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West Middletown in Washington County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ralston Thresher

 
 
Ralston Thresher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, February 20, 2011
1. Ralston Thresher Marker
Inscription. Nearby was the site of the Robert McClure factory of pre-Civil War days. It pioneered in making Andrew Ralston's machine cleaning and threshing grain in a single operation, patented in 1842.
 
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 14.573′ N, 80° 25.784′ W. Marker is in West Middletown, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is on West Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 844), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Middletown PA 15379, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Hope United Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Doddridge's Fort (approx. 2.3 miles away); Independence Community Honor Roll (approx. 4.2 miles away); Meadowcroft Rockshelter (approx. 4.5 miles away); Cross Creek Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Archibald McLean (approx. 6.7 miles away in West Virginia); Alexander Campbell (approx. 6.7 miles away in West Virginia); Thomas Campbell (approx. 6.7 miles away in West Virginia).
 
Also see . . .  Ralston Thresher - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 13, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Ralston Thresher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, February 20, 2011
2. Ralston Thresher Marker
Looking west on PA 844.
 
 
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The old McClure Machine Shop of West Middletown, Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
By Frank L. France, circa 1910
3. The old McClure Machine Shop of West Middletown, Pennsylvania
This is a Frank France photograph of the Old McClure Machine Shop that was located in West Middletown, Pennsylvania. The McClure Machine Shop was located west of the house and was used by Mr. McClure for manufacturing the threshing machine which Andrew Ralston had patented in 1842. Mr. McClure produced and shipped down river a large number of the machines, but they rotted on the wharf at St. Louis because there was no demand for this product. This photograph is housed in the collection of the Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life in Avella, PA. Courtesy: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
 
 
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