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Oh, You Never Knew It! – April 2

Oh, You Never Knew It! – April 2

The City Border Bike and Walking Trail is actually the paved-over remnants of a moat that briefly surrounded the southern half of the city in the early 1940s, connecting to the East Patterson River. During the debate over whether to enter World War II, isolationist Mayor Dixon Webster Dell ordered city workers to dig the…

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Friday Facts: Max, Stca Fyadirf, Yzumitelno!

Friday Facts: Max, Stca Fyadirf, Yzumitelno!

:: Greatest decennial population increase (1950 – 1960)- 201,610 :: Actor James Robard once described the City as “The place where my heart has a home.” He had previously said the same of New Orleans, Louisiana and Tucson, Arizona. :: The Stander Memorial Gymnasium at Pine Run Junior High School is the only gymnasium in…

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Friday Facts: Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Sauerkraut, Mini-Marshmallows

Friday Facts: Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Sauerkraut, Mini-Marshmallows

:: Number of years between the founding of the city and its incorporation- 19 :: This Sunday marks thirty years since the closing of the Hearth’s Delight Confectionaries factory, here in the heart of the city. Here are some of the fondly-remembered candies and sweets manufactured by this hometown Willy Wonka: Caramel Flats, Chocolate Hailstones,…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 10

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 10

:: Most people naturally assume that the city’s first public vending machines were the chicken leg contraptions installed along Soldier Boulevard by the Vendmate Company in 1925. Not so! Predating even those beloved tin hulks were the Vend-O salt dispensers that first appeared in 1922 in front of the Oriental Library. Day and night, the…

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Briefs

Briefs

Oh, You Never Knew It! Wimple and Bing, the City’s fifth-most-famous intersection, was almost known as Wimple and Porkpie! In 1903, due to inattentive aldermen, street-naming honors had devolved to the rascals of the Bottling District. A Mr. Elliott Lamb sought to name that “elm-festooned” promenade after Porkpie, his prize-winning mule. But on the way…

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