA, and Kansas City, MO

Cities along route:
Iowa: Des Moines, Indianola, Chariton, and Corydon
Missouri: Princeton, Trenton, Chillicothe, Polo, Excelsior Springs, and Kansas City


Pres: H.W. Raymond
Sec: H.W. Raymond

Date of registration: March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 259

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This route was sponsored by the Chariton Commercial Club


Blue J Highway


Burlington Way

Termini: Burlington, IA, and Cresco, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Davenport


Pres: Carl Weber
Sec: A.E. Nissen

Date of registration: December 1, 1917

Iowa mileage: 409

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This highway followed the same route as the Mississippi Valley Highway.  The sponsor was the Burlington Way Good Roads Association of Iowa.


Blue J Highway


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Capitol Highway

Termini: Des Moines, IA, and Lineville, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Des Moines, Lineville


Pres: U.B. Wasson
Sec: Frank Chastain

Date of registration: June 9, 1916

Iowa mileage: 91 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route.
Sponsored by Capitol Highway Association.

Capitol Highway Association


Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa and McGregor Trail

Termini: Ottumwa, IA, and McGregor, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Ottumwa, McGregor

Pres:
W.H. Dunshee
Sec: Charles Tomkins

Date of registration: March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 192 miles

Notes: This route was also known as the Park Highway.

Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa and McGregor Trail


Cedar Rapids, Urbana, Independence Short Line

Termini: Cedar Rapids, IA, and Independence, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Urbana and Independence

Pres:
C.D. Moore
Sec: R.E. Harbert

Date of registration: November 12, 1923

Iowa mileage: 43 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. Sponsored by the Cedar Rapids, Urbana, and Independence Short Line Association

Cedar Rapids, Urbana, Independence Short Line


Center Point Motor Club (Black Cross Route)

Termini: Cedar Rapids, IA, and St. Paul, MN

Cities along route:
Iowa: Cedar Rapids
Minnesota: Rochester, St. Paul


Pres: F.D. Bryner
Sec: Mark A. Newland

Date of registration: Sept. 9, 1914

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. Sponsored by Center Point Motor Club Association. Total mileage was 265 miles.

Center Point


Chariton and Leon Short Line

Termini: Chariton, IA, and Leon, Iowa

Cities along route:
Iowa: Chariton, Leon

Pres:
R.M. Nichols
Sec: R.W. Hall

Date of registration: April 3, 1916

Iowa mileage: 40 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. Sponsored by Leon Short Line Association.

Chariton and Leon Short Line


Custer Battlefield Highway

Termini: Des Moines, IA, and Glacier National Park, MT

Cities along route:
Iowa: Des Moines, Ames, Stanhope, Webster City, Fort Dodge, and Le Mars
South Dakota: Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Chamberlain, Rapid City, and Spearfish
Wyoming: Gillette and Sheridan
Montana: Billings, Lewistown, Great Falls, and Glacier National Park
Pres: George Weiderman
Sec: W.D. Fisher

Date of registration: December 23, 1919

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This 1,475-mile route was sponsored by the Custer Battlefield Hiway Association.

Custer Battlefield Hiway


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Daniel Boone Trail

Termini: St. Paul, MN, and St. Louis, MO

Cities along route:
Iowa: Algona, Fort Dodge, Boone, Des Moines, and Ottumwa
Minnesota: St. Paul
Missouri: St. Louis

Pres:
J.B. McHose
Sec: W.F. Hargan

Date of registration: December 22, 1916

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This 566-mile route was sponsored by the Daniel Boone Trail Association.

Daniel Boone Trail


Denison-Sioux City Cut-Off

Termini: Denison, IA, and Sioux City, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Denison, Sioux City

Pres: L.S. Gambs
Sec: N.W. Pike

Date of registration: September 6, 1921

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route.

