U.S. Route 140

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For the current designations of this route in Adams County, Pennsylvania, see Pennsylvania Route 97 (Adams County).

U.S. Route 140 marker

U.S. Route 140
Route information
Existed: 1926 – 1980
Major junctions
West end: US 15 in Gettysburg, PA
East end:
US 1 / US 40 Truck in Baltimore, MD
Highway system

U.S. Route 140 (Pennsylvania "Legisltative Route 42") was a U.S. highway connecting Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Baltimore, Maryland. The route was deleted from the system in 1980; today the road's route is followed by portions of Pennsylvania Route 97, Maryland Route 97, and Maryland Route 140.

Though it had no historical significance in the battles fought at Gettysburg, it became important as the route to take to view the historic battlefields and cemetery there.

Route description[edit]

This route description features US 140 as it existed in 1945, with references to today's highways to provide context.

Baltimore to Westminster[edit]

US 140 began at the intersection of US 1 (North Avenue) and Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore. Pennsylvania Avenue continues southeast from the intersection and would have connected US 140 with US 40, which then followed Franklin Street through downtown Baltimore. US 140 headed northeast on Pennsylvania Avenue three blocks to Fulton Street, where the U.S. Highway joined Reisterstown Road at its southern end. US 140 intersected Gwynns Falls Parkway and MD 26 (Liberty Heights Avenue), which were both boulevards. US 140 itself became a divided highway and passed along the edge of Druid Hill Park to Park Circle, which was then a traffic circle, where the highway met the southern end of MD 129 (Park Heights Avenue) and also Druid Park Drive. From Park Circle, US 140 became an undivided street that followed MD 140's out of the city of Baltimore.

US 140 continued along MD 140's modern course all the way to Reisterstown. In the center of Pikesville, the U.S. Highway met Old Court Road at staggered intersections, neither of which were the modern course of the crossroad. Old Court Road heading east, which was part of MD 133, used what is now Walker Avenue to connect with modern Old Court Road; Old Court Road west from US 140 used Naylors Lane. North of Pikesville, the U.S. Highway met the eastern end of MD 400 (Mount Wilson Lane), which led to Mount Wilson State Hospital. US 140 intersected MD 130 (Greenspring Valley Road) and the Greenspring Valley Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Garrison, then passed under the Western Maryland Railway and over Gwynns Falls at Owings Mills. The U.S. Highway met the southern end of MD 30 (Hanover Pike) in the center of Reisterstown, where the highway turned northwest onto Westminster Pike.

US 140's course out of Reisterstown featured sharper corners than MD 140's modern course; the U.S. Highway used Amy Brent Way through the I-795–MD 140 interchange and the paralleling road east of the Woodfield Court intersection. US 140 veered northwest from the present alignment, briefly following Glen Falls Road before crossing the North Branch of the Patapsco River—Liberty Reservoir had not yet been created—on a road that no longer exists. The highway continued along Old Westminster Pike on the southbound side of modern MD 140. In Finksburg, US 140 intersected MD 91, which followed what is now MD 879 (Old Gamber Road and Cedarhurst Road). The U.S. Highway briefly followed modern MD 140 then Old Westminster Pike, which now acts as a service road for northbound MD 140. Near the hamlet of Sandyville, US 140 began to follow Old Westminster Pike on the southbound side of MD 140.

Westminster to Gettysburg[edit]

Shortly before the highway entered the town of Westminster, it met the northern end of MD 683 (Poole Road). The U.S. Highway entered Westminster as Main Street, which had an intersection with MD 559 (Manchester Avenue) immediately after its junction with MD 32 (Washington Road). US 140 and MD 32 continued northwest to the center of town. There, the highways had in rapid succession an intersection with MD 31 (Railroad Avenue), which headed toward Manchester; a grade crossing of the Western Maryland Railway (now Maryland Midland Railway); and an intersection with the northern end of MD 27 (Liberty Street). US 140, MD 31, and MD 32 followed Main Street two more blocks before US 140 split north onto Pennsylvania Avenue; MD 31 and MD 32 continued on Main Street to where they diverged toward New Windsor and Taneytown, respectively.

