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Darcy Maulsby: Adventures on Iowa's Historic Lincoln Highway

Saturday, April 22, 2023 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM) (CDT)


Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, known as Iowa's Storyteller, will present a program called "Adventures Along Iowa's Historic Lincoln Highway--the Ultimate Iowa Road Trip," at the Marshalltown Public Library on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00pm. The program will take place in the library's community meeting rooms and will be followed by a book signing. 

Nothing says freedom like the great American road trip, especially when you cruise the historic Lincoln Highway in Iowa. Better known today as Highway 30, the Lincoln Highway revolutionized Iowa and America when the historic route was developed more than a century ago.

“If you’ve ever traveled on an interstate—or any paved road, for that matter—you owe a debt of gratitude to the visionaries who promoted the Lincoln Highway to connect the country,” said Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, a Lake City-area author who recently published the non-fiction book The Lincoln Highway in Iowa—a History with The History Press. “The development of the Lincoln Highway and its legacy today reflects a tremendous story of American innovation, community spirit, freedom and an unshakable belief in a brighter future.”

In 1913, the Lincoln Highway became the first coast-to-coast highway, connecting New York City to San Francisco. It passed right through Iowa, from Clinton to Council Bluffs. As much as 85% of the original highway is still drivable in Iowa, according to the Lincoln Highway Association (LHA).

Curious about the story behind the mysterious Moss markers north of Scranton? Do you know what supper club near the Lincoln Highway served gangsters like John Dillinger and Al Capone—and you can still eat there today? Wondering why an old grain elevator in Woodbine showcases a massive art installation? You’ll pass the test with flying colors—and impress your friends—when you delve into Iowa’s amazing Lincoln Highway history.

Signed copies of book The Lincoln Highway in Iowa—a History will be available during the event, along with Maulsby’s other non-fiction, illustrated Iowa history books (including A Culinary History of Iowa; Iowa Agriculture: A History of Farming, Family and Food; Calhoun County; Dallas County; Classic Restaurants of Des Moines; and Madison County).

For more details, contact the library's Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.   You can also visit Maulsby online at www.darcymaulsby.com.


This even tis free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 22, 2023 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM) (CDT)

Saturday, April 22, 2:00pm

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