May 31, 2017
The Morning Call's Backyard Look At History
Readers of this blog know that I concern myself with local history. This past Sunday the Morning Call did a large piece on Camp Crane, which trained ambulance drivers at the fairgrounds during the First World War. Although certainly historical, I doubt if the article garnered much attention. What brings me to this topic is the important historical issues that they have avoided, some I suspect for political reasons.
I never succeeded in getting the paper to report on the threat to Wehr's Dam, despite the voters expressing their support and concern by referendum this past November. Call me a conspiracy nut, but I believe that they are providing cover for the Wildlands Conservancy.
Bogert's Covered Bridge in Lehigh Parkway is in deplorable condition. Understand, the Park Department purchased two large parcels for new parks at an inflated price, but never funded maintenance for the covered bridge.
It's nice to remember what happen at the Fairgrounds 100 years ago, but irreplaceable historic structures which are in peril should be getting the paper's attention.
photocredit: K Mary Hess, Wehr's Dam from under Wehr's Covered Bridge