23 05, 2020

Southeast Corner of Fifth and Penn Streets

2020-06-06T21:54:28-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Hotels, Landmarks|0 Comments

On October 19, 1778 Mr. Hall sold the property located at the Southeast Corner of 5th & Penn Streets to Mark Bird. Mark Bird, of Birdsboro, conveyed the property to John Bishop, of Exeter. Mr. Bishop by will dated February 20, 1812, devised [...]

23 05, 2020

10th and Windsor Market House

2020-05-23T02:16:25-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

The 10th and Windsor Market House was erected in 1894 according to plans and specifications prepared by Architect Alexander F. Smith of Reading. Alexander F. Smith, over the course of a very successful career, designed the Pomeroy's building, the Baer Building, Berkshire Country [...]

23 05, 2020

Alsace Hill Tunnel Muhlenberg Township

2020-05-23T01:51:27-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

Aaron Albright made a startling recommendation to his employers in June 1856. He proposed building a tunnel 2,500 feet long under Alsace Hill in Muhlenberg Township. Albright was chief engineer of the Reading Water Co. The company, formed March 16, 1819, supplied water [...]

22 05, 2020

Yuengling’s Ice Cream

2020-05-22T22:22:22-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

One of the more interesting facets of the Yuengling company's colorful history was its innovative response to the "Prohibition" of alcohol legislated by Congress in 1919. Considered one of the greatest shakedowns in American brewing history, the restrictive period of Prohibition forced many [...]

22 05, 2020

Wright Biplane over Mt. Penn and Reading

2020-05-22T22:00:14-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

On Thursday July 9, 1914 an enthusiastic crowd of spectators gathered at Carsonia Park to witness two beautiful flights in a large, high-powered Wright biplane from the level lawn near the lake in Carsonia Park. Carsonia Park operated in Lower Alsace Township from [...]

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