Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Postcard History Series)

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Postcard History Series)

by Byron L. Reppert


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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Postcard History Series) by Byron L. Reppert

Mechanicsburg, nestled in Cumberland County midway between Harrisburg, the state capital, and Carlisle, the county seat, was once known as Drytown, Pinchgut, and Stauffertown. Incorporated in 1828 and named for a settlement of mechanics that repaired Conestoga wagons, Mechanicsburg was raided by the Confederates and held for three days during the Civil War. Both the Cumberland Valley Railroad and the development of the inland Naval Support Activity Base influenced the rapid growth of this borough. Since 1924, Mechanicsburg has played host to Jubilee Day, Pennsylvania's largest one-day street fair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738573915
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Postcard History Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 858,181
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Author Byron L. Reppert, second mayor of Mechanicsburg (1978-1981), earned a Purple Heart while serving in the South Pacific with the 4th Marine Division. A graduate of Lehigh University, Reppert married Bertha Ottylie Peplau, and they settled in Mechanicsburg in 1960 and opened the Rosemary House. An avid history buff, Reppert compiled a slide presentation of his vintage postcard collection to share with the community. This collection of postcards, and some from E. Lee Ritter, his longtime neighbor, are featured in Mechanicsburg.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Business District 9

2 Churches 33

3 Homes and Neighborhoods 49

4 Irving Female College 71

5 Mechanicsburg High School 81

6 Jubilee Day 87

7 The Fire Companies 93

8 Railroads and Industry 103

9 Williams Grove and Boiling Springs 115

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