Dutch Colony Motor Inn

Dutch Colony Motor Inn

The Dutch Colony Motor Inn started operations in 1964 by Erna and R. Harding “Breity” Breithaupt. Breity Breithaupt was an aviation pioneer and owned Reading Aviation Service at Reading Regional Airport. A few years after opening they added the Antique Airplane Restaurant, named fittingly due to a 1927 Monocoupe, last flown in the 1966 Reading Air Show, hanging from it’s ceiling inside the restaurant.… Read Full Article

100 block Penn Ave: Before the Bypass

We all have driven on route 422…the stretch of highway that runs past Reading and along the Schuylkill River down to Pottstown. This stretch of road did not always exist. In fact it wasn’t until the 1960s that US 422 in the Reading area was rerouted from surface streets through downtown Reading onto bypasses built south of the city. The former routing of US 422 through the city became US 422 Business.… Read Full Article

Solar Eclipse – February 26th, 1979

As we gear up for Eclipse day, lets take a look back to the last Solar eclipse that was viewable from Berks County. It occurred on Monday, February 26th, 1979. Moon coverage began at 10:57 am, with peak coverage being around 12:13pm. Where were you during the solar eclipse of 1979?

Solar Eclipse 1979Solar Eclipse 1979

Before and after the eclipse, UFO’s are sighted by drivers along 422.… Read Full Article

Old Iron Bridge Connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn

wyomissing - west lawn iron bridge

This iron bridge was on 422/Penn Ave connecting Wyomissing and West Lawn. It was built in 1926 and replaced an older, smaller iron bridge. That older bridge ended up being placed on the Horseshoe Trail at Scarlets Mill in Robeson Township after retiring from this spot. It was one of only two “overhead bowstring bridges” known to survive.*

Iron Bridge Penn Ave Wyomissing

There were railroad tracks for on the side from the era of the trolley.… Read Full Article