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extensive report in page 9 - ESTABLISHED 1831. CITY Progress And ScopeofWork...
ESTABLISHED 1831. CITY Progress And ScopeofWork urprismg Wonderful Development of Park System and the Water Plant GREAT FLOOD DAM IN WILDWOOD Trip Winds Up With Dinner and Speeches at the Dauphin The public works which were projected some years ago and whose construction has made Harrisburg famous and its people healthier and happier, were inspected yesterday afternoon by members of city councils and officials who deal with their control. It was an observation tour, unique in its features and covering over 20 miles. It gave everyone a chance to see the actual conditions and to ask questions of the men in authority. The members of the mii - fScipal bodies In charge were the hosts and the long hours of the inspection were pleasantly closed by a dinner. The entire improvement district, with a few exceptions, was covered, the route extending from Lochiel to Lucknow, and the observation tour will long be remembered not only for its interesting features, but by the influence it will exert on legislatien. Importance of Tour The importance of the tour of observation can best be summed up in the words of Mayor Meals to a Telegraph representative at the conclusion, of. the trip. "It is - - just such little journeys to the city's operations that make us familiar with them," said the Mayor. "Now, I get about this city about as much as any one, yet there were things shown to me which I did not know about. Coun - cilmen are being called upon to legislate on many matters pertaining to improvements and the visit to these parks, flood prevention projects and water service plants, to say nothing' of highways, is just what is needed. I was glad the route lay along the river front because then councilmen could see for themselves the unfortunate condition of the river shore because of ithe sewage. Such tours enable us to face the problems which come up. They equip us with firsthand knowledge which is extremely valuable for everyone to have in caring for a city like ours." The councilmen and officials warmly complimented the members of the three city boards of commissioners Public Works, Parks and Water for the opportunity to see what was being done and the hospitality which was enjoyed. Some Things Seen on the Trip The tour was arranged in such manner that the various projects and necessities of the public works could be viewed at advantage. Market Square, which is destined to figure considerably in the legislation of the future, was the first visited, and the party saw it when "the business of the day was at its height. Then came the Market street subway and later on the tourists had a chance to contrast it with the wide, commodious Herr street subway. The paving of Tenth street and the details of the construction - of the Mulberry street bridge were then inspected, some of the huge steel beams being about to go into place. The methods were explained and the councilmen shown the 'difficulties of construction and the solidity which is planned for the structure. Members of the Board of Works also explained the changes to be made at the Chestnut street approach. The Lower Section The lower section of works, which began with the bridge, wag continued along Cameron street, where the paving was in progress and the council - men given a chance to see the marked improvement which has been brought about on the city's great highway to Steelton. The Susquehanna engine house and the First ward school, together with other pro - ; jects, including the grass plot in the middle of Cameron street at Paxton were pointed out and the long line swept into the parkway at Lochiel, which is unhappily unmarked as it should be. The parkway opened the eyes of many of the councilmen and there were many exclamations on the beauty of the drive, while its utility was plainly evidenced by the presence of picnic parties and the pleasure vehicles and pedestrians which were constantly passing through while the party was on the way. At thj point where the parkway is diverted through Cameron's woods through the inability of the city authorities to obtain a right of way for the driveway through the poor house farm from the county commissioners, Warren H. Manning, the park Continued on Page 9 to . of to of

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 22 Sep 1908, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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