“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Napier Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Traveling The Highway

Traveling The Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
1. Traveling The Highway Marker
Inscription.  For over 200 years, Bedford County taverns have served as stopovers for weary travelers en route to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Over the years, most of these taverns have ceased to operate. However, the Jean Bonnet Tavern continues to offer a fine meal, a tankard of ale, and a good night's rest.
Built in 1769 between the Glades Road and Forbes Road, the Jean Bonnet Tavern was part of the original William Penn Land Grant. Since this was the only trail west through the Allegheny Mountains, the tavern saw brisk business. In addition to serving travelers, it was the last stop for troops headed for Fort Ligonier and Fort Duquesne. The Bedford to Stoystown Turnpike was built in 1818 over the same path. The Lincoln Highway followed the same route a century later.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Jean Bonnet Tavern's two-foot thick fieldstone walls, large fireplaces, and chestnut beams all add to the unique dining and lodging experience for today's Lincoln Highway travelers.
One of the 1928 Lincoln Highway cement markers is located on the north side of the road about 100 feet east of the Tavern. Fewer than two dozen
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remain along the route in Pennsylvania.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1769.
Location. 40° 2.537′ N, 78° 33.635′ W. Marker is in Napier Township, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from Allegheny Road (Pennsylvania Route 31). Located at the Bonnet Tavern gift shop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bedford PA 15522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bonnet Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Forbes Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Coffee Pot (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bedford Village (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Bedford Village (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Bedford (approx. 3.4 miles away); Grist Millstone (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napier Township.
Also see . . .  Jean Bonnet Tavern. (Submitted on October 7, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 6 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Apr. 14, 2021