Historic Auto Trails

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.

Ayr Line

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.


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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 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.

Bob White Trail

Bob White Trail


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

Botna Valley Road

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.

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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


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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.

Cannon Ball Trail

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.

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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 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.

Chicago Kansas City Gulf Highway

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.

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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.

Corn Belt Highway

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 Route

Corn Belt Route


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

Cornhusker Highway

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
  • Nebraska: Perry, Guthrie and Oklahoma City

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

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Council Bluffs


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

Council Bluffs and Shenandoah Short Line

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, Sioux City and Spirit Lake Official Highway

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.

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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.

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

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, Mason City and Minneapolis 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, Panora and Spirit Lake 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.

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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

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 Scenic Trail

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.

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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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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.

Great River Road

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
  • Wyoming: Casper, Lander and Moran
  • 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.

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Hamburg-Bedford Highway


Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.

Hamlin Short Line

Hamlin Short Line


Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.

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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.

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

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 Storm Lake, Okoboji Lake or Fort Dodge via Kingsley & Washta

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.

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Hemmingway Lane


Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.

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Hiawatha Highway


Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.

Highland Highway

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.


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Interstate Trail

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

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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.

Iowa Official TransContinental Route

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.

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Iowa Piken


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.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Lakes to Gulf Highway

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.

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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

Mississippi river Scenic Highway

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.

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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.

Nishna Valley Route

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.

North Iowa Pike

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 Star

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.


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O.K. Short Line

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.

Oakdale Trail

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.

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Old Military Road


Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.

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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.

Omaha, Denver Trans-Continental Route

Omaha, Denver Trans-Continental Route


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

Onawa

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.

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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.

Panora Speedway

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.

Prairie Trail

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.


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Rainbow Highway


Notes: Road association file in DOT Library.

Red Star Line

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.

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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.

Russell Boulevard

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.


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Saints Highway

Saints Highway


Notes: 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.

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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.

>Sioux City and Sioux Falls Official Highway

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 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

Union Route


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


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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.

Waubonsie Blue Grass Connection

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.

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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.

Webster Trail

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

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