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Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on September 11th.

25 Years Ago

September 11, 1994 – Sunday

“Chambersburg Travel Museum Touted”

CHAMBERSBURG – A downtown museum or historical attraction might be the ticket to Chambersburg’s future in tourism. 

The Lincoln Highway, not the Civil War, could be the key to a historical identity Chambersburg can cash in on. 

Today, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce will talk about ways to promote the area as a historical attraction. 

The idea of a travel museum for Chambersburg was developed with the concept of a Lincoln Highway State Heritage Park. The heritage park would unify tourist attractions in the 140-mile corridor on U.S. 30 between Chambersburg and Greensburg. 

“We want to know, flat out, if we have all the money in the world and have all the volunteers in the world, what are the opportunities out there,” said Cindy Dunlap, plan coordinator. 

Potential opportunities for Franklin County: revitalize downtown Chambersburg, promote the Capitol Theatre, preserve and reuse old buildings and turn a Fort Loudon gas station into an antiques shop. 

Mary C. Means, planning consultant for the heritage park, also said that Chambersburg’s Conococheague Creek is one of the “most hidden rivers I’ve ever seen.”

Chambersburg’s travel museum would be a 20th century story, as America fell in love with the automobile. 

Means said the museum would be a tourist attraction “very hands on, very entertaining.” 

The concept for Bedford, halfway along the corridor park, is a transportation museum the development of canals, trains and highways in southwest Pennsylvania over 200 years. 

An attraction has not been developed yet for the western end of the heritage park, according to Dunlap.

50 Years Ago

September 11, 1969 – Thursday

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“ Changes Around Chambersburg”


Eyerlys Expands into old Penney’s Store


Sporting Goods Store has new front


Christian Light Book Store has new location

100 Years Ago

September 11, 1919  Thursday

“B. Edgar Faubel”


********** “EDITOR’S NOTE”  **********

B. Edgar Fauble was born in 1886 in Kaufman County, Pennsylvania.  At the time of the World War I draft, he was employed at Altenwald Creamery in Kauffman, Pennsylvania.  During World War I, he served honorably in the Army in the 145th Inf., Company D.   He was wounded in a battle which necessitated the amputation of his left leg. After the war he was elected register and recorder of Franklin County, serving from January, 1920 to January, 1924.He died in 1933 and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  He never married.

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