The Lincoln Highway was gradually replaced with numbered designations after the establishment of the U.S. Numbered Highway System in 1926, with most of the route becoming part of U.S. Route 30 from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. Most of the 1928 Lincoln Highway route became U.S. Route 30 (US 30), with portions becoming US 1 in the East and US 40, US 50 and US 93 in the West.
We only traveled a few miles of the more than three thousand miles of the Lincoln Highway -- between Breezewood and Ligonier in Pennsylvania -- but there was still plenty to see along that brief stretch!
Lincoln Highway Experience tells the stories of the Lincoln Highway, the origins of the roadway, and the iconic diners, motels and experiences you might have experienced along the road during its heyday in the 1920s through 1950s, before it was replaced by interstate highways such as I-80.
As you explore this engaging little museum, a picture of a optimistic America emerges, quirky and independent and willing to drive to see just about anything. The museum explores how women took the wheel and became expert drivers, how infrastructure supporting America's new past-time of taking road-trips gradually built up, and how the highway itself contributed to the thriving economy of the towns and places the roadway passed through.
One of the coolest stories explored by the Lincoln Highway Experience is about an ill-fated convoy, which left Washington DC on July 7, 1919 with 300 men driving 81 vehicles to prove that an army convoy could travel across the United States. For the American military, World War I had illustrated the importance of being able to move large amounts of troops and equipment quickly over long distances. The journey was filled with accidents, mud-filled roadways, and even a fake attack by "Indians." The convoy arrived in San Francisco 62 days later.
This trip had a huge impact on 28-year-old Army lieutenant colonel, a young man who would later serve as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe, achieve the rare five-star rank of General of the Army, and became the 34th President of the United States. As President, he would establish the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, is a network of controlled-access highways that forms part of the National Highway System in the United States.
Getting there: 3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA
Hours: Hours vary according to season, please check the website below for specifics. Closed New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas.
|A bison farm off of the Lincoln Highway somewhere between Breezewood and Ligonier.|
Looking for other fun things to see and do near the Lincoln Highway Experience? Check out the articles below:
- Barns of the Laurel Highlands
- Exploring Laurel Highlands
- Flight 93 National Memorial and Revisted
- Fort Ligonier
- Fort Necessity National Historic Site
- Ghost Town Rail Trail
- Great Allegheny Passage Bridge to Bridge Ride
- Kentuck Knob
- Laurel Hill State Park
- Linn Run State Park - 2 Hikes You Shouldn't Miss!
- Nemacolin Castle Ghost Hunt
- Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
- Ohiopyle State Park
- Somerset County's Unique Star Barns
- Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art - Ligonier
- Westmoreland Art Museum