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By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
Great Crossings Marker
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Addison — Great Crossings
About one half mile above this point is the "Great Crossings" of the Youghiogheny River, where George Washington crossed November 18th, 1753, when sent as envoy by Gov. Dinwiddie of Virginia to the French Commandant at Fort Le Boeuf. Washington, . . . — Map (db m351) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Addison — 2 — National Road
Our first national road; fathered by Albert Gallatin. Begun in 1811 at Cumberland, Md.; completed to Wheeling in 1818. Toll road under State control, 1835-1905. Rebuilt, it is present U.S. Route 40. — Map (db m353) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Addison — 1 — Pennsylvania
Founded 1681 by William Penn as a Quaker Commonwealth. Birthplace of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States. — Map (db m354) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Addison — The Great War — 1917 - 1919
In Honor of those of Somerset County who served their Nation and the cause of World Liberty in the Great War and in memory of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice Erected by Great Crossings Chapter Daughters of the American . . . — Map (db m106222) WM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Addison — The Old Petersburg Toll House
The old Petersburg Toll House is the only hand-cut native stone toll house in Pennsylvania. It is an authentic reflection of the structure as it existed in 1835 when toll collection began. The interior with its original flooring and period . . . — Map (db m106180) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Addison — Toll House
One of the six original toll houses on the Cumberland or National Road is on the hill opposite. Built after the road was turned over to the State in 1835 by the U.S.   Restored and preserved by the D.A.R. — Map (db m350) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Allegheny Township — Forbes Road — Fort Dewart
"The fort on the top of Allegheny Hill" was erected in 1758 during the Gen. Forbes expedition against Fort Duquesne. The site is marked half a mile northeast of here, near the head of Breastwork Run. — Map (db m59760) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Berlin — Berlin
This area was a center of protest during the Whiskey Rebellion. A riot occurred at the Berlin schoolhouse in June 1794. In September, according to local historians, Robert Philson raised a liberty pole at his log store on the square; he advised . . . — Map (db m21554) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Berlin — Deeter's Gap
John Deeter, Revolutionary War Vet and pioneer, settled here in 1783. He sawed lumber, cut millstones and farmed along Deeter's Run, highest headwater of the West Branch of the Juniata River. — Map (db m97017) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Berlin — General Robert Philson — 1759-1831
Active in and arrested during the Whiskey Rebellion - 1794 Member of the PA. Assembly - 1798 Commissioned Associate Judge of Somerset Co. 1800. Served 20 years Commissioned Brigadier General of PA. Militia May 9, 1800 Served in the War . . . — Map (db m82059) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Berlin — Veterans Memorial — "Lest We Forget"
In honor of the men and women who serve in the armed forces of our country honorably preserving our freedom and our way of life. — Map (db m21551) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Brotherton — Jeremiah S. Black
One of Pennsylvania's most noted jurists and lawyers, was born here Jan. 10, 1810. State Supreme Court Justice, 1851-57; U.S. Attorney-General, 1857-60. Later life spent at York as a famous lawyer. Died Aug. 19, 1883. — Map (db m21556) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Buckstown — Forbes Road — Edmund's Swamp
Named for Edmund Cartlidge, Indian trader. A camp located here, on the Raystown Path, provided good grass for the horses of General Forbes' army in 1758. The site of the redoubt is marked two and a half miles north of here. — Map (db m21559) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Central City — American Legion Post 449 War Memorial
In memory of those who fought and died for our country in all wars — Map (db m21571) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Central City — Forbes Road — 1758 — Fort Bedford to Fort Duquesne
Edmond's Swamp The fort stood a few rods west of this marker. The Forbes Road leads westward to Stony Creek Encampment 10.5 miles from Fort Bedford. — Map (db m82062) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Fort Hill — John Nelson Davis — 5 April 1835 - 28 February 1913
John Nelson Davis for whom Mt. Davis, Pa. is named was an early community leader in Southern Somerset County. He was a surveyor, school teacher, Superintendent of Schools for Elk Lick Township, Pa., and ordained minister, shook maker, farmer and . . . — Map (db m8283) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Fort Hill — Mt. Davis — A Geological Feature
