TOWER HOTEL

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Once located on top of Skyline Drive here in Reading, the Tower House was another popular attraction for the Reading area.  Built in1890, it stood just a short distance away from the Summit Hotel.  Here you can see the old Summit Hotel in the distance, with the Railroad that led up to them both.  The Tower Hotel was also destroyed by Arson fire on April 24, 1923.  What is strange about this is the Summit House was destroyed by fire just one day before!  I’m sure that Arsonists set fire to both of them, but why remains a mystery to this day.  They were never caught.

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Built on the old foundation of the Tower Hotel now stands the Mt. Penn Fire Tower that was built in 1932.  The Fire Tower was used as a look-out for mountain fires that surround the area.  The orginial road is still used to this day.

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The Fire Tower as it is today.  The City does not take much care of this structure any longer.  It used to be open to climb the steps to see the City of Reading, but now is closed because of being un-safe.  The lights on it don’t work anymore, and the Dome is falling apart.  The windows are broken and have never been replaced.  It’s used as a radio, cell phone transmitter at this time.

Again, it’s a sorry thing to see that so much History here in my City is going to waste.  As with much of the History here, it also will fall apart.

Thanks for reading.

Les

PACKARD AUTO PLANT

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Just recently I have gotten an interest in the Auto Industry that used to be one of the biggest Automotive Factors in the world in Dearborne, Michigan  This is what is left of the Packard Automotive Assembly Plant in Michigan, that used to manufacture luxury cars back in the early years of the 1900s

The PPackardAssembly Plant opened in 1903.  It is a 3,500,000 sq. ft. area that used the latest technology to assemble their cars.  Employing thousands of craftsman, and office workers it became one of the biggest employers in the city.

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This is just one of the many cars that were built there.  It’s the 1950 Packard Deluxe Model.  If you ever saw the movie “Raising Miss Daisy” this is one of the cars that were shown in the movie, but a different color.

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Above is the 1957 Packard Carribian, that also was built there.  In my personel opinion, this car was not bad looking, but back then it was expensive to buy.

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From it’s early day’s, the Packard Plant was slowly going down-hill.  I’m reading the one of the CEO’s bought out the Studerbaker business that used to make the Studerbaker Hawk that never did sell that good.  I’m reading that many mistakes were made during it’s operation, thus contributing to the down fall of the Packard.  Since it was opened for assembly in 1903, and then closed it’s doors in 1958.  This left thousands of workers out of a job, and helping to create Slum areas in Dearborne, Michigan  There were many other factors that helped.  Back then, Detroit, was known as the “Motor City” or “Mo Town” where a number of the Rock & Roll singers came from.  The Ronnetts, and the Supreme’s were just two of them.

I must take time to give credit to Abandoned America for their Images, because I’d never get to see this place for myself.  I would just love to walk around these famous buildings just to experience the History that is here.  I have read in reasearch that these old abandoned building’s harbor some bad things that you don’t want.  Wild dogs, drugs, homeless people, and some of the structers falling apart.  There have been some death’s here in the past.  I’m also reading that the Plant has been sold to some developer that wants to turn it into something, but preserve the past.  Other places like Flint, Michigan was another place were the Auto Industry fell apart.  I am currently reading the book “The End of Detroit” and how it lost it’s grip on the American Car Market.  Most people don’t realize just how close we came to loosing the Auto Industry!

If I have written some wrong information here, please correct me.  Had to Post this on memory.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

ABANDONDED DAYS INN

Traveling up & down RT61 North & South many times, I remember a Day’s Inn that sat just off the highway, but hard to see since it sorta sat in a small hallow off the highway.  I remember when this was being built, but never really paid much attention to it.  Just another place to stop for the night, so I didn’t think anything of it.

However, now I had noticed that the Days Inn was looking like a place not used anymore.  It was a mess, to say the least.  Thought I’d grab my camera gear and go take a look to see what happened.

