Nearly 300 Automobiles From All over New England and New York States, and Over 1800 People gathered on Mountain Summit For Ceremony. Flag Raised Amid Cheers. Many Prominent Men Present. Big Banquet This Evening.
From the Oct. 22, 1914, edition.
Blessed by Nature with her richest gifts, favored with the notice of history, praised and appreciated by those who have seen its beauty and tasted of its joys, the Mohawk Trail today went through its finest moment -- that of its dedication ceremony. Fondness of formality, inate in most men, decrees that the road which traverses the most beautiful of New England's scenery should be formally dedicated to the convenience and pleasure of the people for all time. The ancient highway of the Indian had already been converted into a modern avenue of travel, but today the matter of sentiment was attended to and the dedication ceremonies were held on Whitcomb summit, the topmost peak of the range over which the trail passes. Men who have had a prominent part in making the beautiful highway a reality were prominent this afternoon at its dedication. The whole occasion was one of pleasure and satisfaction and the exercises on the top of the mountain, in Nature's own realm, were as impressive as they were unique.
Nearly 300 automobiles and over 1800 people gathered at the point selected for the dedication exercises, and not all of them went to the top by motor, many walking all the way from this city. The pedestrians included men, women and children, and most of them, starting early, were on hand for the opening of the exercises.
The automobiles continued to arrive from both sides of the mountain from 1 o'clock until long after the flag raising, which was the formal ceremony of dedication. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York were all represented by cars.
The enthusiasm over the scenery, the arrangements for the dedication, and the ceremony itself was marked. There was not a hitch in the proceedings. The day was well-nigh ideal, and the event on the mountain top was a success from every standpoint.
It was exactly 2.30 o'clock when the flag was raised amid hearty cheers.
Former-Congressman George P. Lawrence acted as master of ceremonies with his usual grace and dignity, and the speaking was of an exceptionally interesting nature. Congressman Treadway, who had much to do with the legislative progress of the trail, when he was president of the Massachusetts senate, a friend of those who at first projected the matter, was on hand to say a good word for the historic highway and those who were concerned in having it built. He spoke of its beauties and its possibilities and delighted his hearers with his plan exposition of the early stages of the agitation in favor of having the state appropriate the necessary money for the building of the highway. His remarks were heard with interest and attention. Clinton Q. Richmond, another early friend of the road, gave a very interesting history of early times in the region of the Hoosac and Deerfield valleys, and related the progress made by these communities in his own impressive style. President Harry Garfield of Williams college, graced the occasion by his presence and his scholarly remarks gave the dedication the finish that will always mark it as one of prime importance to all the people in this part of the country. The exercises concluded late in the afternoon, and tonight the beacon fire that will be lighted as part of the program today, will end the dedication ceremony on the mountain-top.