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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hilton Harrisburg and Towers

 
 
Hilton Harrisburg and Towers Marker image. Click for full size.
December 26, 2022
1. Hilton Harrisburg and Towers Marker
Inscription.  
When it opened amidst regalia and fanfare in the fall of 1990, the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers reclaimed Harrisburg's traditional role as Central Pennsylvania's primary destination for the lodging and conference industry. Although plans for a major new hotel were advanced as early as 1974, it was not until the mid-1980's that concreted efforts were made, under the leadership of the City of Harrisburg, to muster the resources required to engage in such a major undertaking. the northeast quadrant of Market Square had been prominent since the town's founding in 1785, particularly as it faced the old market houses located in the center of the Square that were the borough's primary source of commerce and trade. A row of brick residences and weather-boarded log houses soon gave way to the developing commercial center. Early to be established here were Harrisburg's first post office, the Russ Fish and Produce Market, and the studios of Civil War-era photographer LaRue Lemer. John and Francis Wyeth, offspring of John Wyeth Sr.,who had established Harrisburg's first newspaper in 1792, operated a drug store and bookstore here. The block would
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later become home to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, at 11 N. Second Street, until its present headquarters on Market Street was completed in 1953. Other attractions such as the popular Senate Theater and Caplan's Department Store would rise here. Having undergone several generations of development from its humble beginnings, Market Square's northeastern quadrant is now occupied by just one building. With 341 rooms, one of the largest ballrooms in Central Pennsylvania, fine restaurants, and enclosed walkway linkage to other downtown attractions, the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers has also been a catalyst to Harrisburg's growing after hours entertainment industry.

[Captions:]
Circa 1895 view of the northeast quadrant of Market Square.

1880's view of the northeast corner of Second and Market Streets showing LaRue Lemer's Photographic Studio

Circa 1925 view of the northeast quadrant of Market Square with Caplan's Building, center.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1990.
 
Location.
Hilton Harrisburg and Towers Marker - wide view, with the Hilton as background image. Click for full size.
December 26, 2022
2. Hilton Harrisburg and Towers Marker - wide view, with the Hilton as background
40° 15.569′ N, 76° 52.903′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and Market Street, on the left when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 S 2nd St, Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Market Square Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Prelude To Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); The Johnston Building & Menaker Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Capital Of The Keystone State Preserved! (within shouting distance of this marker); The Claster Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jones House (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square During The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,061 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2022.

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