28 06, 2020

Sacred Heart Parish, West Reading

2020-06-28T11:33:40-04:00June 28th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

By the dawn of the 20th century Reading was undergoing notable industrial expansion. The lure of jobs brought significant population growth to the area. Among the newcomers were many Catholics. Monsignor George Bornemann of St. Paul’s Parish recommend to Edmund F. Prendergast, Archbishop of [...]

26 06, 2020

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Swinging Bridge at Outer Station

2020-06-26T09:20:05-04:00June 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts, Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

In 1886, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) decided to provide a safe pedestrian route across its main line and yard tracks east of the Outer Station in Reading. With the closest underpass located two blocks north of the station, pedestrians coming from [...]

21 06, 2020

History of the Warren Street, West Shore, and Outer Bypasses

2020-07-14T01:55:06-04:00June 21st, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Warren Street was constructed around 1920, running from Fayette Street near the Tulpehocken Creek east to a dead end near the Schuylkill River. In 1949, plans were made to build a four-lane bridge across Tulpehocken Creek at Warren Street. As part of this [...]

20 06, 2020

Old Iron Bridge Connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn

2020-06-20T21:45:37-04:00June 20th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

The old iron bridge which connected Wyomissing and West Lawn was built in 1925. Below: Photos showing the iron bridge which was under construction at the time. Below: 1960 Map showing location of old iron bridge. The bridge had three [...]

19 06, 2020

Wilhelm Mansion – The Inn at Centre Park

2020-06-19T21:37:55-04:00June 19th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Landmarks|0 Comments

The property at 730 Centre Avenue, known as the Wilhelm Mansion, consists of two buildings, the mansion and the carriage house on 0.63 acres of landscaped setting on one of Reading's most attractive and prestigious boulevards. The mansion is a three-story Gothic Revival [...]

18 06, 2020

John Phillip Sousa, succumbed to death in Reading, PA

2020-06-18T20:50:32-04:00June 18th, 2020|People|0 Comments

John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches. He is known as "The March King" or the "American March King", to distinguish him from [...]

18 06, 2020

Reading Railroad Massacre of 1877

2022-07-25T10:52:05-04:00June 18th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Mystery, People|0 Comments

The Reading Railroad massacre of July 23, 1877, in which ten people lost their lives, was the climax of local events in Reading, Pennsylvania during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, from which the Reading Railroad was born, [...]

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