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Bellefonte in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Match Factory

 
 
Pennsylvania Match Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
1. Pennsylvania Match Factory Marker
Inscription.  One of the nation's leading producers of wooden matches during the first half of the 20th century; founded 1899 by Bellefonte entrepreneurs. The factory buildings opened in 1900, using the vast resources of the surrounding lumber region. By World War II, the company had merged into the Universal Match Corp., and the workforce had grown to 400. The factory closed in 1947 due to competition from book matches and cigarette lighters.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 40° 54.468′ N, 77° 46.923′ W. Marker is in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is at the intersection of Willowbank Street (State Highway 550) and Phoenix Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Willowbank Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellefonte PA 16823, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bellefonte (about 400 feet away, measured
Pennsylvania Match Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
2. Pennsylvania Match Factory Marker
in a direct line); Gateway & Destination Locations (about 600 feet away); Bellefonte, Centre County ~ Gateway to the Lumber Heritage Region (about 600 feet away); U.S. Airmail Pioneers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lucinda Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Bellefonte Governors Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans' Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Bellefonte Governors Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellefonte.
 
Also see . . .  The Match Factory. From a virtual tour of Bellefonte. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Renovated Portions of the Match Factory Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
3. Renovated Portions of the Match Factory Today
The Match Factory image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
4. The Match Factory
<i>Plant of the Pennsylvania Match Company</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by the Williamsport Paper Co. (courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives), circa 1912
5. Plant of the Pennsylvania Match Company
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,256 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on January 19, 2020.
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