This recreation of an original Eagle casting shows what was planted at every county line along the Victory Highway, and only five originals are known to exist today.
The Victory Highway was was an amalgamation of early trails and pre-existing roads that ran from New York to San Francisco, and was based on everything from Indian trails to the 1912 National Old Trails Road, one of the first official automobile routes going from coast to coast. The Victory Highway was dedicated on June 25th, 1925 to the memory of the men and women who gave their lives in World War I. The ceremony took place in Wendover.
There are occasional vestiges of the Victory Highway, but this piece that is several hundred yards long, is the only preserved piece I know of. Even it is interrupted by streets to reach the West Wendover city building, however.
No, the sign is not original, but is a much nicer version of the original one used to dedicate the road during its dedication in 1925.
East of St. Louis, it got little publicity, since it was effectively just Read more…