Not too long ago, I was contacted by Bill Pfingsten, who is one of the Web site editors, responding to my offer to take any photos that were still needed. He gave me a list, and yesterday Mr. Box (who recently underwent an inspection and 90,000 mile check-up) and I ventured into the Hershey and East Hanover Twp. areas to photograph some markers for which the Web site had no pictures at all. (On Sunday, I photographed two places on South Thirteenth Street in Harrisburg and some French and Indian War markers along Linglestown Road).
Turning south on PA 39, I headed toward Hershey. This used to be a meandering country road but has recently been transformed by housing developments, including apartments and townhouses, and all of the attendant stuff like convenience stores, gas stations, and strip malls. I took the cut-off through Union Deposit to check on the Union Canal marker located there. There was a large earth-moving project going on there, and I hope it does not swallow up the marker.
Next up, the Pennsylvania State Police marker on Cocoa Avenue. It stands where the first State Police Academy once stood. Across the tree-lined street are very attractive small houses and behind the marker are the athletic fields of the high school. Just down the street are the Hershey Public Library and the community pool. This is a lucky marker -- it's in a pretty upscale neighborhood.
The second stop was at the new State Police Academy. It is a sort of rambling building on the top of a hill near the amusement park and the shopping outlets. I could hear gunfire from the shooting range and noticed a new small building that is serving as a museum of State Police history. The view across the valley from the hill was delightful.
When I reached US 22 again, I turned right to the Hanover Resolves marker. This was the very first marker ever installed by the state, way back in 1946, the year I was born. I am wondering if it is the same marker, or whether it was replaced at some time during these years, after the original was mowed down by some semi or snowplow. The plaque does lean eastward, however, a telltale sign that it has been assaulted by snow thrown up by a plow. Anyway, I always get a charge when I see that marker, knowing that it was the first one.
I turned back on US 22 and drove a short distance to the Hanover Church marker. It used to be on a concrete pole very near the intersection, almost obscured by road signs. A couple of years ago, it was installed a short distance from the intersection on a new hollow aluminum post, which is deemed to be safer as it will break away if struck. I was a little surprised that the new post is so tall, however! Maybe because the other one was so short.
I decided to drive the "about two miles north" that the marker indicated to find the site of the church. There was a well-preserved cemetery there with a newly-restored wall. I walked through the cemetery and read some of the inscriptions. I was especially attracted to a carving in stone of some flowers, including a tulip, which is a Pennsylvania German favorite motif. These were Scots-Irish and English Presbyterians, however.
here. Pennsylvania's markers are made in Erie.
Well, that was the end of my little sojourn. It was a beautiful spring day, and the area I covered is very pleasant. It was fun to work with the markers, again, too. This junket reminded me of the times the Box and I drove all over Washington and Dauphin (and other) counties surveying every state marker's condition and photographing it.
This is a marker used in the city of Harrisburg. You
can see an old photo of the place and look right at
it to see how it looks today.
Here's the same building on 13th Street today.
Oh, and the Box!
The Barnett's Fort marker has one
of the worst locations in the state!
There should be a "no post" zone
around markers so they are not
inundated by neighbors.
This earth-moving project along the road to Hershey
near Union Deposit might endanger the Union Canal
marker. Contractors sometimes remove the markers
without permission and then "forget" to put them back up.
Here's the State Police marker in its cushy location.
Derry Presbyterian Church has a beautiful campus.
The second building, now a chapel, is at the right.
The current church is in the background.
Not only is the Session House itself on the National
Register, but so is the enclosure built by Mr. Hershey.
Now tell me that PennDOT hasn't whacked
this marker a few times with some nice wet
and heavy snow.
The Hanover Church marker is now in the
foreground of the forest of signs. You can
see the original short concrete post in the
distance, nearest to the intersection.
Here is the flower motif in the Hanover Church
cemetery that I was telling you about.
cemetery that I was telling you about.
Someone with some style painted these chairs in the
Hanover Church cemetery. Patriotic and very useful
for visitors. The newly-restored wall is in the background.