Route 66 gets all the publicity, but the Lincoln Highway was taking folks cross-country long before people were getting their kicks on 66. Our favorite father/daughter team hits the historic road and reports back…
The Lincoln Highway is truly a road lost in time. Originally, this coast-to-coast road was just an idea of how to settle the issues of the horrid roads that existed in the early 1900’s. Carl Fisher, the creator of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500, was the man who imagined the road, but it was actually small American towns that funded the whole thing in order to bring in traffic and business in 1912. Today a pretty average sight on the side of the Lincoln Highway are buildings painted with a mural celebrating the roads history like these…
Each town took immense pride in being a stop on this great highway, and the remnants of that pride endure today. In each small business and each small town on this road you will see a piece of history. While the story of this road sounds just as incredible as a road like Route 66, I had never even heard of it before. So I decided to check it out!
Our trip down this road was only the portion through Pennsylvania, but it still took us to all sorts of great spots like the Lincoln Motor Court, Bison Corral, and the Flight 93 Memorial.
Lincoln Motor Court
First stop was the Lincoln Motor Court. These lodging cabins are the only ones like it left out of the dozens that used to line the highway during its heyday. Thanks to the owners of the Lincoln Motor Court, it remains to look like a scene straight out of the 1940’s.
All of the cabins are kept in perfect condition and the shady area that surrounds it has more than enough lawn games and a fire pit to make anyone want to spend a weekend there.
What made the place even better was the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Altizer. These two delightful souls told us a lot about their journey of owning the motor court and how the history of The Lincoln Highway was the main reason they bought the place. The best part about their talk was when I asked them why they are the only cabin hotel left on the Lincoln Highway and their response was that “We’re just too damn stubborn!”
Their mentality was mirrored by a lot of people we met on the Highway, which is why the condition of the road and its historical sites remains immaculate.
The Bison Corral
Our next stop, the Bison Corral definitely contributes to the beauty of the road with their acres of road side farm land that welcomes visitors to stop by and make some animal friends. This family run farm started small but expanded to fit the growing needs of the surrounding areas.
On our stop there we were able to meet up with the owner of the farm, Ann Darrow, who was kind enough to tell us all about the history of their farm and introduce us to this adorable calf…
His name is Tatonka and he acts just like an over-sized puppy that believes your hand is a bottle of milk.
Tatonka was definitely worth the drive back to this farm, so if you can you should attempt to chat up the welcoming Ann Darrow or come to the farm on their event days to get a chance to meet the adorable little guy!
Flight 93 National Memorial
After falling in love with a bison we moved on to another source of American pride and an incredibly moving place…
I have always heard great reviews of the Flight 93 National Memorial and drove by a thousand times on my way to Pittsburgh, but I was never fully in the mind set to go. After visiting, I regret putting off my visit because it was one of the most well made and truly inspiring memorials I have been to in my life.
Walking the flight path and seeing where the brave men and women took down flight 93 is definitely a hard thing to see, but is a piece of American history one can mourn while simultaneously feeling great pride.
Another section of the memorial is a museum-like place that truly makes the people on Flight 93 become more human rather than heroes, and I believe that was the most impactful take-away I had from my experience there.
I walked away from this memorial amazed instead of tearful. This is a place not to be missed, and a great way to end a day of traveling through American historical sights.
On the Lincoln Highway one can meet the stubborn couple that refuses to change the past, the growing businesses that are still profiting from the road, pieces of modern history, and everything in between.
The biggest connection that I can see between all of the sights on the Lincoln Highway was that it was all proudly American. I truly believe this road deserves a spot right next to Route 66 in peoples’ hearts and I hope that more people get a chance to check it out. I know I fell in love with it and I only drove 160 miles out of the 5,872 mile stretch. I know this trip was only the beginning of my adventures on the Historical Lincoln Highway!
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