End of US highway 120

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Additional research and/or photo credits: John and Barb Bee; Nathan Edgars; Jeff Kitsko; Steven Nelson

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1926-1927 Philadelphia, PA Erie, PA
1927-1934 Reading, PA Ridgway, PA
1934-1967 Lock Haven, PA Ridgway, PA

The port cities on opposite corners of Pennsylvania (Erie and Philadelphia) weren't served for long by historic US 120 - in fact, according to some maps, not at all. (In Philadelphia, US 120 came in on Germantown Avenue, ending at the Bethlehem Pike, which carried US 309. You can view photos from that intersection on this page, or photos from the original west end of US 120 in Erie on this page.) There is some evidence that US routes in Pennsylvania were not actually posted immediately in 1927, and already by then the east end of US 120 had been truncated to its junction with US 422 in Reading (you can view photos from there on this page).

Soon after that, much of the remainder of the route was swallowed up by extensions of other US routes... so, for the vast majority of its existence, US 120 ran only between Ridgway and Lock Haven. Below is a photo of its historic endpoint in Ridgway:

Bees

US 120 was changed to PA hwy. 120 in 1967. That shot was looking westbound at the terminus. In Lock Haven, US 120 followed today's PA 120 to end at its junction with US 220, which at the time was essentially routed along what is now designated as PA 150. However, US 220 didn't always follow Main Street all the way through town (as PA 150 does now). Coming from the west, it jogged north on Jay Street, and then resumed westward along Water Street. The photo below was taken looking west on Water:

Google Maps Street View, Oct. 2008

That was southbound US 220, which turned left on Jay (to the right is the bridge over the West Branch Susquehanna). Straight ahead on Water was the beginning of US 120 until about 1939. Then, US 220 was changed to follow Main, so US 120 was extended to the left for one block in order to junction with US 220. The shot below is looking west on Main:

Nelson, Sep. 2007

Today this is PA 150/PA 120, but formerly it was US 220, which continued straight ahead. To the right on Jay was the east beginning of US 120 (after a block, the route continued west on Water ).