Mt. Davis 3213 feet above sea leavel is the highest point in Pennsylvania. The erosion-resistant sandstone at the surface belongs to the Pottsville group formed about 230 million years ago. These layers of sedimentary rock were pushed up as an . . . — Map (db m8223) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Friedens — John Christian Frederick Heyer — (1793-1873)
In 1842 Father Heyer became the first American Missionary to India, establishing schools and churches and ministering to women and those outside the caste system. In the US, he traveled extensively in Pa. and the Midwest organizing congregations. He . . . — Map (db m97271) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Hollsopple — Bethel Church
The United Brethren in Christ started preaching in this village in 1858. The first church, named Bethel, was organized and built in 1874. Through denominational mergers, it has served as: United Brethren in Christ, Evangelical United Brethren and . . . — Map (db m82061) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Hooversville — Hooversville Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Patriots of Hooversville and vicinity who gave their services and lives to our country, in humanity's cause. — Map (db m82060) WM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Jennerstown — Forbes Road — The Clear Fields
Good forage found at open camps such as this on the Raystown Path, led General Forbes to prefer this route to Braddock's Road. Site of Fort Dudgeon (Tomahawk Camp) is a short distance to the north. — Map (db m52702) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Jennerstown — Forbes Road — 1758 — Fort Bedford to Fort Duquesne
Tomahawk Encampment At foot of Laurel Hill the Forbes Road leads northwestward to Fort Ligonier 35.5 miles from Fort Bedford — Map (db m52703) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Jennerstown — Frederick S. Duesenberg — (1878-1932)
Near this site on July 2, 1932, the builder of Duesenberg luxury automobiles was seriously injured when his supercharged Model J crashed into the mountainside. He died on July 26 at Memorial Hospital of Johnstown. — Map (db m60148) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Jennerstown — Highway Attractions — Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Tourists took to the roads in the 1910s, '20s, and '30s not just to exercise their automobile, but to see the country, take in scenic wonders, connect with history, be entertained, and create family memories. Stopping for food and entertainment . . . — Map (db m52700) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Jennerstown — Log Grist Mill
This reconstructed early log mill was built originally at Roxbury by a miller named Cronin in 1805. It was in operation until 1918. It is now used as the Mountain Playhouse. As restored, it is a fine example of an early mill. — Map (db m52677) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Kantner — Forbes Road — 1758 — Fort Bedford to Fort Duquesne
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Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Meyersdale — Flora Black — (1870 - 1951)
On this farm lived Flora Black, a civic leader active in the county and Commonwealth. Here on October 14, 1914, she organized the Society of Farm Women of Pennsylvania. In the ensuing years, groups in many Pennsylvania counties became Society . . . — Map (db m50457) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Meyersdale — Lest We Forget — In Thanksgiving to God For Victory
This monument is erected in honor of the men from Meyersdale and vicinity who served in the World War and is dedicated as a sacred memorial to those who died that liberty and the ideals of our country might be perpetuated. Gold Star Roll . . . — Map (db m44100) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Meyersdale — Meyersdale Centennial — 1874 - 1974
Meyersdale Originally founded by three land warrants to: 1784 John Olinger 1785 Andrew Borntrager 1785 John Burger __________________ 1803 Meyers Mills “Moyer’s Stadt” 1844 First town lots were laid out 1870 Chartered as Dale City . . . — Map (db m44287) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Meyersdale — Western Maryland Railway
The Connellsville Extension from Cumberland Financier George Gould purchased the Western Maryland as part of a transcontinental railroad scheme that would stretch from Baltimore to San Francisco. Gould extended the WM west to Cumberland, but . . . — Map (db m4688) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Shanksville — Flight 93 — National Memorial
Panel 1: America Attacked On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists hijack four commercial U.S. airliners that are departing from East Coast airports. The terrorists fly two jet airliners into the World Trade . . . — Map (db m49256) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Shanksville — Flight 93 Temporary Memorial
