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Pennsylvania Turnpike through the Mountains

Last week I drove the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
Westbound portion from Blue Mountain to Somerset plunges through the main chain of the middle Appalachian Mountains.
Blue Mountain is a very long and steep ridge mountain that stretches diagonally southwest to northeast, bissecting the State. It appears blue as you approach, and were a major obstacle to early settlers on their way to the new lands of the West. They say that it was more difficult to ascend and descend these Pennsylvania mountains in a Conestoga wagon than it was to cross the Rockies with the more gradual passes of the far Western states.

I shot these with my Pentax *ist d digital SLR.
Please click on thumbnails to see enlarged.
All images are 2010 E.J.Kowalski.
3443 blue mountain 1.JPG
3443 blue mountain 1.JPG
3448 blue mountain 2.JPG
3448 blue mountain 2.JPG
3451 blue mountain tunnel.JPG
3451 blue mountain tunnel.JPG
3452 exiting blue mountain tunnel.JPG
3452 exiting blue mountain tunnel.JPG
3454 kittatinny mountain tunnel.JPG
3454 kittatinny mountain tunnel.JPG
3455 farm.JPG
3455 farm.JPG
3456 pigeons.JPG
3456 pigeons.JPG
3458 mouintain valley farm.JPG
3458 mouintain valley farm.JPG
3463 tuscarora mountain tunnel.JPG
3463 tuscarora mountain tunnel.JPG
3468 mountains.JPG
3468 mountains.JPG
3470 mountain.JPG
3470 mountain.JPG
3476 sideling hill.JPG
3476 sideling hill.JPG
3483 white paint.JPG
3483 white paint.JPG
3486 old style house.JPG
3486 old style house.JPG
3493 mail pouch barn.JPG
3493 mail pouch barn.JPG
3501 allegheny mountain tunnel.JPG
3501 allegheny mountain tunnel.JPG
3506 clean energy 1 somerset.JPG
3506 clean energy 1 somerset.JPG
3513 clean energy 2 somerset.JPG
3513 clean energy 2 somerset.JPG