• Residents from Belle Plaine, Iowa, gather on the streets waiting for the convoy to make its first stop of the day.  Each car was provided a bag filled with lots of information about the town and the historical significance of the Lincoln Highway, as well as snacks and other mementos that would ensure the small town remains a lasting memory to the MVPA participants.

    Residents from Belle Plaine, Iowa, gather on...

    Residents from Belle Plaine, Iowa, gather on the streets waiting for the convoy to make its first stop of the day. Each car was provided a bag filled with lots of information about the town and the historical significance of the Lincoln Highway, as...

  • Mr. Bill Kreider (right), 82, is traveling with the MVPA from its start in Washington, D.C., to its completion in San Francisco, and has had his bike, a 1942 Harley, about five years. He served in the U.S. Constabulary in Germany for the majority of his time of service in the Army (Feb. 1946 - Dec. 1948). The star on his bike is an emblem the Army started placing on its vehicles from 1942-1943 both on the sides and on the bonnets of "soft skinned" vehicles, and on the glacis plates of tanks during World War II. Mr. Wallace Winkie (left) was born on a farm in Burt, Iowa. He is 92 years old and after returning home to Belle Plaine in 1945, he attended the Iowa State Teacher\'s College, and then taught at the school from 1949 until 1982. During WWII he served in Africa, Sicily and Italy in the 34th Infantry Division in which he frequently rode military Harley Davidson motorcycles like the one in the picture.

    Mr. Bill Kreider (right), 82, is traveling with...

    Mr. Bill Kreider (right), 82, is traveling with the MVPA from its start in Washington, D.C., to its completion in San Francisco, and has had his bike, a 1942 Harley, about five years. He served in the U.S. Constabulary in Germany for the majority of...

  • Postcard Picture of Lincoln Highway in Belle Plaine, Iowa, which was included in a packet given to drivers as they pulled into town. Caption on back reads: The Lincoln Highway, designed in 1913 began in New York City's Time Square and ended in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. For a short time in US history, Belle Plaine, Iowa, was on the main traveling route between the two. In this photo a wayfarer's camp was established by the Tippie family to house the many travelers through this area.

    Postcard Picture of Lincoln Highway in Belle...

    Postcard Picture of Lincoln Highway in Belle Plaine, Iowa, which was included in a packet given to drivers as they pulled into town. Caption on back reads: The Lincoln Highway, designed in 1913 began in New York City's Time Square and ended in San...

  • 1119 - Cars and trucks from the 2009 MVPA Convoy completely fill a main street in Belle Plaine as they make their first rest stop for day two of their three day drive through Iowa.

    1119 - Cars and trucks from the 2009 MVPA...

    1119 - Cars and trucks from the 2009 MVPA Convoy completely fill a main street in Belle Plaine as they make their first rest stop for day two of their three day drive through Iowa.

BELLE PLAINE, Iowa Aca,!" An eager crowd awaited the approximate 45 vehicles from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Transcontinental Convoy that soon filled their main street on June 22nd.

Townspeople from Belle Plaine, IA had been planning for the convoysAca,!a,,c arrival for several months, and greeted drivers with different town memorabilia to ensure their stop would be remembered long after individuals returned home.

Contents included old photos of the Lincoln Highway, the first coast-to-coast road built in 1913 for automobile travel in the U.S., as it appeared in the early days in Belle Plaine.

During the stop, MVPA participant Mr. Bill Kreider, met with a resident, Mr. Wallace Winkie, that served in the Infantry Division at the same period of time during World War II. Both frequently rode the same style of Harley that Kreider was displaying during the re-enacted 2009 Transcontinental Convoy.

The 3,389 mile route from New York CityAca,!a,,cs Times Square to San FranciscoAca,!a,,cs Lincoln Park was updated in 1937, going straight from Youngsville to Tama, Iowa, excluding Belle Plaine from the historic route traveled by the original convoy in 1919.

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