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The Shoe House: Hellam, PA

The Shoe HouseIf you pick up ANY book on roadside attractions, this one will be prominently featured.  I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get there, especially since it’s not that far a drive.  Located along the old Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) just outside York, PA, the Shoe House was built in 1948 by Mahlon Haines, who owned a chain of shoe stores. Known as the Shoe Wizard of York, Haines built the 25-foot-high, 48-foot-long Shoe House as a promotion for his stores.  The shoe was built as a real house, and Haines used to offer free weekend stays for older couples celebrating their anniversary, as well as honeymooners from cities where there was a Haines shoe store.  The “shoe” theme is followed through in stained glass windows and a matching mailbox and doghouse.  The house was restored in 2007 as part of Hampton Hotels’ “Save-A-Landmark” program.  Visited August 2011.

Location: 195 Shoe House Road

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  1. Thanks for stopping by The Off Ramp. I enjoyed seeing the other photos on your list!

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