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Lincoln Highway transcontinental trip, Lost Americana style

Follow along the original 1913 route from NYC to San Francisco with stops featuring places from the dawn of automobile travel to its heyday.

  • 55
  • 105:38
  • 3,411 mi
  • $486
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Created by LostAmericana - July 7th 2020

Take an epic journey along America's first transcontinental road The Lincoln Highway. Although other highways & interstates have created faster or more convenient trips, the original 1913 route of the the Lincoln Highway is a time capsule of America. Often with a sad glimpse of all that we have forgotten or bypassed in this country.

The route makes its way from New York to San Francisco, two of young America's most internationally known cities. What is really remarkable about the Lincoln Highway, is that unlike modern interstates it was not created to connected large city to large city, it was put together from existing roads to make a cross-country trip possible in an automobile. Therefore its route is almost exclusively made up of rural towns.

In an uniquely unplanned twist, with exception to New York and Philadelphia, the entire cross-country route strays from just about any major city with exception of Pittsburgh, Omaha, and Salt Lake City. The later of which had only just surpassed 100,000 people.

The route is packed with the history of the trails it once was, from the Native Americans through the British and early Americans roads. What started out as an idea of a pieced together route using existing market roads, by automobile entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, was actually a privately funded initiative. Fisher boldly stated "let's build it before we're too old to enjoy it" after attempts from others to get the federal government to fund large road projects.

With the goal of $10 million dollars to build most of it, Fisher got help from friends like Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, and the president Woodrow Wilson. Within one month he raised a million dollars and construction began on sections of the road.

Even before automobiles, America was filled with roads or trails connecting regions. From the Natchez Trace, to the National Road, or the automotive based Dixie Highway & Lincoln Highway. By 1926 the U.S. government created the Numbered Highway system and those names faded replaced by route numbers.

The Lincoln Highway was no exception, it's now part of U.S. Route 30, 1, 40, 50, and 93. Some of the early parts of the route were bypassed, as roads were built around towns to make travel faster.

Times Square
4.5

1560 Broadway @ The Crossroads of the World, New York, NY, US

Times Square

1
3mi 00h 13m
Aaron Burr–Alexander Hamilton Duel
4.4
1
2
0mi 00h 00m
Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey
4.5

Hudson Pl & Boulevard E, New York, NY, US

Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey

2
3

via Pershing Rd & John F Kennedy Blvd & John F Kennedy Blvd

0mi 00h 02m
Lincoln the Mystic
3.0
3
4

via Raymond Blvd

2mi 00h 10m

boulevard mulberry hill and washington streets., NJ, US

Four Corners Historic District

4
5

via Poinier St & Chilton St

5mi 00h 16m

1632 saint georges avenue, Rahway, NJ, US

Merchants' and Drovers' Tavern

5
6

via Colonia Blvd & Middlesex Ave & Middlesex Essex Tpke & Evergreen Rd & Taft Ave

2mi 00h 08m

40 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ, US

Rutgers University

6
7

via George St

13mi 00h 32m
Kingston Bridge
5.0

Kingston Bridge, Princeton, NJ, US

Kingston Bridge

7
8
3mi 00h 10m
Princeton University
5.0

Nassau St, Princeton, NJ, US

Princeton University

8
9

via Lawrenceville Rd & Princeton Ave & Calhoun St & W Trenton Ave & E Lincoln Hwy & W Maple Ave & Old Lincoln Hwy & Haldeman Ave & Bustleton Ave & Roosevelt Blvd & N Broad St

3mi 00h 13m
Philadelphia City Hall
5.0

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, US

Philadelphia City Hall

9
10
1mi 00h 10m
Pat's King of Steaks
3.4

1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA, US

Pat's King of Steaks

10
11

via Market St & N 38th St & E Lancaster Ave & Eagle Rd & Old Lancaster Rd & Old Lancaster Rd & Lancaster Ave & W Lincoln Hwy & Coal Ave & E Lincoln Hwy & W Lincoln Hwy

13mi 00h 21m
Historic Revere Tavern
4.0

3063 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise, PA, US

Historic Revere Tavern

11
12
1mi 00h 03m
Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly
4.0

2857 Lincoln Hwy E, Ronks, PA, US

Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly

12
13
1mi 00h 03m
Route 30 Diner
4.0

2575 Lincoln Hwy East, Ronks, PA, US

Route 30 Diner

13
14
0mi 00h 02m
Fulton Steamboat Inn
2.9

1 Hartman Bridge Rd, Lancaster, PA, US

Fulton Steamboat Inn

14
15

via E King St & W Main St

4mi 00h 08m
Columbia–Wrightsville Bridge
5.0

PA-462, Columbia, PA, US

Columbia–Wrightsville Bridge

15
16
8mi 00h 13m
Maple Donuts
5.0

3455 E Market St, York, PA, US

Maple Donuts

16
17

via E Philadelphia St & W Market St

13mi 00h 22m
Altland House Inn And Suites
4.0

1 Center Square, Abbottstown, PA, US

Altland House Inn And Suites

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17
18

via York St

2mi 00h 06m
Gettysburg National Military Park
5.0

1195 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA, US

Gettysburg National Military Park

18
19
1mi 00h 03m
Gettysburg Diorama
4.5

241 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA, US

Gettysburg Diorama

19

LostAmericana

Photojournalist, filmmaker, traveler of the back roads. Documenting fading rural areas at Lost Americana. The Johnny Cash song "I've been everywhere" was written about me... Before I was born.