Denison-Sioux City Cut-Off


Detroit, Lincoln and Denver Highway

Termini: Detroit, MI, and Denver, CO

Cities along route:
Michigan: Detroit and Kalamazoo
Iowa: Davenport, Des Moines and Harlan
Indiana: South Bend
Illinois: Joliet
Iowa: Davenport, Des Moines and Harlan
Nebraska: Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, and McCook
Colorado: Sterling and Denver

Pres: Charles Roper
Sec: O.M. Parke

Date of registration: September 6, 1921

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. The sponsor of this route was the Detroit-Lincoln and Denver Highway Association.

 Detroit-Lincoln


Diagonal Trail

Termini: Lake Park, IA, and Davenport, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Lake Park, Davenport

Pres: Sheridan Babcock
Sec: H.B. Hall

Date of registration:

Iowa mileage: 335 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This route was sponsored by the Diagonal Trail Association.

Diagonal Trail Association


Diamond Trail

Termini: Iowa City and Des Moines

Cities along route:
Iowa: Iowa City, Parnell, Montezuma, Prairie City, and Des Moines

Pres: R.J. Smith
Sec: A.C. Heath

Date of registration: December 22, 1916

Iowa mileage: 120 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This route was sponsored by the Diamond Trail Association.

Diamond Trail Association


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Eldora-State Center and Colfax Highway

Termini: Eldora, IA, and Colfax, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Eldora, State Center, Colfax

Pres: C.W. Bachman
Sec: E.C. Rohde

Date of registration: September 17, 1920

Iowa mileage: 61 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Eldora-State Center and Colfax Highway Association.

Eldora-State Center


Everett Powers Highway

Termini: Knoxville, IA, to Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Knoxville, Des Moines

Pres: H.E. Slack
Sec: J.E. Deford

Date of registration: July 20, 1918

Iowa mileage: 61 miles

Notes:This route was named in honor of Everett Powers who was the first enlisted man from Richland Township, Warren County, and the first to lose his life in action in France on May 27, 1917.

Eldora-State Center

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Farmers Highway

Termini: Exira, IA and Greenfield, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Exira, Greenfield

Pres: William Tibben
Sec: Frank Thielen


Date of registration: June 9, 1916

Iowa mileage: 41 miles

Notes:This route was sponsored by the Grant and Audubon Townships Farmers Booster Club.

Farmers Highway


| G |
Glacier Trail

Termini: St. Louis, MO, and Glacier National Park, Montana

Cities along route:
Montana: Glacier National Park, Havre and Glasgow
North Dakota: Minot, New Rockford, Cooperstown, Valley City, and Fargo
Minnesota: Morris, Willmar, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Faribault, and Albert Lea
Iowa: Mason City, Marshalltown and Ottumwa
Missouri: Kirksville, Moberly, Mexico, St. Charles, and St. Louis
Pres: F.C. Thornton
Sec: Henry Young


Date of registration: September 6, 1921

Iowa mileage: 243 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. The Glacier Trail was established in 1918, and sponsored by the Glacier Trail Association. The route covered a total of 1846 miles.

Glacier Trail


Golden Rod Highway

Termini: Nebraska City, NE, and Bedford, IA (later to Keokuk)

Cities along route:
Iowa: Keokuk, Centerville, Leon, Bedford and Hamburg
Nebraska: Nebraska City


Pres: W. Davidson
Sec:
J.D. Laudon

Date of registration:
October 23, 1919

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This route originally ended in Bedford, Iowa. In November 1921 an application for an extension to this route to Keokuk was granted.

Total mileage was 79 miles. Sponsored by the Golden Rod Hi-Way Association.

Glacier Trail


Grand Line

Termini: Hopeville, IA, and Lamoni, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Hopeville, Lamoni


Pres: LeRoy Shields
Sec:
Arthur Baker

Date of registration: March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 27 miles

Notes: Sponsored by the Grand Line Highway Association

Grand Line


Great White Way

Termini: Davenport, IA, to Council Bluffs, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Davenport, Council Bluffs

Pres: Harvey Ingham
Sec:
Roy Stacey

Date of registration: July 30, 1914

Iowa mileage: 340 miles

Notes: This route was originally the White Pole Road designated such in 1910 by the White Pole Auto Club (formerly known as the Southwestern Iowa Auto Club). It first followed along the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad from Des Moines to Council Bluffs. The route promised motorists a straighter, leveler and shorter route across the state with a town every five to six miles along the way. Poles along the route were painted white and auto tourists were encouraged to travel the "Great White Way."

