Abbottstown in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Beginning of the Lincoln Highway
The Association successfully spearheaded the creation of a publicly-funded road that stretched from New York City, NY to San Francisco, CA. The road would be the first transcontinental highway. The Association engaged in very little actual road building, but it did fire the public's imagination and soon their project was under way. When it was done it stretched 3,389 miles.
In Pennsylvania, much of the Lincoln Highway was constructed by improving and linking pre-existing roads. It was a focal point of the Good Roads Movement, which would ultimately lead to the development of the highways all over the nation.
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, is a non-profit heritage region that follows the Lincoln Highway through six Pennsylvania counties: Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, and Adams.
The Altland House, established in 1880, is located on one of the oldest tavern sites in Adams County. In 1801 John Fox established an inn here on Abbotstown's square, the oldest town in the county. Carefully restored, the Altland House continues to serve Lincoln Highway travelers fine food and lodging.
Hold a coin or car key against the stainless steel contact pins to listen as Charles Bream Jr. of Gettysburg, PA shares early Lincoln Highway memories.
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. 39° 53.189′ N, 76° 59.087′ W. Marker is in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street (U.S. 30) and Queen Street (State Highway 194) on King Street. Touch for map. Located in the the parking lot for the Altland House. Marker is in this post office area: Abbottstown PA 17301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Abbott (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.7 miles away); Swigart's Mill (approx. 3.4 miles away); Studebaker Home (approx. 3.6 miles away); Road Versus Rail (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 4.3 miles away); Conewago Chapel (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 4.9 miles away).
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photograph of the Altland
Also see . . .
1. Charles Bream shares early Lincoln Highway Memories. (MP3 download) Online copy of the narrative provided at the marker location. (Submitted on September 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Altland House. The tavern serves travelers today serving fine food and offering a setting for special events. (Submitted on September 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor website. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,744 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.