The Old Spiral Highway

The Old Spiral Highway

The Lewistion Grade along U.S. Route 95 is nicknamed “The Old Spiral Highway” because of its S-switchback design, which takes drivers from the edge of the Palouse to Idaho’s lowest point of elevation (near Lewiston, ID), in 64 tight curves, over a 2,000 foot drop. The road opened in 1916 and inspired the 1950’s rockabilly song “Hot Rod Lincoln.” The song hit No. 9 on the 1971 Billboard charts, after it was covered by the band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, on their album “Lost in The Ozone.”

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January 22, 2016