Quarter near Bedford is newest PA Roadside Giant

A 20-foot tall, 1,600-pound steel quarter with George Washington’s profile is the newest of five Roadside Giants planned along Pennsylvania’s 200-mile Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. The quarter is located east of Bedford, Pennsylvania, near the Down River Golf Course in Everett. It was dedicated last Wednesday to acknowledge students from Bedford County Technical Center who were involved in its design and creation. The sculpture was created at MDL Manufacturing in Bedford; owners Mari-Pat and Doug Lingsch invited the students into their plant.

PA_LHHC RG quarter side

The photo below shows Mari-Pat and Doug Lingsch, owners of MDL Manufacturing in Bedford. Leah R. Cominsky, LHHC Marketing/Project Manager, says, “They had a lot to do with the project in terms of allowing the students to work on laser cutting the details of the Giant at their facility, plus they helped the students to order the materials that they would need to complete the Giant.  They are such great, kind-hearted people, and Mari-Pat was on the Community Committee for the school to help them along the way with the design of the quarter.”

PA_LHHC RG quarter Lingsch

The Altoona Mirror reported that:

Meetings for the project began in March 2008, said community committee member Karen Bowman. Finishing touches at the site, such as landscaping and stone, will be added in the fall by students….

It took about three days to build the form, one day for it to set and another day to pour concrete….

Assistance on this project was provided by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., BC Stone, SKE Design and Rockland Manufacturing.

For Wednesday’s dedication, student Chelsea Long of the tech center’s Culinary Arts project created a matching 3-D cake in the shape of the giant quarter with assistance from instructor Pattie Liebfreid.

PA_LHHC RG quarter cake

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One Response to “Quarter near Bedford is newest PA Roadside Giant”

  1. Sal Paradise Says:

    I also find the LH a bit hard to track down, as it is not the commercial hog Route 66 has turned out to be. I find, the more I get into exploring American roads and road history, the more I enjoy the LH vs. Route 66. Route 66 is turning into a Disneyland type exhibit, full of ‘C’ rides and complete with people out trying to turn a buck all along it. The more I ride along 66, the less I enjoy it. The LH, however, is still pretty rustic and wide open. It still remains nearly as it was, and has not be overrun with tourist traps. Nor are many people out trying to make a buck on its ‘image’. You can’t compare anything on 66 to riding along LH in Wyoming for wide open spaces. Or even along the LH from Chambersburg, PA to Breezewood, PA. There are no businesses there pimping the road. Just a great drive. One of my favorites out of DC is Route 522 from Winchester, VA, through West Virginia, stopping at Hancock, Maryland (there are actually a few really good places to eat there) then back on 522 to McConnellburg, PA. There I hit the LH north to Breezewood, PA, the turn around and drive back south Route 11 in Chambersburg, PA. Then, its on Route 11 south to Winchester and back home to DC. Great summer weekend, or fall, day trip. No real tourist traps (unless you include Breezewood, which is really a gigantic freeway rest stop). Just some great driving. I like the non-commercial aspect of the road. 66 actually used to be like that, but since the late 80’s has turned into a giant tourist trap. Which, unlike the LH, was what 66 was even in its heydays.

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