Cameron Mitchell, who was born in Dallastown,  appeared in numerous Westerns.
Cameron Mitchell, who was born in Dallastown, appeared in numerous Westerns. (briansdriveintheater.com)

A street leading to a Shrewsbury park will be named in honor of an actor who once called the town home.

Earlier this month, the council opted to name the street "Cameron Mitchell Way" in honor of the actor best known for his role in the 1960s TV series "The High Chaparral."

"I think it is great," said Bryan Sellers, the York Township man heading efforts to bring local recognition to the actor. "The location is a perfect place because it leads back to the ballfield and by the old tennis courts where Cameron played."

Michael Ridgely, president of council, said the street, which runs from North Sunset Drive to Sweeney Park, doesn't have a name.

But with it being named for one of the town's native sons, it will "create another aspect of community identity," he said.

Sign dedication: Sellers and Ridgely said the street will be dedicated during Shrewsbury's fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Sellers had hoped to also have the baseball field at Sweeney Park named for Mitchell, but the council previously told him they'd prefer a memorial or plague be erected for the actor at the field instead. Sellers and his supporters would have to pick up the tab for any sort of memorial.

The borough will, however, foot the bill for the new street sign, Ridgley said, adding the expected cost is less than $400.

"I think this is the extent of the financial commitment we'll make," he said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.



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