Pennsylvania At Risk list 2014
"Over the years, motor court cottages have disappeared from the American landscape. At one time, there were 13 different motor courts in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, alone. Today, the Lincoln Motor Court is the only surviving tourist cabin court on the Lincoln Highway from New York City to San Francisco that is open to overnight guests. The present owners have owned the Motor Court since 1983 and have worked hard to maintain the integrity of each of the cottages, as well as the property as a whole, in order to provide an authentic Lincoln Highway-era experience to visitors."
"Seventy years ago, the Lincoln Motor Court would have been an unremarkable pull-off along the nation-spanning Lincoln Highway - just one of many roadside rest stops in Bedford County.
Today, the U-shaped collection of 12 tiny cottages between Bedford and Schellsburg is the only place of its kind left in the county. A symbol of the golden age of highway travel, the Lincoln Motor Court was added this month to a national list of historic commercial stops that could one day disappear."
"...the Lincoln Motor Court is one of the most iconic remaining resources along the Lincoln Highway, the country’s first transcontinental highway."
"The dictionary tells me that the phrase cabin court is an older expression for 'a roadside motel having cabins' but to me they are so much more than that. They’re charming looking old fashioned places that harken back to the years before the chain hotels. Individual cabins or Monopoly Houses (my phrase) that you can call home for a day or more lend themselves to unique memories."
It takes a special spirit to drive past the chain hotels and embrace the warm hospitality of a small independent business. Guests of the Lincoln Motor Court appreciate the charm and individuality of their cottage stay. They take pride in supporting entrepreneurial spirit and contributing to a tourist tradition that dates to before World War II. And they take away wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!
Your hosts, the Altizers, hope you enjoy your stay at the Lincoln Motor Court, a little slice of history they work hard to maintain and share with enthusiastic guests. Motor courts and tourist cabins are a rare site these days, but were once a common lodging option in the era before chain hotels.
Thank you for supporting this special place!
ABOUT LINCOLN MOTOR COURT
"When you sit on your cabin's front porch and close your eyes, you can hear the gravel driveway crackling under the white-walled tires of a new Hudson Hornet making its way to one of the units 48 years ago." -- USA Today
“The [Lincoln] Highway is full of interesting sights and places; this motel is only one of them!! The small cottages are very well kept and clean. The rooms are of the old 'Motoring Era'....” -- jaybirde63, TripAdvisor
“Nostalgia at its best! Our cabin was so quaint, pretty, and it takes you back to yesteryear.... Please stay here and keep history alive!” -- SusanBassler, TripAdvisor