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

George Diven

1782-1858

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, April 30, 2015
1. George Diven Marker
Inscription.  George Diven, a farmer and wagoner, who lived in what is now Fulton County, was the earliest inventor of the friction brake for Conestoga wagons in the 1840's. His brake shoe design has influenced friction type brakes ever since. In 1926 representatives of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the American Brake Shoe & Foundry Company, and the Mack Truck Company came to this cemetery to lay a wreath upon his grave recognizing him as the earliest inventor of the friction brake shoe system.
 
Erected by Fulton County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
 
Location. 39° 56.086′ N, 77° 59.823′ W. Marker is in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, in Fulton County. Marker is on East Walnut Street 0.1 miles east of U.S. 522, on the right when traveling east. Located in St. Pauls United Church of Christ cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Connellsburg PA 17233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fulton County Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line);
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By Mike Wintermantel, April 30, 2015
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Fulton County War on Terrorism Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fulton County World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fulton County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fulton County (about 500 feet away); Traveling the Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Changing Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Changing Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McConnellsburg.
 
Also see . . .  George Diven at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on April 30, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
George Diven Grave image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 30, 2015
3. George Diven Grave
1782-1858
George Diven, a farmer and wagoner, who lived in what is now Fulton County, was the earliest inventor of the friction brake for Conestoga wagons in the 1840's. His brake shoe design has influenced friction type brakes ever since.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 464 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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