Murray Schrotenboer gives private tours of the Fulton County tunnels on an abandoned stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and their inner workings. (See additional photos below.) Also of interest: The Susquehanna Trail: ‘Greatest highway in Eastern America’ and Once popular Ganoga Bridge now lightly used York County landmark and Old Baltimore tunnel an intriguing reminder of the ‘Ma’ in Ma & Pa Railroad.
One of those tunnels – Sideling Hill – is so long – a mile – that a flashlight is required to bike through it because, when you start in, there’s isn’t any light at the end of that tunnel.
This all brings us to a little-known fact among many York countians. The Pennsylvania Turnpike runs through the tip of York County… .
In 1948, a groundbreaking ceremony was held observing the start of what was called the Philadelphia Extension, according to “Never to be Forgotten.”
That 100-mile extension started at Middlesex, near Carlisle, and ran through York County’s northern tip to King of Prussia.
It opened in 1950 and included a 4,526-foot-long bridge spanning the Susquehanna River from the York County side to Steelton on the eastern shore.