Lyell Henry will present a slideshow and discuss his new book, The Jefferson Highway, published by The University of Iowa Press. This book covers the origin, history, and significance of this pioneering road. Saluting one of the most important of the early named highways on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, historian Lyell D. Henry Jr. contributes to the growing literature on the earliest days of road-building and long-distance motoring in the United States. For readers who might also want to drive the original route of the Jefferson Highway, three chapters trace that route through Iowa, pointing out many vintage features of the roadside along the way. This is the perfect book for a summer road trip!
Lyell D. Henry Jr. is emeritus professor of political science at Mount Mercy University, where he taught from 1982 until 1999. He is the author of two earlier books: Zig-Zag-and-Swirl: Alfred W. Lawson’s Quest for Greatness and Was This Heaven? A Self-Portrait of Iowa on Early Postcards. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.