In the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley
Nestled between the Allegheny River and its steep hillside, the town of Foxburg sprang up as an important rail outlet during the oil boom days of the 1870's. At its height, the town boasted a population of nearly 2,000. When the boom subsided, Foxburg's position on the Allegheny Valley (later the Pennsylvania) and Pittsburg & Western (later the B&O) [railroad] lines enabled it to prosper as other nearby oil towns waned.
This prosperity was enhanced by the presence of the Fox family, who took a great interest in its well being and liberally contributed to civic improvements such as the Foxburg Library, the Foxburg Country Club and the former Foxburg Inn. An economic decline of the town coincided with the decline of the local rail industry.
Today, however, Foxburg is once again welcoming tourists to experience all it has to offer from adventuring in the great outdoors on the Allegheny and Clarion rivers, the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail, to cultural events at Lincoln Hall to a round of golf on its historic 9-hole course.
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• Country Club:
• Foxburg Inns: The Allegheny Hotel, first built in 1883 along the railroad, saw tragedy twice as it burned in 1900, was rebuilt in 1901 only to burn again in 1962. Today, a modern restaurant and hotel stand in its location.
• Historic Golf Course: Golf in Foxburg at the turn of the century.
• Railroad Bridge: The historic background panoramic view is of Foxburg circa 1905 with the 2 story railroad bridge crossing the Allegheny River.
Foxburg Gateway to the PA Wilds
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The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 12 1/2-county region that offers tremendous outdoor experiences, with 29 state parks, 50 state game lands, abundant wildlife and hundreds of miles of land and water trails. Some of the best outdoor recreation adventures to be found in the state is here whether you choose one of the two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, the Allegheny or the Clarion, its varied trail corridors or explore its two million acres of public recreational lands that are home to the
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 41° 8.334′ N, 79° 40.679′ W. Marker is in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, in Clarion County. Markers are at the south end of Main Street/Short Street where they meet the Allegheny River Trail (former railroad grade made into a rail-trail) and River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Foxburg PA 16036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erie to Pittsburgh Trail (here, next to this marker); F.H. Ball Steam Engine (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foxburg Golf Course (approx. half a mile away); Foxburg Country Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rural Electrification (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Emlenton Mill (approx. 3 miles away); James Bennett - Premier Entrepeneur (approx. 3.1 miles away); Railroad Supplies The Area's Needs (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foxburg.
Also see . . . Historic Foxburg, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.