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Breezewood in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Pennsylvania Turnpike

 
 
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 6, 2006
1. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Marker
Inscription. Shortly after the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1941, Snyder's Gateway Inn was one of the first businesses to appear. Merle and Marian Snyder opened the restaurant shortly before World War II began and eventually supplied fuel to the military convoys. The Turnpike exit at Breezewood was one of the original eleven interchanges, which transformed the rural small town into a tourism capital. The town was a crossroads where people were looking for a ride or a transfer. This stretch of the Lincoln Highway is now enhanced with Motels and restaurants and is considered "the gateway to the south," hence the name Gateway. The Gateway Travel Plaza provides a wide range of accommodations including lodging, dining, retail and rest areas.
 
Erected by a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a Federal Transportation Enhancement award.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 40° 0.012′ N, 78° 14.076′ W. Marker is in Breezewood, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Breezewood Interchange (Interstate 70,76), on the right when traveling
Closeup of Photograph Shown on Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 6, 2006
2. Closeup of Photograph Shown on Marker
An arial view of the turnpike circa 1954. Click on image to enlarge.
west. Click for map. Marker is to the right of the main doors to the Gateway Travel Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Breezewood PA 15533, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Convoys (here, next to this marker); Forbes Road (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 10.8 miles away); Hunter Mill (approx. 14.3 miles away); Rural Electrification (approx. 15 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Interstate 70 shares the Pennsylvania Turnpike's roadway for 88 miles between Breezewood and New Stanton before continuing west on its own pavement. But in Breezewood I-70 travels for half a mile on the old Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30), complete with traffic lights and left turns into numerous parking lots before entering the turnpike using the turnpike's interchange with U.S. 30. Pennsylvania has never bothered to build an interchange between I-70 and the turnpike even though I-70 crosses the turnpike on a bridge two miles south of Breezewood. If you're traveling on I-70 to or from Washington or Baltimore, you have no excuse not to stop at The Gateway, and you should too: good food at reasonable prices 24 hours a day.
 
Also see . . .
The Gateway Travel Plaza, Where You'll Find the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 6, 2006
3. The Gateway Travel Plaza, Where You'll Find the Marker
1. The Town That Stops Traffic. 2001 Washington Post article by Manuel Roig-Franzia. (Submitted on May 6, 2006.) 

2. History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Submitted on May 6, 2006.)
3. The Lincoln Highway Story. (Submitted on May 6, 2006.)
4. Breezewood "Services". (Submitted on May 6, 2006.)
5. Breezewood History. (Submitted on May 6, 2006.)
6. Gateway Travel Plaza Company History. (Submitted on May 6, 2006.)
 
Additional keywords. Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Marker
 
Categories. 20th CenturyRoads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,224 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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