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Haines Shoe House will be a June 23rd Lunch Stop on 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour

Close-ups of a Lincoln Highway Marker in Hellam Township, York County, PA (3/22/2013 Photos, S. H. Smith)

On Friday I was driving around York County and taking photos for future YorksPast posts.  While doing so, I passed a car pulled off to the side of Route 462, in Hellam Township, taking photos of a Lincoln Highway marker. I turned around and parked behind their car, bearing Ohio plates, however sporting several Penn State bumper stickers.

Ben and Kay now live in Wooster, Ohio; also on the Lincoln Highway.  They both went to Penn State in the late 70s.  They were returning from visiting their parents in New Jersey, where they both grew up; interestingly near the Lincoln Highway.

They decided to make a weekend of it and take the slow-poke return route and see how many Lincoln Highway Markers they could photograph along the way.  It was through my conversation with them that I learned the Haines Shoe House would be a lunch stop on 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour when these antique and vintage vehicles pass through York County on June 23rd.

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Kay was switching back and forth between several maps on her iPad.  She made a statement, “looks like the local mapmakers are trying to move the Lincoln Highway designation between highways just like those other places.”  The following samples of Internet maps are just west of Hallam.  In all these maps BOTH Rt. 30 and Rt. 462 are noted as being the Lincoln Highway.

Samples of Internet Maps just west of Hallam, York County (From Sources Noted, 2013)

I assured Kay that the Lincoln Highway in York County was Rt. 462 from the Susquehanna River until the place west of York where Rt. 462 ends.  From that point westward, to the Adams County line, the Lincoln Highway follows Rt. 30.

York newspaper accounts in the days after the Route 30 Bypass opened, noted Market Street is now Route 462 and cleared up any question about which route has the Lincoln Highway designation.  From The York Dispatch issue of Fri. Nov. 24, 1972 back page:

With the opening of the full 20-miles extending from a point near Thomasville to Columbia on the Lancaster County side of the river, the new artery now becomes officially designated as U.S. 30, according to John D. Raborn, York County superintendent for PennDOT.  What happens to old U.S. 30?  According to Raborn, the hard-traveled highway now becomes Pennsylvania Traffic Route 462 but retains its nationwide identity as the Lincoln Highway.

Next question from Kay was, “Looks like a nearby place called the Haines Shoe House will be a lunch stop on 100th Anniversary auto tour.  Is the food any good there?”  I told her the Shoe House is a tourist attraction and that it is closed this time of the year.  I assume the auto tour will have lunch catered when the 100 antique and vintage vehicles stop at the Shoe House for lunch on Sunday June 23rd.  The following is from the website of the Lincoln Highway Association lincolnhighwayassoc.org

Haines Shoe House a June 23rd Lunch Stop on 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour (From lincolnhighwayassoc.org)

The 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour begins at 7:00 AM in Times Square, New York City on June 22nd.  The first night stopover will be near Malvern, PA.  The vehicles will pass through York County on the second day of the auto tour as they travel west on the Lincoln Highway, prior to the second night stopover in Chambersburg, PA.  Click here for the post reporting on the June 23rd stop.

Ben asked if the Shoe House was anything worth seeing; he was asking the wrong person for anything other than a YES.  This was their first time in York County; they primarily travel I-80 across Pennsylvania and occasionally the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  They followed me to Haines Shoe House and I gave them a 20-minute history of Mahlon Haines and his Shoe House, as viewed from Shoehouse Road.  I’ve always liked the following photograph, in the Library of Congress Collection, of Mahlon Haines in leaded glass within the doorway of his Shoe House.

Check back next Monday for my experience walking the Lincoln Highway from coast to coast.

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