Bedford in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Lincoln Highway Meets the Superhighway
In 1913 the nation's first cross-country highway was designated the Lincoln Highway. It stretched from New York City to San Francisco - the first true highway link with the west. That year there were only 600,000 automobiles in the whole country. Today, more than 47,000 cars and trucks travel the Lincoln Highway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County area each day. The Federal Highway Commission stopped naming highways in 1925, and began using a numbering system. In Pennsylvania, much of the Lincoln Highway was assigned Route 30.
With an ever increasing number of cars and trucks, and the increases public pressure for hard-surfaced highways, a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was inaugurated in 1937. On October 1, 1940 at 12:01 a.m. the first 160 miles of four-lane
The turnpike was extended east to Philadelphia and west to the Ohio line in 1957, creating a 330-mile superhighway. Other states took Pennsylvania's lead and constructed similar four-lane paved toll roads. Solving the major engineering challenges of crossing the Allegheny Mountains also made Pennsylvania a pioneer in major road construction. This occurred first with the scening mountain route of the Lincoln Highway, and then the difficult "tunnel" construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Erected by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 40° 1.81′ N, 78° 29.583′ W. Marker was in Bedford, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker was on Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76). Marker is in the eastbound rest area. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location. Pennsylvania Turnpike (a few steps from this marker); Original Turnpike Road Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); a different Pennsylvania Turnpike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bedford Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Bedford Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fraser Tavern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Anderson House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Grist Millstone (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bedford.
Also see . . . The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,430 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.