Lincoln Highway a historic route

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While former president Abraham Lincoln may have died in 1865, his name lives on in many ways including the Lincoln Highway, a 3,140-mile road connecting Times Square in New York City to San Francisco.

1912: Carl Fisher, who is also responsible for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miami Beach, and Henry Joy created the idea for the first transcontinental highway.

1913: Mr. Joy and Mr. Fisher led formation of the Lincoln Highway Association, which successfully led the creation of a publicly funded road that stretched from New York City to San Francisco.

1913: The Lincoln Highway Association is created to help promote the road using private and corporate donations.

1920s: With the positive response from public about the Lincoln Highway, many other named roads across the country followed, leading to the involvement of the federal government. The results of these efforts are the Federal Highway Administration and the Interstate Highway System.

1924: The average speed limit in Pennsylvania was 12-15 mph, but as the speed limit increased, business owners needed to think of new ways to catch drivers' attention.

1925: The transcontinental route is completed, but in the same year, the Federal Highway Administration instituted a system of numbered highways and eliminated the name designations. In Pennsylvania, the Lincoln Highway became Route 30.

1928: Boy Scouts placed markers along the route, some of which remain today, to preserve the identity of the Lincoln Highway. A cement post was installed every mile on the route on Sept. 1.

1932: Herbert Paulson created the 42,000-square-foot S.S. Grand View Ship Hotel in Bedford County, Pa. The hotel's motto was "see three states and seven counties."

1940: The Pennsylvania Turnpike, with its tunnels through the mountains, provided a quicker and easier route across the state.

2013: 100 years since the Lincoln Highway was designated.

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