Bromley Mountain history to be explored

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The Manchester Historical Society will explore Bromley Mountain's history in a program that will range from the rope two at the Equinox golf course in Manchester in the 1930s to the slopes of Mount Aeolus in East Dorset to the highest elevations of Peru and Bromley.

The event will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, April 19 in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

By the time Fred A. Pabst, Jr. arrived in Manchester, he and his Ski Tows Inc. had six leases in areas he considered strategically located within driving distance of metropolitan centers.

His mindset was to bring affordable skiing to the masses.

Manchester, long a summer destination for visitors, had suffered from the Great Depression and embraced the idea of becoming a four-season resort town.

Fred A. Pabst, Jr.'s son, Philip L. Pabst, writing about his famous father, said the plan worked.

"Whether or not Pabst was the 'first,' whether or not he was a 'visionary' ultimately is not important," Philip L. Pabst write in 1989. "He certainly was one of the original individuals in a new industry and had the courage to stand by his dreams. Fred A. Pabst, Jr. was fortunate to live long enough both to witness what he had foreseen 50 years earlier and to be recognized for his long list of accomplishments."

Whether you were around to live this history first-hand or will learn about it for the first time, the night will offer plenty of information and surprises.

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