Interstate and Defense Highways

Interstate and Defense Highways (HM5CC)

Location: Emmitsburg, MD 21727 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 41.483', W 77° 19.947'

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The first US Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy departed Washington DC for San Francisco on July 7, 1919, to survey roads and test vehicles for military purposes. On the second day, the convoy was forced to detour around a wooden covered bridge on this site. Among the 24 officers who participated in the expedition was Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later recalled that the experienced contributed to his keen interest in efficient interstate travel. On June 29, 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, creating the national system of interstate and defense highways.
HM NumberHM5CC
Placed ByMaryland Historic Trust - Maryland State Highway Administration
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 299999 N 4396105
Decimal Degrees39.69138333, -77.33245000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.483', W 77° 19.947'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 28.98" N, 77° 19' 56.82" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 314 US-15 ALT, Emmitsburg MD 21727, US
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