Drive PA Indian Paths: Turnpike Eastbound, Part 1
Start of Tour
Ha Tee Toe!
Welcome to the journey. My name is Leon.
I created this tour to tell forgotten or little-known stories of Pennsylvania Indian trails as we travel modern roads built atop them.
This segment covers the first 56 eastbound miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Pittsburgh and Somerset. Additional stories and information cover remaining portions of the cross-state highway.
You needn't be bored on the return trip, either. Westbound travelers get their own set of Indian and frontier tales, information and entertainment.
You will hear stories told by me and others, including members of the Seneca, Shawnee and Delaware.
As we travel ancient paths and listen to incredible tales, you may begin to see Indians and settlers walking along the side of the road.
They're still there, if you know what to look for.
On this leg of the tour, we'll learn how to track game; how to find a husband, and what to say if we encounter any Indians -- or even a Bigfoot -- on the trail.
We also pass a battlefield that helped seal the fate of Indians in this region. And, we'll be near the Flight 93 National Memorial, if you wish to stop and make a pilgrimage to honor brave souls.
There's more, but let's begin first.
You should be pulled over just beyond the toll gate of the Monroeville entrance to the Turnpike.
Before we get going, I'll briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically at the right time and place.
Don't worry if things go quiet and I stop telling stories or giving directions for a moment. I'll be back.
There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost. That shouldn't happen since you'll be traveling the Turnpike with no turns -- unless you make a side trip. If you do, you can pause the tour and restart it once you return to the Turnpike route.
Be sure not to go over the posted speed limit. If you do, VoiceMap may skip a section and you may miss information.
Okay, follow the Interstate 76 East signs. The route it follows was once called the Raystown Path.
Enjoy the trip.