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Hummelstown in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On The Square

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
1. On The Square Marker
Inscription.  From the founding days, Hummelstown's Square has been the center of business and social activities as well as a visual focus and a transportation crossroads. These photos depict various time periods and features of the "Square" as well as some earlier businesses and buildings. The trolley, or "street car" service, ran between 1904 and 1946. The Hummelstown and Campbelltown Street Railway Company provided convenient transportation to Hershey, Palmyra, Campbelltown, and Lebanon. The Central Pennsylvania Traction Company provided service between Hummelstown and Harrisburg. The first street car entered Hummelstown on the evening of October 15, 1904, and portions of the original trolley tracks remain below the existing street surface.

The "Fountain," in the center of the Square, came into existence as a memorial to honor Henry Hershey and Nancy Landis Hershey. It was erected in 1910 by their son, Henry Landis Hershey. The Square is known to have had a working well up until piped water was introduced. The memorial fountain was relocated to Rosanna and Railroad Streets in 1925.

The "Arch" was erected in 1930 by John Bieber, then
On The Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 2, 2019
2. On The Square Marker
owner of Indian Echo Cave. The trolley cars passed under the arch with barely enough room to get by. It was removed in 1955.

A 50-year tradition of placing the Borough Christmas tree in the center of the Square ended in 1995.
 
Erected by Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 15.917′ N, 76° 42.459′ W. Marker is in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on East Main Street east of South Hanover Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 East Main Street, Hummelstown PA 17036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fountain (here, next to this marker); Hummelstown (here, next to this marker); The Developing Years (here, next to this marker); Then And Now (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Hummelstown (here, next to this marker); The Arch (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotels of Hummelstown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hummelstown Brownstone Company (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hummelstown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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