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Miracle Mile

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U.S. 11 between I-81 and Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), 3.5 miles northeast of Carlisle
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • former Dickinson Law School building (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Among the oddities of Pennsylvania is the desire of separate townships and government agencies to compete against rather than to complement their neighbors. One result is the one-mile gap between townships coupled with two of the nation's principal truck routes that have generated one of America's principal centers of distribution. Roughly 60 percent of the national population lies within a day's drive of the spot, making this, as it was in the eighteenth century, a principal point for connecting to the wider nation. It is now a zone of giant truck stops and vast distribution warehouses that is highly visible from both the turnpike and the interstate.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Miracle Mile", [Carlisle, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 368-368.

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