Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.

Hallam: The Shoe House

Many oddball attractions grew up along the old Lincoln Highway, the great cross-country highway that ran coast-to-coast beginning in 1915, and one of the best-beloved is the Haines Shoe House, which stands above the modern four-lane US-30 freeway, west of the town of Hallam. This landmark of programmatic architecture was built in 1948 by Mahlon “The Shoe Wizard” Haines, who owned a successful shoe company that proudly claimed to make boots “hoof-to-hoof,” from raising the cattle to selling the finished products. The seven-room structure is shaped like a giant cartoon boot and can be reached by following Hwy-462 (the old Lincoln Highway, which runs just south of current US-30), to Shoe House Road, then winding north for a quarter mile. (The turnoff is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for the Shoe House Mini-Storage, which stands on the corner.) The Shoe House has been bought and sold a number of times over the years. If you’re lucky, the owners will be there to let you tour the interior.

Just east of Hallam on US-30, Jim Mack’s Ice Cream (5745 Lincoln Hwy., 717/252-2013) has been attracting fans for its ice cream—and its adjacent mini-golf course and mini-zoo, complete with a rather sad-looking brown bear. Next door is a bowling alley.

 

 

Hallam

 

 

Haines Shoe House (197 Shoe House Rd.)

Jim Mack’s Ice Cream (5745 Lincoln Hwy.)