“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Memorial Park

MEMORIAL PARK Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judy King, October 17, 2014
Inscription.  This site, one of the oldest and most historic in Indiana County, was initially surveyed in 1774 as part of the larger tract known as “Colforgie”. Conrad Rice, an early owner and inhabitant of the tract, deeded the park’s two acres to Indiana County in 1818. Rice was Indiana’s first blacksmith and was active in the selection of Indiana as the County seat. He and his wife, along with other notable Indiana residents, are reportedly buried at the site of the present day Memorial Park.

Originally a Lutheran Church Cemetery, the park also served as a hiding place for travelers of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. At the time the park was an overgrown cemetery which offered a suitable hiding place for slaves traveling north to freedom.

The World War I doughboy statue was erected in 1923 by a group of Indiana residents headed by Alex Stewart father of actor James Stewart. The Farmers Bank donated the granite shaft and Vernon Taylor donated the life—sized doughboy statue.

Memorial Park continues to serve as a permanent memorial to Indiana County veterans from the Revolutionary War to present
MEMORIAL PARK Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judy King, October 17, 2014
Erected by Indiana County Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US CivilWar, World I.
Location. 40° 37.173′ N, 79° 9.099′ W. Marker is in Indiana, Pennsylvania, in Indiana County. Marker is at the intersection of Wayne Avenue and Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Wayne Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 Washington Street, Indiana PA 15701, 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. The Catawba and Kittanning Native American Trails (approx. ¼ mile away); The Rescue of Anthony Hollingsworth (approx. ¼ mile away); William H. Sylvis (approx. ¼ mile away); James S. Nance, Jr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Indiana County (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Maitland Stewart (approx. 0.3 miles away); Moorhead's Fort (approx. 1½ miles away); Rural Electrification (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indiana.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2014, by Judy King of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2014, by Judy King of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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