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A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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43 pagine
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Nov 11, 2010
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9781452373713
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. This walking tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from walkthetown.com is ready to explore when you are. Each walking tour describes historical, architectural landmarks, cultural sites and ecclesiastic touchstones and provides step-by-step directions.

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Nov 11, 2010
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9781452373713
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A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Doug Gelbert

A Walking Tour of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com

by Doug Gelbert

published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords

Copyright 2010 by Cruden Bay Books

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Harrisburg has been an important transportation center since the days of riverboat traffic. In colonial days, John Harris operated a ferry at Harrisburg. Its western boundary is formed by the Susquehanna River. This location played an important part in its selection as the capital of Pennsylvania in 1812. Because of its location, Harrisburg played a large part in the early development of the Pennsylvania canal system and the subsequent development of the railroads, highways and airlines. Today, Harrisburg is one of the most important commercial centers and distribution points in the East.

At the turn of the 20th Century, spurred by the design of New York’s Central Park by the Frederick Olmsted, a nationwide conservancy effort began. In Harrisburg that movement was spearheaded by City natives J. Horace McFarland and Mira Lloyd Dock, who established Harrisburg’s League of Municipal Improvements. In 1901, their visionary efforts, collectively known and The City Beautiful Movement,established Harrisburg’s first official park system and saw to its expansion over the next decade to include Riverfront Park, Reservoir Park, City Island and what is today known as the Capital Area Greenbelt.

Since that time Harrisburg has gone through many transformations. By the early 1980s, Harrisburg’s once grand park system had become symbolic of the blighted city around it. Harrisburg was near bankruptcy and been declared the second most distressed city in the nation. The City’s parks were in a terrible state of repair and were widely misused for criminal activity. The 1982 election of reformist Mayor Stephen R. Reed changed everything for the City, especially the suffering parks system. The Mayor’s Parks Improvement Program was born and saw the investment of more than $29 million since 1984, a proverbial phoenix of greenery rising from the ashes of decades of neglect. New developers and preservationists have adhered to the program in the years since.

Our walking tour will start at the symbol of the Commonwealth, the State Capitol, a building President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed as the most beautiful building he had ever seen when he attended its dedication in 1906...

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Pennsylvania State Capitol

head of State Street at N 3rd Street

When John Harris Jr. laid out the town of Harrisburg in 1785 he gave land to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that was

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