The USS Maine "mysteriously" blew up in Havana Harbor in 1898 killing over 1000 US Navy sailers. This launched the US into the Spanish-American War. Fourteen years later the ship was raised from the harbor and pieces of the wreck were given as mementos to cities across the nation.
Reading was given the ship's anchor which originally sat in a cemetery on the west side. At some point this giant anchor was moved to city park where it rests today.
Stop by and pay homage to the USS Maine and its sailers who were blasted to their eternity while sleeping so long ago.
Frederick Lauer was a man who loved beer. He is credited with being the first person to bring Lager to America. He served as the first President of the United States Brewers Association. He even equipped, at his own expense, his own company of men to fight for the Union cause. In 1885, the citizens of Reading unveiled a bronze statue in Lauer's likeness. Located in Penn's Common at N4020.103 W7554.922
OK OK OK, you'll hear about Christmas Village, too, when you come to Reading. But if you're looking for a bonafide, down-home dairy treat, you've got two choices: Way-Har Dairies on Route 183 or the Oley Turnpike Dairy and Petting Zoo on Route 562. (The locals love them both. Just don't expect to keep your waistline in either place.)
Well, pretty soon it will BE the beaten path, and that's what the whole news story is about, folks. Rte 222 has always approached Reading from the North and the South, but you had to drive straight through the heart of Reading (and a few suburban areas) if you wanted to stay on Rte 222. For the past thirty years, the locals have been trying to finish the road that would bypass inner-city Reading and make it easier to get around. The construction stopped about thirty years ago when the money ran out, so we have had a road that literally went nowhere. A couple years ago, (maybe even 3 or 4 years ago) we finally got the money to finish the project. I think about half of the construction is done and open for use, but they have a while to go before everything is finished. I mention this because 'The Road to Nowhere' is how locals have referred to this road for over twenty years, and if you ask for directions, there's a good chance you'll get told go get on it!