Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Syria Auto Club Route in Previous Post Was the Old Lincoln Highway
Curious about the route taken by the Syria Auto Club from West Carson Street in Pittsburgh to Rock Springs Park in 1928, I asked Lincoln Highway author, Brian Butko, about it.
ME: Brian, my latest blog post may interest you. It is about the first Syria Auto Club Picnic excursion to Rock Springs Park and includes an ad for the new line of “DeLuxe 1928 Oldsmobiles”. What road would they have traveled based on the description, “will proceed through Coraopolis, Carnot Sheffield, Monaca, Rochester, Beaver to East Liverpool and then to Rock Springs Park”?
BRIAN: Thanks, nice story. That's the original LH before it was rerouted in 1928 to what became US 30. At Beaver they would have likely followed the LH north via Tuscarawas Road to Fairview, Esther, and Ohioville before descending back down to Smith's Ferry.
The Lincoln Highway, named after our 16th president, was the first transcontinental highway across the United States of America. It was completed in 1915. The Lincoln Highway Route entered Pennsylvania crossing Little Beaver Creek and turned south on Main Street, passing under the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad (PRR) into Glasgow. After passing through that community on Liberty Street, the highway turned north and passed under the railroad again at Smiths Ferry, merging with Smiths Ferry Road. This alignment through Glasgow carried the Lincoln Highway until 1926, when PA route 68 was built on the north side of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Next Up: “Take the Yellow Car to Indian Rocks”, Smith’s Ferry, PA