The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate

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The best-selling author of Route 66 and a Pulitzer Prize?winning photographer celebrate America?s first transcontinental highway in all its neon glory.
It began in 1913 with a glorious new highway that connected the bright lights of Broadway with the foggy shores of San Francisco. It was a magnificent and meandering road that enticed millions of newly motoring Americans to hop in their Model Ts and explore the fading frontier. It was the road of Gettysburg, Pretty Boy Floyd, ...

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Overview

The best-selling author of Route 66 and a Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer celebrate America’s first transcontinental highway in all its neon glory.
It began in 1913 with a glorious new highway that connected the bright lights of Broadway with the foggy shores of San Francisco. It was a magnificent and meandering road that enticed millions of newly motoring Americans to hop in their Model Ts and explore the fading frontier. It was the road of Gettysburg, Pretty Boy Floyd, Notre Dame, the Great Salt Lake, and the Gold Rush Trail. Once a symbol of limitless potential, it has undergone a miraculous revival. With hundreds of rare photographs, this ode to a bygone era guides us across the true spine of the country, exploring vintage diners, Art Deco buildings, and funky roadside attractions—all waiting to be discovered.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Ishimoto Morris
Michael Wallis, author, historian…hit the road with Michael S. Williamson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer, to rediscover the meandering concrete, asphalt and dirt relic, digging up history, photographing the present and creating a rich, insightful American travelogue.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

One look at the retro artwork on the cover of this travel tome will tell you what's in store for you-a visit down memory lane the length of the U.S. Following the 3,000-mile Lincoln Highway-much of it has been replaced or renamed-from New York City's Times Square to San Francisco Bay, Wallis (Route 66: The Mother Road) expertly captures the oft-forgotten and offbeat sights and tales of an America bypassed by superhighways. Most every town, restaurant, mom-and-pop store the author encounters along "The Main Street Across America" has seen better days, but Wallis still takes the time to celebrate their classic architecture and down-home recipes. With an eye for details and a gift for storytelling, he moves just as smoothly between the role of tour guide and yarn spinner as he does between the road's history and its current incarnation. The juxtaposition between old and new is further underlined by the presentation of classic images and new photographs by Williamson. With a chapter dedicated to each of the 13 states that the highway passes through, this book will delight those looking to uncover their local roots as well as adventurers yearning for that American rite of passage-a cross-country road trip. (July)

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Library Journal
Begun in 1913, the 3,389-mile Lincoln Highway stretches over 13 states. The road trip celebrating this work by Route 66 author Wallis and prize-winning photographer Williamson will take in all 13 states, with car rallies, dances, and more. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393341300
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 293
  • Sales rank: 217,613
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wallis

Michael Wallis is the best-selling author of Route 66, Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy, and David Crockett. He hosts the PBS series American Roads. He voiced The Sheriff in the animated Pixar feature Cars. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Michael S. Williamson, a photographer for the Washington Post, won a Pulitzer Prize for And the Children After Them and another for his war photography in Kosovo.

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