“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newville in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Big Spring Hotel

Big Spring Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
1. Big Spring Hotel Marker
Inscription. This land was first deeded to Jeremiah McKibben in 1791. It passed through several owners until 1846 when Thompson Galbraith and Thomas Paxton sold the land containing a 2-story brick tavern to Peter A. Ahl.

Because of its proximity to the railroad, the business prospered. In 1860 when Captain Samuel Speese was the hotel keeper, the 3rd floor was added and the basement was dug out. In September of 1862 Captain Speese enlisted in the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry, but resigned his commission 10 ½ months later due to the press of business.

In the meeting rooms of this hotel the Big Spring Turnpike was planned, and later the ill-fated Harrisburg and Potomac Railroad organized, and later still, the Newville High School Alumni Association organized.

With Ahlís bankruptcy in 1893 the hotel was sold for $4000 to S.D. Mowery, who also went bankrupt then George Dock Frey purchased it in 1916 for $3,420. From 1920 until 1923 the building was leased to the Pennsylvania State Police Training School. Afterwards the building was turned into apartments, and was finally demolished in the late 1950s.
Location. 40° 10.018′ N, 77° 24.104′ W. Marker is in Newville, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and Big Spring

Big Spring Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
2. Big Spring Hotel Marker
Ave. on Walnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newville PA 17241, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Police School (here, next to this marker); First United Presbyterian Church and Manse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Byers-Eckels House (about 600 feet away); Newville Trolley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newville War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First National Bank of Newville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Big Spring Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); William Denning (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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