Howard History

Parade Opens Parking Lot

October 21, 2007

As reported Oct. 29, 1948, in The Sun:

"Ellicott City last night opened a new county-owned parking lot with a parade which was witnessed by approximately 8,000 persons.

"The 350-car lot, which will be free, is located behind the post office adjacent to the main business section of the town.

"According to Robert Weigel, who was in charge of last night's celebration, the parking lot was developed by Howard County, through the efforts of the Business Men's Association of Ellicott City.

"Land for the lot was deeded to the county by Isaac H. Taylor, Max Goodman and Charles E. Miller, members of the association, who believed that the town badly needed more off-street parking facilities, Mr. Weigel said.

"The county paid for filling in and grading the lot from its road funds .

"Observers said that last night's turnout was the largest ever seen in Ellicott City.

"Five hundred persons participated in the parade which was led by bands from Daniels and Catonsville."

[Paul McCardell, Sun researcher]

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