Great white

In the fall of 1912, the road was extended east from Des Moines to Davenport to encompass the entire state, with plans to eventually extend from Chicago to Denver. When the Iowa Legislature in passed the Iowa Highway Route Registration Act, the Great White Way

Association applied on October 6, 1913; paid the $5 fee and was awarded a certificate on July 30, 1914, making it the first certified route under the provisions of the Iowa State Highway Commission's rules.

In 1922, the Great White Way Highway merged with the rival River-to-River Primary No. 7 Highway to form the new Whiteway-7-Highway... only to be changed again to U.S. Highway 32 in 1926. In December 1931, sections of the White Pole Road became part of U.S. 6, which at one point was the longest continuous east-west route in the United States stretching from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Long Beach, California.

In 1947, Iowa joined other states in officially designating U.S. 6 the Grand Army of the Republic Highway at the urging of an association of Union veterans of the Civil War. In 1965, Interstate 80 was completed and the popularity of this once important highway diminished.

In 1980, the section of highway in this area was renumbered Iowa 925. In 2003, Iowa 925 was transferred to the area counties and was officially renamed the White Pole Road. This route has gone full circle over the past 100 years. Poles along a 26-mile stretch of the route have been painted white and once again. For more information about the promotion of this route visit the White Pole Route Development Corporation’s Web site at: http://www.whitepoleroad.com.

cd The White Pole Road Development Corporation announces a new tool to help visitors navigate their 26-mile scenic and historic route just west of Des Moines. Read more (pdf)

Sponsored by the Great White Way Association of Iowa, Inc.
Grand Line


Green Crescent

Termini: Cedar Rapids, IA, and Muscatine, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Muscatine


Pres: E.E. Coulter
Sec:
M.J. Dwyer

Date of registration: July 30, 1914

Iowa mileage: 63 miles

Notes: Sponsored by the Green Crescent Association

Green Crescent


| H |
Hamlin Short Route

Termini: Elkhorn, IA, and Guthrie Center, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Elkhorn, Guthrie Center


Pres: Simon Foley
Sec: Fred Anderson

Date of registration: September 25, 1916

Iowa mileage: 33 miles

Notes: Sponsored by the Hamlin Community Club

Hamlin Short Route


Harding Highway

Termini: Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Elkhorn, Guthrie Center
Nebraska: Nebraska City
Pres: C.W. Bond
Sec: J. Goodsell



Date of registration: June 16, 1924

Iowa mileage: 33 miles

Notes: This 3000-mile route was sponsored by the Harding Highway Association.

Hamlin Short Route


Hawkeye Cut-off

Termini: Sioux City, IA, and Fort Dodge, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Sioux City, IA, and Fort Dodge, IA


Pres: C.J. Wohlenberg
Sec: W.F. Hutton

Date of registration: September 25, 1916

Iowa mileage: 140 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Hawkeye Highway Association.

Hawkeye Cut-off


Hawkeye Highway

Termini: Dubuque, IA, and Sioux City, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Dubuque, Fort Dodge and Sioux City


Pres: H.M. Bradley
Sec: A.R. LeRoy

Date of registration:
May 19, 1917

Iowa mileage: 360 miles

Notes: This route was considered of military significance. It was sponsored by the Hawkeye Highway Association. The corresponding U.S. highway was U.S. 20.

