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The Lincoln Highway was the first road across America. It spanned almost 3400 miles, coast-to-coast, from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This category seeks to waymark the unique pieces of Americana and history that still lie along this supplanted route.
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The Lincoln Highway was the first road across America spanning almost 3400 miles, coast-to-coast, from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Link Link Link

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Times Square, the Eastern Terminus

Vintage Motor Court east of York,PA

Monument in Princeton, NJ

The Coffee Pot lunch stand in Bedford,PA

The Preston Museum in Belle Plaine,IA

The first officially recorded mileage for the entire Lincoln Highway was 3389 miles in 1913. Over the years, as the road was improved, numerous realignments were made. Counting the original route and all of the subsequent realignments, there is a grand total of 5869 miles.

The Lincoln Highway is one of America's best-known historical roads. It was inspired by the Good Roads Movement, and in turn inspired the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which was championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, influenced by his experiences as a young soldier crossing the country in the 1919 Army Convoy on the Lincoln Highway.

As the first road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns, and villages along the way.

Affectionately, the Lincoln Highway became known as "The Main Street Across America", a nickname that, even today, remains synonymous with the famous old road. Additionally, with the renewed interest in America's historic two-lane highways, and in deference to Route 66 having been nicknamed "The Mother Road" by John Steinbeck, the older and longer Lincoln Highway has become regarded as "The Father Road", a nickname used regularly by American Road magazine, and by author Michael Wallis in his recent book, The Lincoln Highway, Coast-to-Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate: the Great American Road Trip.

The Lincoln Highway Association was re-formed in 1992 with the mission, "…to identify, preserve, and improve access to the remaining portions of the Lincoln Highway and its associated historic sites." The new LHA publishes a quarterly magazine, The Lincoln Highway Forum, and holds conferences each year in cities along the route.

In 2005, Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America’s First Coast-to-Coast Road, a comprehensive coffee table book by Brian Butko, became the first complete guide to the road, with maps, directions, photos, postcards, memorabilia, and histories of towns, people, and places.

A mix of research and on-the-road fun, the book placed the LHA's early history in the context of roadbuilding, politics, and geography, explaining why the Lincoln followed the path it did across the US, including the oft-forgotten Colorado Loop through Denver.

Butko's book also incorporated quotes from early motoring memoirs and postcard messages - sometimes funny, sometimes painfully descriptive of early motoring woes - hence the Greetings title. Butko had previously written an exhaustive guide to the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania in 1996, which was revised and republished in 2002 with different photos and postcard images.

In July 2007, the W.W. Norton Company published The Lincoln Highway, Coast-to-Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate: The Great American Road Trip by Michael Wallis, best-selling author of Route 66, and voice of Sheriff in the movie Cars, and Michael Williamson, twice a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer with The Washington Post.

If you are interested in America's historic highways you also might want to look at these categories: The Dixie Highway, The Mother Road: Route 66, U.S. Route 40: The National Road, or the U.S. Route 99: The Pacific Highway.

Instructions for Posting a Lincoln Highway Waymark:
What to post: This category is for cataloging the people, places, events, and things that are a part of the history, culture, and lore of the Lincoln Highway – anything that captures the spirit of the Lincoln Highway during its heyday. Potential waymarks might be pieces of Americana such as diners or motor lodges, historic markers about the road, historic structures along the road, roadside attractions, etc. Submissions to this category must be found along the Lincoln Highway and will be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria: Does it represent period culture? Is it distinctive or of significant interest? Is it an important milestone or marker? The well-known Lincoln Highway marker posts will not be accepted unless they have an accompanying historic marker telling about the posts. These posts can be waymarked in the category Lincoln Highway Markers.
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Lincoln HighwayAlbert Einstein Monument - Princeton, NJ

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The foremost scientist of the 20th century lived and worked along the Lincoln Highway, Route 27, at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. A monument on the Lincoln Highway records his image and accomplishments.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: New Jersey

date approved: 9/1/2013

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayPrinceton Battle Monument - Princeton, NJ

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The Lincoln Highway makes its way through New Jersey along Route 27. Here in Princeton, near the intersection of Route 206, this monument commemorates the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 94RedRover

location: New Jersey

date approved: 2/23/2010

last visited: 9/27/2010

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Lincoln HighwayNassau Hall - Princeton, NJ

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Nassau Hall is located on the campus of Princeton University along Route 27, the Lincoln Highway, in Princeton, NJ. In 1783, it was the first capital of the United States.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: New Jersey

date approved: 8/16/2013

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayTrenton City/Calhoun Street Bridge - Morrisville, Pennsylvania

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Historic bridge across the Delaware River between Trenton, New Jersey and Morrisville, Pennsylvania is along the original route of the Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 7/24/2008

last visited: 7/20/2013

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Lincoln HighwayNew Jersey - Pennsylvania Border Crossing

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Old border crossing sign at the Pennsylvania end of the bridge.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 7/24/2008

last visited: 7/20/2013

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Lincoln HighwayThomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower - Edison, NJ

