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Duncannon in Perry County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lightning Guider Sleds

 
 
Lightning Guider Sleds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
1. Lightning Guider Sleds Marker
Inscription.  Produced between 1904 and 1988 by the Standard Novelty Works, located here. In 1920 the plant was credited with producing more children's sleds than any other U.S. factory; its capacity was then 1,600 to 1,800 per day. The company also made children's wagons, porch swings, porch gates, and furniture products. Established 1904 by William Wills and P.F. Duncan, the plant was closed in October 1990.
 
Erected 1992 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. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1990.
 
Location. 40° 23.883′ N, 77° 1.387′ W. Marker is in Duncannon, Pennsylvania, in Perry County. Marker is on North Market Street (County Road 274), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duncannon PA 17020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clark's Ferry Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duncannon Area Schools (approx. half a mile away); Ross McHugh Hood
Lightning Guider Sleds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
2. Lightning Guider Sleds Marker
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clark's Ferry Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Railroad in Duncannon (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Sunday School In Perry County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Duncannon National Bank (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duncannon.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Old Sled Works. (Submitted on June 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Lightning Guider Sleds - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Another View of the Marker and the Old Plant Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
3. Another View of the Marker and the Old Plant Building
The Plant Today image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
4. The Plant Today
The plant building is used today as a antique and craft mart.
Lightning Guider Sled image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, August 16, 2009
5. Lightning Guider Sled
Lightning Guider Sleds image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
6. Lightning Guider Sleds
Inside the antique store is a section exhibiting some history of the sled factory. On the wall are examples of the sleds produced at the factory.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,736 times since then and 373 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   6. submitted on November 28, 2021, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Aug. 7, 2022