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New Oxford in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Road Versus Rail

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

 
 
Road Versus Rail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, July 9, 2015
1. Road Versus Rail Marker
Inscription.  During the 19th century, railroads had become primary arteries transporting the public over long distances. The honk of automobile horns, however, sounded the death knell for many passenger railroads. With advances in road building, technology and construction of additional highways, the public could drive almost anywhere at any time. The freedom of travel essentially renewed America’s quest for a new frontier – the open road like the Lincoln Highway.

During 1854-1857, the Gettysburg Railroad was built linking Hanover to Gettysburg via New Oxford. President Abraham Lincoln used this line to travel to Gettysburg where he delivered his famous address on November 19, 1863. The Gettysburg line was eventually acquired by the Western Maryland Railroad, who built this station in 1892.

Passenger service was discontinued during World War II, and the train’s last run was on September 24, 1965. The station was transferred to the Borough of New Oxford in 1966 and is currently leased by the Conewago Valley Model Railroad Club.
 
Erected by Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
 
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This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 24, 1965.
 
Location. 39° 51.8′ N, 77° 3.569′ W. Marker is in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Way West (U.S. 30) west of North Orange Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford PA 17350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Kuhn Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Building the Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Veterans of New Oxford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Theo. Pfeiffer (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Oxford Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Oxford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Conewago Chapel (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Oxford.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on the wall of the former New Oxford station.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Highway. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Road Versus Rail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, July 9, 2015
2. Road Versus Rail Marker
Insert - New Oxford station in use
New Oxford station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, April 2008
3. New Oxford station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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