In this rock, we perpetually commemorate the courage of those who lost their lives on UAL Flight #93 on September 11, 2001. Their legacy will endure. Future generations will be reminded of their honor and courage. Dedicated by the United . . . — Map (db m8225) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry — Mustered into service September 1, 1862, mustered out May 29, 1865 — "The love of country guides us"
The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Robert Parson Cummins, former Somerset County Sheriff, enrolled 935 officers and men in 1862. Companies C, D & F were raised in Somerset County. The regiment took part in over twenty . . . — Map (db m23097) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Adam Schneider
Laid out the north half of the settlement renamed Somerset in 1795. Schneider and his brother Jacob conducted the first store in Somerset. It stood on this site. — Map (db m23096) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Ankeny Square
Set aside for burial ground and place of worship on the original plat of Milfordstown by Ulrich Bruner, 1787, and by Peter Ankeny in 1789 when he laid out the south side of the settlement renamed Somerset in 1795. — Map (db m23093) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Blue Star Memorial Highway
A tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America. Following World War II, the National Council of State Garden Clubs designated certain national roads as "Blue Star Memorial Highway", as a living memorial to "all . . . — Map (db m307) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Early Bible
In a log cabin located on this site, Charles Frederick Goeb printed a Bible in 1813. It was the first Bible printed west of the Allegheny Mountains. — Map (db m55525) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Edgewood Aerie 1801 F.O.E. World War II Memorial
Roll of Honor Dedicated to the two hundred fifty two members of Edgewood Aerie 1801 F.O.E. who served and to the sacred memory of these who gave their lives in World War II Howard A. Baldwin John Banyor Wallace J. Bishop . . . — Map (db m23105) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Flight 93 National Memorial
On the morning of September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked in a premeditated terrorist attack against the United States. Two of the planes were intentionally flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York City; a . . . — Map (db m116368) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Harmon Husband
Leader of North Carolina revolt against the British, he fled under an assumed name in 1771. Somerset's first settler; lived at Coffee Springs farm some years. Became a pamphleteer and active in the Whiskey Rebellion. Died in 1795. — Map (db m21568) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue
On July 28, 2002, nine coal miners, trapped for four days due to flooding of the Quecreek Mine, were saved via a rescue shaft drilled here. Combined efforts of local, state, and federal agencies, mining and other industries, local mine workers, . . . — Map (db m24163) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Somerset County
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Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Somerset County Korean War / Vietnam War Memorial
Died in Service [Provides an honor roll of names] — Map (db m22807) WM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Somerset County World War I Memorial
In honor of the gallant men and women of Somerset County who served in the World War and in memory of the following who made the supreme sacrifice 1917-1919 November 11, 1925 — Map (db m22381) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Somerset County World War II Memorial
Died in Service [Provides an honor roll of names] — Map (db m22797) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway — "Father of the Interstate Highway System"
In August 1973, the U.S. Congress designated a cross-country stretch of Interstate as the “Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway,” in tribute to President Eisenhower’s early recognition of the need for a national network of highways to enhance . . . — Map (db m7239) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Wind Power
Windmills on the horizon Wind is an abundant resource, which can be used to generate pollution-free electricity. On the distant horizon is the Somerset wind farm which is one of several wind farms of Pennsylvania. This wind farm has six . . . — Map (db m116485) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stonycreek — “We're going to do something.”
Aboard Flight 93, one terrorist claims to have a bomb strapped to his waist. The crew and passengers are forced to the back of the plane and ordered to be quiet. Using Airfones from the seat backs in the rear of the plane and cellphones, . . . — Map (db m100681) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stonycreek — America Attacked!
On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists hijack four commercial U.S. airliners that are departing from East Coast airports. The terrorists fly two jet airliners into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City and a third . . . — Map (db m100613) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stonycreek — Mayday!
