Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tour Day 4 - On To Mansfield, Ohio

We left Pittsburgh for our last stretch of Pennsylvania before entering Ohio. As I mentioned in my previous blog we had a slight detour to make. As we were entering East Liverpool, Ohio we detoured across the river into West Virginia for a quick look at another alignment of the Lincoln Highway, and especially to see the world's largest teapot. While very nicely restored, Sharon and I decided that the world's largest teapot was slightly smaller that the coffee pot we saw a couple of days ago in Bedford, Pennsylvania. It was still worth the side trip though.

A little further down the road we stopped and wandered through the village of Hanoverton with its beautiful, historic buildings.

We drove along some nice old sections of the highway before reaching the Steel Trolley Diner for lunch. Great hamburgers! The city of Minerva rolled out the red carpet for us.

A little ways beyond Minerva, one of my favorite parts of the day involved driving over this beautiful original brick section of the Lincoln Highway. A farmhouse had the LH marker that Sharon is standing beside, and a little girl was giving out free lemonade to passers-by. On this very remote section of the road the only passers-by would have been our entourage, so we stopped and visited and stretched our legs for a bit. I got a nice shot of the beautiful Packard by the monument as well as a few of the other cars that stopped at the same time we did. A friend took the photo of Sharon and I with the road as a nice backdrop.

Our afternoon stop in Canton, Ohio was at the magnificent Canton Classic Car Museum. The museum has a spectacular display of antique autos and other memorabilia in a building that was the largest Ford dealership in the country in 1914 and subsequent years. They apparently even assembled some of Henry's Model Ts on the second floor for a time.

We made it to our hotel in Mansfield, then went to a prepared dinner at a restored church where the local Lincoln Highway organization pulled out all of the stops to welcome us. This included the unveiling of a replica of an original Lincoln Highway marker. The unveiling was handled by Bernie Queneau. Bernie was an Eagle Scout in 1928 when he and several other Eagle Scouts went across the country placing these markers along the LH. The second picture below is of Bernie in 1928 and comes from the Lincoln Highway National Museum and Archives. I took the first picture below last night. Bernie is a year older than the LH, which as I mentioned before is celebrating its 100th anniversary. That makes Bernie...hmmm.


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