One-Way streets and 'The Loop'
Dear Dr. Scribblerlooper:
I remember when all of Lancaster's streets were two-way. They were two-way when I graduated from high school in 1954.
Exactly when did that change?
East Lampeter Township
As Lancaster's population increased in the 1950s, so did traffic problems.
In an effort to improve traffic flow, city officials made Queen Street one-way north and Prince Street one-way south.
That was in September 1957.
It didn't take long for "The Loop'' to evolve from that decision.
The Loop was a thoroughly unofficial thoroughfare from Penn Square up Queen Street to Clay or Ross and back down Prince Street to King or Chestnut and over to Queen again.
Young Lancastrians occasionally drag-raced between lights but more often cruised around this 1.5-mile rectangle.
Young folks without cars loitered in groups on sidewalks along the way.
On some weekends, especially in spring, The Loop became one huge hot-rod party. Lancaster Police occasionally cracked down on the fun.
Those years, for many early Loop riders, were "the good old days.''
But by 1991, Loop neighbors and the city's elders had suffered sufficiently. Lancaster City Council passed "The Loop Law.''
The regulation prohibited cruising past the same spot three times in two hours between 7 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.
Several months of police fines later, The Loop was kaput.
From 1957 through the mid-1960s, other streets were made one-way. Chestnut and Walnut, for example, became one-way streets in September 1964.
But no other directional change had the boisterous consequences of the transformation of Queen and Prince.
Dear Dr. Scribblersunny:
I really enjoyed Tuesday's column on Sunnyside. I remember passing the Grimm farm as a kid and the smell was something you don't ever forget.
I was wondering if you or anyone else remember bison being on that farm.
My wife thinks I'm crazy because she doesn't ever remember seeing anything other than pigs.
You are not crazy, Brian, at least not on that account.
Ray Grimm purchased two buffalo and two Scottish Highlander cows in 1964. He also kept peacocks and guineas.
The two buffalo had a calf.
"Cars used to come by a hundred on a Sunday to see the baby buffalo,'' recalls Peggy Grimm, Ray Grimm's daughter.
The parents were overly protective of the calf, she says, and inadvertently trampled it to death.
Speaking of Ray Grimm, Ray was his name, not Raymond.
And Peggy Grimm spotted another error in Tuesday's column. Lancaster city ended -- not suspended -- Grimm's trash-hauling service when he was underbid several months after he purchased the buffalo.
Dear Dr. Scribblerbart:
I've often wondered why the town in Bart Township is called Georgetown when it's the Bart Post Office and the Bart Fire Company.
A town's name is sometimes different from the town's post office's name. There's usually a good reason for that.
Georgetown was named for George Baughman in the 1860s. Before that, the town was called Hardscrabble. Each August, it hosted the Hardscrabble Fair.
"Are you going to Hardscrabble Fair?'' were the first words of a tune that topped Bart's pop chart for two weeks in 1853. (Apologies to Simon & Garfunkel.)
The post office is not called Georgetown because there already was a Georgetown Post Office in Beaver County. So the post office is named for the township.
The Bart Fire Company serves Bart Township, not just Georgetown. So it also is named for the township.
The township is named for the abbreviation of the royal title of Sir William Keith (Baronet, abbreviated to Bart.).
Keith was governor of Pennsylvania when the township was settled. He lived high on the hog, owning, among other things, a glass coach. But he died, impoverished, in England.
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