Newly Completed Susquehanna Trail teems with Historical Scenes

Story of the Susquehanna Trail in the Good Roads Movement: Part 16

Article in July 27, 1924 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York City

Article in July 27, 1924 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York City

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:

Ad in July 27, 1924 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York City

Ad in July 27, 1924 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York City

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.

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About Stephen H. Smith

Stephen H. Smith is a design engineer who worked at York International Corp. for 33 years before retiring several years ago to research and write books full time; his second career. The initial emphasis was on family history when he won a national award during 2002 for his first book “Barshingers in America.” Positive feedback and that award were influential in his decision to retire early from engineering and start a retirement career.

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