|Image: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times.|
The eastern terminus for Lincoln Highway is in Times Square
and the western terminus is in Lincoln Park, San Francisco.
Standing in Times Square, I'd never foreseen that I'd be driving on Lincoln Way years later, nor thought about it when visiting family in San Francisco; didn't know of it's historical importance.
You could say the road was built on enthusiasm and a bright idea. It was intended to be a toll-free road, the most direct route from New York to California, and built by business people and not by the government. An interesting look at the history of the road and how it came to be is here.
Gas stations had to be built, guides, motels, diners, and more were needed to serve the people and their vehicles. Early road goers had to make do with campsites and the best they could hope to cover on the road was about 18 miles per day with the cars available. I have an image from Grapes of Wrath when I think of car travel in the 1920's and 30's.
|Driving down the hill on Lincoln Way before it crosses over the river.|
Christmas lights makes downtown look cheerful on a rainy evening.
I drive on Lincoln Way often. Surviving over 100 years and being a gateway from ocean to ocean, it's a piece of our past which can still be appreciated today.
If you ever do a coast to coast and find yourself on Lincoln Highway, (also called US 30) get in touch for a cup of tea and a chat.
Have you ever travelled on this historic road?
If you want to read more about it: Lincoln Highway News is a blog about it and for Ohio interests Discovering Ohio names some of the places you can visit, like the Kewpee Diner, First Ladies National Library, and more.