Nevada’s highways colorful names

Once upon a time, many of Nevada’s highways didn’t have boring numbers — they had colorful names. In the early 20th century, the Silver State boasted the “Lincoln Highway,” the “Pike’s Peak Ocean-to-Ocean Highway” and even the “National Shortcut Highway.” In many cases, construction of those early roads was at least partially funded by private automobile associations and automobile-related companies interested in getting people to buy cars and use them. Towns and cities often competed for car travelers by joining a regional or national highway route. By the mid-1920s, dozens of highways with evocative names criss-crossed the country, including through …

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