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By Craig Swain, December 26, 2008
Herndon Formerly Trevorton Junction Marker
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Herndon — Herndon Formerly Trevorton Junction
By deed dated Oct. 7, 1750, Richard and Thomas Penn conveyed the land upon which Herndon is located to Conrad Weiser for negotiating the Treaty of 1749 with the Indians. In 1850, the Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railway Co. erected a railroad . . . — Map (db m14912) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Herndon — John Scull Trading Post
In 1701, here, John Scull operated a trading post. He was the first known Englishman to visit the Indian village of "Shamokin" and was here as late as 1729. On October 17, 1750 Thomas and Richard Penn executed a deed for this land, including in . . . — Map (db m14403) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Herndon — Line Mountain A.K.A. Mahanoy Mountain
Line Mountain, established 8/22/1749 by treaty negotiated by Conrad Weiser and Canassatego, Chief of the Onondaga Indians, extended from the Susquehanna to the Delaware River, and was the northern boundary of the province of PA. for almost 20 years. . . . — Map (db m14402) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Herndon — Tulpehocken Path
The Indian Ambassadors Road turned east near here over the hills to the Tulpehocken Valley. Used by Iroquois chiefs from Onondaga, now Syracuse, carrying peace wampum from the "Fire that Never Dies" to Philadelphia. Often traveled by Shickellamy. — Map (db m14405) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), McEwensville — Col. Matthew Smith
Captain of Lancaster Co. militia with Col. Benedict Arnold on 1775 midwinter march to Quebec. In 1779, served as Vice-President of Pennsylvania Council. Died in 1794; buried here in an unmarked grave. — Map (db m87581) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), McEwensville — Fort Freeland
Jacob Freeland's house was stockaded in 1778 as a protection against Indians. On July 29, 1779 it was taken by British and Indians. The garrison of 21 were killed or taken prisoner. The site is a quarter-mile from here. — Map (db m87576) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), McEwensville — Fort Freeland — The Sullivan Expedition Against The Iroquois Indians 1779
Mill built in 1773 and stockaded in 1778 by Jacob Freeland. Attacked, captured and destroyed by British Tories and Seneca Indians July 28, 1779. 108 settlers killed or taken prisoner. — Map (db m87579) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), McEwensville — 249 — Warrior Run Church — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
Named for Indian occupation of the region. Presbyterian landmark. A log church was here in 1789. The present building erected in 1835. Restored in 1947 by Warrior Run Chapter D.A.R., aided by descendants and friends. — Map (db m122484) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — "Remembrance of Things Past"
In 1971, Fred G. Hastings, who had been the editor of the Milton Standard, 1910 to 1956, returned to write a special series of articles for the newspaper called "Remembrance of Things Past." Among many personal accounts of early Milton, several of . . . — Map (db m87622) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Adult Baseball, Softball, and Basketball Programs
Baseball has been a very popular sport in Milton for many years. The numerous leagues date back to the late 1890's. Probably the shortest-lived league started one week before the Spanish-American War in 1898, folding after little more than a . . . — Map (db m87618) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Bucknell University
Organized in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg by the Baptist Church. Named Bucknell University in 1886, honoring William Bucknell, donor and trustee. Degrees first conferred upon women students in 1885. — Map (db m87636) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Milton's Early Park and Recreation Programs
In 1948, the Milton Borough Recreation Commission was formed and during the summer months four community parks were used under organized supervision for youth programs. The parks included Center Street, Marsh Park, Lincoln Street and Pollock . . . — Map (db m87617) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — On This Site Stood the Second Stone House in Milton
It was built in 1803 by Peter Swartz for Dr. James Dougal, Milton's first permanent physician and the ancestor of a long line of physicians to practice in this community.

It survived the great Milton fire of 1880, and was demolished in 1974. . . . — Map (db m87628) HM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Riverside Park
Riverside Park was located along the Susquehanna River between Milton and Watsontown, where Fort Boone Campground is now located. Owned by the Lewisburg, Milton and Watsontown (L.M.& W.) Passenger Railroad Company, it was built as an attraction for . . . — Map (db m87625) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Rotary Centennial Park — Governor James Pollock / In God We Trust
The center of the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour logo is a reproduction of the design used on the 1864 two-cent coin, which was the first coin minted by the United States with the inscription "In God We Trust." The Director of the Mint at . . . — Map (db m87630) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Rotary Centennial Park — The Port of Milton
The lower Limestone Run area of Milton, bordered by Broadway, Front, Mahoning, and Filbert Streets, had already begun to develop mostly as an industrial and business area in the early 1800's. While the east side of Front Street was mostly occupied . . . — Map (db m87634) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Shikellamy's Town
The earlier residence of the noted Oneida chief was near here. As the Six Nations' overseer or vice-regent of the Delaware and other refugee Indians, he spent the most of his time from 1728 to 1748 at Shamokin, now Sunbury, where he died. — Map (db m87635) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — The Milton Fair
The Milton Fair was first held in 1885. The annual event was conducted each fall and soon grew to become one of the largest annual events in the state. The organization that operated it was the Milton Driving Park and Fair Association. Located on . . . — Map (db m87623) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — The Turbot Hills Golf Club
The Otzinachson Country Club, built in the 1920's, was a 9-hole course for many years. The unusual name "Otzinachson" was derived from the Indian name given to the Susquehanna River, meaning "the river of caves."

