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Somerset in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway

“Father of the Interstate Highway System”

 
 
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 20, 2008
1. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker
Inscription. In August 1973, the U.S. Congress designated a cross-country stretch of Interstate as the “Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway,” in tribute to President Eisenhower’s early recognition of the need for a national network of highways to enhance the mobility of a growing nation. His dream originated in 1919 on an Army convoy from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, California, a journey that took 62 days.

On June 29, 1956, President Eisenhower signed the historic legislation that created the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and the Federal Highway Trust Fund, the pay-as-you-go mechanism through which U.S. motorists have funded the construction and upkeep of the U.S. highway system.

Today, that system stands as a monument to Eisenhower’s vision as a young Army officer—a legacy of safety and mobility that has brought all Americans closer together.
 
Erected by the American Traffic Safety Services Association - the Road Information Program.
 
Location. 39° 59.951′ N, 79° 2.771′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 70). Touch for map. Marker is in front of the eastbound Somerset Rest
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 20, 2008
2. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway Marker
Area. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset PA 15501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wind Power (here, next to this marker); Blue Star Memorial Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harmon Husband (approx. 1.3 miles away); 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Adam Schneider (approx. 1.8 miles away); Somerset County World War I Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Somerset County World War II Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Somerset County Korean War / Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable PersonsRoads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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