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Lancaster Turnpike

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Definition: First important turnpike in America. Also the first long-distance stone and gravel road in the country. Chartered in 1792 and completed in 1795, it ran 62 miles from Philadelphia to Lancaster and gave travelers an easier way to reach the Northwest Territory. The turnpike route was later replaced by a canal.

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The New Nation
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Exploration and Settlement of the United States
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The Lancaster Turnpike
Learn more about the turnpike that ran from Philadelphia to Lancaster.

History of Lancaster Township
See the bigger picture in this colorful history of Lancaster.

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