A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway

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2013/08/04 13:43:53 (permalink)

A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway

A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway is a Rick Sebak/PBS special that first aired in late 2008 but I'm watching it for the first time today and finding it quite interesting, as I'm a bit of a road junkie.
 
Are any of the Pennsylvanians (or others) familiar with the Lincoln Motor Court in Manns Choice, PA?  It definitely looks like a place I'd like to visit.
 
Wow, there's even a segment on the Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon, IA...a place that I've been meaning to stop at during one of my annual Iowa trips!
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    buffetbuster
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/05 09:35:52 (permalink)
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    I have seen snippets of that show, but never the entire program.  Love Rick Sebak!  That Lincoln Motor Court sure does look like a cool destination.  We have been wanting to go see some sights in that area, like the Flight 93 Memorial and if we do, we would want to stay there.  Thanks for bringing this up. 
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/05 12:40:21 (permalink)
    Earlier this summer -- June -- in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway a group of cars headed west along the route and passed through Pennsylvania (stopping in Beaver) and Ohio on their way to a meeting in Nebraska with cars heading east. We drove up to Bucyrus, Ohio to try to see some of them as they drove through, but they never showed up that day. We later learned it was because they'd stopped in Beaver, where we'd been a couple of days earlier.
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/05 12:50:26 (permalink)
    In looking up the Lincoln Highway, I got interested in all the cross country
    US highways.
    I never realized the all the routes ending in 0-30, 40 , 50, etc. 
    were coast to coast routes. The lincoln highway seems to have had a lot of rerouting over the years.
    Sidenote: I grew up about 3 blocks from US 50, in Shawnee Mission, also the route of the Santa Fe, California, & Oregon Trails. 
    I think I'd like to drive all the old Highways before I'm too decrepit.
    post edited by 1bbqboy - 2013/08/05 16:07:40
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/05 14:35:36 (permalink)
    I have a couple of friends who live in Flippin, Arkansas and I've often thought it would be fun to get on U.S. 62, which is three blocks from my house, and travel it all the way to Flippin.
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/05 15:48:35 (permalink)
    Now you have me looking up Hwy 62. :)
    Cool! I've been on portions of that. Another interesting US HWY, the only E/W one connecting Canada and Mexico. 
     
    post edited by 1bbqboy - 2013/08/05 16:06:43
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/05 18:02:24 (permalink)
    I am seconds from US 50 and have driven about 80% you can go wheels wet on the east coast to wheels wet on the left coast.
     
    We also have US 40 close by too.
     
    I have also driven US 231 from wheels wet in Indiana to wheels wet in Florida.
     
     
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/06 00:54:01 (permalink)
    1bbqboy
    In looking up the Lincoln Highway, I got interested in all the cross country US highways.
    I never realized the all the routes ending in 0-30, 40 , 50, etc. 
    were coast to coast routes. The lincoln highway seems to have had a lot of rerouting over the years.
    Sidenote: I grew up about 3 blocks from US 50, in Shawnee Mission, also the route of the Santa Fe, California, & Oregon Trails. 
    I think I'd like to drive all the old Highways before I'm too decrepit.

    The East West Highways end in even numbers, the North South Highways end in odd numbers.
    http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/highways.asp
    post edited by Foodbme - 2013/08/06 00:59:30
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/06 04:10:37 (permalink)
    The numbering pattern for US highways is the opposite of that for the Interstate system (basically)
    US highways are even numbered for E-W with the lower number in the North and Higher Numbers in the South.  The odd numbers run N-S with the lowest in the East and the Highes in the West.
     
    The Interstates run just the Opposite-- Evens run E-W but start in the Southern USA while the higher numbers run further North. Odd numbers do run N-S but start on the West Coast and work their way up the scale as you go East.
    Thus the highest junction for the US Highway system was US 101 and US 90 in San Diego, Cal. and the lowest would have been US 1 and US 2 somewhere in Maine.  While the Interstates Highest interchange would be/ is I-95 ( I think) and I-90 in Boston?? and the lowest is I-5 and I-8 in San Diego.
     
    Funny how the major routes jump from I-40 to I-70 in numbering the Coast to Coast highways...no I-50 or I-60 for the MAJOR Interstates. I-20 and 30 both only go about 1/2 way across the country.
      In our roadtrips over the years we have traveled I-10, 20, 30, 40, 70, 80, and 90,  Coast to Coast  and of the N/S running roads I-5, 15, 25, 55, 65, 75  Border to Border or end to end...and have done I-35 and 95 in all their states but not all the way south to Miami  and north to Portland, ME (95) then only between I-90 in MN and to I-10 in TX (I-35)
    I won't attempt to desctribe the three-digit numbering system as there IS A SYSTEM...but there seems to be so many exceptions to it that it doesn't hold up well for definition  (Spurs and By-Passes)
    For us the one we identify with most often is I-35. It runs (for us) N-S from Minnesota to Texas thru the 'Czech Immigration "Belt" in Mid-America. We have visted many small towns from New Prague, MN down to WEST and Schulenberg, TX that identify with their original CZECH settler beginnings. Festivals, Museums, and Heritage celebrations abound in a path a hundred or so miles wide along I-35 each year. I am sure other ethnic groups have similar locations, but that's why we enjoy our travels along I-35.
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/06 20:25:12 (permalink)
    I too am a road junkie.  I travel a lot for my work but I've always loved to see where roads begin and end.
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/07 08:48:09 (permalink)
    Earl, you might enjoy this site:
     
    http://www.ajfroggie.com/roadpics/us-ends/
     
    It features photos of the terminal points of US highways.
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/07 09:49:56 (permalink)
    1bbqboy

    In looking up the Lincoln Highway, I got interested in all the cross country
    US highways.
    I never realized the all the routes ending in 0-30, 40 , 50, etc. 
    were coast to coast routes. The lincoln highway seems to have had a lot of rerouting over the years.
    Sidenote: I grew up about 3 blocks from US 50, in Shawnee Mission, also the route of the Santa Fe, California, & Oregon Trails. 
    I think I'd like to drive all the old Highways before I'm too decrepit.

     
    For a great read on travelling the length of rt 50, "Blue Highways" by William Least-heat Moon is a great read
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    Re:A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway 2013/08/07 11:38:23 (permalink)
    I was just on part of the Lincoln Highway this past week. Yesterday we passed 50,000 miles in a short 2-1/2 years in our current Great West Vans RV. More than 90% of the miles were on the blue highways. In the last 8 years of RV travel we have covered over 130,000 miles.
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