63 Vintage Photos of U.S. Route 30 in 1948

LIFE photographer Allan Grant took these awesome pictures in 1948, three years after the end of World War II. Route 30 connects Omaha, Nebraska, to Salt Lake City, Utah. Grant traveled west through Nebraska and Wyoming which is now known as the Lincoln Highway.

For reasons lost to time, none of Grant’s marvelous photos from that epic post-war road trip were ever published. Here, LIFE magazine offers a whole series of Grant’s pictures from Nebraska and Wyoming made seven long decades ago, in tribute to the innate human desire to get up and go.

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Family sleeping outside against a billboard alongside Highway 30.
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Car pulling a heavily loaded trailer down Highway 30.
Horsecart driving down Highway 30.
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Highway 30
Trailers pulling out of Cottage Grove trailer camp onto Highway 30.
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Driver filling a water bag at a gas station alongside Highway 30.
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Family driving on motorcycle and sidecar from Omaha, Nebraska to Salt Lake City, Utah along Highway 30.
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Highway 30
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(Photos: Allan Grant—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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