Somerset in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Blue Star Memorial Highway
Following World War II, the National Council of State Garden Clubs designated certain national roads as "Blue Star Memorial Highway", as a living memorial to "all those who have served or will serve in the nation's armed forces," through planting aisles of flowering trees and shrubs. The Pennsylvania Turnpike from Carlisle to Irwin was so designated as part of the first transcontinental Blue Star Highway and our plantings of flowering Dogwood trees are evident along this segment of the Turnpike.
Erected 1990 by Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in cooperation with The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the Blue Star Memorial Highway Council.
Location. 39° 59.989′ N, 79° 2.808′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker is on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76). Click for map. Marker is in the south Somerset Service Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset PA 15501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wind Power (about 300 feet away); Harmon Husband (approx. 1.2 miles away); 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Adam Schneider (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somerset.
Also see . . .
1. Blue Star Memorial Highways. Essay by Richard F. Weingroff on the Federal Highway Administration website.
2. Dogwood Planted Along Roadsides. An article in the September 1946 issue of Contractors and Engineers Monthly
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
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