Historic Midtown Omaha highway marker stolen
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Thieves have targeted a piece of the nation’s history that has been here for nearly 100 years.
“I can’t see the turquoise, the pumpkins, and the connection with the Lincoln Highway,” said Nils Erickson of Omaha.
At the weekend, Nils noticed a clear difference between his possession in 44th place and Dodge. On the side of his historic mill is graffiti that says: “You never steal our pumpkins”.
“It really doesn’t make sense,” said Erickson.
The same sentence is painted on a nearby billboard.
“The cops called on the pumpkin formula and no one has ever used that in graffiti,” Erickson said.
But then Nils decided it was probably a ruse. A distraction from what was really being done.
“The marker is right up the hill,” said Erickson.
He thinks the thieves were really after a four-foot concrete marker that was the nation’s main highway at the time. The Lincoln Highway was one of the first roads to connect the east coast with the west coast.
“When the Lincoln Highway disintegrated, one of the last files, 4,000 directional markings were put in place. Every time he turned or turned, they had given a sign which way to go. It looks like they pulled into traffic and been on the road in the opposite direction. Probably in a pickup with a chain around it, they should last 100 years, ”said Erickson.
Boy Scouts used the markers in 1928. Each weighed over 200 pounds.
Bronze medallions set in the concrete with arrows show which way the Old Lincoln Highway leads. Over the years, the Lincoln Highway Association has found that vandals have targeted the markings across the county, and in some cases stolen them.
“The Lincoln marker has value. The characters have a value. They knew what to do with it. If they have a private buyer, they can get good money for it, ”said Erickson.
For Nils, he hopes that the stolen marker will reappear.
“My slogan is, ‘That’s why we can’t have beautiful things.’ You’re trying to promote the story. If you don’t advertise it, you are destined to do it again. History is all we have to teach the next generation, ”said Erickson.
Omaha Police are actively investigating this weekend’s crimes.
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