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Altoona in Blair County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Juniata Shops

 
 
The Juniata Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
1. The Juniata Shops Marker
Inscription.  
The Juniata Shops
By 1889, the Pennsylvania Railroad had outgrown the capacity of the shop complex here at 12th street. Soon the facilities here would be complemented by new buildings in the nearby borough of Juniata, not yet a part of the City of Altoona. That shop would also have its own Master Mechanic.

New Shops-New Leadership
The first foreman appointed at the new Juniata Erecting shop complex as William Henry (Harry) Bennett. Born in Canada in 1853, Mr. Bennett rose through the ranks of the Pennsylvania Railroad serving in apprenticeships in Gouvernor, NY and Carlisle, PA before coming to Altoona as a Machinist in the local shops.

Juniata Master Mechanic
On January 20, 1901 Harry Bennett was promoted to Master Mechanic, a position he occupied until December 1, 1921 when he joined the staff of the Chief of Motive Power. He occupied this post until his retirement on June 1, 1922. His tenure as Master Mechanic in Juniata some of the most rapid growth on the Pennsylvania System.

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Harry Bennett
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The Juniata Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 21, 2019
2. The Juniata Shops Marker
Juniata
Shop Foreman, 1889
and
Master Mechanic
1901-1921

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 30.855′ N, 78° 23.974′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Marker can be reached from 9th Avenue north of 12th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 9th Avenue, Altoona PA 16602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Track Cars (a few steps from this marker); PRR Express Refrigerator Car No. 2561 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Altoona Works (within shouting distance of this marker); PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 (within shouting distance of this marker); PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577 (within shouting distance of this marker); PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Posy Gang (within shouting distance of this marker); The Master Mechanic (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altoona.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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