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Posted: Tuesday Sep 4, 2012

September 4, 2012

Dr. Richard D. Wissolik, professor of English and liberal arts at Saint Vincent College, will present a spoken and pictorial accounting of the founding and early days of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Highway Experience museum, 3435 Route 30 East (near Kingston Dam) in Latrobe.
Because of limited seating, advance reservations are required. Visit www.LHHC.org to make reservations through PayPal or call 724-879-4241. An entrance fee of $10 per person ($7 for Friends of the Lincoln Highway) includes light refreshments.
Prior to being named for the local golf legend who grew up less than a mile from the runway, the airport was known by a variety of names over the years – Longview Flying Field, J.D. Hill Airport, Latrobe Airport and Westmoreland County Airport.

Before the Lincoln Highway was straightened in the 1930s and became State Route 30, the historic road ran across the middle of the present-day airport, crossed the Manito Road (Route 981), and continued through Youngstown on what is now referred to as Arnold Palmer Drive.

Dr. Wissolik is director of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. He is the author of A Place in the Sky: A History of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 1919-2001, a book dealing with the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, early pioneers and promoters of local aviation, and the role the airport has played in advancing aviation in western Pennsylvania.


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