Blast from the past

September 07, 2005

Week of Sept. 4, 1955

The 900 or so Hagerstown area residents who rode the Pennsylvania Railroad excursion to Atlantic City last weekend, did so more cheaply than they could have 35 years ago.

Harry J. Dick, 601 Frederick St., found among his possessions, an old "flyer" advertising special rates of $8.75 for a round trip to Atlantic City from Hagerstown dated Aug. 20, 1920.

The excursionists last week paid a fare of $6.50 for the round trip.

One of our veteran readers called to say that if there is one thing we lack in the center of the city, it is a big, but accurate, thermometer. Clocks we have in abundance, he said, but not one big or even little thermometer that a person can glance at as he drives by in his car or runs for his bus.

Maybe we are a little biased, but we think Washington County has more than its share of beautiful scenic spots. Take the ride along the mountain into Edgemont and Smithsburg, or the ride from Ringgold to Smithsburg with the view of South Mountain, from Smithsburg to Foxville or from Boonsboro to Weverton.


Week of Sept. 4, 1980

Now that the controversy over the county's purchase of the 206-acre Jamison tract west of the city has subsided, it's beginning to look like Washington County taxpayers might end up with money in their pockets.

The county commissioners have agreed to sell 10 acres of the new industrial park to a trucking firm for $100,000. That's $10,000 an acre. Considering that the county paid about $1 million, or $5,000 an acre and assuming the county will be able to sell off more of the land for $10,000 an acre or even less, a considerable profit will accrue to the county.

Only a fraction of the land will be used for the proposed new county detention center.

Surplus gasoline supplies and a decline in consumer demand have prompted some area service stations to lower their prices.

At Longmeadow Gulf, for example, manager Harold Smith has dropped the price of regular gas from $1.19 to $1.16.9 per gallon and the price of unleaded from $1.25.9 to $1.22.9.

The city council informally agreed Wednesday night to spend $25,000 in architectural designs for the Inner Block.

The success of the $1.3 million project - most of it federally financed - depends on whether the architectural consultants can convince the city fathers that the city core can be made attractive to consumers.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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