York countians are discovering Brigadoon-like Bedford, Pa., Part II

 

bedford4Route 30, the old Lincoln Highway, runs through Bedford, Pa. As it emerges from its west side, the old run produces sites and sights of interest, as old roads often do. Here is the famed roadside attraction, the Coffee Pot. Such oversized attractions often went up along old highways to woo motorists their way. York County has such an attraction in the Shoe House. To learn about the Brigadoon reference, check out: York countians are discovering Brigadoon-like Bedford, Pa., Part I.

Head west on the old Lincoln Highway, Route 462 in the York area, and you come to a series of interesting towns. Gettysburg, of course, then Chambersburg, McConnellsburg and then Bedford.

The Lincoln Highway features architecturally and historically significant sites from the grand past of this coast-to-coast highway, America’s first.

Here are couple more, from a stretch of roadway just west of Bedford:

bedford7This art deco gas station still operates. Such old road filling stations that still pump gasoline are rare. Long-closed stations are frequent sites along the Lincoln Highway. York County’s counterpart to this station was the now-demolished Lincoln Highway Garage.

bedford6Jean Bonnet’s Tavern, Mann’s Choice, greet motorists with food and lodging. It’s operated by Brandon Jacobs, who has York County roots.York County has such an old inn – the York Valley Inn – relocated from its longtime site in Springettsbury Township several decades ago.

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Lincoln Cabin Court, Mann’s Choice, is reportedly the last such lodging place in Pennsylvania. As I’ve written before in a piece about a long-gone cabin court in York County – Besser’s - this reminds one of the scene from the film ‘It Happened One Night.’

Also of interest
Web site filled with nostalgic Lincoln Highway photos, postcards.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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