This photograph was taken en route during the U.S. Army's convoy across the United States, from east coast to west coast, in 1919 at the end of World War I. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a young army officer, was one of the leaders of the convoy which followed the Lincoln Highway. The convoy passed through the Ames-Boone area on July 25, 1919. The exact location in this photograph is unknown, but is of interest because the service station attendent who is filling the automobile's gas tank is a woman. For more information, see chapter 28, pp. 102-104, of Farwell Brown's "Ames the Early Years in Word and Picture; From Marsh to Modern City," 1993. (Photograph is courtesy of the Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace collection, Boone, Iowa.)


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