lincoln highway Highlights

Here are SOME (NOT ALL) highlights along the Lincoln Highway between New York City and San Francisco. I'm trying to keep the list short and manageable, so you'll find LOTS more to discover as you travel. Listing, of course, is not an endorsement.

 

* IN PROGRESS as of September 2, 2019

NEW YORK

TIMES SQUARE, 42nd St @ 7th and Broadway, the LH's eastern terminus.

STREET SIGN, for Lincoln Highway, Times Square.

THEATER ROW, 42nd Street.

FERRY TERMINAL, original at 42nd, now 39th St, for crossing Hudson River to New Jersey.

HOLLAND TUNNEL, LH route moved here starting 1928.

NEW JERSEY

FERRY TERMINAL, Port Imperial/Weehawken.

LINCOLN STATUE, Jersey City, by Fraser, 1930.

LINCOLN STATUE, Newark, by Borglum, 1911.

MEMORIAL TOWER, Edison, site of Menlo Park lab.

STONE ARCH BRIDGE, Kingston.

GEO WASHINGTON BATTLE MONUMENT, Princeton.

WARREN STREET BRIDGE, Delaware River, large 1935 letters "Trenton Makes, The World Takes."

CALHOUN STREET BRIDGE, Delaware River, iron bridge built 1884, 15 mph speed limit.

PENNSYLVANIA

STATE LINE MARKER, Delaware River, cast iron, 1917 shows LH directions, end of Calhoun St. Bridge.

LINCOLN MOTEL, Trevose, vintage neon sign, at city line.

STONE BRIDGE, Trevose, behind Lincoln Motel in woods, 1805, from early turnpike.

INDEPENDENCE HALL & LIBERTY BELL, Philadelphia, 6th St @ Chestnut.

FRAZER DINER, Fraser, 1935 O’Mahony-brand diner (NOTE: they discourage photo-taking).

DUTCH HAVEN, Ronks, roadside attraction selling shoo-fly pie, windmill on roof.

HALLAM, Haines Shoe House

ORRTANNA, Mister Ed's Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium

GETTYSBURG, Gettysburg Hotel, on the square

BEDFORD, Coffee Pot cafe, display-only

BEDFORD, Dunkle's art deco Gulf Station — fill up your tank!

W OF BEDFORD, Jean Bonnet Tavern, 1760s landmark, lodging too.

MANN'S CHOICE, Lincoln Motor Court — last one on the entire LH!

LIGONIER, restored "diamond" aka town square.

GLENFIELD, yellow brick road paving.

WEST VIRGINIA

CHESTER, World's Largest Teapot, display-only.

CHESTER, Frank's Pastry Shop, 1952

CHESTER, three 1928 LHA concrete posts.

NEWELL, west of LH, 1907 iron toll bridge.

NEWELL, west of LH, Homer Laughlin China, makers of Fiesta Ware, factory outlet store.

OHIO

EAST LIVERPOOL, Museum of Ceramics.

LISBON, Steel Trolley Diner (currently closed)

HANOVERTON, Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn, built 1837 with 11 rooms and 12 fireplaces + Rathskeller

MINERVA, Kishman's gas station with President Lincoln graphics.

MINERVA, Palmantiers Motel, restored vintage lodging.

E of CANTON, Baywood Street, long stretch of brick paving.
MASSILLON, Chase Motel.

MASSILLON, Country Motel.

ORRVILLE, Shisler's Cheese House.

ORRVILLE, J. M. Smucker Company Company Store & Cafe.

ORRVILLE, Royal Star Inn, family-run motel.

E OF BUCYRUS, Hopley LH Monument.

LIMA, Kewpee Hamburgers.

E OF VAN WERT, Van-Del Drive-In Theater.

VAN WERT, Fountain Inn, two-story 1950s motel.

INDIANA

FORT WAYNE, Knotty Pine Motel, old fashioned home and connected cabins.

FORT WAYNE, restored iron Wells St Bridge (no traffic) and parallel 1915 concrete Harrison St Bridge

GOSHEN, Goshen Motor Inn, 1950s motel

GOSHEN, 1939 concrete deco police booth

GOSHEN, Olympia Candy Kitchen, chocolates and soda fountain

MISHAWAKA, Bonnie Doon drive-in restaurant

W of SOUTH BEND, Kenrose Motel, brick 1950s motel

ROLLING PRAIRIE, Jennie Rae's restaurant in former Bob's BBQ

SCHERERVILLE, Rosewood Inn, an early 1950s motel

SCHERERVILLE, Teibel's restaurant, fried chicken since 1929

E of DYER, Motel Lee, ’60s style lodging.