US 140 followed Pennsylvania Avenue north out of Westminster and continued along Littlestown Pike. The U.S. Highway followed what is today MD 97 with only minor deviations through an intersection with MD 496 (Bachman Valley Road) and Union Mills before entering Pennsylvania south of Littlestown. US 140 followed its modern course along Queen Street through Littlestown, where it had a grade crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad line between Frederick and Hanover and intersected PA 194 (King Street). The U.S. Highway followed Baltimore Pike all the way to its and US 140's northern terminus in Gettysburg at US 15 (now US 15 Business). US 15 headed south on Steinwehr Avenue and north along Baltimore Street toward the central square of Gettysburg, where the U.S. Highway intersected US 30.

History[edit]

US 140 was first signed with the inception of the U.S. Highway numbering system in 1926 and deleted in 1980. From Baltimore to Westminster, the road was then redesignated Maryland Route 140 (which continues northwestward from Westminster to meet US 15 in Emmitsburg). From Westminster northwest into Pennsylvania and on to Gettysburg, the road was redesignated Maryland Route 97 and Pennsylvania Route 97 respectively. Until that time, the route received numerous realignments which put those three routes on their current alignments.

The only freeway bypass of the original US 140 is Interstate 795, which runs from Reisterstown to the Baltimore Beltway. Regardless of the bypass, Maryland Route 140 is still the most direct route from Baltimore to the historical sites of Gettysburg.

Junction list[edit]

This table shows the intersections of US 140 as they existed in 1945. 

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
City of Baltimore US 1 (North Avenue) / Pennsylvania Avenue south – Washington, Philadelphia Southern terminus of US 140; intersection of US 1 and Pennsylvania Avenue
MD 26 west (Liberty Heights Avenue)
MD 129 north (Park Heights Avenue) / Druid Park Drive Park Circle
Baltimore Pikesville MD 133 east (Old Court Road) / Old Court Road west – Rockland Near intersection of MD 140 and Old Court Road
MD 400 west (Mount Wilson Lane) – Mount Wilson State Hospital Intersection of MD 140 and Mount Wilson Lane
Garrison MD 130 east (Greenspring Valley Road) – Brooklandville
Reisterstown MD 127 east (Chatsworth Avenue) – Glyndon Intersection of MD 140 and Chatsworth Avenue
MD 30 north (Hanover Pike) – Hampstead, Manchester
Carroll Finksburg MD 91 (Gamber Road) – Gamber, Hampstead Intersection of Old Westminster Pike and Old Gamber Road
Westminster MD 683 south (Poole Road) Intersection of Main Street and Poole Road
MD 32 south (Washington Road) – Sykesville Intersection of Main Street and Washington Road; south end of concurrency with MD 32
MD 559 east (Manchester Avenue) Intersection of Main Street and Manchester Avenue
MD 31 east (Railroad Avenue) – Manchester Intersection of Main Street and MD 27; south end of concurrency with MD 31
MD 27 south (Liberty Street) – Mount Airy Near intersection of Main Street and MD 27
MD 31 west / MD 32 north (Main Street) – New Windsor, Taneytown Intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; north end of concurrencies with MD 31 and MD 32
  MD 496 east (Bachmans Valley Road) Intersection of MD 97 and MD 496
Mason–Dixon line MarylandPennsylvania state line
Adams Littlestown PA 194 (King Street) – Hanover, Taneytown Intersection of PA 97 and PA 194
Gettysburg US 15 (Baltimore Street/Steinwehr Avenue) to US 30 – Harrisburg, Frederick, York, Chambersburg Northern terminus of US 140; intersection of Baltimore Street and US 15 Business (Steinwehr Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Browse numbered routes
PA 139 PA PA 141
MD 139 MD MD 140