On 7 March 2016, Jorn Jensen and I needed to go the LHHC (Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor). While we were there, the LHHC was presenting a program about the Ship Hotel that was on the Lincoln Highway (Route 30). Jorn & I were invited to sit-in on the program. I learned a lot about a lost landmark in our area!
The S.S.Grand View Point Hotel was built in 1932 by "Captain" Herbert Paulson. It was known as the "Ship Hotel." It sat at an elevation of 2,464 feet. You could see "3 states and 7 counties" from the deck. It also had food, overnight accommodations, music and dancing. And you could buy souvenirs too! Previous to it being converted into a ship, it was know as the "Grand View Point Inn" and it was built in the late 1920's.
Over the years, it was visited by many famous people, including Clara Bow, George Burns, Joan Crawford, Henry Ford, Greta Garbo and J.P.Morgan. The Ships business declined after the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940. In the 1970's, a new owner covered the Ship with wood clapboard. The Ship Hotel eventually closed its doors and after 15 years it was destroyed by fire on October 26,2001. Even today, many people stop there for the memories and the famous view.
So, I learned a lot and enjoyed the mornig there very much! The program on the Ship Hotel was a sell-out so I think they will be offering it again in the near future. The next program (only $6.00) will be on 21 March 2016 and it will be called "All Pumped Up." It will focus on the museum's restored gas pumps, gas stations and their giveaways, and the mysterious price inconsistencies of gasoline!
If you have never visited the LHHC or it has been a long time since you have, you might want to consider going there for a visit - make it on a day they are having a program, the are fun! And like me, you may learn something.