Glyde Beach Club at the center of mystery

March 30, 2014

Unlike most of our Mystery Photos, we do know something about this one. We know it was taken along the National Pike – Route 40. And because the establishment was called the Glyde Beach Club, we have a notion it was somewhere within a few miles of the intersection with Route 519.

Under magnification, the license plate on the car appears to have “1936” on it, which pretty much nails down the period. But there’s still much about this picture we don’t know, and we’re hoping our readers can help us learn more.

A sign on the front urged motorists to stop and dine, drink and dance. You could also buy ice cream there, fill your car with gas, eat in the restaurant and sleep in one of the tourist cabins. We’d like to know exactly where this place was, in which direction the photo was taken, and what might be in the same location today.

There is a barn and a farmhouse in the background, and we’d like to know who lived and worked there. Might it have been the man following a pair of draft horses just visible down the road?

How long did the Glyde Beach Club exist? We have a feeling there may be readers out there who can tell a story or two about what went on there and thus contribute their memories to local history.

If you have some information you’d like to share about this Mystery Photo, email Park Burroughs, retired executive editor, at, or call him and leave a message along with your telephone number at 724-222-2200, extension 2400. With a little help, we’ll be able to solve this puzzle and publish our findings next Monday.

Park Burroughs has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1972. He is the winner of numerous state and regional awards for feature, column and editorial writing. He is the author of two books, “Enter, With Torches: Recollections of a Grumpy Old Editor,” and "Washington County Murder and Mayhem." He retired in September 2012 but continues to contribute to the O-R’s news pages.

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