Return of the “path of the goats” in 1996; as well as the interior design trends of 1972 [Lancaster That Was] | Story


Excerpts and summaries of stories from the old Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era and Sunday News that focus on events from the county’s past that are noteworthy, newsworthy or just plain weird.

25 years ago

In February 1997, a long-lost highway project was suddenly back in the public eye.

The so-called “Goat’s Road” – a freeway construction project bypassing Route 23 that was started in the 1970s by the then government. Milton Shapp and dropped out when the money ran out – was back on the front page of the new era.

County commissioners and the state Department of Transportation had laid the groundwork for a $1.5 million study of the Route 23 corridor to be undertaken in the summer of 1997.

Traffic along Route 23, which connects Lancaster to New Holland and other points east, has deteriorated for decades thanks to increased suburban growth and industrial traffic in the area from New Holland. In 1997, the road’s traffic load was estimated to be 40% above capacity.

Although the details of the new study have not yet been finalized, the New Era said it would likely include various options, including ending the “goat path” project, improving existing roads or building new highways.

In the mid-1980s, Governor Bob Casey embarked on his own attempt to revitalize the “goat path” project, but stalled after farm preservation supporters protested.

In the titles:

Clinton budget includes tax cuts

Congress coming to Hershey to learn to be nice

OJ jury reviews punitive damages

Check out the February 6, 1997 Lancaster New Era here.

50 years ago

A question that has plagued interior designers since time immemorial is how to make small rooms look bigger.

The answer posed in the Sunday News of February 6, 1972, which may seem odd by today’s design standards, was simple: big bold patterns and lots of them.

Bold colors and larger-than-life prints were key to this strategy, centered on the idea that such “big gestures…can make a small room seem much more important and interesting than it actually is. “.

Examples included a small bedroom with a large scale plaid on the wall and bed linen, a small living room with bright yellow walls, floor and upholstery, or a small attic room with a bold paisley pattern on walls, ceiling and lampshades.

In the titles:

US fighter jets OK for Israel

Irish Combat Troops March Eve

Martian volcano revealed

Check out the Sunday news for February 6, 1972 here.

75 years ago

After a late-season scorch decimated tomato crops in Lancaster County in 1946, farmers gathered at a pre-season dinner and conference in February 1947 to discuss new techniques that could be used in the coming season.

The most notable change was a plan to use helicopters to dust tomato fields with pesticides from above. This was thought to be an improvement over the aerial crop dusting that had been used previously, as helicopters could fly lower and could more easily maneuver around telephone or electrical wires.

It was also recommended to leave more space between plants in the fields and not to plant tomatoes near potatoes, because the blight could spread from one crop to another.

In the titles:

10 pounds. sugar ration to be given on April 1

question pi. Ten soldier in the death of ‘Black Dahlia’

The president sees a danger in the hasty disarmament of the United States

Check out the February 6, 1947, Intelligencer Journal here.

100 years ago

A lawsuit brought by an abandoned bride against her future husband made the cover of the Lancaster Intelligencer on February 6, 1922.

Honey Brook’s Marian Bidden sued Lancaster’s Charles Cahn for ‘breach of promise’, alleging they agreed to wed, but he backed down after she made all the necessary preparations for the wedding.

Bidden claimed $5,000 for the “trousseau”, or materials she had purchased for the wedding and for her new home, as well as “loss of affection and personal suffering”.

In the titles:

The Sacred College elects Ratti Pope

Harding sees a new era for humanity

Check out February 6, 1922, Lancaster Intelligencer here.


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