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Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Duryea Drive

 
 
Duryea Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. Duryea Drive Marker
Inscription.
Reading, Pennsylvania
honors
Charles E. Duryea
Inventor and builder of
America's first gasoline automobile
1892
in Springfield, Massachusetts

The Duryea automobiles
which were manufactured in Reading
1900 - 1911
climbed Mount Penn in high gear
over this drive

 
Erected 1942 by The Historical Society of Berks County.
 
Location. 40° 20.172′ N, 75° 54.338′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Duryea Drive, on the right when traveling south on Skyline Drive. Click for map. Marker is immediately north of the Pagoda atop Mount Penn. Marker is in this post office area: Reading PA 19602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pagoda (a few steps from this marker); Skyline Boulevard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Duryea Drive (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hessian Camp (approx. 0.4 miles away); William McKinley (approx. half a mile away); Ringgold Light Artillery
Duryea Drive Marker at the Pagoda image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. Duryea Drive Marker at the Pagoda
Atop Mount Penn, east of downtown Reading.
(approx. half a mile away); Volunteer Firemen (approx. half a mile away); Penn's Common (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Reading.
 
Also see . . .
1. Charles Duryea. (Submitted on December 5, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Charles Edgar Duryea at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on January 6, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Duryea Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
3. Duryea Drive Marker
Atop Mount Penn, east of downtown Reading.
View of Downtown Reading from the Pagoda image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
4. View of Downtown Reading from the Pagoda
Looking west.
<i>Reading, Penna., Where Duryea First Proved Automobiles Could Consistently Climb Mountains</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1942
5. Reading, Penna., Where Duryea First Proved Automobiles Could Consistently Climb Mountains
Vintage postcard showing Duryea models and the historical marker before verdegris.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 11 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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