Hawkeye


Herbert Hoover Highway

Termini: Iowa City, IA and Lowden, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Iowa City, West Branch, Tipton, and Lowden


Pres: George Hoover
Sec: C.W. Edwards

Date of registration:
August 27 1923

Iowa mileage: 46 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Herbert Hoover Highway Association.
Hawkeye


| I |
Imperial Highway

Termini: Unknown origin terminal (entered Iowa at Lansing on
Iowa 9) and Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Cities along route:
Iowa: Lansing, Decorah, Cresco, Mitchell, Northwood, Estherville, and Spirit Lake
South Dakota: Sioux Falls


Pres: H.A. Dwelle
Sec: C.F. Pye

Date of registration: January 4, 1918

Iowa mileage: 46 miles

Notes:The route distance through Iowa to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was 325 miles. The route was sponsored by the Imperial Highway Association.

Imperial Highway


Indian Trail

Termini: Tama, IA, and Eldora, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Tama, Eldora


Pres: E.L. Beard
Sec: C.B. Walters

Date of registration:
February 5, 1920

Iowa mileage: 53 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Indian Highway Association.

Indian Highway


I.O.A Short Line

Termini: Davenport, IA to Council Bluffs, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Davenport, Washington, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Indianola, Winterset, Greenfield, and Council Bluffs


Pres: P.L. Arrasmith
Sec: B.Z. Harrison

Date of registration:
January 8, 1924

Iowa mileage: 330 miles

Notes: The letters I, O and A are not acronyms, rather when spoken they sound like the pronunciation of the State of Iowa. The sponsor of this route was the I.O.A. Short Line Association.

Indian Highway

| J |
Jefferson Highway

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

Cities along route:
Manitoba: Winnipeg and Emerson
Minnesota: Hallock, Bemidji, Wadena, Sauk Rapids, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Owatonna
Iowa: Northwood, Kensett and Manly in Worth County; Freeman, Mason City and Rockwell in Cerro Gordo County; Sheffield, Chapin and Hampton in Franklin County; Iowa Falls and Hubbard in Hardin County; Zearing, Colo, Nevada and Cambridge in Story County; Ankeny and Des Moines in Polk County; Somerset, Indianola, Cool, and Medora in Warren County; Liberty, Osceola, Weldon, and Van Wert in Clarke County; and Leon, Davis City and Lamoni in Decatur County
Missouri: St. Joseph and Kansas City
Kansas: Stilwell, Fort Scott, Pittsburg, and Baxter Springs
Oklahoma: Miami, Muskogee, McAlester, and Durant
Texas: Denison, Greenville and Marshall
Louisiana: Shreveport, Alexandria, Port Allen, and New Orleans


Pres: E.T. Meredith
Sec: Walter Parker

Date of registration:
September 25, 1916

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This route was sponsored by the Jefferson Highway Association. Total mileage was 2000 miles.

Also see www.jeffersonhighway.com for more Jefferson Highway information.

I.O.A


John D. Parmalee Trail

Termini: Pleasantville, IA, and Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Pleasantville, Des Moines


Pres: Edd Guthrie
Sec: H.E. Slack

Date of registration: April 3, 1916

Iowa mileage: 28 miles

Notes: The route was named after a prominent Polk County, Iowa, resident, John D. Parmalee. Follow the link below for information about Polk County’s early pioneers, including John D. Parmalee, who arrived in March 1843 from Vermont, as a fur trader. He later improved a large claim along the Des Moines River, adjacent to a local saw mill, claiming it was “…just the spot for a large town——possibly the Capital of the state.” http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/historical/polk_1908_9.html

I.O.A


| K |
King's Highway

Termini: Davenport, IA, and Cedar Rapids, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Davenport, Cedar Rapids


Pres: Oliver Johnson
Sec: George Johnson

Date of registration:
June 28, 1915

Iowa mileage: 95 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Auto Club of the King’s Highway.

King’s Highway


| L |
Lincoln Hawkeye Pike

Termini: West Union, IA, and Clinton, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: West Union, Clinton


Pres: Geoffrey Barr
Sec: Walter Beall

Date of registration:
January 18, 1918

Iowa mileage: 150 miles

Notes:The Lincoln Hawkeye Pike Association sponsored this route.

