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McConnellsburg in Fulton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Traveling the Lincoln Highway

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

 
 
Traveling the Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
1. Traveling the Lincoln Highway Marker
Inscription. Carved out of a remote wilderness, McConnellsburg served the flood of travelers heading west in the late 18th century. Taverns, like the Fulton House, sprang up all along the packhorse trail from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

Whether by foot, on horseback, or stagecoach, early travelers faced the challenges of crossing high ridges. It isn't surprising that early automobiles struggled with the same steep grades. The graph to the right reveals the summits to the east and west of this valley. Towns, such as McConnellsburg, were welcome respites for early motorists.

The log structure at the rear of the Fulton House was built in 1770. The house itself, built in 1793, sits on a lot originally deeded from Daniel McConnell, founder of McConnellsburg. According to the 1924 Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway, the Fulton House was one of four hotels in town. In addition, “the town had 6 garages, 2 banks, 25 general businesses, and 2 newspapers.” The eastern section of the Fulton House was rebuilt after a 1944 fire gutted that part of the building. Listed in the National Register of Historic places in 1977, the building currently houses municipal offices and the Fulton County Historical Society.

Throughout its history, Fulton House has been a popular stop, hosting John and Abigail Adams,
Fulton House Photograph on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
2. Fulton House Photograph on Marker
The exterior of the Fulton House was altered several times in its history. This view, from the 1910s or '20s, shows shutters and trees that have since been removed. This porch was later replaced with a two-story porch.
William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Photo caption for the Lincoln Highway marker: In 1928, more than 3,000 of these markers were placed along the Lincoln Highway from New York City to San Francisco. The marker next to the Fulton House was relocated from Tuscarora Summit in 1992. Fewer than two dozen markers remain in Pennsylvania.
 
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 39° 55.94′ N, 77° 59.894′ W. Marker is in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, in Fulton County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway East (U.S. 30), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Lincoln Highway East, Mc Connellsburg PA 17233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Changing Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Changing Main Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fulton County Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Fulton County (about 600 feet away);
Elevation Detail and Road Photograph on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
3. Elevation Detail and Road Photograph on Marker
Looking southwest in 1915, a muddy Main Street bustles with traffic. Note the sign for the Fulton House on the right.
Fulton County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Fulton County World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Memorial (about 600 feet away); Fulton County War on Terrorism Memorial (about 600 feet away); George Diven (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in McConnellsburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor web site. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Fulton House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
4. Fulton House
Original Lincoln Highway Marker at east end of Fulton House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
5. Original Lincoln Highway Marker at east end of Fulton House
Lincoln Highway Mural to east of Fulton House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
6. Lincoln Highway Mural to east of Fulton House
Early autos, At the summit rested, Because their engines, Were sorely tested, Lincolnway! Mural by Wayne Fettro
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 884 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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