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

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway

“Father of the Interstate Highway System”

 
 
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker
Inscription. In August 1973, the U.S. Congress designated a cross-country stretch of Interstate as the “Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway,” in tribute to President Eisenhower’s early recognition of the need for a national network of highways to enhance the mobility of a growing nation. His dream originated in 1919 on an Army convoy from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, California, a journey that took 62 days.

On June 29, 1956, President Eisenhower signed the historic legislation that created the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and the Federal Highway Trust Fund, the pay-as-you-go mechanism through which U.S. motorists have funded the construction and upkeep of the U.S. highway system.

Today, that system stands as a monument to Eisenhower’s vision as a young Army officer—a legacy of safety and mobility that has brought all Americans closer together.
 
Erected by the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the Road Information Program.
 
Location. 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), on the right when traveling west
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker
Marker is in the flower bed, to the left of the coin phones.
. 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 Bill Pate Portal (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.
 
More about this marker. The “pay-as-you-go mechanism” discussed on the marker is the federal tax on gasoline.
 
Also see . . .  Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway. (Submitted on November 8, 2006.)
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,347 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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