Photo by Tim Hall

Russin Bust near Laramie, Wyoming

If you're traveling Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming, watch for the Summit Rest Area and Visitor Center about 10 miles east of Laramie. There near the highest point on the Lincoln Highway you'll see a massive Lincoln bust on a 30-foot granite pedestal.

This 13-foot bronze work rests atop a hollow base complete with lightning rods. It took nearly a year to create and required ten tons of clay. The late Robert Russin, once an art professor at the University of Wyoming, designed it as 30 pieces to be bolted together. After casting in Mexico City, it was dedicated in 1959 and installed at the summit of Sherman Hill near its present location. It was moved to the rest area when the interstate opened ten years later.

Lincoln Highway buffs also can see a nearby monument to Henry Joy, who was the first president of the Lincoln Highway Association and head of the Packard Car Company.

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