IN/IL LINE, Ideal Section marker & Henry Osterman monument

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, 1916 Arche Memorial Fountain, intersection of LH and Dixie Highway

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Hi-Way Bakery, restored neon sign of baker

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Carlo's Restaurant, Italian dining since the 1950s

NEW LENNOX, Walona Motel, 1950s

JOLIET, Joliet Area Historical Museum, exhibits on LH and Route 66

PLAINFIELD, LH and Route 66 share road for .3 mile

AURORA, Phillips Park, restored camping pavilion

ROCHELLE, Railroad Park, observation deck where two major rail lines cross

FRANKLIN GROVE, LHA visitors center in 1860 building

DIXON, statue of young Abe Lincoln

MORRISON, Parkview Motel

FULTON, Windmill Welcome Center

IOWA

DeWITT, Winsther Motel, good reviews and neon sign

LOWDEN, Lincoln Hotel, 1915, rehab 1996, listed in National Register

W of CEDAR RAPIDS, Red-Rel Supper Club

WATKINS, Youngville Station Cafe, 1931 rural station serves pies and lunch, check ahead for days

BELLE PLAINE, Lincoln Cafe

BELLE PLAINE, George Preston's vintage gas station (long-closed but being restored)

TAMA, King Tower Cafe

TAMA, LH Bridge with "Lincoln Highway" spelled out in concrete rails

CHELSEA, rebuilt bridge include concrete rails and original globe lights

MARSHALLTOWN, Taylor's Maid Rite, loose meat sandwiches since 1928

COLO, Reed-Niland Corner with restored Niland's Cafe, Colo Motel, and gas station (display only)

AMES, Ames Motor Lodge Motel

E of GRAND JUNCTION, bridges over W Beaver Creek including original concrete and 1924 bridges.

GRAND JUNCTION, Janco Motel & Tanning

N of SCRANTON, two concrete markers topped by busts of Lincoln, corner of former Moss farm

DENISON, Cronk's Cafe

DENISON, Park Motel, 1940s, theme rooms

WOODBINE, six blocks of brick street paving

MISSOURI VALLEY, Hillside Cottages, 12 themed inexpensive rooms

MISSOURI VALLEY, Rial to Theater

HONEY CREEK, Hitchcock Nature Center & Cabins Campground, 1,268 acres in the Loess Hills  

NEBRASKA

OMAHA, Hotel Deco, restored Redick Tower, built 1930

E of ELKHORN, one mile of preserved brick paved road, listed in National Register

FREMONT, Mullins statue of President Lincoln

DUNCAN, trace of original LH running between row of trees

GARDINER, iron bridge over Prairie Creek with LH interpretive panel

GRAND ISLAND, Kensinger tiny gas station with neon sign

GRAND ISLAND, Seedling Mile preserved section, built 1915, bypassed 1931, behind station

GRAND ISLAND, Coney Island Lunch Room for hot dogs and malted milkshakes, red counter & stools

W of KEARNEY, Covered Wagon roadside attraction, former gas station and gift shop, giant oxen statues

E of OVERTON, original concrete bridge near RR tracks, now painted white

LEXINGTON, Water Tower Court (former 1950s Green Valley Motel/Travelodge till 2017)

GOTHENBURG STAIRSTEP, original route south of Platte River, a rural throwback

NORTH PLATTE, Western Motel, court style, vintage neon sign

NORTH PLATTE, Fort Cody Trading Post, faux fort facade, check out backyard play area

NORTH PLATTE, Buffalo Bill's Scout's Rest Ranch, tour house and barn, visit buffalo

OGALLALA, Lazy K Motel, 1956, one-story, great sign

BIG SPRINGSPhelps Hotel, 1885, listed in National Register, may be closed

SIDNEY, Sleep For Less Motel, family owned for two decades

SIDNEY, Sidney Motor Lodge, cool, small, red-brick motel

SIDNEY, Dude's Steak House and Brandin Iron Bar, vintage signs on rooftop

POTTER, Point of Rocks Motel & RV Park

KIMBALL, Motel Kimball, small one-story motel

ELKHORN, 4 miles of brick paving

FREMONT, Lincoln statues by Mullins

GRAND ISLAND, Kensinger's Gas station & LHA Seedling Mile behind it

SHELTON, LH Visitors Center

W of KEARNEY, former Covered Wagon souvenir shop with giant wagon and oxen

E of OVERTON, concrete bridge along RR tracks, painted white

COLORADO

JULESBURG, Old Ford Garage/Fort Sedgwick Museum

FORT MORGAN, Rainbow arch bridge

FORT MORGAN, Central Motel, classic lodging and sign

ORCHARD (unofficial Greeley Branch), tiny main street used in 1978 Michener miniseries Centennial

DENVER, Pete's Kitchen, all-night classic diner

DENVER, Brown Palace Hotel, founded 1892, AAA 4-diamond

NE of DENVER, Lakeside Amusement Park, founded 1908

BERTHOUD, Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum; across street is mural to auto writer Floyd Clymer

WYOMING

... under construction!!

