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
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway 🛣️ series list.
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. Located in the parking lot for the Altland House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abbottstown PA 17301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Abbott (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.7 miles away); Swigart's Mill (approx. 3.4 miles away); East Berlin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Studebaker HomeFill 'Er Up (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named East Berlin (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abbottstown.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photograph of the Altland House in earlier times. Below it are portraits of Fisher and Joy.
Also see . . . Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor website. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
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