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Lincoln Highway Garageman returned to old York site: ‘I have to take care of my old customers’

Lynn Haines, York County, Pa.’s, Lincoln Highway Garage’s last owner, takes care of a former customer’s truck in this May 2005 York Daily Record/Sunday News file photo. Haines took part in the grand opening of the Turkey Hill on East Market Street, replacing the historic Lincoln Highway Garage that stood on that spot since 1921. (See additional photo of garage below.) Also of interest: Was the Valley Inn Garage part of Springettsbury Township’s old York Valley Inn? and Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of the old York Valley Inn and Then & Now: ‘See how York County has changed…from York City to the outlying boroughs’.

The York Valley Inn, topic of several recent Yorktownsquare.com posts, ended in better shape than many other buildings in York in the 1960s era.
The York County Academy, York Collegiate Institute, Hannah Penn Middle School, York City Market and the Children’s Home of York came down and never went back up in any form. (Those buildings also have been part of past posts.)
The process of replacing architecturally significant buildings, landmarks and traditions with replicas or visual reminders is better than nothing and possibly the best that can be expected, considering that heritage dollars always seem to be losing weight… .

The Lincoln Highway Garage is seen in this York County Heritage Trust photo. The photo is dated 1991.
The best-known example of this came in 2004 when Turkey Hill replaced the 1920s-vintage Lincoln Highway Garage, just a few miles east of the York Valley Inn. The new Turkey Hill came with replicas of antique gas pumps, a mural and period architectural features.
The company even brought back former owner Lynn Haines to cleaned windshields at the store’s grand opening. ‘I have to take care of my old customers,’ he joked.
A similar concept might be used to replace the traditional, but costly outdoor steam-powered New York Wire steam whistle Christmas concert with compressed air power in a museum setting.
Discussions are going on behind the scenes to develop such a plan. Some are convinced – they’ve heard the results – that it doesn’t make any difference if steam or air passes through the whistle with its unusual sliding valve.
Such approaches sometimes are akin to eating hamburgers instead of steak, but at least this keeps the region from starving historically.
The repurposing of the York Valley Inn into a cemetery office was an early example of this approach.
As time goes on, we might see more of such replicas.

Also of interest
Check out this post that tells about the Lincoln Highway Garage and Lynn Haines.