The City of Little Falls has engaged road crews in upgrading Lindbergh Drive North in the city. This road was part of what was the Jefferson Highway, a nationally designated highway that ran from New Orleans to Winnipeg.
During the destruction/excavation portion of the road work, the crew uncovered the original 1919 Jefferson Highway pavement, which had merely been covered over by later road improvements.
MCHS board member Camille Warzecha snapped some shots of the old Jefferson Highway. Here it is, uncovered, but intact:
As the sewer is going to be replaced under this road, the old Jefferson Highway pavement had to be removed.
Camille and MCHS board member Pat Quinn were instrumental in getting a piece of this pavement for our collections. How sweet is that?
Thanks to Camille, Pat, and the road crew for saving a piece of not only local, but national, history.
MCHS has made arrangements with the Morrison County Record to reprint several articles we produced about the Jefferson Highway, so be sure to look for them in upcoming issues of the newspaper.