The day begins with a cloudless, bright blue sky over the mid-Atlantic states. Seven crew members assigned to Flight 93 prepare for the early morning nonstop flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California. Thirty-three passengers are . . . — Map (db m100646) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stonycreek — The Investigation
Minutes after the crash, first responders arrive on the scene, along with the Pennsylvania State Police. The September 11 attacks generate the largest investigation in FBI history. The primary goal of the investigation is to recover sufficient . . . — Map (db m100697) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stonycreek Township — A Field of Honor
A Common Field This land is first settled in the late 1700s. For a century and a half, much of the area remains wooded, with cultivated fields and pastures surrounding a few scattered farmhouses and barns. Beginning in the 1950s, mining . . . — Map (db m100537) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stonycreek Township — September 11, 2001
The distant Laurel Mountains are outlined against a cloudless, blue sky. The weather is mild, but few people are outdoors. Many sit stunned and horrified in front of their televisions, watching the World Trade Center and the Pentagon burn. America . . . — Map (db m100576) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stoystown — Flight 93 National Memorial — National Park Service-U.S.Department of the Interior
On September 11, 2001, at 10:30 am, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in the field in front of you, killing all 40 passengers and crew members, as well as the four terrorists who hijacked the aircraft. The plane came over the hill behind you and to . . . — Map (db m61141) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stoystown — Flight 93 National Memorial — Overlooking History — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The Western Overlook is where the world first came to make sense of the story of Flight 93. On September 12 and for days after, the media lined up along the ridge on the left of this overlook, broadcasting images of the crash site area across the . . . — Map (db m61149) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stoystown — Forbes Road — Stony Creek Encampment
A fortified supply depot known as the Stony Creek encampment or fort was a little north of here. The route then leads north to the foot of Laurel Hill, the site of Tomahawk camp. — Map (db m60109) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stoystown — Highway Enterprise — Hite House — Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Built in 1853 by John H. Hite, this building has served as the principle hotel for thousands of stagecoach, railroad, and later automobile travelers between Bedford and Greensburg. In the 1870s it was enlarged from two to three stories, and in 1922 . . . — Map (db m52756) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Stoystown — Quemahoning Township Veterans Memorial
In memory of all those who have served in all wars — Map (db m52753) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Ursina — Fort Hill
Archaeological study of the flat-top hill across the valley revealed two palisaded Indian villages with extensive house and burial remains, all dating from the Discovery Period. — Map (db m48084) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), West Salisbury — T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten
In memory of T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten of the U.S.A.F. who lost his life on the ill fated B-52 bomber on Jan. 13, 1964. Donated by Johnson Memorial Co. & Salisbury Vol. Fire Dept. — Map (db m67306) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Alan Freed — (1921-1965)
Disc jockey who coined the term “Rock & Roll” in the early 1950s. Freed used the term to describe up-tempo black rhythm and blues records he played as DJ “Moondog” on his radio show. Freed further popularized this music . . . — Map (db m21575) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Johnny Weissmuller — (1902-1984)
Champion swimmer and motion picture hero. Best known as star of a dozen “Tarzan” films produced for MGM and RKO, 1932-1948. He earlier won fame as a swimmer: developed the “American crawl,” set 67 world records, and won five . . . — Map (db m21581) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — The Coal Miner — By Lawrence Whitaker
This statue presented to the citizens of this community by the district schoolchildren and dedicated to the men of the mines who by their labor and loyalty have helped to make Windber one of the best towns in the nation...1952 In honor of the . . . — Map (db m21572) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Windber
Founded 1897 by the Berwind-White Coal Mining Co. Distinctive among bituminous coal towns, this community had a large independent center surrounded by 13 "patch towns." Among notable structures built by Berwind-White were the Wilmore Building here . . . — Map (db m21582) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Windber Area Victims of July 20th 1977 Flood
Susan Zidzik Helen M. Zidzik George A. Zidzik Andrew Koharchik Margie Koharchik — Map (db m21574) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Windber Strike of 1922-23
Windber-area Berwind White workers joined a national strike by United Mine Workers of America in April 1922 for improved wages and working conditions, civil liberties, and recognition. The strike lasted 16 months; families of strikers were evicted . . . — Map (db m21579) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Windber Veteran's Park
This park is dedicated to all service men and women past, present and future. The freedom we enjoy today is a result of their efforts and sacrifices. Tomorrow's freedom and prosperity throughout the free world depends on the men and women who serve . . . — Map (db m21584) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Windber — Windber War Memorial — Remembrance
This hallowed shrine is dedicated in memory of our valiant heroes of all wars In honor of those who died and to those who were willing to die That this nation under God shall preserve our heritage and guard the faith of those who fought . . . — Map (db m21580) HM

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