Lincoln Hawkeye Pike


Lincoln Highway

Termini: New York, NY, and San Francisco, CO

Cities along route:
Iowa: Clinton, De Witt, Grand Mount, Wheatland, Clarence, Stanwood, Mechanicsville, Lisbon, Mount Vernon, Cedar Rapids, Tama, Toledo, Le Grand, Marshalltown, State Center, Colo, Nevada, Ames, Boone, Ogden, Jefferson, Carroll, Arcadia, Westside, Denison, Arion, Dow City, Woodbine, Logan, Missouri Valley, Council Bluffs

Pres:
J. Newton Gunn
Sec: G.S. Hoag

Date of registration: December 2, 1915

Iowa mileage: 150 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This was the country’s first designated transcontinental route from New York to San Francisco, over 3000 miles in all. The route closely follows U.S. 30 through Iowa.  Visit the national Lincoln Highway Association’s Web site for more complete details about this route’s history - http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/ or the Iowa chapter’s site at http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/iowa/.

Lincoln Highway


Lineville-Indianola Short Line

Termini: Lineville, IA, and Indianola, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Lineville, Indianola


Pres: C.C. Dye
Sec: E.J. Wilson

Date of registration:
March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 67 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Lineville-Indianola Short Line Association.

Lineville-Indianola Short Line


| M |
Marshalltown-Colfax Short Line

Termini: Marshalltown, IA, and Colfax, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Marshalltown, Colfax


Pres: Harry Ennis
Sec: L.J. Wallace

Date of registration:
September 6, 1921

Iowa mileage:45 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Marshalltown Colfax Short Line Association.

Marshalltown-Colfax


M.C. Trail (Marysville-Carroll Trail)

Termini: Marysville, MO, and Carroll, IA

Cities along route:
Missouri: Marysville
Iowa: Carroll


Pres: C.F. Anderson
Sec: Lester Milligan

Date of registration:
December 6, 1919

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Marysville-Carroll Trail Association.

MC Trail


Mississippi Valley Highway

Termini: Ely, MN; Chicago, IL; Talisheek, LA; Gulfport, MS; and Mobile, AL ; ends at New Orleans

Cities along route:
Minnesota: Ely, Virginia, Duluth, St. Paul, Hastings, and Rochester
Iowa: Oelwein, Cedar Rapids and Burlington
Illinois: Macomb, Jacksonville, Alton, Granite City, East St. Louis, Sparta, Carbondale, and Cairo
Kentucky: Fulton
Tennessee: Jackson
Mississippi: Corinth, Tupelo, Meridian, Enterprise, Laurel, Hattiesburg, Wiggins, Lyman, and Gulfport
Louisiana: Talisheek
Alabama: Mobile


Branches:
Branch 1: Chicago, Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington, Springfield, Litchfield, Edwardsville, and Granite City
Branch 2: Oelwein, Cedar Rapids and Burlington
Branch 3: Macomb, Jacksonville, Alton, Granite City, East St. Louis, Sparta, Carbondale, and Cairo

Pres: C.B. Nicholson
Sec: H.C. Wilhite

Date of registration: September 17, 1920

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This highway follows the same route in Iowa as the Burlington Way then extended north into Minnesota and south to Louisiana. Its total length was approximately 2000 miles. It was sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Highway Association, which was established in 1920. An alternate sign had a simple "V" in the middle surrounded by a "U" shape.

Mississippi Valley


Muscatine-Des Moines Short Line

Termini: Muscatine, IA, and Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Muscatine, Des Moines

Pres: C.F. Anderson
Sec: Lester Milligan

Date of registration: December 28, 1917

Iowa mileage: 154 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Muscatine-Des Moines Short Line Association.

