Friday, July 17, 2009

Lincoln Highway History

I wanted to give my blog readers a little information about the Lincoln Highway before I post about my adventure. Take a look at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor website that provides information on the section of the Lincoln Highway that I traveled on my road trip.

From Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor website:

Not all museums are in a building in a town. Sometimes the best way to capture an audience's attention is to take the museum to them. That is what the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (LHHC) has accomplished with its 200-Mile Roadside Museum. Exhibits have been installed along the original route of the Lincoln Highway in
Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, and Adams counties on or near US Route 30. The museum honors the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first coast-to-coast highway stretching from New York to San Francisco.

The museum uses landscape communities and sites to tell the region's stories. This is done through site markers, wall plaques, interpretive waysides (some with audio component), and murals located along the historic road. Motorists drive the experience rather than walking through a building. In addition, LHHC hosts 22 vintage (1940-ish) gas pumps as part of a creative public art project that links professional artists with life-size fiberglass structures. All pumps were painted by Pennsylvania artists, and are located next to one of the roadside museum interpretive exhibits. The 200-Mile Roadside Museum will be in place for a ten-year period.

Just as the Lincoln Highway sparked the public's imagination and fostered the rapid growth of automobile tourism in the early 20th century, the 200-mile Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor beckons everyone to ride the same ribbon of asphalt and concrete as their grandparents. A trip on the Lincoln Highway, following the 65 interpretive exhibits, becomes a passage in time and place, as drivers discover the many historic, cultural and recreational attractions that await travelers along its path.

This is what makes traveling this stretch of the Lincoln Highway so m
uch fun! There is so much to see along the road and you really need to keep your eyes open! There were murals, art gas pumps, picture taking places, and roadside giants all along the route! We didn't photograph them all but got the ones we could! If you want to see where all the roadside things are located take a trip to this page and click on the different counties to see what is there!

We did take some detours off of the Lincoln to visit Falling Water and to run around in Pittsburgh! We tried to stay on the Lincoln as best we could!


  1. Sounds like a great road trip. I will make it to Falling Waters one day!

  2. Thanks for the information!! you will have a great time!
    For me is great to know about it, I mean, I don't have the possibility to do it, but I can see it using the internet!! ...and who knows...perhaps someday I could do in real!!
    .......meanwhile I'll do a "virtual roundtrip"