The Road Taken: A Journey in Time Down Pennsylvania Route 45

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It often takes an outsider to see the value of a place. Just as early settlers knew a good thing when they saw it, Joan Morse Gordon recognizes the innate beauty of the area and the strength of its history and people. She invites the reader on a journey worth taking for anyone interested in history, Pennsylvania, or just a good tale, covering a time span from the region's geological formation to today. In addition to conveying a marvelous sense of place, there are historical illustrations and contemporary photos ...
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Overview

It often takes an outsider to see the value of a place. Just as early settlers knew a good thing when they saw it, Joan Morse Gordon recognizes the innate beauty of the area and the strength of its history and people. She invites the reader on a journey worth taking for anyone interested in history, Pennsylvania, or just a good tale, covering a time span from the region's geological formation to today. In addition to conveying a marvelous sense of place, there are historical illustrations and contemporary photos gathered from public and private archives to give the reader a visual link between past and present along Route 45, also known as PA's Purple Heart Highway.
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Soulful observations and colorful local personalities.

Joan Morse Gordon's The Road Taken: A Journey In Time Down Pennsylvania Route 45 is the story of one woman's journey that began with an Interstate drive, and which led to her fascinating survey of regional Pennsylvania, its history, and the people who call the land home. Picturesque black-and-white photographs, soulful observations and colorful local personalities make The Road Taken a genuine treat for the armchair traveler and/or the Pennsylvania history buff.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971183513
  • Publisher: Local History Company, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 184

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......This road of mine, I was pleased to note, was no thruway. This was a byway, a road less traveled, less transient, with a greater sense of permanence, of roots.

......Direction signs at crossroads indicated springs, forges, mills and caves nearby, all echoes of the past. More important was what wasn't there: billboards, graffiti, used car lots, and even worse, auto graveyards and adult movie shacks, typical despoilers of the landscape of so many highways today.

......Nailed to the siding on the northwest corner of Stover's Village Store, in Aaronsburg, PA, is a small corroded bronz-ecolored plaque with the words "Geographic Center of Pennsylvania," half hidden by a large PEPSI cooler standing alongside its COCA COLA cousin. No one quite remembers when the sign was put there, but it was quite some time ago.

......The surnames one comes across most frequently are Beachy, Peachy, Zook, Beiler, Hostetler, Stolzfus and Yoder. Geographer Peirce Lewis describes the newly arrived Amish as "hermit crabs," converting an old farm or a California ranch house to their own needs.

......It is the Palatine Germans and Swiss who have had the biggest impact on Route 45 and whose descendants have prevailed....Unlike second or third generation offspring of immigrants who cluster in heavily ethnic neighborhoods in cities, with churches onion-domed or medieval, who celebrate in a stopped time ritual with food and dance and song the traditions of their forebears, the citizens along Route 45 tend to think of themselves as village or township or county residents; Pennsylvanians or American first.

......In 1737, long after his father's departure, William Penn's son, Thomas, used the same walking measure contorted by deceit to trick the Lenape out of their rightful land. In what was called the "Walking Purchase," the Lenape lost 1,200 square miles. Lenape Lappawinsoe protested, "The walkers should have walkt for a few miles and then sat down and smoakt a Pipe . . . and not kept upon the Run, Run, Run all Day."

......The lure of this region is in its resistance to radical change. The place teaches us lessons about returns: a return to the values of land, work and community; a return to living relatives and long-departed ancestors; a return to the traditions of neighborliness and self-reliance; a return to life as it should be. Bruce Teeple, Curator, Penns Valley Historical Association

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: A Road Of My Own
1. The Museum Visit
2. The Road: History & Geography
3. William Penn, Founder
4. Aaron Levy, Entrepreneur
5. Idealists & Realists
6. Settler & Unsettler
7. Townspeople & Pageant
8. The Mountain Man & the Miner
9. New Settlers
10. Over the Hill & Back
11. Linda Buchanan & Lower Fort
12. End of a Journey
A Note to My Readers
Your Journey Down Route 45
Bibliography
Index
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