On this Day – February 21st 1977

100 Block of Penn Street is Demolished

Buildings along the north side of the 100 block of Penn Street, next to the Penn Street Bridge, are being demolished. The properties are being razed by Fred E. Erb, Pequea, Lancaster County, under a contract with the Reading Redevelopment Authority (RRA). The area is part of the RRA’s Schuykill Urban Renewal Project – Eagle Photos

Power for Wagon Works

Metropolitan Edison Co. installs electrical service at Gruber Wagon Works, now located on county property on the Bern Township side of the Red Bridge. The historical wagon works was moved from its original location late last year because the waters of Blue Marsh Lake will flood its former site.

Warren Street Bypass Construction

The eastern extension of the Warren Street Bypass will span Kutztown Road at this point, partially in Muhlenberg Township and partially in Reading. Highway supports are under construction. The top view looks south toward the Alsace grade crossing and the bottom view looks north. The runaround carries traffic around the area of Bernhard Creek, which is being places in a concrete conduit under the roadway, replacing a bridge. No. 1 Contracting Corp is building the highway. – Eagle Photo

Source: Feb 21st 1977 Reading Eagle

Born and raised in Berks, I am fascinated by the style, design & culture of the mid-late 20th century. I started this website to research and build a collection of the places, things and stories I have heard about my entire life. Read more here.

One Reply to “On this Day – February 21st 1977”

  1. Thanks for your posts. I am particularly interested in the Warren Street bypass history and photos, before and after. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much documented that I can find. Any advice re where to search?
    Thanks!
    Jim Frank

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