Corner of Huntingdon Pk. and Philmont Ave.
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Bethayres is an unincorporated community in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named for Elizabeth Ayres, who lived at 2410 Huntingdon Pike, in a house now owned by Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church. As an unincorporated place, it is served by the Huntingdon Valley post office; for this reason, it is often said to be a section of Huntingdon Valley.
The community got its name when the railroad came to the area in the 1870s. Elizabeth Ayres, a local woman, had a son who worked for Reading Railroad. He named the station after his mother, and the community around the station and around the intersection of Welsh Rd and Huntingdon Pike became known as Bethayres. Bethayres and its northern neighbor, Huntingdon Valley had separate post offices until they became one post office. Until the name was changed to solely Huntingdon Valley Post Office, Huntingdon Valley-Bethayres was the longest postal name in the United States.
On January 3, 1989, the community made headlines when Bucks County resident Glen Alton Barhight stole a SEPTA bus, and began a series of events which resulted in the injury of 15 people, the damage or destruction of 15 cars, and a police chase through five municipalities which ended when the bus crashed into a tree in Bethayres.
- "Historic Bethayres- In the Heart of Huntingdon Valley." Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania: Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (township government website), retrieved online February 23, 2019.
- McGovern, Bob. "30 years ago, man stole a SEPTA bus and took it on a wild ride." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philly Voice, January 3, 2019.
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