President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act on June 29,
1956, which launched the
Interstate system across the
We invite you to celebrate our rich Interstate
history and the bright future ahead. The celebration’s focal point is a
reenactment of the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy in which Lt. Col.
Eisenhower participated. A portion of the convoy will swing through
from June 21-23.
Convoy travels on I-70 from
during the day
s6-9 p.m. –Evening Social
You can welcome the convoy at an evening
There will be an ice cream social, a performance by the Abilene City Band, an
antique car show (registration form on web), a highway exhibit and other
activities at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
The convoy should arrive about 6:30 p.m. with
local and national dignitaries making brief remarks from the front porch of
Eisenhower’s boyhood home at 7:30 p.m.
Rain contingency – In case of rain, activities
will take place in the Visitor’s Center
s6 p.m. – Vehicle parade around
Numerous vehicles will parade through town
starting at the Eisenhower Center, then north from the Center to 3rd Street,
west (left) on to 3rd Street to Cedar, north on Cedar to 14th Street, east
(right) to Buckeye Avenue, south on Buckeye and arriving back at the Eisenhower
Center about 6:30 p.m.
s7 p.m. - Panel discussion
An evening panel discussion will highlight
Eisenhower’s tremendous involvement and impact on the nation’s Interstate
system. KDOT’s own Jim Brewer, Road Design Engineer,
and former Assistant Secretary/State Transportation Engineer Mike Lackey as
well as Mary Turkington, chairman of the Kansas
Turnpike Authority, and Connie Achterberg, attorney who handled land condemnation for the original
interstate construction, will participate. There will also be a presentation by
Dan McNichol, author of The Roads that Built
America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate
System, a noted authority on the Interstate and transportation history.
You are invited to attend and participate in the
panel discussion. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 877-746-4453.
s7:30 a.m. –
Citizens and visitors in
are invited to line
and bid farewell to the national convoy as it travels from the
to I-70. The convoy will travel
east on I-70 to Kansas Speedway.
s10:45 a.m. - Event at
The convoy arrives at Kansas Speedway and will
make a “victory” lap around the track followed by a safety carnival and
speeches. Mary Peters, former Federal Highway Administrator, will be the