Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville Beach, ca. 1920

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The Atlantic Highway was the route up the Maine coast in the early days of automobile touring. First established in 1911 as the Quebec-Miami International Highway, it combined old and new roads to make a continuous route for adventurous motorists.

In New England it was renamed the Atlantic Highway in 1915, and in 1922, when a nationwide marking system was adopted, it became Route 1.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report in October 1927 showed Route 1 as a mix of hard surface pavement, gravel, and graded and drained earth roads.

The road through Lincolnville Beach was still earth when this photo was taken, probably in the 1920s. It wasn't paved until 1932, and the route through Belfast was not entirely paved until 1937.

Elm trees arched over the highway as it came down the hill to the Lincolnville Beach, where the boarding house on the corner of Beach Road (Route 173) welcomed summer guests. The tall building with the big windows, now gone, was Dearborn's store, which also sold Texaco gasoline.

The building on the far right was Tom Gushee's store and the post office. Across the road, tourists could buy lobsters at a shanty with an outdoor cooker, which grew into the Lobster Pound Restaurant.

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  • Title: Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville Beach, ca. 1920
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Town: Lincolnville
  • County: Waldo
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.107722
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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