Over the years, the club grew in . . . — Map (db m87620) HM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — Welcome to Lincoln Park — The History of Lincoln Park
The first settler of Milton was Marcus Huling, who established a tavern in 1772 along the Susquehanna River at this location, which is now Lincoln Park. The British and Seneca Indians stormed and burned the famed Fort Freeland located north of . . . — Map (db m87626) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Milton — West Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail
A journey down the West Branch tells the tale of lumbering in Pennsylvania, from the early lumber mills to today's sustainable forests. As you float downstream you will see the legacy of lumber; the "rafting points" used by river pilots to navigate . . . — Map (db m87639) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Mt Carmel — Gen. James M. Gavin — 1907-1990
US Army officer; he rose to lieutenant general, 1955. Military tactician & strategist of airborne operations and limited wars. In World War II a paratrooper, regimental & division commander, 82nd Airborne Division; was in Sicily, Salerno, Normandy, . . . — Map (db m14286) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — 1st. Lt. Carl F. Cooke — 1911 - 1944 — in loving memory of our son

Who dared to die that we might live. Born in Northumberland Pa. Son of Geo. & Margaret Cooke Enlisted in 102 Cavalry - Served 4 years W.W.II Wounded in France Sept. 14 1944 Killed in Holland Oct. 27 1944. Awarded Silver Star for . . . — Map (db m119839) WM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Civil War Memorial

Erected by Capt. James Taggart Post, No. 350, Dept. Pa., G.A.R., to the memory of Soldiers of the War of 1861-1865.

"Left on the field of battle to moan out, all alone, the death rattle."

Capt. James Taggart, Co. . . . — Map (db m119767) WM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Joseph Priestley
The noted English scientist, discoverer of oxygen, and Unitarian theologian lived in Northumberland 1794 to 1804. His home and laboratory along the river are now a Priestley memorial and museum. — Map (db m87649) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Joseph Priestley
The noted English scientist, discoverer of oxygen, and Unitarian theologian lived in Northumberland, 1794 to 1804. His home and laboratory along the river are now a Priestley memorial and museum. — Map (db m120475) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Joseph Priestley House
Home, 1794 - 1804 of the noted English scientist.

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. — Map (db m87643) HM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Pennsylvania Canal
The North Branch and West Branch Divisions, built 1828-34, joined here in Northumberland at a canal basin. Boats with coal from Nanticke or lumber from Williamsport locked down into the river nearby and re-entered the Canal on the west bank. — Map (db m14327) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Pennsylvania Canal — North Branch Division
This Division, built 1829-32, carried coal until 1901, from Nanticoke mines to Northumberland, and from there to inland towns and seaport cities. From Lackawanna Creek downwards there were 2 dams, 14 locks, and 7 aqueducts. Traces of towpath and . . . — Map (db m87646) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Veterans Memorial

In memory of our valiant and honored comrades buried in this cemetery. Grant them peace and eternal rest.

Dedicated Nov. 11, 1994Map (db m119838) WM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Northumberland — Wyoming Path
Section of the Iroquois Warriors Path, following the Susquehanna from the Wyoming Valley to Shamokin, now Sunbury. U.S. 11 follows its general route. South of here the trail crossed to Shamokin Island. — Map (db m87648) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Ralpho — Character Cutouts — Knoebels Groves
Knoebels Groves Character cutouts were made by artist Frank Meisel who was hired by Pete Knoebel around 1950 to paint everything from signs to scenery panels. The clown appeared at Burch Drug Store in Elysburg to announce the . . . — Map (db m122681) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Ralpho — Knoebels Wurlitzer 165 Organ
Knoebels Wurlitzer 165 Organ Built in 1907 as a Barrel organ in North Tonawanda NY. organ Co. and converted about 1914 by Wurlitzer Co. to a double paper roll system, it was obtained by Knoebels in 1948 from Croop's Glen Park, . . . — Map (db m122677) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Ralpho — Stein & Goldstein Carousel
The 28 horses on this carousel were hand-carved in 1912 by Solomon Stein & Harry Goldstein of Brooklyn, N.Y. Purchased by Lawrence Knoebel in 1948 from Croop's Glen Park, Hunlock Creek, Penna., it was used at nearby fairs and carnivals. It was . . . — Map (db m122672) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Danville-Pottsville R.R.
Opened Sunbury to Paxinos in 1835, operated on wood rails by horsepower. Steam locomotive first used in 1838; and iron rails, 1853. The terminal was nearby; here anthracite was loaded on canal boats for shipment to Philadelphia, Baltimore. — Map (db m14389) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — First Electric Light
First successful use of a three-wire electric lighting system was made July 4, 1883, in the City Hotel building in Sunbury. Thomas A. Edison directed the work. The Edison Electric Illuminating Co. plant was at 4th and Vine Street. — Map (db m14352) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — For Those Who Served
When Imperial Germany surrendered at the end of World War I in 1918, many of its cannon were sent to the United States as war trophies. This cannon was acquired by the City of Sunbury and Milton Jarret Norman American Legion Post 201 and placed in . . . — Map (db m87661) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Fort Augusta
Built in 1756-57 by Cols. Burd and Clapham and the key frontier outpost of the region. Mansion built 1852. — Map (db m14359) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838)
Mozart's librettist in the 1780s for "The Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni," and "Cosi fan tutte" came to America in 1805 and lived in Sunbury from June 1811 to August 1818. Da Ponte wrote that on visiting Sunbury, the adopted home of his wife's . . . — Map (db m87684) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Northumberland Civil War Memorial
West Side Give them the meed they have won in the past Give them the honors their merits forecast Give them the chaplets they won in the strife Give them the laurels they lost with their life.