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Welcome to the Days Inn in Schuylkill Haven or what is left of it.  Doing some research about this, I found out that 2 Brothers from India owned this thru the Day’s Inn franchise.  It was built by them back in 1985.  I’m told that it was a nice place to stay over night with clean well-kept rooms.  I don’t remember just how long it stayed in business, but over time it went down-hill because the Brothers got into something way over their heads.  They had no Management experience on how to run a Motel at all.  Realizing that it was failing the Brothers just up and left it!!  Now, it’s a falling apart scar on the land.

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Welcome!  We have lot’s of rooms open for your stay  .  .  .  .  If you dare!

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Over the years, the whole place has been stripped of anything that could be sold for profit, including copper wire & pipes.

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This is strange.  Why?

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Have a seat!  Rest your feet.

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While walking around this place, I was very aware of what might be in here that I don’t know about.  I was very alert to anything.  Places such as this is why a carry a .45 cal pistol.  Who knows what’s in here that might want to rob or do me harm?  I was told that during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall this place has “squatters” that live here.  Drugs are common.  However, during cold Winters there is usually nothing but an empty eyesore, because it’s just too cold.

Local people want the place torn down.  Engine Company’s respond here because of small fires that start for some reason.  They want it torn down, also.  Local gov’t does nothing about it.  Too expensive.  So it is just left to rot away.  Maybe in the near future, something will be done.

 

Thank You for Stopping by.

Les

PERRY GOLF COURSE

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Yesterday while out cruising around the many back country roads around here, I decided to stop off and take a look-see at the Perry Golf Course that is not but a 20 min. drive for me.  The Perry Golf Course was built in 1970 and was a challenging course for all levels of play.  It had Par 5’s, 4’s & 3’s for everyone.  A open course to play.  No membership needed.  It was a very popular course around the area for quite some time.  The parking lot always had car’s in it with golfers playing the course.

Over the passing years it remained high on the Golf Course List to play, until in the late 90’s it started to decline for some reason that I don’t know.  I even played here on 2 occasions and found that the greens were well kept, cart paths were smooth, fairways and tee’s were always kept in superb condition.  The green fees were average, paying about $18.00 for 18 holes and a cart rental.

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Like I stated before, the Golf Course started to decline in business.  The next thing I heard was that it had closed, because there was not enough business anymore and the Owners were loosing money.  The Course closed 2 yrs. ago on December 31st.  It has been sitting vacant since then.  Here my Image shows the Club House to the left with the practice green off to the right.  Where the flag pole stands was a area for Golf Carts to rent.

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What remains of the Cart Path for the 18th Hole.  No one is here anymore.  No one to keep the Course lush & green.

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The Golf Cart Rental area now empty.  No Golfers walking around or playing.  Nothing but empty buildings and UN-trimmed shrubbery blowing in the wind.

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What is left of the 18th Green, now taken over by weeds & scrub.  The Flag is gone and the lush green color has long disappeared.  Nothing here anymore, which is a shame.  It felt kinda strange to walk around here.  Nothing here but me, my camera, and the wind with rain starting to splatter.  To me, it felt eerie, to walk in a place that once was so popular.

I was told later on that the property was bought by some big land developer that wanted to built 3 huge ware houses here.  That was years ago.  What happened?  No one has done a thing.  The once nice Golf Course is being reclaimed by Nature, as usually happens.

COAL CHUTE

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Yesterday, I took my Wife up to her old home in Minersville, PA to meet with some of her long time girl friends that she has known since High School.  They were going to have some lunch together at the old Washington House.  So, after I dropped her off, I had a few hours to spend just “snooping around” the area with my Pentax.

Located just outside Minersville on the road to Dunncock is this left over Coal Chute that was once used to load Coal into waiting trucks to be taken where-ever needed when Coal Was King in this area.  Located just behind the shed is a rusty old conveyor that was used to move the coal from one place to another.  You can barely see it because of all the over-growth.  I was not going to climb up there just to get a shot of it.  I’m surprised that the old thing is still standing.  It’s just wasting away into the past.

Like I had stated before, the Coal Region Area is just full of History.  The only problem is knowing where to find what remains.  I’m slowly doing this.