Day 5: November 9, 2004
Another Pot



This is Kristen in the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor office in Ligonier. When I first started thinking about this trip, she got a driving guide to me in short order. Then, when I couldn't find a copy of Brian Butko's book locally, she managed to get one to me almost instantly so that I had it before I left home. I stopped by to say hello and thanks. I thanked her for her personal efforts in mailing the guide and book and also for the job the organization has done on the corridor. The route is reasonably well marked with the new LH signs and the displays and recordings are well done. The guide book is a good mix of driving instructions and historic information with driving instructions in bold text. It's not always easy (or safe) for a person traveling alone to extract directions from other information in a guide book so I certainly appreciate that last item. Other highway & byway groups could benefit by taking a look at what the LHHC is doing.

A Fort Ligonier replica sits almost next to the LHHC office. Closed today and reopening in May. Ligonier's town square is just a short distance up hill from the office. The pump sculpture is at the Timberlink Golf Course on the east side of town.

This is the 1924 Mountain View Inn near Latrobe. Yes, that pump outside the Inn does look familiar. It's Vincent van Gas who I saw yesterday at the Lincoln Highway Garage in Schellsburg. Is this an imposter or are these gas pumps more mobile than they appear? Do they, perhaps, spend the night time hours traipsing up and down the Lincoln Highway then jump on the nearest pedestal at sunrise?

Present day US-30 swings south to avoid Greensburg but the Lincoln Highway followed a straighter route along Pittsburgh Street. Descending into downtown Greensburg, my eyes were drawn to the Westmoreland County courthouse dome even a bit farther away than the point at which this picture was taken. It looks pretty cool up close, too. Since 1937, much of Pittsburgh Street has been one-way eastbound so I follow Otterman instead. The restored and very active 1926 Palace theater is just around the corner from the courthouse.

The LHHC guide mentions Greensburg's 1910 train station and the fact that it has been restored. It didn't mention that it is currently the home of the Red Star Brewery and Grille. It was just after 11:00 when I discovered that fact and the sign on the door gave an 11:30 opening time. I filled the few minutes with some photograph and GPS housekeeping and enjoyed lunch at the Red Star. Opening about five years ago, it is the first brewery in Greensburg since prohibition. Pretty good beer; Both root and regular.

Greensburg also sports a pump sculpture at the car wash east of downtown. The last pump is in the town of Irwin on a stretch of the old highway.

The world's largest teapot is prominently displayed in Chester West Virginia. Its windows are sealed and it is protected by chain link fence but looks to be in pretty good shape. Having given equal time to coffee and tea drinkers, I ended my trip here and headed directly home.

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