Rare auto will join Omaha celebration of Lincoln Highway's 100th birthday - Omaha.com
Published Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:42 pm
Rare auto will join Omaha celebration of Lincoln Highway's 100th birthday

LINCOLN — A rare automobile, a 1948 Tucker, will make a run down Dodge Street in central Omaha on Saturday at 2 p.m. as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Lincoln Highway.

The Tucker is one of only 51 that were manufactured by a Chicago company before it closed in 1949.

Filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas are among the owners of the rare cars.

“We use the term priceless” when describing how much a Tucker is worth, said Nils Erickson, an Omaha recording studio owner who is a car enthusiast.

Erickson organized Saturday's event, which will be held at the site of a former grist mill, John Sutters Mill, that sat along the Lincoln Highway at 4426 Dodge St.

A concrete Lincoln Highway road marker has been erected at the site. Jitterbug dancers will perform Saturday.

Erickson also has created a YouTube video and an original song to commemorate the old highway. The video is entitled “Goin' Down the Lincoln Highway.”

The Tucker is headed to Kearney, Neb., for a Lincoln Highway parade on Sunday.

In Omaha at 1 p.m. Saturday, antique cars will gather for the dedication of a state historical marker on a preserved stretch of the Lincoln Highway just north of West Dodge Road between 180th and 192nd Streets.

The “Goin' Down the Lincoln Highway” video created by Nils Erickson.

Contact the writer: Paul Hammel

paul.hammel@owh.com    |   402-473-9584    |  

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