Palmer Highway was built on the right of way of the old Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway which probably accounts for the fact that the road was very straight in parts.
It was a popular site for impromptu drag races back when I attended high school in the 1960s.
These provided the inspiration for the "Ballad of George Palmer Hiway" which began:
It was George Palmer Hiway
On a Saturday Night
All them Clutches were Poppin'
Not a Cop was in Sight
: George N Palmer Highway(1941)
: George N Palmer Highway started
: at Eastern Avenue in Washington DC
: then ending at Glen Dale Road in
: Glen Dale
: Built by George N Palmer around 1941
: after the Annapolis,Washington Tolley train
: stop running 1935
: George N Palmer Highway was changed in 1986
: to Martin Luther King Highway
: I THINK
: George N Palmer was the son a Joseph Palmer
: a banker in Seat Pleasant
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