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

Connellsville

Gateway to the Laurel Highlands

 
 
Connellsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
1. Connellsville Marker
The opposite side displays "Connellsville Trail Map and Point of Interest."
Inscription. •You see in the distance Chestnut Ridge, the western edge of the Allegheny Mountains; behind you, you will not encounter mountains again until you reach the Rockies, more than 1,000 miles away. A ford of the Youghiogheny River known as Stewart's Crossing made the Connellsville area an important crossroads for Native Americans and early pioneers. •After the formation of Chestnut Ridge, and Laurel Ridge beyond it, 200 million years ago, the Youghiogheny River began to carve a steep-sided, sinuous path through these mountains. Today the Yough River Gorge between Ohiopyle and Confluence is Pennsylvania's deepest. Ruggest topography, churning rapids, and striking waterfalls show those natural forces still at work. This once formidable barrier to 18th century pioneers in now yours to explore.

Established: 1806
Elevation: 905'
Population: 9,250
County: Fayette

From trains to glass: This former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad station had an elevated line that allowed passengers to enter and exit from the raised platform. Now restored, the station serves as the gallery and shop for Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass. Photograph by Micheal Edwards.

Brimstone Building: This buff brick building in the style of the Italian Renaissance was first occupied in 1901. Standing five stories high, it was originally the

Connellsville Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
2. Connellsville Marker Detail
Title and Trust Company of Western Pennsylvania. From the collection of Thomas E. Rusniak.

Stewart's Crossing: Named for two brothers from Virginia who ferried pioneers across the Youghiogheny, it was the homestead of Colonel William Crawford, close friend of George Washington. General Braddock crossed here in 1755 on his ill-fated march to Fort Duquesne. There is an annual reenactment of Braddock's historic crossing every June. Photograph by Dexston Reed.
 
Location. 40° 1.328′ N, 79° 36.204′ W. Marker is in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Great Allegheny Passage (North). Touch for map. Marker is on the Great Allegheny Passage (North) Trail, Youghiogheny River Trail (YRT) section, at the Connelsville Trailhead area, behind the Martin's grocery store and plaza, off Route US 119; address 800 Vanderbilt Rd. (PA Route 201), Connelsville, PA. Marker is in this post office area: Connellsville PA 15425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Connellsville (here, next to this marker); Chestnut Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Braddock's Twelfth Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Colonel William Crawford
Connellsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
3. Connellsville Marker
Marker faces travelers emerging from the trail. The left fork leads to Connellsville. The right fork leads to the trail head behind Martin's grocery store and plaza. There is free parking at the trail head.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel William Crawford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Wells (approx. 0.3 miles away); Connellsville Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Connellsville Canteen (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Connellsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Connellsville Historical Society - Braddock's Crossing. (Submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Yough River Trail Council. (Submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Connellsville Caboose image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
4. Connellsville Caboose
This stationary caboose is at the trail head and parking area behind Martin's grocery store and plaza. The marker is some yards beyond the caboose.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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