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The Jefferson Highway was an automobile highway stretching through the central United States from New Orleans, Louisiana to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was built in the 1910s as part of the National Auto Trail system.
The Jefferson Highway was inspired by the east-west Lincoln Highway.
It was nicknamed the "Palm to Pine Highway", for the varying types of trees found at either end.
The cities the highway passed on its route included Alexandria, Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, Marshall, Texas, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Baxter Springs, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Saint Joseph, Missouri, Des Moines, Iowa, Ames, Iowa, Mason City, Iowa, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Bemidji, Minnesota.
The Jefferson Highway was replaced with the new numbered US Highway system in the late 1920s.
Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company, operates service from Texas to Winnipeg, and takes its name from the old Jefferson Highway.
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