6 08, 2020

The Reading Fairgrounds in Muhlenberg Township

2020-08-06T12:27:04-04:00August 6th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

On April 20, 1915, two adjoining tracts of land in Muhlenberg Township, totaling 54 acres, were purchased for $20,750 for the site of the Reading Fairgrounds. Several subsequent purchases increased the area to approximately 78 acres. The site was ideal since it was [...]

28 07, 2020

Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge in Muhlenberg Township

2020-07-28T16:21:28-04:00July 28th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Muhlenberg Township had two covered bridges, Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge and Leize’s Bridge, both of which spanned the Schuylkill River and both shared with Bern Township. Bridges were covered only to extend the life of the wooden superstructures but Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge was unique [...]

26 07, 2020

The Crossroads at Leisz’s Bridge in Muhlenberg Township

2020-07-26T20:48:03-04:00July 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

One of the most historic spots along Muhlenberg Township’s River Road is the intersection with Leisz’s Bridge Road. Leisz’s Bridge was an important commercial link between Bern and Muhlenberg Townships. In particular, the early dairies in Muhlenberg Township benefited from the ease of [...]

23 07, 2020

Astor Theatre – Penn Street – Reading PA

2020-07-23T11:20:29-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

In 1891, the Keystone Market House at 734 Penn Street was transformed into the Eden Musee (a curio hall and museum) and the Bijou Theatre. The property underwent various name changes over the next twenty-five years, including Gilder’s Auditorium, Becker’s Lyceum, the “New [...]

13 07, 2020

Penn Square Pedestrian Mall

2020-09-08T05:09:09-04:00July 13th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Department Stores, Landmarks|0 Comments

The Penn Square Pedestrian Mall was originally a component of a much larger urban renewal plan. Sasaki Associates' Downtown East Urban Renewal Plan of 1971 proposed an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Reading to compete with shopping malls being built in the suburbs. [...]

13 07, 2020

Lorane Elementary School – Exeter Township

2020-07-13T03:10:29-04:00July 13th, 2020|Schools|0 Comments

The cornerstone for the Lorane Elementary School building, Exeter Township, was laid during afternoon ceremonies on July 12, 1959. The new structure was built to relieve over-crowded conditions in both the elementary and high school buildings. Initially, it housed six sections of 7th [...]

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