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Blue and Gray Trail

Elkins Inter-Mountain
May 1, 1938


Blue and Gray Caravan to Reach Here T[u]es. 4 P.M.

Dedicatory Caravan Will Spend Tuesday Night In Elkins

Local Girls Will Entertain Queen Of Blossom Festival

When the Blue and Gray Trail - Federal Route 33 - dedicatory caravan comes to Elkins on Tuesday afternoon five local young women will greet Miss Dorothy McBride, of Kalamazoo, Mich., queen of the Fruit Blossom Festival which is held each year at Benton Harbor, Mich.

Miss Jean Morris, Miss Josephine McCall, Miss Jean Bowers, Miss Mary Francis Shaver and Miss Mae Overholt and Miss Betty Jane Martin have been designated to entertain the Blossom Queen and members of her court.

Go To Harrisonburg

Today a group of Elkins businessmen headed by Claude W. Maxwell, chairman of the West Virginia branch of the Blue and Gray Trail association, left for Harrisonburg, Virginia, to join the caravan which will mark the formal dedication of the new federal highway, which runs from Benton Harbor to Richmond.

State Route Five in West Virginia is a part of the newly designated federal route and Elkins an important point of the highway.

The caravan, composed of motorists from Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and other states, will spend the night in Harrisonburg and on Tuesday will move into the Monongahela National forest places of scenic interest will be visited and on Tuesday afternoon about 4 o’clock will come to Elkins for the night.

To City Park

On arriving here the caravan will go to the City Park to receive a formal welcome by Mayor L. C. Irons.

Headquarters will be maintained at the Randolph hotel and at 7 o’clock the visitors will be guests at a dinner in the dining room of the Presbyterian church. Governor Homer A. Holt, Road Commissioner Burr Simpson and other state officials will be present.

Mayor Irons today asked that flags be displayed on the streets Tuesday afternoon.

Fifty or more automobiles are expected to be in the caravan which on Wednesday will leave Elkins and proce[e]d toward Benton Harbor for the Fruit Blossom Festival which will be held May 7.


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