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

Market Square

 
 
Market Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Market Square Marker
Inscription. Here is situated the nationally renowned historic and contemporary urban hub of the City of Harrisburg and the Greater Harrisburg Metropolitan Area. Laid out as the center focus of John Harris, Jr.'s plan in 1785 when Harrisburg was a launching point for Western pioneer excursions and a trading center, Market Square has witnessed ongoing transformations driven by a town on the move. Originally occupying low swampy land, the Square was configured and improved to allow for the erection in 1792 of two central farmers markets to serve frontiersmen and residents alike. They remained the center of trade for the farmers of the region until more congested transportation activity and the development of the Chestnut, Allison Hill and Broad Street market houses caused their demise in 1889. Poised as a nucleus of street car activity and overall city hustle and bustle, the Square commanded the best inns and stores as well as Harrisburg's first multi-story office buildings and continued to evolve into the corporate and hotel center that it is today. Here is the site of many events and rallies. Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and nearly every other U.S. President, and a host of others from Charles Dickens to the earliest pioneers, are but some of the millions of people who have visited this Square over the past 200 years.
Top
Market Square, looking south toward Market Square Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, March 30, 2006
2. Market Square, looking south toward Market Square Presbyterian Church
Photo
Market Square looking north in 1880 showing the market houses which were demolished in 1889.
Middle Photo
Market Square's energy is captured in this 1908 view looking north.
Bottom Photo
Market Square postcard view looking south from the Union Trust Building in 1910. Note the Johnston Building (now the Menaker Building) left center before 5th and 6th floors were added.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 15.588′ N, 76° 52.906′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Market Street, in the median on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrisburg ( here, next to this marker); Prelude To Gettysburg ( here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Market Square ( within shouting distance of this marker); Hilton Harrisburg and Towers ( within shouting
Market Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, March 6, 2009
3. Market Square Marker
Market Square, looking north, at night.
distance of this marker); Market Square During The Civil War ( within shouting distance of this marker); Dauphin Deposit Bank Building ( within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square Presbyterian Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Johnston Building & Menaker Building ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Pennsylvania Historical Commission Market Square Marker
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
<i>Market Square in Wartime, Harrisburg, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1861
4. Market Square in Wartime, Harrisburg, Pa.
Utilizing the same perspective as the topmost photo on the marker, but 20 years earlier.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,627 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 25, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on May 17, 2008, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 2, 2009, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 6, 2015.
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