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

Military Convoys

 
 
Military Convoys Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 6, 2006
1. Military Convoys Marker
Inscription. During World War II, the Gateway was considered to be a major stop-off for many servicemen and women who were on their way to Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and westward. This prime location near the turnpike interchange in Breezewood and along Lincoln Highway has often attracted motorists who were on their way to "somewhere." During the years that the Snyder family owned the Gateway Inn and rest area, the Inn had a contract to supply fuel to the military convoys. It also became known for its bartering system. The family would trade meals, gasoline, and rest to those in the service for Military Service Insignia Patches. The collection of patches that were accumulated can be seen on display inside the inn.
 
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 west. Click for map. Marker is to the left 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
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
Caption reads Merle Snyder serving customers at the Gateway Inn.
miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pennsylvania Turnpike (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 Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Additional keywords. Snyder's Gate-Way Inn
 
Categories. MilitaryRoads & VehiclesWar, World II
 
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
This is the first thing you see after you pay the toll when you come off the Pennsylvania Turnpike into Breezewood.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,737 times since then and 13 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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