Pennsylvania Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Sunday, October 10, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 1/2 hour in Etters, PA. I then walked 2 1/2 hours in New Cumberland, PA. I then walked 2 hours in York, PA.

Highlights of the Pennsylvania leg of the tour:

  • Once again, the weather was awesome.
  • Today’s walk was absolutely beautiful.  Everywhere we walked was beautiful.
  • I feel as if I’m getting into the home stretch of this tour.  45 stops down and only 6 to go !!!
  • I’m getting to watch my Houston Texans football game.
  • It’s only a 3 1/2 hour drive to my hotel in West Virginia tonight.  Then I’ll get up early and drive to Columbus, Ohio.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about Pennsylvania:

  • The state’s four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg.
  • Pennsylvania has 51 miles (82 km) of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles (92 km) of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary.
  • On February 28, 1681, Charles II granted a land charter to William Penn to repay a debt of £16,000 (around £2,100,000 in 2008, adjusting for retail inflation) owed to William’s father, Admiral Penn. This was one of the largest land grants to an individual in history.  It was called Pennsylvania, meaning “Penn’s Woods”, in honor of Admiral Penn. William Penn, who had wanted his province to be named “Sylvania”, was embarrassed at the change, fearing that people would think he had named it after himself, but King Charles would not rename the grant. Penn established a government with two innovations that were much copied in the New World: the county commission and freedom of religious conviction. What had been Upland on what became the Pennsylvania side of the Pennsylvania-Delaware Border was renamed as Chester County when Pennsylvania instituted their colonial governments on March 4, 1681. Between 1730 and when it was shut down by Parliament with the Currency Act of 1764, the Pennsylvania Colony made its own paper money to account for the shortage of actual gold and silver. The paper money was called Colonial Scrip. The Colony issued “bills of credit”, which were as good as gold or silver coins because of their legal tender status. Since they were issued by the government and not a banking institution, it was an interest-free proposition, largely defraying the expense of the government and therefore taxation of the people. It also promoted general employment and prosperity, since the Government used discretion and did not issue too much to inflate the currency. Benjamin Franklin had a hand in creating this currency, of which he said its utility was never to be disputed, and it also met with the “cautious approval” of Adam Smith.
  • When the Founding Fathers of the United States convened in Philadelphia in 1774, 12 colonies sent representatives to the First Continental Congress. The Second Continental Congress, which also met in Philadelphia (in May, 1775), drew up and signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, but when that city was captured by the British, the Continental Congress escaped westward, meeting at the Lancaster courthouse on Saturday, September 27, 1777, and then to York. There they drew up the Articles of Confederation that formed 13 independent colonies into a new nation. Later, the Constitution was written, and Philadelphia was once again chosen to be cradle to the new American Nation. Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 12, 1787,five days after Delaware became the first.
  • James Buchanan, of Franklin County, was the only bachelor President of the United States and the only one to be born in Pennsylvania..

Next stop, Ohio.