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Located off of the Lincoln Highway in Edison New Jersey is the Edison Memorial Tower on the site of Thomas Alva Edison's laboratory.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member geobwong2k

location: New Jersey

date approved: 2/20/2009

last visited: 11/14/2014

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Lincoln HighwayThomas Alva Edison - Edison (Menlo Park), NJ

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Edison's Laboratory has provided the scene for one of the most authentic pieces of Americana found on the Lincoln Highway. A wonderfully old bronze tablet and boulder mark the site of his historic discoveries. Edison attended the dedication.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: New Jersey

date approved: 9/4/2010

last visited: 8/19/2011

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Lincoln HighwayGreen Hill Theater - Philadelphia, PA

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The last of three surviving vintage movie theaters along this stretch of the Lincoln Highway leading toward Philadelphia. This is the oldest of the trio, being built in 1945. Since at least 1988, this cinema has been a church.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/30/2012

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwaySeville Theater - Bryn Mawr, PA

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Another Lincoln Highway, vintage movie theater jewel from the twenties. The NRHP theater has been revived and redone over the years and it is a stunning testament to artistic integrity and the will of a single-minded community.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/30/2012

last visited: 6/24/2014

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Lincoln HighwayAnthony Wayne Theater - Wayne, PA

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This beautiful, art deco theater from 1928 has been added to the newly formed Wayne Historic District as a contributing structure. The colorful terra cotta details make this one of a kind building really pop & a jewel of the Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/30/2012

last visited: 12/30/2012

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Lincoln Highway14 Miles to Philadelphia - Radnor, PA

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This is a replacement milestone for the original 19th century one lost time. The milestone stands along the Lincoln Highway and marks the mileage to Philadelphia.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/30/2012

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayMadame Tussaud's Wax Museum - New York, NY

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Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is located on the Lincoln Highway on 42nd Street, one block west of Broadway, in Manhattan.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: New York

date approved: 2/24/2012

last visited: 11/24/2014

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Lincoln HighwayTimes Square- Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway - New York City, NY

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The Lincoln Highway ran/runs from New York's Times Square to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

location: New York

date approved: 8/19/2011

last visited: 4/2/2013

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Lincoln HighwayDuffy's Cut Historical Sign

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Sign detailing the nearby railroad construction crew tragedy where Irish immigrants died under mysterious circumstances. A PBS documentary suggested that at least some of the workers were murdered by a local group of vigilantes.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 1/5/2014

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayDowningtown Log House - Downingtown, PA

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Some say this is the oldest dwelling in Chester County. Built in 1701, this very simple 1½ log home over 300 hundred years old! Where else could a site like this be found but the Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 1/6/2012

last visited: never

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Lincoln Highway34 Miles to Philadelphia - Thorndale, PA

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Part of a series of late 18th century markers which were installed when this, the nation's first major toll road was constructed. Later, this became part of the Lincoln Highway, almost 125 years later.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/28/2010

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayPhiladelphia & Lancaster Turnpike Road - Coatesville, PA

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This historic marker is especially relevant to the Lincoln Highway as it traces back in time the origins of this road which was originally a late 18th century turnpike.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/27/2010

last visited: never

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Lincoln Highway35 Miles to Philadelphia - Coatesville, PA

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The most unique late 18th century milestone you'll ever find. This one, established in 1794, is built into a stone wall and is located 20 feet or so from the famous and historical Lincoln Highway, of course.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/28/2010

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayJohn G. Parke - Coatesville, PA

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Another official Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program site along the Lincoln Highway. Seems like anything historical which happened in this country, happened here on an equally historical road.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 12/28/2010

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayNational Bank of Coatesville Building - Coatesville, PA

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The Lincoln Highway passes through this Coatesville Historic District and what better way to typify the highway and this beautiful, historic town then to highlight one of the eye-popping, individually-listed NRHP sites.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 11/6/2011

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayCoatesville Historic District - Coatesville, PA

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One of the more notable scenes along the 3,389 miles of the Lincoln Hwy is this small, beautiful town which grew up along this famous road. It's historic district runs right along the famous hwy. corridor. Founded by original settler, Moses Coates.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 1/4/2012

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayCoatesville War Memorial - Coatesville, PA

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Unusual war memorial featuring a gigantic globe in this Lincoln Highway town.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/10/2011

last visited: never

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Lincoln HighwayFirst Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Coatesville, PA

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Another historic Lincoln Hwy. site. The empty 121-year old church is slated to become a Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The church's beginnings & original habitants/denomination is as yet, unknown, but a cornerstone offers a construction date.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 1/25/2012

last visited: never

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Lincoln Highway43 Miles to Philadelphia 19 Miles to Lancaster - Parkesburg, PA

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Another very old, 19th century historic mileage marker along the Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 10/23/2011

last visited: never

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Lincoln Highway44 Miles to Philadelphia 18 Miles to Lancaster - Parkesburg, PA

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There is an old, late 19th century mile marker in front of Country Gardens Restaurant. This historic, stone marker has a twist: The mileage information is facing backwards, away from the road! Naturally, it's on the Lincoln Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 10/23/2011

last visited: never

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