Story of the Susquehanna Trail in the Good Roads Movement: Part 16
The completion of Susquehanna Trail, during July of 1924, was met with a promotional blitz by the Publicity Bureau of the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce. They sent out press releases and promotional ads to newspapers all over the East Coast. Here is the resulting article in the July 27, 1924 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
New Susquehanna Trail Teems With Historical Scenes for Motor Tourists
Residents of Brooklyn and eastern New York State will be glad to learn that the Susquehanna Trail, a practically solid concrete highway connecting Buffalo and Niagara Falls with Washington D.C., is now complete in its entire length of 450 miles, the last detour having been removed last week. Motorists should plan now to take a trip over the Trail in the near future, as the wonderful scenery to be found along the route is at its best from the latter part of July to the early part of October.
The following ad appeared in the same issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
Note that in 1924, the Publicity Bureau of the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce continues to use the map created in 1923 when they were trying to get the Susquehanna Trail shifted from a York route to a Gettysburg route; see the post: York is In Danger of Losing the Susquehanna Trail during 1923.
The officially designated Alternate Susquehanna Trail route from Harrisburg, through Gettysburg and Frederick, to Washington, D.C. becomes the preferred Trail route of the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce. They heavily promoted this Alternate Susquehanna Trail route, long after the Trail officially opened; many times not even indicating the primary Susquehanna Trail route went through York.
Next Friday, this series will continue on the Story of the Susquehanna Trail in the Good Roads Movement.
Related posts include:
- Story of the Susquehanna Trail in the Good Roads Movement: Part 1
- The Wellsboro Agitator campaigns for the Susquehanna Trail
- The Susquehanna Trail forks at Amity Hall
- The Susquehanna Trail lands York, PA at the Crossroads of PA Routes 1 & 4
- Susquehanna Trail to Tap the Lincoln Highway at either Gettysburg or York; with Dover route Considered
- Yorkers spring into action To Attract the Susquehanna Trail
- Board of Governors of the Susquehanna Trail Association visit York in 1918
- Susquehanna Trail Association switches in favor of a York Haven route; should York get the Trail
- Establishment of the Susquehanna Trail in York County during 1918
- Zion View gets the Susquehanna Trail; Intersection with North George Street
- Susquehanna Trail extends from York to the Maryland line
- The Road to JOPPA; origins of Susquehanna Trail in Southern York County
- Susquehanna Trail incites a Halloween Jubilee
- The Susquehanna Trail as a Ribbon of Concrete
- York is In Danger of Losing the Susquehanna Trail during 1923
- Agitating for a Susquehanna Trail Celebration
- High Jinks on the Susquehanna Trail
- History of The Susquehanna Trail—Route Numbers
- Susquehanna Trail through York County; Wrap-Up
- Remembering Besser’s on the Susquehanna Trail
- Susquehanna Trail WWI Memorial Sycamores
- The Susquehanna Trail: Greatest highway in Eastern America
- Walking the Lincoln Highway from Coast-to-Coast