In more than fifty locales, a cinematic drone was deployed to document the historic military convoy's journey along the iconic Lincoln Highway, spanning coast to coast in 1919. Below are examples of screenshots used in the After Ike documentary.
The convoy encountered a variety of road conditions resulting in detours caused by unsafe covered bridges and ongoing repairs. This experience is partly what influenced Eisenhower's later commitment to developing the Interstate Highway System during his presidency, which transformed American infrastructure and travel.
This image captures the essence of the agricultural heartland of the United States, showcasing the vast open spaces and farmlands that are characteristic of this region. The Lincoln Highway, being one of the earliest transcontinental highways, connected many such rural communities across the country.
This scene encapsulates a piece of American road-trip culture, particularly from the era when the Lincoln Highway was a primary route for cross-country travel. Gas stations like these were essential stops for motorists on long journeys. Reed Niland Corner in Colo Iowa, is a historic spot, known for preserving the heritage of the Lincoln Highway and giving visitors a glimpse into the travel experience from past decades.
This view is typical of the American Midwest, where agriculture dominates the landscape and long stretches of road connect small towns and farming communities. The tranquility of the scene captures the essence of the rural American heartland, a setting that has remained relatively unchanged in essence over the decades, despite technological and infrastructural advancements.
The image features a street view in front of the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Center located at 136 N. Elm St., Franklin Grove, Illinois.
This scene captures the essence of small-town America, with its historical buildings and a sense of community centered around main streets and town squares. The town of Eureka, Nevada, with its rich mining history, is part of the larger story of the American West and reflects a preserved snapshot of the past.
This snapshot at Illipah Reservoir captures the raw beauty of the Nevada landscape, with the dynamic sky adding a sense of motion and natural drama to the scene. It's a testament to the rugged and sparsely populated areas of the state, often characterized by their vast open spaces and the interplay of light and weather over such terrains.
This image captures the isolation and vastness of the desert landscape that travelers on the Lincoln Highway would experience as they travel in the desert of Utah, offering a glimpse into the challenging yet beautiful environments the historic road traverses.
The image is a high-angle aerial shot of the Lincoln Highway as it cuts through a desert landscape in Nevada. This scene encapsulates the remote and rugged terrain that the Lincoln Highway traverses in parts of Nevada, offering a sense of the historical route's role in connecting the East and West coasts of the United States through a variety of landscapes.
The military convoy arrived at Sand Mountain, a large sand dune located in the Sand Mountain Recreation Area near Fallon, Nevada on August 29, 1919. The convoy's logbook reads: "Noon "chow” at Frenchman’s Station near enormous sand dune, 380 feet high."
Lake Tahoe straddles the border between California and Nevada and is known for its stunning natural beauty, recreational activities, and as a tourist destination throughout the year, with winter sports being popular during the snowy season. The 1919 military convoy passed by Lake Tahoe on September 1, 1919. From the convoy's logbook, it reads: "Scenery throughout day of greatest beauty, especially at Lake Tahoe."
The image provides an aerial view of the Altamont Pass area in California, featuring the California Aqueduct.