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Clearfield County Markers
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Bigler House
This property was deeded in 1825 by Abraham Witmer to A.B. Reed, a descendent of an early Clearfield settler, making it one of the county's earliest recorded property transactions. According to an early map of the borough, the lot was owned by William Bigler who served as governor of Pennsylvania 1852-1855, and US senator 1856-1861, to date, the only Clearfield County resident to serve as governor of Pennsylvania. The present building was constructed in the 1880s by Governor Bigler's son William Dock Bigler. — Map (db m65558) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Chinklacamoose
Name of the Indian village located here, and visited by C.F. Post while traveling to an Indian council at Kuskuski in 1758. The later Clearfield is said to get its name from clearings made by grazing bison along nearby creeks. — Map (db m77501) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Clearfield County
Formed March 26, 1804 out of Huntingdon and Lycoming counties. Clear fields, found by early travelers, gave rise to the name. County was important for logging and rafting on the West Branch, 1850-1901. The county seat, Clearfield, was incorporated 1840. — Map (db m65560) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Clearfield County Courthouse
Clearfield County, formed March 26, 1804, was named for the clear fields found by early travelers. The first courthouse, in use for 46 years, was built circa 1814. The cornerstone for the second present courthouse was laid June 04, 1860, and finished in 1862 during the Civil War. It was constructed on the same site using materials from the first courthouse. As the oldest public building in Clearfield and the center of all county government business, it is an important historic structure. . . . — Map (db m65559) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Clearfield County's First Jail
The first county jail, c1820-1841 was a log structure, one of the oldest buildings in town. The jail is contained in the dwelling at 105 S. Second St. The second jail, 1841-1872, was a stone structure built on Market St., directly behind the courthouse. The county's first hanging occurred there. The third jail, a large, walled, stone prison, was built at the north end of Second St., 1872-1983. — Map (db m65561) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Kurtz Brothers Building
This site and the adjacent building was the first permanent location of Kurtz Bros. and Kurtz Stationery Store, founded in 1894 by Chas. T. Kurtz. The building was designed in 1901 by Washington, D.C. Architect Louis Frederick Stutz. — Map (db m65565) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Murray House
The adjacent house, built in 1880, was the home of Thomas H. Murray (1845-1916) and his wife Jennie Reighard (1847-1907). Mr. Murray was a well known lawyer, public speaker and churchman who did much to establish land and title work throughout Pennsylvania and the Nation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m65566) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Presbyterian Church
This is the site of the first wooden Presbyterian Church in Clearfield, built in 1841 during the pastorate of Rev. Frederick Gregory Betts. Rev. Betts was a noted "circuit riding" preacher who traveled the country and was well known in central Pennsylvania for his sermons on temperance. The present church was completed in 1869. — Map (db m65569) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Senator William I. Betts
Former site of the home of Senator Betts (1870-1946) and his wife, Isabella Holt Murray, (1875-1939). Senator Betts served in the State Senate from 1923-1926. He and his father, William W. Betts, were one of the first fathers and sons from the same town to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate. — Map (db m65570) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Senator William W. Betts
This site was the home of Senator Betts (1838-1896) and his wife Margaret Irvin, (1839-1910) of Curwensville. Senator Betts was the son of Rev. Frederick Gregory Betts. He and his son, William Irvin Betts, were one of the first fathers and sons from the same town to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Senator Betts served from 1887-1809. — Map (db m65571) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — William Bigler(1840-1880)
State Senator, 1841-1847; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1852-1855; and U.S. Senator, 1856-1861. Opposed slavery; favored a Southern compromise to avoid the Civil War. His brother, John, was elected Governor of California, 1852. Resided here. — Map (db m65575) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Clearfield — Zenas Leonard(1809-1857)
Clearfield native and fur trader, Leonard was second in command of the Joseph Reddeford Walker Expedition from 1831-1834 to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Leonard served as the expedition''s clerk and chronicler, recording the first non-native American encounter of giant sequoia trees. In 1839 Leonard published his account of the expedition, recognized for its detailed descriptions. — Map (db m65576) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Curwensville — Arnold N. Nawrocki(1925-2003)
While working for the Clearfield Cheese Co. on nearby Meadow St., he invented the first commercially successful process for individually wrapped cheese slices. A patent was issued in 1956. An engineer, Nawrocki secured eleven food processing patents over his career. — Map (db m77500) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Curwensville — Doughboy MonumentAll Wars Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the everlasting memory of the heros of all the wars who by their heroism and sacrifice have made the United States of America the foremost country of the world. Erected in honor of the World War Veterans of Curwensville, Pennsylvania by the American Legion Auxiliary, John E. Sipes Post No. 505 1917      Their names we lovingly inscribe      1919 (four columns of names, totalling 203, follow) — Map (db m3955) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Karthaus — Karthaus Furnace
Near here stood the iron furnace erected 1817 by Peter Karthaus. Rebuilt 1836 by Peter Ritner and John Say, it became in 1839 one of the earliest to use coke in place of charcoal. Abandoned at the end of the same year. — Map (db m77502) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Luthersburg — Old State RoadMilesburg to Waterford
The first road to the northwest frontier of Pennsylvania. Opened to the Allegheny River in 1804. In this section, it followed, generally, the course of the Chinklacamoose Path. During the War of 1812, troops under Major McClellan were transported over it to Erie. Highway crosses the route of old road at this point. — Map (db m65567) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Luthersburg — The Big Spring
Former camping place at the junction of two Indian paths: the Great Shamokin, running from Sunbury to Kittanning; and the path to Venango, now Franklin. During War of 1812, Maj. McClelland's force camped here. Spring is 60 yards SW. — Map (db m65573) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), New Washington — John Ludwig Snyder1746 - 1860
A German native, Snyder came to PA in 1758; to this county c1820. Serving 6 years, he fought under George Washington and Gen. Wayne at Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, Paoli and wintered at Valley Forge. He was a friend of Marquis de Lafayette and with him at the Yorktown surrender. In 1832 he traveled to France for Gen. Lamarque's funeral. Lafayette gave the eulogy. ("Le Miserables") — Map (db m65263) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Penfield — George Rosenkrans
Noted band composer (1881-1955) lived most of his life in Penfield and was church organist here. Rosenkrans wrote piano and organ music and hymns, as well as over 200 band numbers. Among his marches are "Triumphant Battalions" and "Our Glorious Flag." — Map (db m42901) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Penfield — Philip P. Bliss
The great singing evangelist and gospel song writer was born July 9, 1838, in a log house which stood a little distance from here. He lived and worked on the farm and in nearby lumber camps until the age of 16. — Map (db m42902) HM
Pennsylvania (Clearfield County), Rockton — Snowshoe/Packersville Turnpike
This turnpike was authorized by the Assembly in 1828. It left the Lake Erie Pike at Black Moshannon, then on to Allport, Kylerville (Bigler) and to Clearfield Town. Built to establish postal service to Clearfield as the County seat. From Clearfield it ascended the Rockton Mtn., passed through Rockton Mills and connected back with the Erie Pike at Luthersburg. — Map (db m65572) HM
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