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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - August 8, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Combined with the Everett Republican established 163rd ten cents 08097 Manns Choice Boro i v v f off it l historic route built in 1758 Forbes Trail to be reopened As study nears end the reopening of the Forbes Trail through Bedford county has been started by the boy under the guidance of local historian and executive Board member Vaughn two College students have undertaken the lengthy task of documenting the trails history and their work also includes contacting local landowners for permission for marking and use of the Trail for the boy whisker has Long advocated researching the Forbes which was built through the county in 1758 during the French and Indian this research is being done in con Junction with the boy scouts of America and the Bedford county commissioners and financed by the Bedford county manpower said the first objective of our research is to write a Booklet for the boy scouts describing the history of the our second objective is to open the Forbes Trail As a hiking Trail for the boy the Trail through Bedford county will connect with the Forbes Trail being opened in Somerset and Fulton coun whisker the Booklet will be published for but will be distributed to Lan Downers along the Trail and will be available to other interested persons at a nominal the Booklet will contain a description of the hiking with detailed topographical maps a history of the original Trail and Short sketches of some Bridges and Early taverns along the the Booklet will be completed by the end of a More detailed history of the Forbes combined with the scout Booklet May be published in Book form by the Pioneer historical the Pursuit of accurate information on the Trail has led the College Linda Smith and Neil Waugerman to libraries throughout Western there have been trails opened whisker but not according to these two have travelled to John town and Altoona in search of information on the Trail in old books and the College students have contacted a majority of the landowners for permission to Mark the committee member Don Laher and scoutmaster Lloyd Feight have helped with the Contact work in the Eastern part of the there remain in the Eastern part of the county Between Everett and a number of persons to Contact for permission to Mark the Trail on their work on the maps is 95 per cent according to the county commissioners have provided topographical maps for the detailed marking of the trails for inclusion in the Booklet for the boy scouts and in the More Complete the Trail itself has never been reopened through the and there Are some questions on the exact location of the original Trail in several locations East of for several boy scouts from Johnstown came to Bedford for a tour of the fort Bedford museum and have hiked a route which follows the Trail at when the hiking Trail is the original Trail will be followed As closely As one exception will be made at Shawnee state where part of the Trail is under the Trail will avoid highways that have obliterated the original Trail and where safety Calls for hikers to take a parallel such diversion is necessary East of Breezewood near the Fulton county line where the Penn Sylvania Turnpike has used the route chosen by Forbes Over 200 years whisker reported that in some areas Lan Downers seek information about the Trail while others have legends concerning the Trail to relate or offer to Point out where they feel the Trail passed through their most know where the Trail or Are aware that the Trail runs through their according to whisker the majority of the properties Are owned by families who have owned the land for so far no one has denied us the land owners have been very he according to a letter sent to landowners concerning the marking and hiking of the the Trail will be marked on Small which will be wired onto Trees or stakes in the with landowner boy scout troops will Clear the Trail where it goes through thick Brush and the Trail will be cleared Only wide enough to allow easy walking through Bushy motorized vehicles will not be permitted on the boy scouts will build Steps Over All fences on the we Hope this has set aside any worries concerning damage to their said once the maps Are completed in markers will be set it is hoped that the marking can be completed by if additional time is the marking will resume in the next june the Penns Woods Council intends to officially open the Forbe Boquet Trail from Fulton to Somerset the Road was completed in when the Allied forces of and Pennsylvania marched on fort under general John about the same the fort was built at As a result of the Forbes the French were driven beyond the Borders of Indian allies continued to harrass the for this reason the forts at Bedford and elsewhere in Western Pennsylvania were in order to strengthen fort the forts at Juniata Crossings fort Martin and one at Stoney Creek Stoystown were abandoned before bouquets return in the present study says the 50mile Section of the Forbes Trail Between Bedford and fort Ligonier contains the most existing scars and visible remains of