“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

East Providence Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 6, 2006
1. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Marker
Inscription.  Shortly after the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1941, Snyder's Gateway Inn was one of the first businesses to appear. Merle and Marian Snyder opened the restaurant shortly before World War II began and eventually supplied fuel to the military convoys. The Turnpike exit at Breezewood was one of the original eleven interchanges, which transformed the rural small town into a tourism capital. The town was a crossroads where people were looking for a ride or a transfer. This stretch of the Lincoln Highway is now enhanced with motels and restaurants and is considered "the gateway to the south," hence the name Gateway. The Gateway Travel Plaza provides a wide range of accommodations including lodging, dining, retail and rest areas.
Erected by a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a Federal Transportation Enhancement award.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Lincoln Highway 🛣️ series list.
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
An arial view of the turnpike circa 1954. Click on image to enlarge.
40° 0.012′ N, 78° 14.076′ W. Marker is in East Providence Township, 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. Marker is to the right of the main doors to the Gateway Travel Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16537 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood PA 15533, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Convoys (here, next to this marker); Forbes Road (approx. 1.8 miles away); Highway Enterprise (approx. 3.9 miles away); Everett Area Honor Roll (approx. 6.8 miles away); Everett Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); a different marker also named Highway Enterprise (approx. 7.2 miles away); Our Main Street (approx. 7.3 miles away); Early Roads (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Providence Township.
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.
Regarding The Pennsylvania Turnpike. The earliest part of the Turnpike opened in 1940, not 1941.
Also see . . .  History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Submitted on May 6, 2006.)
Additional keywords. Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Marker
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
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,388 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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