The fortieth anniversary of the Mason Dixon Trail System is in 2019. So back
in August, 2016 we began a project to bring the history of the M-DTS out from
dusty old binders and make it available for all to see. Thanks to Jim Hooper
and Ron Gray, who have kept meticulous records of M-DTS meetings and
gatherings since 1979, we are in the process of doing just that.
February, 1980 M-DT Minutes/Newsletter
As of 10-15-2016 we are about 25% of the way towards making all meeting
minutes and selected early documents of the club digitally available on our web
site for all to see as well as on a Google drive for members only. The way
that we have done this is to scan the documents, print out a copy and save
the original to our Google drive. We then redact certain items from these
printed documents such as the names of people outside of the organization,
any signup sheets or the addresses and phone numbers of members. These
redacted copies are then re-scanned and placed on the M-DTS web site.
Some of the more interesting facts that we have discovered so far while
processing these documents include:
We project that we will have all of the archive newsletters available on
the web and on our Google drive by sometime in early to mid 2017. We will
then start uploading various important documents pertaining to the
Mason-Dixon Trail System. This way we will have a vast history of the club
available for our fortieth anniversary. The redacted versions of the early
minutes and newsletters of the Mason-Dixon Trail System that we have
processed so far are available for all to see within our
Archive Newsletters area.
- This trail was originally going to be called the
Brandywine-Susquehanna Trail. Either the name was awkward or they didn't
like the abbreviated name of 'B-S Trail' so it was changed to the Mason-Dixon
Trail in the fall of 1979.
- The first lifetime member of the M-DTS was Lilia Yost, spouse of M-DT
founder Robert Yost, in 1979.
March, 1985 M-DT Minutes/Newsletter
- One of the reasons that the club incorporated in the early 1980's was
that some of the large land owners that the trail would later cross their
land on insisted on it for liability reasons.
- The original eastern terminus of the trail was where the Brandywine
Trail and the Horseshoe Trail intersect today north of Ludwig's Corner, PA.
It was changed to Chadds Ford, PA in the early 1990's.
- The official dedication ceremony for the completed Mason-Dixon Trail was
held on Sunday, October 27, 1985 at 1:00PM at the old mill within Susquehanna
State Park, MD.
- Club meetings in the early years were held at the homes of various
members. Everyone would bring a dish and they would have a meal either
before or after the meeting.
- Early on various trail clubs agreed to build certain portions of the
M-DT and later maintain it. Two of those clubs, the York Hiking Club and
the Chester County Trail Club, still do so today.
- The Boy Scout shelter was built as an Eagle Scout Project by Ben
Lefever in 1984. This predated the official dedication of the M-DT by a year.
- The first recorded completed section hike of the M-DT was by Louise
Sis and Ken Foster in 1986.
- Louise and Rick Sis created the Eastern and Western Terminus signs for
the M-DT and installed them in the spring and summer of 1987. They are
made of salt treated wood.
June, 1989 M-DT Minutes/Newsletter
- The first woman president of the Mason-Dixon Trail System was Kay Way
in the late 1980's.
Members may request permission to see the original documents on our Google
drive by using our