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

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Pennsylvania Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 3, 2008
1. Pennsylvania Turnpike Marker
Inscription.  This is one of the original service plazas for the nation's first long-distance superhighway. On October 1, 1940, the Turnpike opened, stretching 160 miles from Irwin to Carlisle. The Turnpike Commission had been created in 1937; construction utilized the old South Pennsylvania Railroad's right-of-way and tunnels. By 1957 the Turnpike spanned 360 miles across the state and extended 110 miles north to Scranton.
Erected 1990 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Pennsylvania Railroad 🚂 series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1881.
Location. 40° 1.838′ N, 78° 29.532′ W. Marker is in Bedford Township, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in front of the westbound
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 3, 2008
2. Pennsylvania Turnpike marker location
In front of the westbound Bedford rest area, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
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rest area. 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 walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Pennsylvania Turnpike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Turnpike Road Construction (about 400 feet away); Bedford Village (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Bedford Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fraser Tavern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Anderson House (approx. one mile away); Grist Millstone (approx. one mile away); Fort Bedford (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bedford Township.
More about this marker. This marker is identical to one across the interstate, in front of the eastbound rest area.
Regarding Pennsylvania Turnpike. The original rest areas were built to mimic the architecture of the region they were built in. This building appears to pay some homage to the 18th and early 19th century structures that can be found occasionally in the surrounding area.
Also see . . .
1. Historic marker for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Smithsonian Institution (Submitted on December 24, 2008.) 

2. The Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Submitted on November 28, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,387 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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