National Geographic : 1935 Jul
TODAY IN THE LAND OF PENN AND FRANKLIN ITALIAN PARK AT HARRISBURG REPLACES A FORBIDDING SWAMP Careful landscaping and bright flower beds with thousands of bulbs turn an unsightly area into a beauty spot. Sixty-four varieties of tulips bloom in more than eleven acres of contrasting color. As many as twenty thousand persons have visited the park in a single day. © National Geographic Society Finlay Photographs by Edwin L. Wisherd GREEN PARKS AND PLACID RIVER FORM THE CAPITAL CITY'S SETTING Harrisburg proudly refers to itself as a " crossroads of the East," a sobriquet justified since stage coach days. In 1690 William Penn wrote that a city located on the Susquehanna would be "in the most convenient place for communication" (see Color Plates I, VIII, and XXIV).