Huntingdon in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
J. Simpson Africa
As a young man, Africa learned the surveyor's trade from his father and uncle, and first worked under Samuel Mifflin laying out the right-of-way for the Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad. His natural attention to accuracy and prodigious knowledge of Pennsylvania land titles elevated him to the top of his field, leading a biographer to report: "He has been pronounced by competent authority the best surveyor in Central Pennsylvania, and has not his superior in the state, if anywhere."
In later life, Africa demonstrated similar aptitude as a writer, editor, businessman, and politician: he served as Secretary of the Department of Internal Affairs at Harrisburg, president of the Union Trust Company of Philadelphia, and
Erected 2000 by Huntingdon County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 40° 29.05′ N, 78° 0.602′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in Huntingdon County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 322 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McMurtrie Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); David R. Porter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Onojutta Juniata Achsinnink Standing Stone (about 300 feet away); Speer House (about 400 feet away); 228 Penn Street (about 500 feet away); Huntingdon County (about 600 feet away); 222 Penn Street (about 600 feet away); War Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 15, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on January 6, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on June 15, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.