Train Station at Greensburg

Train Station at Greensburg (HM19V1)

Location: Greensburg, PA 15601 Westmoreland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 18.27', W 79° 32.79'

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Lincoln Highway

Road versus Rail—The Lincoln Highway stretches from New York City to San Francisco. In Western Pennsylvania, the Highway converges with the Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line at one location: Greenburg.

The train station at Greensburg, built in 1911 in a French Renaissance style, demonstrates the importance of Greensburg as the crossroads of train lines and roads, and the historical intersection of trains and automobiles. It was built when railroads were at their height of prominence. Then, almost 50 years later, the station closed because traffic on roads had become more important than traffic on the rails.

At the end of the 1800s, most people lived less than 20 miles from a railroad station. Roads often became rutted and muddy and virtually impassable. By the early 1900s, new paving techniques made road surfaces durable, opening the country to a revolution in transportation. Travelers in the pre-automobile era could not imagine road traffic competing with trains for major regional transportation.

(Inscription under the photo on the left side of the marker) The grand opening of the train station at Greensburg in 1911.

The history of the train station at Greensburg illustrates the rise and fall of railroads (in red) compared to the continuing rise of the automobile (in yellow).

1852-First train stops in Greensburg;
1909-Ford builds Model T cars; 1911-Station at Greensburg opens;
1913-Lincoln Highway dedicated; 1940-PA Turnpike opens;
Mid 1950s-Station closes, continues as a train stop;
1996-The Westmoreland Trust restores station;
1998-Station reopens.
HM NumberHM19V1
Series This marker is part of the Lincoln Highway series, and the Pennsylvania Railroad series.
Placed ByPennsylvania Heritage Parks Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 7:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 623519 N 4462568
Decimal Degrees40.30450000, -79.54650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 18.27', W 79° 32.79'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 18' 16.20" N, 79° 32' 47.40" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)412, 724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 137 Harrison Ave, Greensburg PA 15601, US
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