“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Schellsburg in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Over the Summit

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

Over the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 15, 2011
1. Over the Summit Marker
Inscription. Even when blessed with good roads and good weather, crossing the Alleghenies on the Lincoln Highway was a challenge for the early motorist. Steep grades and winding roads resulted in overheated engines and severe cases of vertigo. Entrepreneurs along the Lincoln Highway’s many summits established business to respond to this dilemma. One of the most famous Lincoln Highway landmarks in Pennsylvania and in the country was the S.S. Grand View Point located ½ mile east of this point.

“See 3 states, 7 counties”---For decades this was the slogan that greeted motorists as they climbed the Allegheny Mountain summit and rounded the sharp bend. The S.S. Grand View Point was the brainchild of Herbert Paulson, a Dutch immigrant. He began with a roadside stand and picnic/camping area: then expanded it to resemble a castle with multiple overlooks. The structure was cantilevered under and had 18 steel beams anchoring it. A telescope beckoned visitors to enjoy the 60+ mile view.

Because of his love of the sea, in 1932 Paulson transformed the castle structure into a ship---complete with observation decks, captain’s wheel, life preservers and lighthouses. Immediately it became a famous Lincoln Highway landmark. Paulson kept a log of visitors to the Ship: some of the more famous were George Burns, Joan Crawford, and Henry Ford.

Over the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 15, 2011
2. Over the Summit Marker
When the PA Turnpike opened in 1940, travelers preferred the new superhighway over the Lincoln Highway, and business declined.

New owners in the 1970’s attempted unsuccessfully to revive the site calling it Noah’s Ark. For more than twenty years the Ship sat idle and fell into serious disrepair. In the early morning hours of October 26, 2001, the S.S. Grand View Ship Hotel burned to the ground. Today, Lincoln Highway motorists still enjoy the view of “3 states and 7 counties” as they travel over the Allegheny Mountain summit.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. 40° 2.232′ N, 78° 45.516′ W. Marker is in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway (US 30). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schellsburg PA 15559, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forbes Road (approx. half a mile away); Jacob Kinsey (Kintzy) Homestead (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (approx. 4.1 miles away); American Legion Post 449 War Memorial (approx. 5.5 miles away); Bedford Co. Bridge #15

Over the Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 15, 2011
3. Over the Summit Marker
(approx. 5.5 miles away); Old Log Church (approx. 5.5 miles away); a different marker also named Forbes Road (approx. 5.8 miles away); Forbes Camp (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Schellsburg.
Also see . . .  Historic American Buildings Survey record for the S.S. Grand View Point Hotel. (Submitted on November 22, 2012.)
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
The S.S. Grand View Point Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Elliot, 1999
4. The S.S. Grand View Point Hotel
See 3 States and 7 Counties...
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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