Halloween on the Susquehanna Trail
Classics from YorksPast–Susquehanna Trail incites a Halloween Jubilee
With the approach of Halloween in 1920, a masked carnival was part of the completion jubilee for the Susquehanna Trail in Shrewsbury. The concrete roadbed had been recently constructed through Shrewsbury, as far south as Turnpike. It had been over three years since the initial idea for a north-south Susquehanna Trail improved highway in Pennsylvania had been conceived.
During 1917, the Board of Governors of the Susquehanna Trail Association had selected the road segments they would champion as the Susquehanna Trail between Harrisburg and the New York state line. The spring of 1918 saw a competition between Gettysburg and York for being the next city on the Susquehanna Trail, as it extended southward to connect with the Lincoln Highway.
Notification that York was officially selected to be on the Susquehanna Trail appears in the July 2nd, 1918, issue of The Gazette and Daily. With the Susquehanna Trail foothold established to Centre Square in York, the Board of Governors of the Susquehanna Trail Association next took up the task of selecting the route that they would champion southward from York to the Maryland line. At the Board’s next meeting, on August 21st, 1918, State Route 127 was selected; this was the former Baltimore and York Turnpike.
It was the goal of the Board of Governors of the Susquehanna Trail Association to construct the whole road surface from the New York border to the Maryland line as a concrete highway. As the concrete highway was completed through many communities along the Trail, a celebration ensued; as was the case for the Trail’s completion through Shrewsbury:
Masked Carnival Marked the End of Work Near Shrewsbury
PROCEEDS FOR BOROUGH
Shrewsbury, Oct. 24, —To celebrate the opening of the Susquehanna Trail, which is being built from Williamsport, Pa., to Baltimore, Md., and which was recently constructed through this place as far south as Turnpike, a carnival was held yesterday afternoon and last evening in the Square at this place. On account of the approach of the Hallowe’en season, which will [be] observed the latter part of this week, the funmakers were masked and there was a general display of Hallowe’en markers. The Shrewsbury band was present and discoursed the music for the affair and supper was served in the Shrewsbury hotel, now owned by Frank Sechrist, a miller, of Tolna, from 4:30 to 6 p. m. The supper was also appropriate to the Hallowe’en season. The proceeds of holding the carnival will be donated to the Shrewsbury borough council, to use as that body sees fit.
By no way was the whole Susquehanna Trail completed as the “ribbon of concrete” in 1920. It would be 1924 before the official opening of the Trail. In fact, parts of the Susquehanna Trail in York County remained as unimproved roadway until early 1924. One section of the unimproved Trail in Northern York County resulted in over 100 motorists getting stuck in the mud after a 1923 rainstorm.
In Part 11 of the Susquehanna Trail in the Good Roads Movement, I included early highway maps between York and Jacobus. I got several requests to see early highway maps closer to the Maryland line. Continue reading for those maps and to discover where Turnpike is located; with details how it evolved into Hungerford.
The following section of a 1941 State Highway Map of York County extends from Shrewsbury to the Maryland line. I like the 1941 map, because it shows locations of buildings. In 1941, Route 111 is the designation for the Susquehanna Trail.
The newspaper article noted the Susquehanna Trail was constructed through Shrewsbury as far south as Turnpike, as of Halloween in 1920. On the map you can see that Turnpike is one-mile south of the Square in Shrewsbury.
This detail for Turnpike is also provided on the 1941 map. The Stewartstown Railroad opened for service in 1885. The railroad crossed the Baltimore and York Turnpike as shown. This railroad-crossing stop was known as Turnpike and hence the early name of the community that evolved around this rail stop. It is possible there was a Turnpike Station building earlier than the current brick railroad station, which was built in 1923.
Alan Rehmeyer built a canning company near this crossing; he called it the Hungerford Packing Company. In 1926, the growing community thought they should have their own post office. Turnpike was a name already taken, so Hungerford was selected.
As indicated on the state highway map, in 1941, the community was still known as Turnpike, but the postal address was Hungerford. In 1930, Rehmeyer sold the Hungerford Packing Company to William A. Free, who greatly expanded the facilities.
Based upon examining maps, sometime during the 1950s, the community name is changed to the village of Hungerford. In the 1960s, Shrewsbury annexed the village of Hungerford.
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
- The Susquehanna Trail as a Ribbon of Concrete
- York is In Danger of Losing the Susquehanna Trail during 1923
- Newly Completed Susquehanna Trail teems with Historical Scenes
- Agitating for a Susquehanna Trail Celebration
- High Jinks on the Susquehanna Trail
- 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