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Annville in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blue Mountain Forts

 
 
Blue Mountain Forts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 16, 2010
1. Blue Mountain Forts Marker
Inscription.  In 1763-64, from a line of six loghouse stations to the north, settlers were defended by the Paxton Rangers – volunteers paid by Pennsylvania’s Provincial government. Fort Hunter was on the Susquehanna just north of Blue Mountain, and the other five stations were just south of the mountain – located at regular intervals over the 23 miles between the river and the Swatara Creek. A similar line of stations had existed, 1756-57.
 
Erected 1949 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 40° 24.19′ N, 76° 34.769′ W. Marker is in Annville, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is on Jonestown Road (Old U.S. 22) 0.1 miles west of Bellegrove Road (Pennsylvania Route 943), on the left when traveling west. The marker is located in front of the Swatara
Wide view of the Blue Mountain Forts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 16, 2010
2. Wide view of the Blue Mountain Forts Marker
Creek Inn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10463 Jonestown Road, Annville PA 17003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indiantown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lindley Murray (approx. half a mile away); Reed's Fort (approx. 1.1 miles away); Address by President Lincoln (approx. 1.2 miles away); Indiantown Gap Military Reservation (approx. 1.4 miles away); F-102 Jet Fighter (approx. 2 miles away); Nike "Hercules" Missile (approx. 2 miles away); Nike "Ajax" Missile (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship of the Blue Mountain Forts, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Report of the Commission to locate the Site of the Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on June 24, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. MarkerQuest - Blue Mountain Forts. A work in progress to better understand the history of the forts and the Paxton Rangers. (Submitted on June 5, 2019, by Laura Klotz of Northampton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,606 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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