Turnpike and Plank Road

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The pages below are from the 1906 "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania". They relate to the "Somerset and Cumberland Turnpike" that ran from Somerset, and through Wellersburg in accordance with an 1832 charter. Circa 1850 to 1854, the turnpike was turned into a plank road by the Wellersburg & West Newton Plank Road Company. This road is today known as Route 160, or alternately, as the Plank Road. For some reason that I can't quite fathom, the "Wellersburg and West Newton Plank Road Company" is still (2009) listed as an active business entity (Entity No. 383585) by the Pennsylvania Department of State.


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The following pages are from Lowdermilk's 1878 book "History of Cumberland". Page 323 tells of an 1832 meeting to build a Maryland road to meet the Somerset and Cumberland Turnpike at the state line. Click here to see an 1804 plat that indicates that some form of road rom Somerset to Cumberland already existed at that time.

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