The Lincoln Highway, our nation’s first coast-to-coast highway, stretched from New York City to San Francisco in 1913. It’s the one route that changed America forever – marking the birth of popular American tourism – vacationing by automobile. Early motorists traveled to see where history was made, to experience the beauty of nature, to learn about regional differences and to have outdoor fun…the same reasons people take automobile vacations today!
Lincoln Highway Experience - Visitors who begin their Lincoln Highway journey at our museum, nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, will have a more enriching tour because they will:
- tour a 5,000 sq. ft. Museum Exhibit space with authentic restored artifacts;
- have use of a Tour Mate Audio Wand throughout both buildings;
- be served a piece of pie and cup of coffee in a restored 1938 Diner;
- receive a 60-page Lincoln Highway Driving Guide;
- enjoy the bright neon lights and cool period tunes of the 30s and 40s;
- view 30 incredible black and white photographs of the Lincoln Highway across PA;
- see an award-winning orientation film;
- discover which state was the first to offer “vanity” license plates;
- distinguish nuances among several restored gas pumps;
- generate enough electricity to bike from New York City to San Francisco;
- learn about early “Women at the Wheel”; and
- write a postcard to mail from the museum – postcard and postage included with admission.
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor – was designated in 1995 by Governor Tom Ridge; it is one of twelve Heritage Areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The LHHC’s work of economic development through tourism takes place along a six-county, 200-mile Corridor from North Huntingdon in the west to beyond Gettysburg in the east. The LHHC’s headquarters are located at the Lincoln Highway Experience midway between Latrobe and Ligonier, PA.
Enjoy your journey on the Lincoln Highway, and remember to "Keep Thinkin' Lincoln!"