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September 30, 2022 - Harrisburg, PA

State Museum of PA Invites Pennsylvanians To Visit Tollbooth Exhibit for PA Turnpike Birthday

Turnpike tunnel sidewalk art will greet museum guests this weekend.

To commemorate the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Oct. 1, 1940, the State Museum of Pennsylvania invites state residents to consider a trip to Harrisburg to see the Turnpike exhibit, which features an original tollbooth as its centerpiece.

The PA Turnpike - often referred to as America's First Superhighway - ushered in a new era of transportation in the U.S.

"When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened to the motoring public on Oct. 1, 1940, it revolutionized automobile travel across the nation," said Curt Miner, Ph.D., senior history curator at the State Museum. "In fact, it would serve as the blueprint for the modern interstate highway system that would begin to take shape in 1956, some 16 years after the Turnpike opened."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940, at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_16.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_cz_17.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Turnpike celebrates the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Turnpike on October 1, 1940 at the State Museum where visitors can learn more about the Turnpike's history through an interactive exhibit,  in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22240_ptc_anniversary_19.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pittsburgh-based Street Painter Erik Greenawalt recreates a vintage postcard depicting a Turnpike tunnel to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Turnpike opening, in Harrisburg, PA on September 29, 2022.