August 7, 1919 Lawrenceville Republican
City Council Protests against
the Postponement of Improvementof Lincoln Trail by State.
The State Legislature in 1919 passed a law to create a state-wide system of hard roads to be constructed so that all county seats could be connected and issued 60 million dollars of bonds for that purpose. The proposition was voted upon by all legal voters in the State. Included in that bill was:
‘The public highway formally known as the Lincoln Trail, and being the highway which our first martyred President first traveled upon in the State of Illinois and which public highway passes through the counties of Lawrence, Richland, Clay, Marion, Clinton, and St Clair, and through the cities of Lawrenceville, Olney, Flora, Salem, Carlyle, Lebanon and East St. Louis, and is designated as Route No 12….
However the Lawrence City Council was informed that the authorities in charge of improvement of the system of highways were then in August 1919 contemplating abandoning the work and indefinitely postponing the project, by not granting priority to this public highway, which accordingly was “ said to be one of the oldest traveled highways in the state and has and will continue to accommodate many people and be patronized by many transcontinental travelers across the State, it being the most direct and shortest route, connecting the east with the west.” (....some things never change)
The City Council registered a protest against such unjust and unfair action by the State.