Near Fayetteville in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Good Roads Jubilee / The Lincoln Highway
One of the largest celebrations for the opening of a paved section of the Lincoln Highway was held here, at the Caledonia Forest Reserve Park, on October 4, 1921.
The new paved section of the Lincoln Highway stretched from Gettysburg to Chambersburg. It completed a 113-mile triangular paved auto-touring route from the state capital to Gettysburg, then to Chambersburg and back to Harrisburg.
An estimated 30,000 automobiles joined the celebration.
The Great Roads Jubilee Pageant was touted as the world's largest parade showing the evolution of transportation. Even George Washington's coach from Valley Forge was in the parade. Gettysburg and Wilson colleges canceled classes so students could participate. On the reviewing platform, guests from a dozen other state highway commissions joined Lincoln Highway Association members.
If you traveled to Caledonia State Park, the second oldest Pennsylvania state park, from the east or west, then you traveled the historic Lincoln Highway. In 1913, it was America's first coast-to-coast highway, stretching from New York City to San Francisco. For the most part in Pennsylvania, we know the Lincoln Highway as Route 30.
At the turn
In 1925, the Federal Highway Administration dropped highway names in favor of route numbers. In 1928, Boy Scouts across the nation helped to install nearly 2,700 cement markers. Today, less than two dozen remain in Pennsylvania.
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. 39° 54.416′ N, 77° 28.688′ W. Marker is near Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (U.S. Touch for map. Located in Caledonia State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville PA 17222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caledonia Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Caledonia Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Jemison (approx. 2.8 miles away); Chestnut Spring (approx. 5.6 miles away); Conklin Hall (approx. 5.6 miles away); Penn State Mont Alto Campus (approx. 5.7 miles away); George H. Wirt (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
More about this marker. On the left side panel are photos of the parade, a map of the road routes mentioned in the text, and a copy of a post card discussing the event.
On the right side panel is a map of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. Photos on the panel include one of a vehicle stuck in an early dirt road and campers at Caledonia State Park. To the lower right is a photo of a road marker placed by the Boy Scouts.
Also see . . . The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 957 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.