South side Erected to the Memory of the . . . — Map (db m87652) WM

Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Northumberland County
Formed March 21, 1772 from Lancaster, Cumberland, Berks, Bedford and Northampton counties. Some 27 counties today occupy its once vast area. Sunbury, the county seat, was laid out 1772. Site of Fort Augusta, a key post built 1756-57. — Map (db m87686) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Shikellamy
Oneida chief and overseer or vice-regent of the Six Nations asserting Iroquois domination over conquered Delaware and other tribes. He lived at Shamokin Indian town, Sunbury, from about 1728 until his death, 1748. Said to be buried near here. — Map (db m14371) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Shikellamy
Erected as a memorial to Shikellamy, also Swataney, "Our Enlightener," the Representative of the Six Nations in this province. First sent to Shamokin (Sunbury) in 1728; appointed vicegerent in 1745. Died Dec. 6, 1758; He was buried near this spot. . . . — Map (db m14374) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Shikellamy's Profile
If you stand on this spot and look across the Susquehanna River toward the bridge on the right, you can see the face of Chief Shikellamy profiled in the cliff above the opposite shore. Visible are his hairline, forehead and nose. In colonial times, . . . — Map (db m14373) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Sunbury
Laid out 1772 as the county seat of Northumberland on the site of Indian Shamokin by surveyor-General Lukens and William Maclay. Borough incorporation Mar. 24, 1797. Here Fort Augusta was built in 1756. Historic center of travel, trade and industry. — Map (db m14390) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Sunbury
Laid out 1772 as the county seat of Northumberland on the site of Indian Shamokin by surveyor-General Lukens and William Maclay. Borough incorporation Mar. 24, 1797. Here Fort Augusta was built in 1756. Historic center of travel, trade and industry. — Map (db m87690) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Sunbury
Laid out 1772 as the county seat of Northumberland on the site of Indian Shamokin by surveyor-General William Maclay. Borough incorporation Mar. 24, 1797. Here Fort Augusta was built in 1756. Historic center of travel, trade and industry. — Map (db m95244) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Sunbury War Memorials
Center Monument Erected to the Memory of The World War Heroes by The Sunbury Civic Club Nov. 11, 1921 J. MacBrill • Raymond Barnasconi • Harold G. Edwards • Hunter Foulkrod • Herbert E. Kaufman • Milton J. Norman • Roy A. Thomas • Willis L. . . . — Map (db m87658) WM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — The Bloody Spring
Here during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763), one colonial soldier venturing from the garrison at nearby Fort Augusta, was fatally shot by an Indian foe. His blood is said to have crimsoned its waters. — Map (db m87688) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — The Hotel Edison — Erected in Honor of Thomas A. Edison
This tablet commemorates the installation at Sunbury PA., of the first three-wire central station incandescent electric lighting plant in the world. On the night of July 4, 1883, Thomas A. Edison, the creator of the incandescent lamp, and inventor . . . — Map (db m89742) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — The Sullivan Expedition
. . . — Map (db m14370) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — Thompson's Rifle Battalion: — Capt. John Lowdon's Company
Recruited from nearby points in June 1775, Lowdon's Company was part of the first battalion in the colonies authorized by Congress. Among those who entered Continental service in this company was Timothy Murphy, whose many feats of marksmanship were . . . — Map (db m14360) HM
Pennsylvania (Northumberland County), Sunbury — William Maclay
Lived in the house opposite 1773-86, and then moved to Harrisburg. Member of the first U.S. Senate; wrote a famous Journal of its debates. A critic of Washington and Hamilton; pioneer leader of Jeffersonian democracy. He helped survey Sunbury, 1772. — Map (db m14388) HM

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