Tagged with PA

Lincoln Hwy Boy Scout Bernie Queneau turns 100

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Bernie Queneau, the Lincoln Highway’s best-known ambassador, celebrates his 100th birthday today. In 1928, he was one of four Eagle Scouts to cross the Lincoln Highway (at 16) as part of a Scouts’ Safety Tour, which also promoted the highway and its marking that September with … Continue reading

First waitress in 1938 remembers Serro’s DIner

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO As the former Serro’s Diner moves closer to being back in service, the diner’s first waitress got to visit the restoration project. The Serro family opened the brand new 1938 O’Mahony-brand diner in Irwin, Pa., as a Lincoln Highway bypass was being built around the town for … Continue reading

PA Roads: From the Lincoln to Eisenhower

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor will present “Pennsylvania’s Roads: From the Lincoln to Eisenhower” at 2 pm, March 11, at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 Route 30 East, near Kingston Dam in Latrobe. Presenter Jeffrey Kitsko will explore the history of the Lincoln Highway, the PA … Continue reading

Winchester Room steakhouse destroyed by fire

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO A longtime popular restaurant on the Lincoln Highway east of Pittsburgh, Pa., was destroyed by fire yesterday. A blaze was reported about 1 p.m. Monday at The Winchester Room steakhouse, 1728 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles. Firefighters were on the scene for nearly eight hours. The Pittsburgh … Continue reading

Hit the road with MyLincolnHighway

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Stuck inside with no road trips till Spring? Click on over to mylincolnhighway.com for a fun look at some LH travels in Ohio. Jamie calls her blog “A somewhat baised guide to the greatest road across the USA.” Her trips so far are mostly in east-central … Continue reading

Pa LHHC Road Rally includes Ship Hotel mystery

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is once again staging a Lincoln Highway Road Rally this weekend, October 8 and 9. This year’s rally will start in Jennerstown and end at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum in Orrtanna, 12 miles west of Gettysburg, and includes a mystery! Although … Continue reading

Bill & Karen’s new Lincoln Highway trip

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Long-distance travelers Bill and Karen post wonderful stories and photos about their 2-lane trips. The Ontario couple last drove the Lincoln Highway in 2009 and have used my books to track down every highlight and report back lots of updates. This year they picked up the … Continue reading

Rail cars along Lincoln Highway in PA sold as scrap

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO The Evening Sun of York, Pa., reports that a pair of classic railroad cars that greeted Lincoln Highway travelers to nearby New Oxford have been demolished and sold for scrap. The article explains that Stephen Hieber had the two passenger train coaches next to his business … Continue reading

Calhoun Street route between NJ – PA turns 150

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO An important link in the Lincoln Highway is examined in an article in the PhillyBurbs.com that also includes this vintage photo (note the Lincoln Highway sign at left). The first bridge across the Delaware River between Trenton NJ and Morrisville PA opened 150 years ago on … Continue reading

Another LH Drive-In Theater to be Demolished

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Supervisors in Unity Twp., near Latrobe, Pennsylvania, have approved the demolition of the Hi-Way Drive-In Theater and its replacement by a CVS pharmacy. The outdoor theater is a beloved icon along the Lincoln Highway/U.S. 30. Residents and drive-in fans tried protesting in recent months that the … Continue reading

Drive-in theater future looking grim in Latrobe

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO Rumors continue to swirl around the Hi-Way Drive-In Theater along the Lincoln Highway east of Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The most likely fate is that drugstore chain CVS is buying the land to open a store. Perhaps the only delay now is assuring all permits proceed. … Continue reading

Fire destroys Lancaster-area restaurant

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO A fire Saturday night destroyed a restaurant in Paradise Township near Lancaster, Pa., that had closed after a  fire in 2008. The Garden Gate Diner at 3105 Lincoln Highway East, formerly the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and the Route 30 Family Restaurant, was the scene of the … Continue reading

Latrobe drive-in theater safe for now

LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEWS IS A BLOG BY BRIAN BUTKO For years, reports have floated that the Hi-Way Drive-In Theater in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was to close and be replaced by development. Most recently, Target has been the retailer of choice, but the drive-in along the Lincoln Highway has made clear it’s stance: posted on the marquee … Continue reading

Ship Hotel talk tonite in Central City

I’ll be giving a PowerPoint presentation tonite just a few miles from the site of the S.S. Grand View Ship Hotel, the best-known roadside attraction along the Lincoln Highway until it burned in 2001. Central City is the closet (tiny) town so everyone there worked at, ate at, and celebrated at the Ship — should … Continue reading

Education award for PA Lincoln Highway group

The Somerset Daily American reports that Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor has been selected by the national LHA to receive the Educator of the Year Award at its forthcoming annual conference. Executive Director Olga Herbert will accept this award on June 25 in Dixon, Ill. The award is a result of the organization’s Roadside Giants … Continue reading

Ship Hotel / Lincoln Highway book reviewed

Still trying to catch up, and here’s one exciting reason I’m behind — my new book on the Ship Hotel is out and I’ve arranged some signings. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just published a very nice feature review about the book and of the Ship itself.

1934 news tells of Lincoln Highway expansion

Lancaster Online posted their regular Flashback column, which often has news of the Lincoln Highway. This story from December 1934 explains how the highway was to be widened east of Lancaster through Soudersburg. It’s interesting to see that this always-crowded stretch was already straining under its traffic 75 years ago. State and local officials announced … Continue reading