OLD 22

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This is ole RT 22.  Known by a few other names, such as The Lincoln Highway, and State RT 43 it was built in 1923 as a main road from Harrisburg to Allentown, PA.  Over the passing years, it has under gone many changes from a 2 lane Cement Highway to the more modern and smooth asphalt road.

This road was used as the main transportation from East to West or West to East.  There was no other road that could be used back in the early day’s before the Interstate 22 came thru in 1954.  The big 4 lane Interstate put a number of places out of business, including gas stations & Motels.

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There are still some original parts of Old 22 still left over.  Here parts of the road are covered over with grass, but the old bridge still remains.  When the road was rebuilt, I guess they wanted to leave this part out.

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Old 22 can be a bit on the “Hilly” side, meaning there are a few dips & hills to climb.  This is just one of them.  Down one side & up the other.  This hill can be very bad during the Winter when it snows!

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Remembering what I stated before on the new Interstate 22 being made and putting a number of gas stations out of business?  This is one example.  Years ago this was a Texaco Station that used to have 2 gas pumps on islands in front.  In the passing years it changed from a gas station to a country bar, then a restaurant, and now it’s a private residence.

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Old 22 passes thru a small Country town named Shartlesville.  It has no stop lights or signs, just a little town that has been here longer than I can remember.  Quite a few years ago, they wanted to make the town more distinctive by painting all the small homes and business different colors so it would draw attention.  It didn’t work!  This is just one of the buildings left over from that time.  I have no idea what it used to be years ago, but it’s now a Antique Dealer.

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Another sight you see is the old buildings in Shartlesville that have been here for a long time.  Notice the one of the left.  Weather beaten and standing here probably before old 22 went thru, it stands the test of time.  Someone must live here, because of the Easter Bunny’s in the front.  No front door.  Just a plastic tarp.

I have passed thru this old town and traveled old 22 many times in the past.  It always seems to offer something I’ve never paid much attention to until now.  Hope you enjoyed your travel back into History on Old 22.

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