Maine Turnpike toll booth, Kittery, ca. 1947

Contributed by Maine Turnpike Authority


The Kittery toll booth on the Maine Turnpike was the southern-most toll booth on the highway, opening in 1947.

The Maine Turnpike was the first superhighway built in the postwar era and one of only two modern toll highways in existence in the United States. The other highway, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, opened in 1940. With four wide, clearly marked, lanes and a wide grass median--an innovative safety feature at the time--the Maine Turnpike provided a vision of the future of transportation.

The highway was straight, swift, safe and efficient. Few people in Maine had ever had the chance to travel at 60 miles per hour. When the highway opened on a cold day on December 13, 1947, the <i>Portland Press Herald</i> dubbed it the "Mile-A-Minute" highway.

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  • Title: Maine Turnpike toll booth, Kittery, ca. 1947
  • Creator: Hipple, Edward D.
  • Creation Date: 1947
  • Subject Date: circa 1947
  • Town: Kittery
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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