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Abbottstown in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Beginning of the Lincoln Highway

 
 
The Beginning of the Lincoln Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
1. The Beginning of the Lincoln Highway Marker
Inscription. The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast highway built in 1913. A group of visionary businessmen from the automotive industry, led by Henry B. Joy and Carl Fisher, formed the Lincoln Highway Association.

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 Hosue continues to serve Lincoln Highway travelers fine food and lodging.
The Altland House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
2. The Altland House


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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); The Turning Point (approx. 5.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photograph of the Altland House
Traffic Circle at the Town Square of Abbottstown image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2008
3. Traffic Circle at the Town Square of Abbottstown
in earlier times. Below it are portraits of Fisher and Joy.
 
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.)
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,674 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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