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  • Original Delaware Turnpike celebrates 50th anniversary on Nov. 14

  • Interstate 95, originally called the Delaware Turnpike, celebrates its 50th anniversary on Nov. 14.
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  • Interstate 95, originally called the Delaware Turnpike, celebrates its 50th anniversary on Nov. 14.
    The event is famous for being one of the last public appearances of President John F. Kennedy before his assassination in Dallas, eight days later.
    The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Maryland and Delaware border, site of the Mason-Dixon Line, which also celebrated its bicentennial that day. The Delaware Turnpike was only 11.2 miles in length when it opened. The original route ended at the junction with Route 141 at Minquadale, outside the town of Newport. The continuation of I-95 would not be completed until the 1970s. Eventually connecting to the Pennsylvania state line, it would reach a distance of 24 miles.
    Current estimates as of Oct. 31, show that more than one billion vehicles have passed through the toll plaza in the last 50 years.
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