the entire at Rhos Gap near the shot factory and Over much of the Allegheny mountains the original roadbed is clearly near Juniata the years of travel by Iron rimmed wheels of wagons using the Forbes Road have worn narrow ruts in the Stone these ruts can still be seen today near the As Well As in other locations in the Allegheny it is important to realize that the trip through Bedford county with a Wagon on the Forbes Trail took several in the years on Page 3 Wagon train to Stop Here the american Bicentennial Wagon train used the historic Barlow Trail to Cross the Summit of the Cascade mountains near the which has wagons from Oregon and is on its Way to Valley the Wagon Trail is expected to pass through Bedford county during june of county steering committee formed for Bicentennial beneath a covering of Oak the roadbed of Forbes Road remains a sign of an Era the path is clearly marked by its Stone although it remains Only m feet from 90 near the shot factory on Allegheny although visible purls of the Trail have been obliterated by newer highways in other areas of the the possibility of a county pageant for the fourth of 1976 arrangements for the National Wagon train trek through Bedford county and the need for communication within the county concerning municipal Bicentennial plans dominated the discussion at the first countywide meeting on Bicentennial activities in Bedford the tuesday evening meeting was called by the Bedford county heritage commission on behalf of the county it was suggested at the meeting that the possibility of a county pageant similar to the 1971 pageant for the county Bicentennial be problems concerning the deficit created by the 1971 pageant were men with some blaming the professional direction and production expense the prime cause for the financial problems left by the 1971 the group voted that the feasibility of a pageant be and a steering committee was included on the steering committee Are Thomas mayor of Hyndman Don Hershberger of Bedford John director of the Bicentennial Celebration in Everett and John Simko from Bedford several persons expressed Hope that the pageant would be held the weekend of the fourth of july and that it could he produced with the talents of Bedford county the last week of will bring the National Wagon train to Bedford the wagons Are scheduled for overnight stops at new Baltimore on june the Bedford Fairgrounds june and East of Breezewood on june Bill Jordan suggested that the appearance of the National Wagon train could be used for a focus Point for celebrations for communities along the the National Wagon train is already on its Way across the with 50 wagons planned to be in the train by the time it reaches and possibly As Many As 100 wagons included when it reaches Bedford several wagons from the county will join the trek eastward to Valley the arrival Date there is set for july the heritage which has been asked to coordinate Bicentennial activities throughout the county has appointed a National Wagon train and Arthur who will Lead a group of wagons from Bedford county joining the National Wagon Are part of the Wagon train John county agent Ken director of tourism and Industrial development and Bill president of the heritage round out the Wagon train com it was noted at the meeting that the National Wagon train will expect from the Host a place to Camp with police the provision of lodging and food for the Wagon train team is optional with the com the director of the Wagon train has requested that a suitable location be found Between new Baltimore and Bedford Fairgrounds for a lunch a Stop at Schellsburg or Manns Choice was Everett Bicentennial coordinator John Hoover said that he had contacted the Wagon train director concerning a lunch Stop the following Day in he added that a space problem might exist in for the train to the Wagon train committee mentioned that a dance and campfire displays May be incorporated within the overnight Stop at the the group created a countywide Bicentennial steering which will meet in the future to discuss and coordinate plans for the Bicentennial throughout the at present there Are no county level plans for the Biden several suggestions made include a county parades throughout the county and fireworks on the fourth of As Well As the county Cunningham suggested that Bedford was the logical place for a Parade for the county during the july fourth without a Everett has major traffic problems with a Jim representing Bedford suggested that Bicentennial plans could incorporate fort 1yee or reduced admission for one week to encourage local people to visit the museum might be a possibility for a fort Bedford week in on Page 5 events of the week the county commissioners tuesday named Ruth Wilson of Bedford As director of the tax claims Bureau that will up in operation no salary was set for the an assistant will be hired before the Bureau according to the Wilson worked for 11 years in the county treasurers office until this arrangements have been made for her to receive training at Blair county claims which has been operating for some the state had mandated counties to set up the bureaus to take Over processing of delinquent county real estate taxes from