“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gap in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

William Chester Ruth


William Chester Ruth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith S Smith, June 6, 2011
1. William Chester Ruth Marker
Inscription. African American inventor who opened a blacksmith and machine shop here in 1923. He did metal work and repairs, primarily for Pennsylvania German farmers. Ruth designed and patented many agricultural devices, most notably his 1928 baler feeder. He also applied his talents to designing and building military devices. An esteemed community member, he was spiritual leader at the Church of Christ in Ercildoun, where he lived.
Erected 2006 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 59.512′ N, 76° 1.13′ W. Marker is in Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway US30 0.2 miles west of White Horse Road PA 897, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gap PA 17527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Great Minquas Path (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kinzer (approx. 2.8 miles away); Christiana Riot Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Christiana Riot (approx. 3.9 miles away); Leacock Presbyterian Church
William Chester Ruth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 14, 2010
2. William Chester Ruth Marker
(approx. 6.8 miles away); Strasburg Rail Road (approx. 7.5 miles away); Pennsylvania Railroad No. 460 (approx. 7.6 miles away); Pennsylvania Railroad No. 7688 (approx. 7.6 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. News article from Parkesburg Post Ledger concerning marker dedication. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. William Chester Ruth and his sister. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
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William Chester Ruth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith S Smith, June 6, 2011
3. William Chester Ruth Marker
William Chester Ruth with his sister Ida Ella Ruth Jones Photo, Click for full size
4. William Chester Ruth with his sister Ida Ella Ruth Jones
This is a link to this photo,
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,732 times since then. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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