Muscatine_Des Moines


| N |
National Parks Pike

Termini: Madison, WI, and Yellowstone National Park

Cities along route:
Wisconsin: Madison and Prairie du Chien
Iowa: Mason City and Spencer
South Dakota: Canton, Sioux Falls, Chamberlain, and
Rapid City
Wyoming: Gillette, Buffalo, Greybull, Cody, and Yellowstone National Park

Pres: H.M. van Auken
Sec: M.B. Kennedy

Date of registration: April 29, 1920

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This route was sponsored by the National Parks Pike Association.

National Parks Pike


| O |
Okoboji Trail

Termini: Des Moines, IA, and Arnolds Park, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Arnolds Park, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Carroll, Junction City, Perry, Johnston, and Des Moines
Pres: M.A. Lyon
Sec: H.C. Modlin

Date of registration: March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 185 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Perry Bureau of Commerce Association.

Okoboji Trail


Old Military Trail

Termini: McGregor, IA, and Charles City, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: McGregor, Charles City

Pres:
George Bieber
Sec: T.F. Schmitz

Date of registration: October 10, 1922. Date is uncertain.

Iowa mileage: 90 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Old Military Trail Association.

Old Military Trail


| P |
Perry Pike

Termini: Ogden, IA, and Guthrie Center, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Ogden, Guthrie Center

Pres:
M.G. Lyon
Sec: H.C. Modlin

Date of registration: December 22, 1916

Iowa mileage: 50 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Perry Bureau of Commerce Association.

Perry


Pershing Way

Termini: Winnipeg, Mannitoba, Canada, and Lafayette, LA

Cities along route:
Manitoba: Winnipeg
Minnesota: Hallock, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Sauk Centre, Hutchinson, and Mankato
Iowa: Mason City, Waterloo and Fairfield
Missouri: Batesville, Searcy, Little Rock, Sheridan, Fordyce, Camden, and El Dorado
Arkansas: Batesville, Searcy, Little Rock, Sheridan, Fordyce, Camden, and El Dorado
Louisiana: Ruston, Alexandria, Marksville, Opelousas, and Lafayette

Pres:
C.H. Draper
Sec: Herbert McDougal

Date of registration: August 14, 1919

Iowa mileage: 50 miles

Notes: This route extended 1,800 miles and was sponsored by the Pershing Way Association.

Pershing


| R |
Rainbow Trail

Termini: Hawarden to Dubuque

Cities along route:
Iowa: Hawarden, Dubuque

Pres: Sherman French
Sec: Earl Slife, Fred Gefke

Date of registration: May 16, 1922

Iowa mileage: 300 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Hawarden Booster Club.

Rainbow Trail


Red Ball Route

Termini: St. Paul, MN, and St. Louis, MO

Cities along route:
Minnesota: St. Paul, Faribault, Owatonna, and Austin
Iowa: Osage, Charles City, Waverly, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Mount Pleasant, and Keokuk
Missouri: St. Louis

Pres: Robert Carson
Sec: Robert Carson

Date of registration: January 2, 1915

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This route was considered of military importance and sponsored by the Red Ball Route Association.

Red Ball Route


Red Line Route

Termini: Missouri/Iowa state line and Villisca, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Villisca

Pres: H.W. Raynor
Sec: T.A. Harris

Date of registration: June 9, 1916

Iowa mileage: 53 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Red Line Association.

Red Ball Route


Red X Route

Termini: Iowa City, IA, and Dubuque, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Dubuque, Monticello, Anamosa, Mount Vernon, and Iowa City

Pres: Robert Carson
Sec: E.P. Smith

Date of registration: December 22, 1916

Iowa mileage: 87 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Red X Route Association.