the treasurers the new Bedford Bureau is to be located beside the present tax assessment office adjoining the Cour Thouse work on the new which was actually a is the commissioners also signed a lease with the Ray town ambulance association to move the Everett magistrates of fice from Ridge Avenue to the new Ray town building on South the rent will be per including the lease is effective two resignations were accepted from members of the Bedford county redevelopment Dick Koontz of Bedford resigned because he could not be an authority member and serve As superintendent of the Bedford Village Park Richard Shaffer of Hyndman said he was resigning Foi personal no replacements were named on Page Page j a 12yoarold Johnstown injured in an Accident on Pleasantville Mountain died Friday morning in Johnstown memorial Heidi Ann Trabold sustained head injuries in the one car crash thai claimed the life of her 4 year old James state police said the car was driven by the Trabold childrens of 116 Arbutus who remains another daughter and two neighbor children were not seriously Trabold and the children were returning from an Outing at Shawnee when the car went out of control and struck a tree about five Miles West of the Federal Money arrived monday to pay the manpower workers whose last tuesday payday was the 300 or More employees did get their checks after the county guaranteed the funds until the Check for about was deposited monday after it finally made the journey from Washington to Southern alleghenies planning and development commission in the county manpower office has also received preliminary word on funding of the year round title ii and i the title i emergency employment funding has been extended until next june and has received a boost in funds from approximately to title ii in title ii had been operating on funding of for two fiscal with the Money to be spent in one approximately has been allotted for the fiscal year that is already county manpower officials said Many of the title ii employees will be transferred to the other program by the end of the to balance out the Federal governments shifting of funds from one program to Penn Dot tentatively expects to advertise for bids by october for construction of new route 220 from Cessna to the Blair county final clearance of All rights Otway is All that remains to be done before a negative declaration by Penn Dot of the environmental Impact the Highway will have Drew no favourable or unfavourable monday Midnight was the postmark deadline to submit and since none were received by wednesdays the Hollidaysburg District 9 office is forwarding the Impact statement to its Harrisburg office and to the Federal Highway a District 9 spokesman said the Lack of opposition will help Speed the next phases of the Road Joseph who has principal of Everett High school since has taken the position of administrative assistant in charge of instruction at Parkway West area vocational technical school in hoffmans at a salary of will include supervision of the instructional instructional Pupil personnel services and Liaison with the 12 school districts whose Lith and 12th graders compose Parkway wests daily the Voytech school is a Par time facility with 40 shops and technical july 1975 the economic development administration has Given final approval to a Grant to the county redevelopment authority for the Bedford Village the Grant announcement was made by Hugh county who had been awaiting word on the said they haunt been informed yet of the More than a month the Secretary of Commerce had approved the Grant in the amount of the county commissioners said they didst know Why there was a Cut Between Commerce and the Money will be used to move the Claycomb which is expected to Cost about and seven log buildings to the Park for the work is expected to Start within 60 Days and be completed within a the Grant will help provide jobs for about 50 the Bridge moving will be put out for bids the redevelopment authority will operate the log building with 70 per cent of that Money to be spent on labor and 30 per cent on the Eda Grant is to be matched by from the redevelopment the local share will be in the form of the Grant the Park has gotten from the state Commerce department and the from the state Bicentennial the Federal Money will be administered by the revolutionary Bicentennial the commissioners said at their meeting tuesday that they hoped the Bridge moving could be advertised for bids the Eda Grant approval was needed the county has already gotten a Waterways permit the Penn Dot permit covering the link Between the Park Access Road and route 220 is the commissioners and county Engineer Joseph Lehman said they would Contact the Puc to try speeding approval of a Grade crossing for the spot where the Access Road will Cross the Penn Central All the permits Are needed before the bid Lehman has already been paid from the county liquid fuel funds for engineering done on the Road and Bridge pen dots county and municipal services department approved the the Bridge is county and one More detail still to be taken care of is for the county to designate the Access Road As a county
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