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Near Myersville in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Bill Pate Portal

 
 
The Bill Pate Portal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. The Bill Pate Portal Marker
Inscription. One half mile to the west of this plaque, the gap in South Mountain, the Appalachian Trail footbridge, and I-70 symbolically form the Bill Pate Portal to the Appalachian region—a region where a people and their governments joined in a national program to reclaim a long and rich heritage through economic revitalization and human development.

On July 30, 1981, Governor Harry Hughes dedicated this portal to Bill Pate.

The vision for revitalization of the region and the humanitarian concerns of Bill Pate led Governor of Maryland J. Millard Tawes, to call the first conference of Appalachian Governors in 1960. As a result of this meeting, the late President John F. Kennedy established the Presidentís Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) at the request of Vice President Lyndon Johnson.
Bill Pate was an active participant in this thirteen-state program serving first as Maryland's alternate representative to the Commission and in 1971 was named the Maryland representative to ARC. He continued in that capacity until his death on May 1, 1979.

As he served the people in Maryland, he served all the people of Appalachia. It is to the honor of this public servant and humanitarian—Bill Pate—that this portal is dedicated.

Bill Pate (1918–1979).
 
Location.
The Bill Pate Portal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. The Bill Pate Portal Marker
The marker is in the shadows to the right of the National Freeway (I-68) map.
39° 31.476′ N, 77° 36.089′ W. Marker is near Myersville, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on the West Welcome Center and Rest Area (Interstate 70) west of Exit 42 (Maryland Route 17). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myersville MD 21773, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); The National Road (here, next to this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Myersville.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsNotable Persons
 
The Bill Pate Portal Sign on I-70 Westbound, South Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Roderick A. MacRae, circa 1982/1983
3. The Bill Pate Portal Sign on I-70 Westbound, South Mountain
This sign was installed in the early 1980s and removed shortly thereafter when, as I recall, when concern was expressed that the association with Appalachia would taint perceptions of Washington County. It was never replaced.
The Bill Pate Portal, Eastbound View image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 5, 2007
4. The Bill Pate Portal, Eastbound View
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,969 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Roderick A. MacRae of Fairplay, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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