East Liverpool Historical Society

Lincoln Highway Day.

The following text comes from History of Columbiana County, Ohio - Harold B. Barth, Chapter XXIV, MISCELLANEOUS, Historical Publishing Company 1926

An outstanding event in the city's life was the celebration of Lincoln Highway Day in East Liverpool on Saturday, June 5, 1915. The celebration marked the official passing through the city on the new coast-to-coast roadway of H. C. Osterman, consul-at-large of the Lincoln Highway Association and a staff of assistants, including R. E. Spencer, of the Pottery City, Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Osterman being the only women in the party.

Thousands from nearby towns visited the city during the day and witnessed the various departures of the occasion which included the breaking of the "Sun," a replica, erected at Fifth and Market streets, presentation of the state flag by Congressman, D. A. Hollingsworth, of Cadiz, O., and of the city flag by Mayor V. A. Schreiber, the demolishing of a pyramid of china at West End Park, the pulling down of the single brick chimney of the destroyed glass works just east of West End Park and a fire drill during which the initial auto equipment procured by the city was used. Motion pictures of every act performed were taken by Leon Loeb, official photographer which were added to the Lincoln Highway film which at the conclusion of the automobile trip begun in Atlantic Ocean in New York and concluded in the Pacific Ocean in California, was first shown at the Panama-Pacific Exposition. It carried views of receptions throughout the 10,000-mile journey and was exhibited in East Liverpool the following September.

. . . breaking of the "Sun," a replica, erected at Fifth and Market streets, . . .

. . . breaking of the "Sun," a replica, erected at Fifth and Market streets, . . .

. . . breaking of the "Sun," a replica, erected at Fifth and Market streets, . . .

. . . breaking of the "Sun," a replica, erected at Fifth and Market streets, . . .

During the day 25,000 snow plaque plates, souvenirs of East Liverpool pottery manufacturers, were presented to the school children of the city, Wellsville, Newell and Chester, W. Va. The committee in charge of the day's doings consisted of Homer J. Taylor (chairman), C. A. Goodwin, A. S. August, W. T. Blake, John Manor, Frank Swaney, R. E. Spencer, J. C. Travis, W. H. Phillips and H. B. Barth.

The final part of the day was devoted to the annual school picnic at Rock Springs Park at Chester, W. Va. And was marred by a fire that evening which destroyed "The Old Mill," one of the amusement features there utilized, at which Albert Rayner, 12, and Glenna Stout, 17, of Chester, W. Va., and Eva Dales, 14 of Newell, W. Va., lost their lives. Miss Hyacinth Mackey, 15, 0f Newell, W. Va., succumbed on June 20 to the burns she received. Numerous other children were less seriously injured during the excitement attending the blaze.



Rock Springs Fire.




From Hills and Kilns:

The most exciting event of the transportation revolution occurring during this period was the formal opening of the Lincoln Highway through East Liverpool in June of 1915. The thirty-three hundred mile Lincoln Highway was the first coast to- coast interstate in the nation and the "Crockery City" was proud to be located along its route. R.E. Spencer of East Liverpool was appointed official "moving picture" photographer of the Lincoln Highway Association and journeyed with the association on its coast-to-coast trip over the route. The editor of the Tribune considered this a grand opportunity for the future as the new road would bring thousands of travelers through East Liverpool annually. Aware that the city would be filmed during the automobile parade and celebration, the streets, houses, and businesses were decorated with flags and bunting. When the official caravan entered Ohio and East Liverpool on 5 June 1915 they were greeted by huge crowds and over one hundred additional automobiles joined the parade. Thousands gathered in the Diamond for a series of speeches and at 2:30 in the afternoon the former glass house kiln, which had been covered with pottery donated by the local potteries, was blown up in honor of the event.56

Decorations up for the Lincoln Highway celebration.

American Theater in its Lincoln Highway celebration decor.


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