Rare Crosser Diner in danger of collapsing

Among the many photos from Denny Gibson’s latest Lincoln Highway trip are some sad scenes from Lisbon, Ohio, showing the Crosser Diner at 127 W. Lincoln Way with a sagging roof and wall. At least supports have been added to slow the damage.

The Crosser is a c. 1944 Sterling diner made by J.B. Judkins of Merrimac, Mass., best known for their streamliner models featuring one or both ends rounded. This is a Dinette model, one of only 4 survivors.  Comparing to my photo below, the neon sign has already been removed.

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Lisbon is probably the only town along the Lincoln Highway having two vintage factory-made diners, with the Steel Trolley Diner a few blocks to the east. Here’s hoping the Crosser is saved and reopened, but after at least 6 years sitting empty, and now with walls collapsing, the prospects are dim.

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2 Responses to “Rare Crosser Diner in danger of collapsing”

  1. Leona Duncan Says:

    I live in Lisbon, Ohio and sadly miss Crosser’s Diner, but would like to know what truly happened to this old landmark? I have a picture or two of relatives on the steps of the Diner way back in the early 1900’s.
    Thank You for your reply!


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