Welcome to the (new) webpage of The Jefferson Highway Association. The web manager will be monitoring the page for errors, typos, broken links, etc. Let me know if you catch an error (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Let me know what you would like to see on this page. This page is for all members of the JHA (and, of course, for everyone interested in our historic highways). I will be adding more photos and articles and other fun things as time permits (and you send us information).
The Jefferson Highway Association, named after Thomas Jefferson, was formed in 1915 to build a highway from Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States. The highway was the idea of Edwin T. Meredith (of Missouri), publisher of Successful Farming and Better Homes and Gardens and later Secretary of Agriculture under President Woodrow Wilson, who thought the highway would be economically beneficial to the region's farmers.
In November of 1915 a meeting was held with representatives from all the Louisiana Purchase states to organize an association for the purpose of constructing an international highway from Winnipeg in Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. This convention was also held to determine the route of the new highway.
Then flash forward to March of 2011. Thanks to the hard work of Mike Conlin, interested individuals met in Lee's Summit, Missouri, to discuss the re-birth of the Jefferson Highway Association. They wrote the current by-laws and elected the first executive board of officers at this meeting.
Since that auspicious day in 2011, there have been two conferences; the first in Ames, Iowa (2012) then in Olathe, Kansas, in 2013 [check back soon for photographs from each conference].
We want to welcome you to the new Jefferson Highway Association! Thank you for visiting our page. And, please consider joining the JHA. This is your opportunity to contribute to the knowledge and fun as we bring life back to this historic highway.
Text courtesy of the Pittsburg State University Libraries Digital Collection, Pittsburg, Kansas