This Convoy will be in Green River, WY around 4:30 September 2nd, and will be at the parking lot on Railroad for the public to visit.
Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) 2019
Transcontinental Motor Convoy
Retracing the route of the first US ARMY Transcontinental
Motor Convoy across the United States, along the LINCOLN HIGHWAY.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association will be
conducting a 100th Anniversary Convoy across the United States in 2019 with as
many as 70 Historic Military Vehicles retracing the original 1919 US Army’s Transcontinental Motor Convoy route along the famed Lincoln Highway.
In 1919, the US ARMY decided to plan and execute a motor Convoy of various vehicles across the country, on the newly-formed Lincoln Highway. In general, the route began at the White House, in Washington, DC and ended at Lincoln Park, in San Francisco, CA some 3,250 miles and 62 days later. This would be the first motor transport Convoy ever to cross the US. The 1919 Convoy was staffed with 37 officers and 258 enlisted men including then Lt Col Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Convoy was comprised of 81 Army vehicles.
The MVPA 2019 Transcontinental Motor Convoy will launch from
Washington, DC on 11 August, 2019 and arrive in San Francisco, CA some 37 days
later, on 14 September, 2019. One of the highlights of the convoy will be
departing from the MVPA 44th Annual International convention in York, PA on
Saturday 10 August.
We are expecting over 50 Historic Military Vehicles to
travel the entire 3,200+ mile coast-to-coast route with over 50 more vehicles
joining in to drive a portion of the trip. This is a Convoy of Historic
Military Vehicles of all eras, from WWI through to current-issue military
vehicles. The vehicle roster currently includes cargo trucks, through to Harley
Davidson WLA motorcycles, staff cars and jeeps to later model M913 5-ton cargo
trucks. The Convoy daily stopping points will be many of the same locations as
the 1919 Convoy.
The MVPA (www.mvpa.org )
is an organization with its mission “To provide an international organization
for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors
interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and
public education of historic military transport”. We have over 9,000 members
globally and over 45 years as an organization.
The Convoy welcomes the public to witness this historic
journey across the U.S. by coming out to meet the Convoy as it travels through
their area. As the Convoy passes through the cities and towns along this
highway, the MVPA intends, with the cooperation of the Lincoln Highway
Association, to draw attention to this early road system.
Additionally, the MVPA will present both the historical
significance of the original 1919 Convoy and the historical significance of the
military vehicles present on the 2019 Convoy. Finally, as this 2019 Convoy
passes through the many towns along this route, the MVPA will take every
opportunity to also say “thanks” to our Veterans in a most patriotic way!
For more info you can visit https://www.mvpa.org/ or https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/