Pennsylvania Route 504

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PA Route 504 marker

PA Route 504
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 24.540 mi[1] (39.493 km)
Major junctions
West end: PA 53 / PA 350 in Philipsburg
  US 322 in Philipsburg

US 220 Alt. in Unionville
East end:
US 220 Alt. / PA 144 in Wingate
Location
Counties: Centre
Highway system
PA 503 PA 505

Pennsylvania Route 504 (PA 504) is a 24.5-mile-long (39.4 km) state highway located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. The western terminus is at PA 53/PA 350 in Philipsburg. The eastern terminus is at US 220 Alternate/PA 144 in Wingate, Pennsylvania.

It roughly follows a portion of the path of the historic 1799 State Road[2] from "Bald Eagle's Nest" (Milesburg) to Fort Le Boeuf (Waterford, PA), which was laid out and cleared under contract with the Pennsylvania Assembly and opened for travel by 1802. The State Road was an important thoroughfare during the War of 1812, and was for many years the primary route for mail, goods and travelers between Philadelphia and Erie. Many of the original, 19th-century stone mileposts are preserved along the northern side of the highway.

Route description[edit]

One of the historic mile markers from 1821 along the highway, within Black Moshannon State Park
Bridge carrying PA 504 over the Black Moshannon Creek near Philipsburg

PA 504 begins at an intersection with PA 53 and PA 350 at the square in the center of Philipsburg, heading east-northeast on two-lane undivided East Presqueisle Street. West of the square, the road continues as a part of PA 53. The route passes through residential areas, passing woods to the south as it forms the border between Philipsburg to the north and Rush Township to the south. PA 504 fully enters Philipsburg again and passes more homes before coming to an intersection with US 322. Following this, the road heads into Rush Township and becomes unnamed, curving east through rural residential areas. The route passes through a mix of farmland and woodland prior to entering Moshannon State Forest. PA 504 continues into Black Moshannon State Park, where it passes over Black Moshannon Creek and runs through the community of Antes. The road leaves the state park and continues through more of the Moshannon State Forest.[3][4]

The route heads into Union Township and becomes Rattlesnake Pike, leaving the state forest and passing through more woodland with some agricultural clearings, making a few curves. PA 504 turns southeast and passes through more rural areas before crossing into Unionville and becoming Allegheny Street, passing homes and intersecting US 220 Alternate. At this point, PA 504 turns northeast to form a concurrency with US 220 Alternate on Union Street, running past more residences. The road leaves Unionville for Union Township, becoming South Eagle Valley Road and running through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes. The two routes continue into Boggs Township and reach an intersection with PA 144 in the community of Wingate. Here, PA 504 ends and PA 144 turns northeast to join US 220 Alternate.[3][4]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Centre County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Philipsburg 0.000 0.000 PA 53 / PA 350 south (Centre Street / West Presqueisle Street) – Coalport, Clearfield Northern terminus of PA 350
0.597 0.961 US 322 (Railroad Street) – Clearfield, State College
Unionville 20.765 33.418
US 220 Alt. south (Union Street) – Tyrone
Western end of US 220 Alt. concurrency
Boggs Township 24.540 39.493
US 220 Alt. north / PA 144 (South Eagle Valley Road / Runville Road) – Milesburg, Bellefonte, Snow Shoe
Eastern end of US 220 Alt. concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "A Pioneer Outline History of Western Pennsylvania" McKnight, Dr. William J.
  3. ^ a b Google (May 27, 2011). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 504" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Centre County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011.