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Former US Route 40-95 on Cornell Avenue in Lovelock, Nevada

Former US Route 40-95 in the City of Lovelock, Nevada was located on Cornell Avenue.  Lovelock is the Pershing County Seat and has been part of several major transcontinental corridors of travel dating back to the migrant days of the California Trail.  US Route 40 was truncated out of Nevada in 1975 but Cornell Avenue wasn't bypassed by Interstate 80 until 1983.  Pictured above is Main Street on Nevada State Route 398 facing towards the Pershing County Courthouse.   Part 1; the history of US Route 40-95 on Cornell Avenue in Lovelock Lovelock lies within the Humboldt River Basin of the Great Basin Desert.  During the period of the California Gold Rush the area which is presently occupied by the City of Lovelock was part of a marsh known as Big Meadows.  The waters of Humboldt Lake, Humboldt River and Big Meadows came to be a well known stopping point for migrants on the California Trail.  Big Meadows can be seen on the 1863 DeGroot's Map of Nevada Territory north of Humboldt La

Old Stone Arch Bridge - Lewistown, Pennsylvania

  With its original construction dating back to 1813, Lewistown, Pennsylvania's Old Stone Arch Bridge is certainly one of the oldest existing stone arch bridges in the United States. The bridge is considered to be the oldest single span stone arch bridge in central Pennsylvania, although Pennsylvania does have its fair share of stone arch bridges in the eastern and southern sections of the commonwealth. Built by Philip Diehl over Jacks Creek as part of the historic Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Turnpike, this bridge is one of the remaining pieces of the old turnpike, most of which has either been paved over or lost to time. As the old turnpike and the stone arch bridge follow close to US 22 in Lewistown, it is likely that parts of the old turnpike is now on roads that thousands of people drive daily. One interesting feature of the Old Stone Arch Bridge is that the arch does not have a keystone. The bridge has lived a rather quiet existence over the past few centuries, but the bridge wa