December 7, 1941: “A date that will live in infamy.” On the same day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the citizens of the small town of Alvira learned that the Federal Government would be using eminent domain to purchase everyone’s property for the war effort, with the promise that they could purchase their property back once they were finished. The town was soon demolished to construct the Alvira Ordinance Works, a TNT plant which ceased production after only 11 months of production, and the property owners never got the chance to retake their former homes. While most evidence of the town and factory are no longer standing, there are still dozens of concrete igloo storage bunkers scattered across the area, as well as old cemeteries and foundations.
Come along on an easy, 3-mile walk to check out some of these bunkers and walk through the cemeteries and learn the history of a town that once was. Family friendly program for all ages. Free program. Registration required.
Meeting location: State Game Lands 252; Alvira Road, Allenwood, PA 17810. Coordinates of meeting location: (41.135894, -76.958876)
Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:00am
Tiadaghton State Forest
10 Lower Pine Bottom Rd, Waterville, PA 17776