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The Jefferson highway winds 2300 miles from Winnipeg to New Orleans. Dedicated in July 1916, it was the nation’s first north south interstate (international) highway. “One hundred years later, the highway continues to unite residents and communities along its path,” Lamoni, Iowa Mayor Doug Foster said. “In addition to celebrating its centennial year, Lamoni plans to feature this historic roadway as both a tribute to its important contribution to our nation and as an important tourist attraction.”

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Jefferson Highway display -- Southside Cafe --on the courthouse square in Butler, Missouri.

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The International Board of Directors of the Jefferson Highway Association met at the Denison Hotel in 1917. A century later, the JHA will meet in Denison again on April 28-29, 2017.

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The last steam passenger train at Denison, TX, ca 1953.

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The Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa played an important part in the early days of the Jefferson Highway. According to others this was not the last building he designed. It was the last hotel building still standing. The Jefferson Highway Association met at the Park Inn and in the early days, it served as a Jefferson Highway information center.It was the last building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

From its extensive history to its unique decor, this hotel is a must-visit in Iowa.
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Jefferson Highway superintendent's car in Atoka County, Oklahoma. 

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The history of St. Urho was included in the Jefferson Highway Association bus tour in 2014. The JHA met in Park Rapids, Minnesota and many of us learned the great story of the Finnish hero! 

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Several Canadian officials drove from Winnipeg to New Orleans in 1917. According to their log-book they traveled 2,267 miles and went through seven states, seventy-nine counties, and 264 cities, towns and villages.

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Jasper, Missouri is a great supporter of the Jefferson Highway Association. This brochure from a few years back is just one good example. 

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