The Pennsylvania Turnpike

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See how the Pennsylvania Turnpike proved the doubters wrong and came to be known as the World's Greatest Highway. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is one of the best-known highways in the United States. Most Pennsylvania Turnpike travelers are unaware that its construction was inspired by the route of the never-completed South Pennsylvania Railroad. In the 1930s, men of great vision conceived, planned, and built the nation's first long-distance superhighway using the abandoned railroad's partially finished tunnels as its foundation. The Pennsylvania Turnpike draws from the extensive photograph collection in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Many were taken by photographers hired by both the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and its contractors, and most have never been published previously. Originally predicted to be a financial failure, the project wound up being a tremendous success and, eventually was expanded and improved, laying the groundwork for the nation's Interstate Highway System.
ISBN: 9780738535326
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Mitchell E. Dakelman is director of media services for the National Railroad Historical Society. He is an avid collector of transportation photographs, motion pictures, and memorabilia. Neal A. Schorr is a physician in suburban Pittsburgh with a lifelong interest in highway engineering. He designed the plan for widening Pittsburgh's worst traffic bottleneck, the Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel.
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