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Williamsport in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Trade & Transit Centre Site History

 
 
Trade & Transit Centre Site History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 23, 2018
1. Trade & Transit Centre Site History Marker
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Once a wheat field and popular slope for sledding, this site has long been central to the economic growth of the City of Williamsport. The portion of the L.L. Stearns & Sons department store that occupied the corner of Pine and Third Streets was originally a large, private residence built by J. Cowden. This house was purchased by the West Branch Bank in 1850, which in 1860 raised the height of the building from two and a half stories to four stories. The building was then converted into the Parker Hotel, which in 1866 became the City Hotel. L.L. Stearns & Sons purchased the City Hotel in 1888, and a small addition was constructed along Third Street in 1904. In 1925, the department store expanded again with the purchased [sic] of the West Branch National Bank building, which had been constructed in 1850 at the same time the Bank bought the J. Cowden residence. Later, an L-shaped property further along Third Street was purchased and an addition was constructed. The picture at right shows the front of the buildings facing Pine Street until 1965, when a new store front was installed.
 
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Location. 41° 14.437′ N, 77° 0.201′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker is in the Trade & Transit Centre's L.L. Stearns & Sons Plaza, with public transit bus and pedestrian access only. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West 3rd Street, Williamsport PA 17701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. L.L. Stearns & Sons History (a few steps from this marker); Downtown on the Move (a few steps from this marker); Architectural Artifacts (within shouting distance of this marker); Larry Kelley (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation Tribute (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Losch (within shouting distance of this marker); Gary Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Sal 'Tank' Rosato (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Also see . . .  L.L. Stearns & Sons Postcard. (Submitted on July 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Trade & Transit Centre Site History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 23, 2018
2. Trade & Transit Centre Site History Marker
Architectural Artifacts - West Branch National Bank Remnant image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Architectural Artifacts - West Branch National Bank Remnant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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