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Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Peek at the Lincoln Highway?

On the back cover of Images of America: Rock Springs Park I wrote, “Once described as “a place where god and man went fifty-fifty to produce perfection,” Rock Springs Park was an amusement park located along the Lincoln Highway in Chester, West Virginia.” The Lincoln Highway or Route 30 also ran past Idlewild Park, in Ligonier. Both Idlewild and Rock Springs were once owned by C.C. Macdonald.

The photograph above shows the Ligonier home of C.C. Macdonald. The home still stands today across Route 30 from Idlewild's present exit gate. I was wondering if the white posts, left of the house in this photograph, might be an early guardrail system for the Lincoln Highway prior to its widening along this stretch. The jury is still out, but when one looks at the evidence it seems fairly certain. (Courtesy of Tish Hand)

Takes a look at a close-up view of the posts in question and one can see lines of wire or cable strung between them.

These two postcard views of the LH in Pennsylvania, in the area of Idlewild Park, show the same type of guardrail.

So, what do you guys think? Is it or isn’t it?

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