Pritchard's Historic Innovation Relay
Traveling the Lincoln Highway to Celebrate 110 Years
On October 31, 1913, The Lincoln Highway was dedicated as the first coast-to-coast roadway for automobiles. Beginning in Times Square and ending in San Francisco, the highway includes an estimated 365 miles of roadway through Iowa from Clinton to Council Bluffs.
1913 was also the year of the founding of Pritchard Companies, when Walter Pritchard opened Garner Auto Sales in Garner, Iowa. Today, that company has a national footprint with more than 350 employees and seven divisions. Pritchard Companies is run by the same founding family to this day: CEO Joe Pritchard (4th generation), COO Angela Pritchard, CRO Ryan Pritchard, and Dir. of Retail Operations Ellen Pritchard (5th generation).
Now, 110 years later, both Pritchard Companies and The Lincoln Highway Association are national leaders in transportation innovation. The Lincoln Highway can be traversed using electric vehicles, thanks to a network of charging stations along the nationwide route. Meanwhile, Pritchard's is a national leader in EV technology ranging from eBikes to heavy duty work trucks.