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Historical Bicycle Routes: 1896-1897 Routes

In 1897 and 1898 the Philadelphia Inquirer published a series of bicycle routes. Each route had a map and a narrative describing the trip. Most also had a route coupon, providing information on road conditions and hotels or restaurants along the way.

Earlier Routes

The Inquirer published a series of routes in 1896-1897, also written by Estoclet.  Many are similar to routes published the following year.  This list is presented for informational purposes.  At present there are no plans to transcribe and digitize these routes.

List of 1896-1897 Bike Routes in the Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Bike Routes 1896 – 1897

 

  1. Phila. to Jarrettown  – June 7, 1896, p. 23
  2. Villa Nova --  June 11, 1896, p. 7
  3. To Pitman Grove and Vineland, N. J. - -June 14, 1896, p. 23,
  4. To the Paoli Monument – June 18, 1896, p. 5
  5. From Philadelphia to Atlantic City -- June 21, 1896, p. 23
  6. Philadelphia to Burlington, N. J. – June 25, 1896, p. 7
  7. To Trenton, by the Bristol pike – June 28, 1896, p. 23
  8. Philadelphia to  Chester – July 2, 1896, p. 7
  9. Trenton to New York city – July 5, 1896, p. 33
  10. To Bartram’s Garden – July 9, 1896, p. 5
  11. Philadelphia to Wilmington, July 12, 1896, p. 23
  12. The Schuylkill River drive – July 16. 1896, p. 3
  13. The Wissahickon drive – July 19, 896, p. 23
  14. Two Roads to Asbury Park – July 23, 1896, p. 7
  15. The Main Outlets of Philadelphia – July 26, 1896, p. 23
  16. The Main Outlets of Camden – July 30, 1896, p. 7
  17. To Valley Forge – August 2, 1896, p. 23
  18. The Popular White Horse pike of Camden county, N. J. – August 6, 1896, p. 7
  19. Philadelphia to Lancaster – August 9, 1896, p. 23
  20. Philadelphia to Point Pleasant, Pa – August 13, 1896, p. 12
  21. Philadelphia to Cape May  – August 16, 1896, p. 23
  22. Philadelphia to Norristown via Conshohocken and Bridgeport and home by Barren Hill – August 20, 1896, p. 12
  23. Philadelphia to Reading via Norristown and Pottstown – August 23, 1896, p. 23
  24. Philadelphia to Spring House and Montgomery Square – August 27, 1896, p. 12
  25. Philadelphia to Wilmington, De., via Paoli and West Chester – August 30, 1896, p. 23
  26. A Thirty-two Mile Round Trip via Media and Chester – September 3, 1896, p. 12
  27. To Easton and Delaware Water Gap – September 6, 1896, p. 23
  28. From Lancaster to Reading via Ephrata – September 10, 1896, p. 7
  29. Philadelphia to Trenton via Bordentown and Along the Jersey side of the Delaware – September 13, 1896, p. 23
  30. A 77-Mile round trip out by the reading Pike, along the Perkiomen Creek in Green Lane, and Home by Spring House on the Bethlehem Pike – September 17, 1896, p. 7
  31. Cape May to Long Branch, September. 20, 1896, p. 23
  32. The West Chester Pike, September. 24, 1896, p. 7
  33. Another Ramble through Fairmount Park on both Sides of the Schuylkill – September 27, 1896, p. 23
  34. A Zigzag Ramble through Historic Germantown – October 1, 1896, p. 7
  35. One Route from Philadelphia to Baltimore via Wilmington, Perryville and Havre de Grace – October 4 , 1896, p. 23
  36. To Oxford, Fox Chase, Bethayres, and Sorrel Hill, and Home by Hatboro and Willow Grove, October 8,1896, p. 7
  37. Philadelphia to Bethlehem and Allentown – October 11, 1896, p. 23
  38. From Camden to Mount Holly, with a possible return by way of Medford and Marlton – October 15, 1896, p. 7
  39. Philadelphia to Harrisburg – October 18, 1896, p. 23
  40. A 28?-Mile round trip through charming Montgomery County via Ogontz, Fort Side, Broad Ave., Plymouth, Spring Hill, William Penn and home by the Wissahickon – October 22, 1896, p. 7
  41. League Island, Fort Mifflin and Lazaretto—October 25, 1896, p. 23
  42. From Gloucester to Bridgeton – A new road to Glassboro and No Toll – October 29, 1896, p. 7
  43. The Good Old York Road to New Hope on the Delaware, and the River Road from Lambertville, N. J. to Trenton – November 1, 1896, p. 23
  44. Two Roads to Neshaminy Falls – November 5, 1896, p. 7
  45. Baltimore to Washington, D. C. – A continuation of Trips Nos. 11 and 35? – November 8, 1896, p. 23
  46. To Historic St. David’s Church, the Burial Place of Anthony Wayne & Picturesque trip across the Valley of Darby Creek – November 12, 1896, p. 7
  47. At last, only 58 miles from Philadelphia is Atlantic City – November 15, 1896, p. 23
  48. Philadelphia to Phoenixville – A variety of ways to get there and return – November 19, 1896, p. 7
  49. Harrisburg to Lewistown, the Third Stage of a Trip from Philadelphia to Pittsburg, November 22, 1896, p. 36
  50. A 27-Mile ramble through parts of Montgomery and Delaware counties, Narberth, Wynnewood, Grassland, Mason, Marple, Clifton, Lansdown and Angora – November 26, 1896, p. 7
  51. Lewistown to Altoona – The fourth stage of a trip to Pittsburg, taken by the writer during the week ending November 14 (See trips 23, 39, 48?) – November 29, 1896, p. 36
  52. Philadelphia to Salem, Nj. J. – Jersey Improves Her Highways – December 4, 1896, p. 5
  53. Altoona to Johnstown the Fifth Stage of a Trip to Pittsburg taken by the writer during the week ending November 14 – December 6, 1896, p. 36
  54. Philadelphia to Kennett Square via Media – December 10, 1896, p. 7
  55. Johnstown to Pittsburg – the sixth and last stage of a trip over the Alleghenies taken by the writer during the week ending November 14 – December 13, 1896, p. 36
  56. To Berlin, N. J. via Haddonfield and Home by the White Horse Pike – December 20, 1896, p. 36
  57. To Trenton via Mt. Holly – December 27, 1896, p. 17
  58. A Winter’s Day Trip in Town – January 3, 1897, p. 23
  59. A Ramble on South Broad Street – January 10, 1897, p. 22
  60. City Sight-seeing awheel – a zigzag 20-mile circuit within three miles of the public buildings – January 17, 1897, p. 36

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