Emlenton in Venango County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hotels of Emlenton
Travelers to this area were first accommodated in a tavern built near this site in 1820 by Andrew McCaslin. Another early hotel was later built across the river in what was referred to as "West Emlenton." Both catered to river travelers such as raftsmen, lumbermen on their way to southern markets, prospective settlers, and land developers.
Within the 1867 extension of the Allegheny Valley Railroad (a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad), and subsequent oil and gas developments, a need was created for expanded accommodations. At one time four hotels thrived within walking distance of the station.
The St. Cloud Hotel replaced the Exchange Hotel (built in 1848 by James S. Hagerty as the Hagerty Hotel) which burned in 1879. A fire leveled the St. Cloud in 1973.
The Crawford House, Main & 6th St. was built in 1867 by Alexander B. Crawford. In 1876, under new management, it became the Grand Central Hotel. It burned to the ground later that year. Within two months a new three-story brick structure was opened to the public. The Grand Central became the hotel of choice for visiting salesmen (known as drummers), builders, and oil men. Later, it became a residence hotel. In 1930 the building was purchased by the Sterling Oil Co. and the site was cleared with plans for
Erected by The Oil Heritage Region.
Location. 41° 10.6′ N, 79° 42.732′ W. Marker is in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, in Venango County. Marker can be reached from Allegheny Avenue 0.1 miles south of Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emlenton PA 16373, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Emlenton Bridge (here, next to this marker); West Main Street Development (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emlenton At Leisure (about 700 feet away); Arthur W. Phillips - Physician / Humanitarian (approx. 0.2 miles away); Education - A Local Priority (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Crawford Family (approx. 0.2 miles away); Railroad Supplies The Area's Needs (approx. 0.2 miles away); H.B. Mitchell - An Emlenton Success Story (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emlenton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.