Freight Station - AAA East Penn

Freight Station - AAA East Penn (HMFS0)

Location: Pottstown, PA 19464 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 14.64', W 75° 39.058'

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Historic Pottstown Walking Tour

Pottstown's growing importance as a regional manufacturing center prompted the Reading Co. to upgrade its facilities here in the 1920's. On the 26th of December in 1924, the Reading Co. revealed plans for the construction of a new $1,000,000 passenger and freight station in Pottstown. The Reading Co. purchased five homes on Hanover St. and several business properties on the south side of the tracks and underwrote the cost of the new plants for Pottstown Cold Storage and Auchenbach Wholesale Grocery Co.

Virtually devoid of ornamentation, the Station is significant architecturally because it shows the development of a "modern" facility emphasizing utilitarian concepts. The station continued in use by the Reading Railroad and later Conrail through 1976. In 1986, Freight Station Associates, a partnership that consisted of Ronald and Eugene Dinnocenti and the East Penn Motor Club, purchased the property for rehabilitation, thereby preserving this historic landmark.

AAA East Penn dates back to 1908, when it was chartered as the Pottstown Automobile club. In 1927, it became affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA); and in 1979, it became the East Penn Motor Club. In 1999, AAA East Penn and AAA Lehigh Valley consolidated their operations and became known as AAA East Penn. As an affiliate of AAA and the Pennsylvania AAA Federation, AAA East Penn provides its members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive services.
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HM NumberHMFS0
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Year Placed2002
Placed ByAAA East Penn and Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 10:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 444631 N 4455042
Decimal Degrees40.24400000, -75.65096667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 14.64', W 75° 39.058'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 14' 38.40" N, 75° 39' 3.48" W
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Area Code(s)484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 63-87 S Hanover St, Pottstown PA 19464, US
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