Meeting to boost Historic Pike
ATTEND MEETING TO BOOST HISTORIC PIKE
Chamber of Commerce Will Help Plans of National Highway, Incorporated.
At a well-attended meeting of members of the new National Highway, Incorporated, at the Francis Scott Key Hotel, Frederick, yesterday afternoon elaborate plans for boosting that highway and to finance that association were discussed.
Col. D. John Markey, president of the new Western Maryland Chamber of Commerce, presided. Addresses were made by Franklin H. Ankeney, secretary and William R. Moore, traffic manager, Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, W. E. G. Hitchins of Frostburg and Harrison Hatton, Baltimore, general manager of the National Highway, Inc., Mr. Haton outlined the manner in which the association is to function and the plans for its financing. A suggested budget of $50,000 for carrying on the work of the association was opposed and it was determined to adopt a smaller scale of dues to be paid by members of the association from the various cities and towns along the highway. It was proposed that a campaign for new members be conducted all along the highway between Washington and St. Louis, at Chambers of Commerce and the hotels.
The association plans to advertise the National Highway through out the entire country on probably the largest scale ever attempted in that respect.
On May 1, it is intended by the association that an old stage coach, an airplane, a relay of riding horses, a Baltimore and Ohio railroad passenger train and an automobile, travel over the highway from Baltimore to St. Louis, the object is to determine the time in which the trap can be made by the different modes of travel, highway. An endeavor will be made and as an advertising medium for the by the old stage coach to cover the distance between Baltimore and St. Louis in 94 hours, the time required in the days when stage coaches traveled that route. It is expected that the government will cooperate and will likely provide the horses and the airplane to make the trip. Tasker O. Lowndes, of this city, is a member of, the committee on arrangements.
Optimism for the future activities of the National Highway, Inc., and for the benefits derived from advertising the highway, so that it will be more extensively used by automobile tourists, was expressed at the meeting.
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