Backroads America on the Lincoln Highway

Ligonier Beach, in the Allegany Mountains of Pennsylvania

I think Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, with its roadside attractions, picturesque vistas, and quaint towns, evokes the Lincoln Highway experience of old. It also illustrates how communities bypassed by the interstate freeway system and state turnpikes struggle to survive.

Ligonier Beach, opened on July 4, 1925, once a booming playground attracting the likes of Dean Martin to perform, now sits idle. The man-made sand beach is long gone. The pool is dry. No one poses for pictures. The lamdmark closed in 2017 after flood damage because of the prohibitive cost of repairs

I stayed close to the site last night.

On the Road Again, Literally

Today I headed out on a road trip from Alexandria, Virginia to Minnesota. I will put about 3000 miles on the car in the next three week. I’ve done the drive before on interstate freeways. This time I am following the Lincoln Highway, a coast-to-coast road from New York City to San Francisco first planned in 1913.

The Lincoln Highway, never an official US road, was the brainchild of three men involved in the automotive industry as a marketing ploy. It made sense that people needed somewhere to drive their new cars. Today, the Lincoln Highway generally follows US Route 30.

I am currently in central Pennsylvania where you can find some quintessential roadside Americana, such as the giant coffee pot in Bedford. It is part of the Lincoln Highway 200-Mile Roadside Museum.

Or the 1930s Dunkle’s Gulf gas station, also in Bedford, which is still in business.

Painted gas pumps are found along the way. I zipped by most of them because there was no signage, the road is narrow, and there are no shoulders to pull off onto.

And murals on barns. This one is the Bison Corral Barn, across from the gas pump above.

And other oddities. This figure was part of a storyland at Schellsburg that closed years ago.

Constant rain did not make for a good picture taking day. The Flight 93 National Monument is off US 30. I will do a separate post. I did stop briefly.

Backroads America, East Durham, NY

Today three of my sisters and I are attending an auction in East Durham, a small town in the Catskills. Mooneys Auctions is a favorite haunt of one of my sisters. The perfect place to find “good stuff.”

The cigar store Indian is a true piece of Americana.

Lots of 18th, 19th, and 20th century goods.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

Baby Buzzard

Baby buzzard, Porter Sculpture Park, Montrose, South Dakota

Creating with castoff metal. See a previous post about the Porter Sculpture Park for information on the artist and the roadside sculpture park, just off of Interstate 90 near Montrose, South Dakota.

Join Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Recycle

Color Your World 2017: Tumbleweed and Tan

Kitsch with ketchup

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Jennifer’s 2017 Color Your World Challenge: Tumbleweed and Tan

SL-Week 8: On the Road

Americana on the Road

You can find some lovely art along American backroads and highways. This is Dolly Dimples outside Valvo’s Candy Store in Silver Creek, New York.  She has apparently been in front of the store for at least 30 years, though she may have originally been part of a drive-in restaurant.  That would make sense based on her outfit and pose.

Yard Art For Sale

Yard Art For Sale

SL Week 8: On the Road

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