|Wendover Will pointing the way out of town|
|Victory Highway Memorial, West Wendover, Nevada|
Arriving at West Wendover we toured a park dedicated to the Victory Highway. The Victory was another named highway that was intended as a memorial to the Americans who fought and died in the WWI. It became popular in some of the Western states that were bypassed by the Lincoln. There was a fierce competition between the Victory Highway and the State of Utah on one side and the town of Ely, Nevada and the Lincoln Highway promoters on the other side. The Victory Highway won and the Lincoln Highway was forced to accept the result and ultimately share the road from Utah to Wendover with the Victory. The route through Ibapah fell into disuse.
|Victory Highway postcard pack|
|Soldiers Memorial, Pleasant Hill, Calif.|
Plaque on Soldiers Memorial identifying
Monument as related to Victory Hwy.
My Great Uncle Howard served in World War I, his name is on the memorial. Howard died in a train wreck in France after the cessation of hostilities. We stopped at the memorial to pay tribute to him before the start of this trip.
|Howard Lacey, died 1919|
Wendover to Ogden
From Wendover we headed east on to Highway 80.
|Postcard of Great Salt Lake Scenes|
Mountains near Grantsville, showing water levels
for Lake Bonneville
We had hoped to tour the Donner party Museum in Grantsville, but unfortunately it is closed for an undetermined amount of time. The salt desert in this area vexed both the Donner party and the 1919 Army tour of which to Dwight Eisenhower was a member. It seems that the salt crust is fairly thin in many places and lying beneath the thin crust is a quagmire which wreaked havoc with both the Donner party and the Army transcontinental tour.
|1919 Army Tour|
|Salt Lake City|
Salt Lake to Ogden
We headed north from Salt Lake towards Ogden. Looking at the Wasatch front we saw evidence of the prehistoric lake Bonneville.
Ogden to Echo Canyon
|Devil's Slide, above and left|
Red Rock Pass, north of Preston, Idaho. The resulting flood shaped much of the South Idaho landscape. The snake River Canyon at Twin Falls was formed by this flood.
Some irreverent souls in the late 1970s or early 1980s printed bumper stickers calling for the restoration of Lake Bonneville. Looking at the water line on the Wasatch front it is easy to imagine what that would mean for Salt Lake City.
|Ogden Utah Vintage Postcard|
A little further east we turn north into Echo Canyon and towards Wyoming.
We spent the night in Coalville, Utah at the Holiday Hills RV Park just off the highway.
|Campground at Coalville Utah.|
|Downtown Coalville, Utah|
We went into Coalville for dinner and had dinner at a Mexican market and restaurant. Some of the best Mexican food I've had in a long time. Downtown Coalville is really quite nice.
I received a call from Jim Fry concerning the Ranchero. Apparently the problem is not that hard to fix. In fact, Jim has fixed it. It only needed to have the new coil installed. One which I had provided to Johnny last Monday or Tuesday.
Wednesday morning we will get on the road and head for Medicine Bow, Wyoming.