I have been doing some additional research and it turns out that the street
where I grew up was designated an alternate route for the Lincoln
Highway... Who knew?
Spoke to a lady from the Pittsburgh Landmark Foundation about identifying
buildings in the downtown area that were present when the Lincoln was an
active road. There will not be too many but it will be cool to see which ones
LINCOLN HIGHWAY TODAY
The original alignment of the Lincoln Highway left Pittsburgh going West on
the Manchester Bridge down what is now Route 65 going towards Sewickley
and Ambridge PA.
The Manchester was torn down in 1970. The northern pier was left in place
after the demolition of the bridge. It was intended to serve as an
observation deck in the riverside park along the Allegheny River. The park,
later named Roberto Clemente Park, was built as part of the construction of
the now demolished Three Rivers Stadium.
The remaining pier was finally utilized and is now a tribute to Mr. Rogers... a
Pittsburgher and a world wide icon.
The Manchester is the bridge is the top bridge to the left in the image below.
The building on the North portion of the image is the approximate location of
what is now PNC Park. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The bridge on the right was the Point Bridge. The Fort Pitt Bridge replaced
the Point Bridge and the Fort Duquesne Bridge replaced the Manchester Bridge.
IN a later alignment... the point bridge was used to leave the city on the Lincoln...
Here's a great shot from 1969. You can see the new bridges and the old bridges. Pittsburgh has come a long way
The pier can be seen to the right of Three Rivers Stadium right by the river in this image.
The Pier as it looks today.
Here's a look at the Mr. Rogers Statue that is now part of the pier.
Pittburgh Now days... not a smokey city anymore.
More Lincoln Highway History to come.