Road versus Rail

Road versus Rail (HMX7I)

Location: Ligonier, PA 15658 Westmoreland County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 14.781', W 79° 14.595'

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Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

The rise and fall of the railroad corresponded to the continuing increase of roads, like the Lincoln Highway. Railroads were needed for transportation because roads were virtually impassable. But once new paving techniques made road surfaces durable, there was a revolution in transportation. Suddenly, roads were competing with trains for regional transportation.

The Ligonier Valley Railroad or "Doodlebug" as many called it, transported over 9 million passengers during its years of existence. This chapter was acquired in 1853. The railroad line was needed to transport lumber, coal and stone products to distant markets. The 16 mile-long railway began operating in 1871. Later, more branch lines were added that extended to coal mines in this region. The most prosperous period for the railroad was during the First World War. Over the years, the trains hauled over 59 million tons of freight. The railroad closed on August 31, 1952 after 81 active years because traffic on roads had become more important than traffic on rails. Tickets were sold for the "last run" of the railroad so passengers could enjoy one more ride.
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HM NumberHMX7I
Series This marker is part of the Lincoln Highway series
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Placed ByLincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:19pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 649419 N 4456580
Decimal Degrees40.24635000, -79.24325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 14.781', W 79° 14.595'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 14' 46.86" N, 79° 14' 35.70" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)412, 724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 333-369 Lincoln Highway, Ligonier PA 15658, US
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