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

Main Entrance

Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail Stop 1

 

1914 Centennial 2014

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
1. Main Entrance Marker
Inscription.  

Constructed in 1999

Most visitors enter the sprawling, 120-plus acre campus through the main entrance, which is marked by pillars, banners, creative landscaping, water features, and a commemorative brick walkway.

Two of the most modern facilities on campus are visible from the entranceway: the Student & Administrative Services Center (to the north) and the Roger and Peggy Madigan Library (to the south).

A focal point of the main entrance is a grand American flag, which serves as a gathering point for events that celebrate campus and community patriotism. Measuring 1,800 square feet, the flag is the largest size permitted on a pole. Private donations provide for regular maintenance of the flag.

A New Vision
The main campus entrance appears on a site, just north of the Susquehanna River, that was part of Williamsport's industrial heritage. For years, the land was home to sawmills, tanneries, foundries, and industrial plants.

Among the companies once located here were Spencer Heater, Division of Avco Lycoming; Lycoming Foundry; Claster Steel Company; Lycoming Construction; and, the last plant to operate on the

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
2. Main Entrance Marker
site, PBI Industries, a structural steel fabricating firm that closed in 1985.

The College purchased the property, removed the rusty skeleton of a massive, once-great industrial structure, and opened the campus to Maynard Street and the adjacent interstate highway.

Development of the site into a formal campus entrance in 1999 led to a revitalization of the Maynard Street corridor as a major, commercial thoroughfare in the city.

Main Entrance Features
1,800 sq. ft. American flag

Commemorative brick walkway

Main entrance fountains

[Marker timeline images, from left to right]
An anonymous $1 million gift - the largest single contribution in the College's history - provided the seed money for construction of the main campus entrance.

A ceremony dedicating the entranceway in 1999 marked the end of a yearlong "Diamond 10" anniversary celebrating 85 years of education at the campus and a 10-year affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University.

A new sign, placed in 2012, marks the main entrance to campus.

[School's centennial timeline]
1914 - Williamsport Area School District Adult Education

1941 - Williamsport Technical Institute

1965 - Williamsport Area Community College

1989 - Pennsylvania College of Technology
 
Erected 2014 by Pennsylvania

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
3. Main Entrance Flag from near Marker
College of Technology.
 
Location. 41° 14.119′ N, 77° 1.295′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker is on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus, near the Student & Administrative Services Center's east entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport PA 17701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Student & Administrative Services Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madigan Library (about 300 feet away); Bush Campus Center (about 400 feet away); W.D. Crooks & Sons Door Plant (about 400 feet away); Victorian House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remembrance Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carl Building Technologies Center (approx. mile away); Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Also see . . .  Penn College History Trail. (Submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EducationMan-Made Features
 
Pennsylvania College of Technology Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Pennsylvania College of Technology Sign
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on July 27, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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