DeWITT, Iowa — Crews working on a sewer project on the north side of 11th Street in DeWitt recently came across a piece of history marking the town’s place on one of America’s most historic highways.

Workers found a concrete pillar with a copper marker in the shape of a penny, one of 3,400 such markers placed at points along the Lincoln Highway by the Lincoln Highway Association and the Boy Scouts of America in 1928, according to the Lincoln Highway Museum.

City Administrator Steve Lindner said the city plans to have the marker restored and placed along 11th Street, the Lincoln Highway route through DeWitt.

Public Works Director Matt Proctor said he contacted the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association, which is very interested in the discovery.

The marker was sitting on a hand truck in the middle of the City Council chambers during Monday night’s regular meeting.

Also during that meeting, Lindner said the city is seeking input from the public about a proposal to establish a community garden in an isolated area of Westbrook Park.

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“We’re just trying to gauge if there’s some interest,” he said.

Lindner said there is still time to plant some vegetables in the garden this year, but the project could grow bigger in coming years if the community expresses an interest.

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