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

Finding Your Way

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

 
 
Finding Your Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
1. Finding Your Way Marker
Inscription. Arches were a common site across the Lincoln Highway route. A Gateway Arch, now removed, spanned Lincoln Way East. The wooden arch greeted travelers as they passed through downtown. It was at this very intersection (Lincoln Highway and U. S. Route 11) when General Robert E. Lee made his decision to ride “east towards Gettysburg” in 1863.

The Chambersburg Heritage Center tells the stories of Franklin County, dating back to the 18th century frontier days through its most significant event – the burning of Chambersburg by the Confederates on July 30, 1864. Following the burning of the town, the reconstruction included building this former Valley National Bank Building in 1915. Visit the Heritage Center to learn more about what makes this area so special.

Follow signs like this to travel the historic route in Pennsylvania and to visit other exhibits along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.249′ N, 77° 39.666′ W. Marker is in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is on Lincoln Way (U.S. 30) near Philadelphia Avenue (U.S. 11), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chambersburg PA 17201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in Chambersburg image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
2. Marker in Chambersburg
The Memorial Fountain featured in one of the postcards on the marker can be seen on the right in the background of this photo.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chambersburg Founded A.D. 1764 (a few steps from this marker); War Between the States (a few steps from this marker); French & Indian War – Revolutionary War – War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker); Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg (a few steps from this marker); Union Soldiers of Franklin County (a few steps from this marker); Mexican War – Spanish American War – World War (a few steps from this marker); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (a few steps from this marker); World War II – Korean Conflict – Vietnam Conflict (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chambersburg.
 
More about this marker. Two old postcards, courtesy of Chambersburg Area Development Corporation, appear at the bottom of the marker. The first has a caption of “The Memorial Fountain featured in this postcard replaced a 120 foot flagpole known as the Liberty Pole. The Fountain now stands as the symbol of Chambersburg.” The other postcard has the caption “The Lincoln Way Arch was erected in July 1914 and spanned Lincoln Way East.”
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor website. (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
3. Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Marker

 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Memorial Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
4. Memorial Fountain
Dedicated July 17, 1878 to honor Franklin County soldiers who fought in the Civil War, this fountain is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 689 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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