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    Author: Still a Grand View: The Ship Hotel and the Lincoln Highway • Lincoln Highway Companion • Roadside Attractions (with Sarah Butko) • Roadside Giants (with Sarah Butko) • Greetings from the Lincoln Highway: America's First Coast-to-Coast Road • The Lincoln Highway: Pennsylvania Traveler's Guide (revised edition) • Klondikes, Chipped Ham, & Skyscraper Cones: The Story of Isaly's • Diners of Pennsylvania 2ND Ed. (with Kevin Patrick and Kyle Weaver)

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  1. bbutko

    Mossdale Crossing

    Hi all, been enjoying the discussion but wanted your opinions on some of the details. The attached photo is a Google map with the LHA routing (the purplish blue line) and the 1925 photo overlaid at 50% transparency. Please comment on my assumptions and conclusions: 1) The LHA map locates the Mossdale "Y" intersection at upper right (at A). Based on a photo I've seen of the "Y" I would make the radius of each turn smaller, but more importantly, the 1925 overlay (itself an aerial photo) shows the "Y" at B. Is the LHA (and the rest of us) incorrectly assuming the "Y" survives at A when it was in fact destroyed by the Interstate? I would be tempted to think that the scale was off but the river and two bridges and the curve of Manthey Road otherwise all line up perfectly. 2) The LHA shows the Mossdale underpass at C based on pavement visible on the aerial view about 1/4-inch to the south (as does Rick's map with a red circle), but the overlay makes it look like the underpass was about 1/4-inch (about 80 feet) to the east. 3) The LHA map needs to add the original bridge location at D. 4) The photo in this discussion of the Manthey Road underpass taken looking north at E says the school would have been through the opening and to the right, but it appears that whether the "Y" was at A or B, the underpass is the 1920s bypass of the "Y" and the school would NOT have been just on the far side. 5) I saw that a local history book reported the Mossdale School had been moved to the Grace Church but did not see anything at the church site on Google street or aerial views that looked like the tall skinny school in a vintage photo of the "Y." http://goo.gl/maps/pm4Ll Brian
  2. Hi all! First, thanks to Denny for reminding me of this forum. The tab had somehow disappeared from my browser, and over the course of a busy two years, I'd forgotten to check it. A new tab is now there! So many great pictures and stories! Just two questions for now. Is there a site that easily translates GPS coordinates into map locations? I tried some of the above with Google Maps but it put me in China - although it did look like an interesting road and village! And Dale, I think I can follow your 8-mile route on maps but I expected the last photo to have the modern road on the left as you headed south and rejoined it. Is that the case or is there indeed no trace at that juncture? Is your last view looking north? Brian
  3. Been meaning to say Thanks!, Dave. The Ship was probably the best-known attraction along the Lincoln Highway. It burned in 2001 and many on this board probably never got to see it, but it's a great story that's representative of other roadside businesses born in the 1920s, how they thrived into the ’50s, and how they struggled in recent decades. I've been doing more and more of my books' designs and finally got to do all of this one (except for the cover and any changes needed to conform to specs) so I made the photos large. There are some wonderful images loaned by the founding family and the owner the last few decades. It's off to the printer now and expected early in 2010.
  4. bbutko

    1916 Lake Tahoe, Reno, Carson City Map

    Great map and article, thanks for posting! Denny G and I were just debating yesterday whether his Corvette could handle Kings Canyon Road, and I think not due to low clearance. But scanning the web, the 9-mile stretch does seem to have been greatly cleared and improved in recent years so that it can be safely hiked and biked, or 4WD'd. I'll post a story and links soon on LH News.
  5. Always love following along on your trips Denny! Good luck in Nebraska! (That almost sounds like it starts with an "i".....)
  6. bbutko

    Emily's Drive Info Request

    The specifics do seem to be a mystery plus I think when they have car troubles they're picking up and trailering.
  7. bbutko

    Carl Fisher Sighting!

    Pretty cool!
  8. Published March 25, 2009, at Forbes Travelers.com "America's Scariest Drives" by Joe Yogerst http://www.forbestraveler.com/adventure/sc...s-us-story.html Includes a slide show of their top picks. Brian
  9. bbutko

    Google Earth Blows My Mind

    Here's another one: http://maps.live.com/ Zoom in to the place you want, whether on road or aerial view. At some point, if you're near a city, the Birds Eye tab becomes active. Click it and you'll be maybe 1/3 mile up looking down at an angle — and most places can be viewed from 4 directions. Not responsible for head injuries!
  10. bbutko

    Rediscovered Lincoln Highway Gas Station In Nevada

    Thanks for pulling me out from under the bed! It makes sense that it became the informal gas station early on, it was a perfect use for it. All the photos posted here are beautiful but my heart stopped on the discussion of the possibly missing building. That's the Carroll Summit station, and a nice b/w photo card also exists of that. I'm glad to say I found it on Google Street view, which may mean it's still there. Image attached to help you locate it.
  11. bbutko

    Greetings From Pigeon Forge!

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is, by far, the most visited of all 57 US national parks, about 10 mil visitors per year - more than double the Grand Canyon. There are only 3 main entrances, and Gatlinburg is the most popular. (Try Cherokee NC on the east side for lots of mid-century roadside architecture - while it lasts.) The confined gorge-like geography of Gatlinburg makes a tight squeeze for all the traffic entering/exiting that way, let alone visiting the attractions along the street. The road (Great Smoky Mountains Parkway) gets wider and sprawlier - some would say uglier - as you head north into Pigeon Forge and then especially Sevierville. We visited in early April and had no traffic problems, and luckily warm weather.
  12. Oh no, the spotlight that night will be elsewhere! Not trying to bring in politics into this, just an observation on competing programming:
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    Lh In Belle Plaine, Ia

    My parents had his/her 1977 MCs so I remember the hoods well - the last of the long, high ones. Yep, new bridge at Chelsea but a nice replacement - four years ago it looked like this:
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