Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America's First Coast-To-Coast Road

Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America's First Coast-To-Coast Road

by Brian Butko
     
 

The Lincoln Highway preceded Route 66 by a dozen years, runs a third longer than the famed highway, and crosses the country from Atlantic to Pacific. Traversing fourteen states from Times Square in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, this large-format book follows the highway in both space and time to diners, gas stations, ice cream stands, tourist cabins,

Overview

The Lincoln Highway preceded Route 66 by a dozen years, runs a third longer than the famed highway, and crosses the country from Atlantic to Pacific. Traversing fourteen states from Times Square in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, this large-format book follows the highway in both space and time to diners, gas stations, ice cream stands, tourist cabins, historic landmarks, and roadside attractions. Excerpts from memoirs and old postcards give a feel for what early motoring was really like—the good, the bad, and the muddy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Lincoln Highway, conceived by an automotive accessories manufacturer named Carl Fisher in 1912, was hardly a highway by today's standards. It was more a web of existing roads and short stretches of new construction, all dotted with visible road markers, that finally gave motorists a single route to follow from New York to California. Before its inception, motorists, few as they were, would often have to take old wagon trails, especially in the West, and cut down wire fences along the way. Although the Lincoln Highway was barely an interstate in the modern sense, it was a massive improvement, though within a decade it was overshadowed by the fabled Route 66 and is now just a series of "faint traces." Butko's easygoing, state-by-state account is a fun amble through 14 states including West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado and Utah, not overly nostalgic, yet indulging in remembrances of old diners and corny roadside attractions, like the Shoe House, a five-story building shaped like a work boot in Pennsylvania. Butko (Diners of Pennsylvania) peppers the narrative with quotes from early 20th-century travelogues, and the inclusion of snapshots and old postcards establishes a chatty ambience. Although readers will probably want to skip around (the descriptions of the highway in some states are dull), this is a detailed and well-illustrated travel diary. 351 color, 54 b&w photos; 15 color maps. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811701280
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
05/19/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Butko lives in the Pittsburgh metro area and is the nation's leading authority on the Lincoln Highway. He is a founding director of the new Lincoln Highway Association.

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