Red Ball Route


River to River Route

Termini: Davenport, IA, and Council Bluffs, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Davenport, Iowa City, Newton, Des Moines, Guthrie Center, Elk Horn, and Council Bluffs

Pres: L.V. Russell
Sec: E.H. Spaulding

Date of registration: April 16, 1918

Iowa mileage: 316 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. Route of military importance was sponsored by the River to River Route Association. The portion of the route from Des Moines to Davenport was later designated Iowa 7 from Des Moines to Davenport, and now is U.S. 32. See the Great White Way route information for more details about this route. It was sponsored by the River to River ROAD Association

Red Ball Route


| S |
Southwest Trails

Termini: Kansas City, MO, and Chicago, IL

Cities along route:
IIllinois: Chicago, Joliet and LaSalle
Iowa: Davenport and Ottumwa
Missouri: Chillicothe and Kansas City

Pres: C.M. McFatridge
Sec: E.G. Hawk

Date of registration: June 28, 1915

Iowa mileage: 316 miles

Notes: This 540-mile route was sponsored by the Southwest Trails Association.

Southwest Trails


Star Route

Termini: Osceola, IA, and Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Osceola, Des Moines

Pres: W.R. Mitchell
Sec: F.H. Hagen

Date of registration: December 1, 1917

Iowa mileage: 48 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Red Star Line Association.

Star Route


| T |
Tall Corn Trail

Termini: McGregor, IA, and Sioux City, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: McGregor, Sioux City

Pres: J.H. Moore
Sec: L.L. James

Date of registration: September 19, 1924

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Tall Corn Trail Association.

Tall Corn Trail


Tourists Trail

Termini: Mount Ayr, IA, and Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Mount Ayr, Des Moines

Pres: C.O. Freel
Sec: R.A. Walter

Date of registration: March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 92 miles

Notes:
Tourists Trail


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Washington Highway

Termini: Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Dubuque, Mitchell

Pres: C.B. Santee
Sec: J.D. Thompson

Date of registration: March 23, 1917

Iowa mileage: 92 miles

Notes: This 3500-mile route was sponsored by the Washington Highway Association.
Washington Highway


Waubonsie Trail

Termini: Nebraska City, NE, and Keokuk, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Keokuk

Pres: C.F. Mitchell
Sec: C.A. Wenstrand

Date of registration: April 3, 1916

Iowa mileage: 92 miles

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This 289-mile route was sponsored by the Waubonsie Trail Association.
Waubonsie Trail


Webster Trail

Termini: Mount Pleasant, IA, and Keokuk, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Mount Pleasant, Keokuk

Pres: S.D. Garretson
Sec: Guy Hunting

Date of registration: April 21, 1921

Iowa mileage: 48 miles

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Webster Trail Good Roads Association.
Webster Trail


Whiteway-7-Highway

Termini: Chicago, IL, and Omaha, NE

Cities along route:
Illinois: Chicago, Joliet, Ottawa, Princeton, Geneseo, and Moline
Iowa: Davenport, Iowa City, Grinnell, Des Moines, Adel, Atlantic, and Council Bluffs
Nebraska: Omaha

Pres: D.R. Lane
Sec: Robert Carson

Date of registration: September 21, 1922

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. Corresponding U.S. highways include U.S. 66 and U.S. 6 in Iowa. According to the AAA tourist guide, this route eventually extended to Fort Lupton, Colorado. This 527-mile route was sponsored by the Whiteway 7 Highway Association. See the Great White Way route information for more details about this route.
Whiteway 7


Wilson Highway

Termini: Iowa/Missouri state line south of Bedford and Emmons, MN

Cities along route:
Iowa: Bedford

Pres: Parley Sheldon
Sec: Claude Campbell

Date of registration: September 13, 1918, amended June 24, 1920

Iowa mileage:

Notes: View the complete history of this route. This 273-mile route was named for President Woodrow Wilson. The route’s sponsor was the Wilson Highway Association. This route was later changed to US 69.
Wilson Highway


Woodward-Ogden Cut-off

Termini: Ogden, IA, and Des Moines, IA

Cities along route:
Iowa: Ogden, Des Moines

Pres: John Kelley
Sec: Jess Perry

Date of registration: December 4, 1918

Iowa mileage:

Notes: This route was sponsored by the Woodward-Ogden Cut-off Association.
Wilson Highway