Motels & Restaurants named via the Lincoln Highway; Lincoln View in Paradise Township, York County
There were many Motels and Restaurants along the Lincoln Highway that took their name from being on that famous highway that stretched from New York City to San Francisco. The Lincoln View Motel & Restaurant in Paradise Township, York County, is one such example.
I only remember eating at the Lincoln View Restaurant one time, but it was memorable. On a weekend in the early 1960s, I rode along with George Sprenkle and my dad, Harold L. Smith, to the Cyclorama Building in Gettysburg, which was under construction. They were two of the owners of Yorkaire Cooling and Heating Sales Company, who were installing the mechanical equipment in this building.
George Sprenkle selected the Lincoln View Restaurant as the place to stop for lunch on the return trip to York. During lunch, George Sprenkle started talking about memorable buildings that their company had worked on. George noted something to the effect, “It’s great to work on these types of buildings; because you know your work will stand forever.” Of course he was talking about the Cyclorama Building, the National Park Services’ Memorial to the Men who fought at Gettysburg and to Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address. The building was torn down earlier this year. Only standing a little over 50-years; far from forever.
I wondered if any of the Lincoln View Motel & Restaurant still stood, hence a road trip down the Lincoln Highway to Paradise Township. To finish out the Lincoln Highways’ Centennial Year, I’ll continue to write Lincoln Highway associated posts throughout December. Previous related posts include:
- Lincoln Highway Centennial Auto Tour at Haines Shoe House
- York was in danger of losing the Lincoln Highway during 1914
- Walking the Lincoln Highway from Coast-to-Coast
- Haines Shoe House will be a June 23rd Lunch Stop on 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour
- 20 York Businesses that Built the Haines Shoe House
- ROAD OF REMEMBRANCE Memorial in Paradise Township, York County
- Mystery Ice Cream Bar along the Lincoln Highway
- Melvin’s Drive-In, Lincoln Highway Ice Cream Bar; I-83 Opens
- St. Joseph reports on John F. Kennedy in York, PA
- Lincoln Woods Inn; Mystery of the Medallions
- LoPiccolo’s in Violet Hill connection to The Woods in Springettsbury Township
- 1906 York Automobile Owners form York Motor Club; their Club House still stands
- 23¢ per gallon at York’s Only Gasoline Shopping Center
Continue reading for a Then & Now photographic comparision of the Lincoln View Motel & Restaurant.
In this Then & Now photo comparison, one sees that the back part of the Lincoln View Motel that paralleled the Lincoln Highway still stands. These are views looking east from Beaver Creek Road.
Beaver Creek Road heads north off of the Lincoln Highway. A short distance north on Beaver Creek Road, another road branches off to the west and parallels the Lincoln Highway; its name: Lincoln View Road. The Yellow Arrow points to the back of the Lincoln View Motel, along the Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln View Motel & Restaurant billed itself as midway between York & Gettysburg; 1-1/2 miles east of Abbottstown.
Lincoln View Restaurant is now the extensively remodeled Obrien’s Restaurant and Lounge. The Motel sign is still displayed. The back of the Lincoln View Motel & Restaurant Post Card noted: “23 Modern Rooms – Tile Baths with Combination tub and showers – Central Hot Water Heat – Air-Conditioned – Free Radios and Television. Phone: East Berlin 2216.” Lincoln View owners/managers were Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Stauffer. I’ve pinpointed the location of the former Lincoln View Motel & Restaurant on this Bing.com aerial photo/map.Reading the Headlines: A Quick Index to All YorksPast Posts