18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, June 10, 1913: Nothing much doing.
$3.00 LOW RATE
Sunday, May 3
A Rare Chance to Visit the National Capital
SPECIAL TRAIN LEAVES
Williamsport . . . 12:01 A.M.
Market Street. . . 12:05 A.M.
Muncy . . . 12:30 A.M.
Montgomery. . . 12: 38 A.M.
Dewart. . . 12:47 A.M.
Watsontown . . . 12:52 A.M.
Milton. . . 1:02 A.M.
Returning, Special Train will leave Washington. . . 5:40 P.M.
The Trip of a life-time. An education as well as a delight. An opportunity to see “The Heart of the Nation,” a city of magnificent distances, unlike any other city in the country.
An Ideal Sunday Outing
See the New National Museum, Library of Congress, Capitol Building, Concoran Art Gallery, and the varied sights of Washington, “The City Beautiful.”
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma’s sister Ruth left the previous day for a week-long trip to Washington DC.
Today the 200 mile drive from McEwensville to Washington DC takes at least 3 1/2 hours. I have no idea how low the train ride was a hundred years ago.
It is not what Ruth did, but I was surprised to discover that back then there were one-day excursion trips to DC from central Pennsylvania. The train left Williamsport right after midnight—and picked up people in several nearby towns and then raced to DC. The route would be reversed in the evening.
Imagine the excitement of catching a train in the middle of the night—and pulling into Union Station at dawn. . . and seeing the capitol outlined in the early morning sunlight.
Dang—I almost put myself into the story—and was ready to book a seat on the next excursion train; then I remembered that it was 2013.