These Pictures Of Route 30 Shows A Slice Of American Life After World War II

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11:00 pm 31 May, 2014

LIFE photographer Allan Grant took the 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. These pictures were never published and yet they do not fail to shed light on the life of an average American in post World War era.

1. A trailer wagon on Route 30

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2. A family waits as the man fills water at a gas station

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3. An accident scene after the driver fell asleep at the wheel on Route 30, Nebraska

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4. Cars pulling out of trailer camp onto Route 30, Nebraska

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5. A couple and their five-month-old daughter head back home to Cheyenne, Wyoming from Omaha

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6. Trail

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7. The 1733 Dance Hall in Kearney, which was 1,733 miles from both Boston and San Francisco

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8. A carriage and a car

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9. Numerous ad signs such as this dotted the sides of Route 30

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10. A common sight on Route 30 in 1948

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11. A family resting alongside Route 30 underneath a hoarding near Wyoming in 1948

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12. Sleeping man with belongings

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13. A neon sign at the side of Route 30

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14. Under the hood an oldie shelters

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15. Picnic and reading by Route 30

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16. A gas station on Route 30

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17. Another neon sign

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18. Route 30 offered many such sights

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19. Many travelers rested in lodges such as this on Route 30

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20. A motel for travelers on Route 30

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21. Another motel

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22. A sign in Wyoming

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23. A unique way to rest

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24. A trailer camp

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25.  Route 30 Nebraska, USA

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Credit: Allan Grant—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

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