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Welcome to the home website of Paul Druzba
author of Neversink : Reading's "Other" Mountain, and Pendora: Forgotten Trolley Park of Reading

Perfect bound, 240 pg.
published by Prinkling Press
© 2012

"Neversink: Reading’s Other Mountain" is now in its second edition. This edition is larger than the first, with more than 50 extra pages of new stories and pictures. This is the best and only book ever written about the history of Neversink Mountain in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. In the 1880’s, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was on its way to becoming the largest corporation in the world, and its center was moving from Philadelphia to Reading. To take advantage of Reading’s strategic location, the railroad invested hundreds of thousands of 1890 dollars into creation of a resort and picnic area on Reading’s Neversink Mountain.
This book traces the history of this "resort" period, from 1880 to 1930, including the building of the world’s first water-powered electric railroad, The Neversink Mountain Railroad. The resort also included a massive 150-room hotel, and a huge entertainment complex, both of which were 350 feet long.
It is also the story of the Neversink Mountain Railroad, which circled the mountain with eight miles of track, on a bed hand-cut from the slopes of the mountain.

$14.95 plus $3.50 for shipping

Perfect bound, 276 pg.
published by Prinkling Press
© 2015

"Pendora: Forgotten Trolley Park of Reading" is the story of a lavish amusement park that was built in the east side of Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County, in 1907. The book discusses various similar enterprises that led to the creation of Pendora, including the Neversink Mountain Railroad, Miller's Family Park, Central Park (not the one in New York), and Carsonia Park. Pendora as an amusement park lasted only three seasons, and came to a fiery end. But the story does not end there. The book includes the creation of "The Reading Zoo" at Pendora, and follows the efforts of concerned residents of East Reading, who finally persuaded the City of Reading to purchase the property and make it part of the city's playground system. The book is printed in full color, with well over 100 pictures, and includes construction of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club on the park's eastern end. The book will be signed and dated by the author. If you're not a Paypal member, you may send a check for the total amount above to: Paul Druzba, 119 Shed Road, Douglassville Pa, 19518.

$17.00 plus $3.50 for shipping

The author will sign and date your copy. If you're NOT a member of Paypal, you may send a check or money order for the full amount noted above directly to the author, at:
Paul Druzba
119 Shed Road
Douglassville, PA 19518

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