Bethpage in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
L.I. Motor Pkwy
built for the automobile &
famed Vanderbilt Cup Races
Ground breaking in Central
Park (Bethpage) June 6 1908
Erected by Central Park Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1908.
Location. 40° 43.927′ N, 73° 28.886′ W. Marker is in Bethpage, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Arthur Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Stewart Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethpage NY 11714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of The Beau Sejour (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethpage Hamlet (approx. half a mile away); First Post Office (approx. half a mile away); Zorn's est 1930 (approx. half a mile away); Captain Brian C. Hickey Memorial (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named L.I. Motor Pkwy (approx. half a mile away); Arthur F. White Grumman 1930-94 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethpage.
Also see . . . Long Island Motor Parkway (Wikipedia). "The Long Island Motor Parkway (LIMP), also known as the Vanderbilt Parkway and Motor Parkway, was a parkway on Long Island, New York, in the United States. It was the first roadway designed for automobile use only. The road was privately built by William Kissam Vanderbilt II with overpasses and bridges to remove intersections. It officially opened on October 10, 1908. It closed in 1938 when it was taken over by the state of New York in lieu of back taxes. Parts of the parkway survive today in sections of other roadways and as a bicycle trail in Queens....On October 10, 1908, a 10-mile-long (16 km) section opened as far as modern Bethpage, making it the first highway....The Long Island Motor Parkway was the first roadway designed exclusively for automobile use, the first concrete highway in the United States, and the first to use overpasses and bridges to eliminate intersections." (Submitted on May 5, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.