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Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor celebrates 100 years with bus tour

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor plans to mark 100 years of the Lincoln Highway with a bus tour along Route 30, from Wilkinsburg to Jennerstown, on June 26.

Olga Herbert, executive director of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, said this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway, which was the first east-to-west thoroughfare in the United States.

The Lincoln Highway runs from Times Square in New York City to San Francisco, Herbert said.

“For our area, it was the first east-to-west transportation artery until the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940,” Herbert said. “It no longer restricted people to just train schedules — people could get out and go for drives.”

Though most people associate the Lincoln Highway with Route 30 through Westmoreland County, Herbert said, it includes only a portion of the highway.

The tour, which starts in Wilkinsburg, travels along the original Lincoln Highway route and eventually ends up in Jennerstown, Herbert said.

The original Lincoln Highway, which includes parts of Pennsylvania Avenue in Irwin, is marked with a cement marker each mile, Herbert said.

“The Lincoln Highway route changes streets throughout our area, which might confuse some people,” she said. “In Irwin, it's Pennsylvania Avenue, not Route 30, and then it runs along Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg.”

Kristin Poerschke, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor office manager, plans to serve as the trip's tour director and will highlight significant spots along the route, Herbert said.

“Tours like this are a way to bring out a lot of good memories for some people who took trips along the original Lincoln Highway,” Herbert said. “It's also a good way to introduce a historically significant route to a lot of younger people who might not realize it is there otherwise.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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