Huntingdon in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pennsylvania Railroad Artifacts
When the railroad came to Huntingdon in 1850, its tracks were laid down the middle of Allegheny Street. The Pennsylvania Canal occupied the right-of-way now used by Conrail freight and Amtrak passenger trains. The rather narrow width of Allegheny Street was shared by smoke-belching steam locomotives, horse-drawn wagons and buggies, and quick-stepping pedestrians for more than four decades—until the railroad tracks were moved to the then-defunct canal right-of-way in 1892.
The cast-iron Huntingdon station sign, mounted on the wall of the McMurtrie House summer kitchen, was obtained in 1968 after Amtrak discontinued use of the 1872 station at 4th & Allegheny.
The mile marker formerly stood along the tracks just west of Laney's Feed Mill. The PRR placed mileposts along the tracks to indicate the distance by rail from Philadelphia. Thus, this post—numbered 203—indicated that Huntingdon is 203 miles by rail from Philadelphia. Mileposts, of various types, still line the Conrail tracks. Look for them when you travel by train.
Erected by Huntingdon County Historical Society.
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Location. 40° 29.034′ N, 78° 0.638′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in Huntingdon County. Marker is on South 4th Street just north of Allegheny Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 S 4th St, Huntingdon PA 16652, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Little House (a few steps from this marker); Canal Milepost (a few steps from this marker); William E. and Margaret Whittaker McMurtrie (a few steps from this marker); 100 South 4th Street (a few steps from this marker); 107 South 4th Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 113 South 4th Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 401 Allegheny Street (within shouting distance of this marker); McMurtrie Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
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