Pennsylvania Turnpike Historical Marker

This cast aluminum marker stood at the Midway Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission erected the sign in 1990 to commemorate the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The blue sign has yellow lettering with the Pennsylvania state coat of arms at the top of the, with a keystone below the title “Pennsylvania Turnpike.” The sign reads “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 Carlisle to Irwin. 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.”
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United States: Pennsylvania
overall: 114.3 cm x 115.6 cm x 4 cm; 45 in x 45 1/2 in x 1 9/16 in
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Gift of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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