Drive through this exceptional roadside museum whose artifacts, plaques and artworks adorn the flanks of the nation’s first coast-to-coast highway.
Historic Lincoln Highway was the first paved transcontinental highway in the U.S. Dating back to 1913, it ran through 14 states and more than 700 towns. Visit the Lincoln Highway Experience museum just outside Greensburg for a comprehensive overview of the historic sights along the route.
Watch the orientation film and browse the range of exhibits in this museum. Among the attractions are such historic relics as the 1916 Fry Visible Pump. The building itself is a former stagecoach stop. Purchase memorabilia and collectors’ items from the gift shop.
Take a leisurely drive along the highway and spot the array of intriguing museum markers, plaques and murals on the sides of the historic road. Consider how some of the first automobile drivers passed over this exact stretch of road many decades ago. Stop off at some of the historic gas stations and see the old-fashioned pumps.
Inspect the highlights of this part of the highway, such as the North Huntington Town Hall. See the majestic Greensburg Train Station and attend a show at the Ligonier Theater. Admire the Georgian architecture of the Compass Inn Museum. Several traditional diners line this historic highway, providing old-fashioned places to stop for a tasty lunch.
Join one of the tours arranged to celebrate important anniversaries of the road’s inception. These have consisted of dozens of vintage and classic cars taking on the entire remaining stretch of the highway across the nation.
The museum opens Monday through Friday, as well as Saturdays in the warmer months, from morning until afternoon. The entry fee includes the 60-page Lincoln Highway Driving Guide.
Historic Lincoln Highway is part of the iconic Route 30 that runs through many towns in southwestern Pennsylvania. The intriguing portion goes from Westmoreland County to Adams County, comprising a stretch of 200 miles (320 kilometers). Visit nearby parks, such as Buchanan State Forest, Michaux State Forest and Laurel Ridge State Park.