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

John Blair

1766-1832

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, September 1, 2016
1. John Blair Marker
Inscription.  
To honor the memory of
John Blair
1766-1832


Pioneer farmer, merchant and public servant
advocate of good roads, promoter of
the Pennsylvania Canal and Allegheny Portage Railroad
foremost citizen of his time in what is now Blair County
and when the county was formed February 26th, 1846
it was given his name

Erected by the people of Blair County
1946

 
Erected 1946 by The People of Blair County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 40° 25.821′ N, 78° 23.541′ W. Marker is in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Marker can be reached from Union Street just north of Allegheny Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the courtyard wall on the east side of the Blair County Court House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 423 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg PA 16648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Family (here, next to this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First High School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Adam Holliday (about 700 feet away); Blair County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daniel Hale Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Canal Basin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jaycee Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hollidaysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blair County History. Before the county's formation the area was located on the Frankstown Path and was dangerous to settle because of threats from Indians. It was visited by the Catholic priest Prince Demetrius Gallitzin. The Blair family appeared after the Revolution and led the movement to form the county. (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (Wikipedia). Hollidaysburg became the main transfer point between the Pennsylvania Canal and the Portage Railroad, a gateway to western Pennsylvania. The canal and Portage Railroad spurred industrial and commercial development in Hollidaysburg in the 1830s. In 1836, Hollidaysburg was established as a borough. When Blair County was organized in 1846, the Borough of Hollidaysburg was designated the county seat. (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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