CHEYENNE, Fleetwood Motel, 3800 E Lincolnway

CHEYENNE, Rodeo Inn, 3839 E Lincolnway

 

CHEYENNE, Cheyenne Motel, cheyennemotel.us

 

CHEYENNE, Historic Plains Hotel

 

CHEYENNE, Sands Motel, 1022 W Lincolnway

 

CHEYENNE, Stage Coach Motel, 1515 W Lincolnway

 

LARAMIE, Laramie Valley Inn, laramievalleyinn.com

 

LARAMIE, Gas Lite Motel, 960 N 3rd St

 

*NOTE: 1913 Alignment North of Rock River WY goes on private land 

Obtain permission before crossing and close all gates 

 

MEDICINE BOW, Virginian Hotel, 404 Lincoln Hwy

 

RAWLINS, Brickyard Inn, 415 W Spruce St, brickyardinn.com

 

RAWLINS, La Bella Motel, 1819 W Spruce St

WAMSUTTER, Sunset Inn, sunsetinnwy.com

 

ROCK SPRINGS, Springs Motel

 

ROCK SPRINGS, Economy Guest Village

 

ROCK SPRINGS, Cozy Cottage Motel

 

GREEN RIVER, Mustang Motel, 550 E Flaming Gorge Way

famous view of Palisades west from Flaming Gorge Way near I-80 exit

Coachman Inn and Mustang Motel signs

Penny's Diner (modern retro) and Staci Ann's Café

Remains of gas station (pumps now gone) west of James Town

Little America

Original triangle intersection Old Little American Rd (old LH) /Granger Rd (old US 30)

Church Buttes mountain scenery on old LH

1928 post east of Lyman

LYMAN, Gateway Inn, lymangatewayinn.com

 

FORT BRIDGER, restored fort inc restored cabin camp at entrance

E of EVANSTON, Prairie Inn Motel and Jody's Diner

EVANSTON, 1928 post & plaque, in front of abandoned Sunset Tourist Cabins

EVANSTON, Prairie Inn, prairieinn.us

Echo Canyon Rd paralell to I-80

UTAH

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Echo Canyon Rd parallel to I-80

3 small concrete bridges before border, on private land but can seen from access road

ECHO, old Gas and Cozy Café buildings, signs

Devil's Slide

MORGAN, Taggart's Grill, x108 (take road under I-84 east to iron RR bridges)

RIVERDALE, Motor Vu Drive-In Theatre

COALVILLE, Echo Resort  State Park Campground, 2115 Echo Dam Rd, echodamresort.com

 

COALVILLE, Blonquist Motel AKA A Country Place Motel, 99 S Main St, acountryvacation.com

 

CLEARFIELD, Charin Inn, 116 N Main St

GRANTSVILLE, Warner RV Park, 324 E Main St

DUGWAY PASS, TOOELE COUNTY, Simpson Springs Campground BLM

NEVADA

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ELY, Fireside Inn, 49 N McGill Hwy

ELY, Bristlecone Motel, 700 Ave I, bristleconemotelnv.com

 

ELY, Magnuson Hotel Park Vue, 930 E Aultman St, magnusonhotels.com

 

EUREKA, Jackson House Hotel, 701 N Main St, eurekagoldcountryinn.com

 

EUREKA, Sundown Lodge, 60 N Main St

 

EUREKA, Ruby Hill Motel, 380 N Main St

AUSTIN, Lincoln Motel, 60 Main Street

 

AUSTIN, Cozy Mountain Motel, 40 Main Street, clients.innroad.com

 

Fallon, Cold Springs Station, 52300 Austin Hwy, cssresort.com

 

FALLON, Overland Hotel & Saloon, 125 E Center St, theoverlandhotel.com

 

FALLON, Fallon Lodge Motel, 25 N Taylor St

 

Fernley, Lahontan Inn, 135 E Main St

FERNLEY, Lazy Inn, 325 W Main St

 

Sparks, Lariat Motel, 304 Victorian Ave

 

SPARKS, Victorian Inn, 1555 Victorian Ave

 

CALIFORNIA

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TRUCKEE, River Street Inn, 10009 E River St, riverstreetinntruckee.com

 

TRUCKEE, Loch Leven Lodge, 13855 Donner Pass Rd, lochlevenlodge.com

 

TRUCKEE, Richards Motel, 15758 Donner Pass Rd, richardsmotelca.com

 

Soda Springs, Kingvale Lodge, 51228 Donner Pass Rd

Emigrant Gap, Big Yeti, 43310 Laing Rd

 

COLFAX, Colfax Motor Lodge, 550 S Auburn St

CITRUS HEIGHTS (metro Sacramento) CA, Ranch Motel, 6221 Auburn Blvd, ranchmotelcitrusheights.com

SACRAMENTO, Surf Motel, 3204 Auburn Blvd

 

SACRAMENTO, The Greens Hotel, 1700 Del Paso Blvd, thegreenshotel.com

 

SACRAMENTO, Deville Motel, 2756 Stockton Blvd

 

STOCKTON, Brevia Inn & Restaurant, 1625 French Camp Turnpike, breviainn.com

 

TRACY, Hacienda Inn, 639 W 11th St, haciendainn.net

LIVERMORE, Del Valle Lodge, 3979 First St, delvallelodge.com

 

Castro Valley, Valley Inn, 17130 Foothill Blvd

San Francisco, Alexis Park Inn San Francisco, 825 Polk St, alexisparksf.com