Enthusiastic travelers line up their cars for opening day on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, October 1, 1940.
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A line of cars and a crowd of people on a newly constructed highway, in front of a tunnel leading through a mountain.

Credit: Courtesy Pennsylvania State Archives

Nearly 27,000 autos crowded the Pennsylvania Turnpike on its first weekend. The toll of one cent per mile didn't discourage traffic, and neither did the speed limit: initially, the Turnpike had no posted limit.

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