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Napier Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins

 
 
From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
1. From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins Marker
Inscription.  By 1923, motor camping was the number one national pastime. Automobiles provided average Americans a new type of freedom and a way to escape their daily routine by touring the countryside on short weekend trips or cross-country treks. But it wasn't long that travelers desired more conveniences - thus, the birth of tourist cabins!

Individual tourist cabins offered more security, hot showers, and radios. With the growth of national chain hotels and motels, tourist cabins struggled for survival. However, the Lincoln Motor Court (built in 1944) provides an authentic, Lincoln Highway-era setting for today's visitors.

Follow signs like this to travel the historic route in Pennsylvania and to visit other exhibit sites along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.

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This exhibit was funded in part by a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Grant and a Federal Transportation Enhancement Award.

 
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor & Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
 
Topics and series.
Marker detail: Schellsburg tourist cabins image. Click for full size.
Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Archives
2. Marker detail: Schellsburg tourist cabins
These Schellsburg tourist cabins are no longer open for tourists, but they provide housing for seasonal workers.
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway 🛣️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 40° 2.658′ N, 78° 35.794′ W. Marker is in Napier Township, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) west of Tulls Hill Road (County Route 4007), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the flag pole at the entrance to the Lincoln Motor Court. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5104 Lincoln Hwy, Manns Choice PA 15550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Traveling The Highway (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bonnet Tavern (approx. 1.9 miles away); Forbes Road (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Beginning of Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service (approx. 2.6 miles away); William Frazier (approx. 2.6 miles away); Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (approx. 2.6 miles away); Shawnee Cabins (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Forbes Road (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napier Township.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
 
Also see . . .
Marker detail: Closed for decades, Greenland lodge cabins were located 2 ½ miles west of Bedford image. Click for full size.
Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Archives
3. Marker detail: Closed for decades, Greenland lodge cabins were located 2 ½ miles west of Bedford

1. Lincoln Motor Court. The Lincoln Motor Court evokes a bygone era of hospitality. A dozen classic tourist cabins have hosted visitors on the side of the Lincoln Highway since the early 1940s. (Submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Lincoln Highway. On July 1, 1913, a group of automobile enthusiasts and industry officials established the Lincoln Highway Association (LHA) "to procure the establishment of a continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description without toll charges." In its time, the Lincoln Highway would become the Nation's premier highway, as well known as U.S. 66 was to be in its day and as well known as I-80 and I-95 are today. The Lincoln Highway also played an important role in the evolution of highways leading up to the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways. This role is illustrated by the LHA's twin goals. One goal was to build a "Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway" from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. (Submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins Marker (<i>wide view; marker beside Motor Court sign</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
4. From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins Marker (wide view; marker beside Motor Court sign)
From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins Marker (<i>tall view; marker beside Motor Court sign</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
5. From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins Marker (tall view; marker beside Motor Court sign)
Old Lincoln Motor Court Sign (<i>located near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
6. Old Lincoln Motor Court Sign (located near marker)
Lincoln Motor Court Cabins image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
7. Lincoln Motor Court Cabins
Lincoln Motor Court Office image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
8. Lincoln Motor Court Office
Abandoned General Store (<i>across Lincoln Highway from the Motor Court</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
9. Abandoned General Store (across Lincoln Highway from the Motor Court)
Abandoned Service Station (<i>across Lincoln Highway from the Motor Court</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 1, 2018
10. Abandoned Service Station (across Lincoln Highway from the Motor Court)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on August 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   10. submitted on September 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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