Petroleum pipeline from Texas to N.Y. planned to cross Harford

July 17, 2013

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, July 18, 1963:

A 1,600 mile pipeline, designed to transport petroleum, would soon cross through Harford County. Estimated costs for the construction of the Colonial Pipeline, that would stretch through 14 states from Texas to New York, would be around $350 million. The Harford County section would cross Deer Creek about 100 yards below where the stream runs under the concrete bridge on at Route 1. The pipe would be four feet underground along a 50-foot-wide right-of-way. The pipeline would be able to transport 800,000 barrels of oil daily at relatively low cost. The pipeline was designed to carry gasoline, kerosene and distillate fuel oils simultaneously, with stop off points at key areas along the route.

Sixty members of Battery B of the 1st Battalion of the Maryland National Guard, headquartered at the Bel Air Armory, spent the previous week 50 years ago in Cambridge. Gov. J. Millard Tawes called the unit, along with more than 400 other Guardsmen from across Maryland, to help impose a form of martial law in Cambridge. Several people had been injured during riots over segregation. The City and State Police had to call in the Guard to stop the disturbances. Battery B was assigned to two street corners where they maintained round the clock patrols. The corners, which separated the white and black sections of the town, saw Guards standing helmeted with bayonets fixed on their rifles.

Havre de Grace Mayor James Vancherie was making plans to expand the city limits. Mayor Vancherie hoped to extend the city limits in every direction by about five miles. The boundary hoped for would extend the city limits from the Chesapeake Bay to along Oakington Road, Route 40 and Robin Hood Road on the south and west, and to Earlton Road, Route 155 and Lapidum Road to the Susquehanna River on the west and north. If Aberdeen officials also received their expansion request, Havre de Grace and Aberdeen would eventually share a boundary along Route 40 at Swan Creek.

A 116-ton electric generator traveled along Harford County's Route 136 as it inched along toward the Peach Bottom atomic plant in Pennsylvania. It was escorted with full State Police presence moving at only 4 mph. Several bridges along the route had to be temporarily bolstered to accommodate the added weight.

According to a government report, more teenagers would soon be entering the workforce in Harford County. There was a rising number of young people in the 14 to 19 age bracket because of the baby boom years following World War II. Many of them were dropping out of school and going straight to work. Others were moving into the labor force immediately after finishing high school. In Harford County, the number of youth reaching the 14 to 19 age group in the five year period ending in 1963 would total 7,490; an estimated 36.5 percent of them would be looking for full time or part time jobs before 1965. According to U.S. Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz, this prospect "sends up a warning signal that says to all Americans that the post-war population explosion is now making itself felt on the size and makeup of the labor force."

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