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

The Coffee Pot

 
 
The Coffee Pot Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 29, 2008
1. The Coffee Pot Marker
Inscription. The increased number of automobiles during the Lincoln Highway era (1912-1940) led to the development of programmatic architecture. Proprietors took daring approaches to appeal to the new motoring public.

All across the country, oversized buildings were being created in the likeness of objects. Some of the more famous were constructed in Pennsylvania along the Lincoln Highway route - the Coffee Pot, the Ship Hotel, the Shoe House, etc. Many have fallen into disrepair.

In 1927, Bert Koontz designed and quickly erected the Coffee Pot on the west end of Bedford. His intention was to attract visitors to his adjacent gas station. The early restaurant served ice cream, hamburgers and Coca-Cola. In 1937 it was converted to a bar and a hotel was built in the rear. The Coffee Pot became a regular stop for Greyhound bus passengers since the bus depot was next door. In an effort to save the Coffee Pot, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor moved it to this location and restored it in 2004.
 
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Historical and Museum Commission, the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, and many private donors.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in
The Coffee Pot and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 29, 2008
2. The Coffee Pot and Marker
the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 40° 1.375′ N, 78° 31.047′ W. Marker is in Bedford, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker is at the intersection of Pitt Street (Business U.S. 30) and Telegraph Road, on the left when traveling west on Pitt Street. Touch for map. Marker is next to The Coffee Pot, at the entrance to the Bedford Fairgrounds. Marker is in this post office area: Bedford PA 15522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bedford Village (a few steps from this marker); Grist Millstone (approx. mile away); Forbes Road (approx. 0.8 miles away); This Tablet Marks The Site of Fort Bedford (approx. 0.8 miles away); "King's House" (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Court House and Prison Built in 1774 (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Bedford Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bedford County Civil War Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bedford.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on December 1, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Coffee Pot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 29, 2008
3. The Coffee Pot
Bedford Village historical marker in left foreground; looking southwest.
Period photo on The Coffee Pot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 29, 2008
4. Period photo on The Coffee Pot
The Coffee Pot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 29, 2008
5. The Coffee Pot
Bedford Coffee Pot, Bedford, PA image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Elliot
6. Bedford Coffee Pot, Bedford, PA
Creator: Historic American Engineering Record
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,374 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 1, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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