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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Clickable Map of Mercer County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Mercer County, PA (59) Butler County, PA (51) Crawford County, PA (134) Lawrence County, PA (20) Venango County, PA (68) Mahoning County, OH (66) Trumbull County, OH (39)  MercerCounty(59) Mercer County (59)  ButlerCounty(51) Butler County (51)  CrawfordCounty(134) Crawford County (134)  LawrenceCounty(20) Lawrence County (20)  VenangoCounty(68) Venango County (68)  MahoningCountyOhio(66) Mahoning County (66)  TrumbullCounty(39) Trumbull County (39)
Adjacent to Mercer County, Pennsylvania
    Butler County (51)
    Crawford County (134)
    Lawrence County (20)
    Venango County (68)
    Mahoning County, Ohio (66)
    Trumbull County, Ohio (39)
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1Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Carlton — Carlton Bridge
The Carlton Bridge was the last remaining multi span truss bridge in Pennsylvania built by the Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, OH, a company known for its innovation and decorative style. The bridge consisted of two 136 foot long Pratt type through . . . Map (db m105645) HM
2Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Charleston — Clay Furnace
First successful use of raw bituminous coal in place of charcoal, 1846; and of unmixed Lake Superior iron ore in 1856. Built 1845 by Vincent and Himrod; named for Henry Clay. Abandoned in 1861. The site is 2 miles away.Map (db m41590) HM
3Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Clark — Albert Bushnell Hart
Distinguished scholar and historian, Harvard graduate and member of its faculty for sixty years, was born nearby, July 1, 1854, and lived here six years. He died July 16, 1943, at Cambridge, Massachusetts.Map (db m41588) HM
4Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Greenville — Bigler Graves
Jacob and Susan Bigler, parents of two governors, are buried here. Their son William was Governor of Pennsylvania, 1852-55; and their son John, Governor of California, 1852-56.Map (db m41589) HM
5Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Greenville — Camp Reynolds
Site of a 3300-acre U.S. Army facility, 1942-45. Originally the Shenango Personnel Replacement Depot; renamed 1943. During World War II about a million troops passed through here; most were headed for Europe. A peak of 75,000 were housed here at one . . . Map (db m72982) HM
6Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Greenville — First Sunday School in Mercer County
Organized in 1817 by Samuel Webster Teacher of Log SchoolMap (db m41591) HM
7Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — "Here's Howe"
In the 1920's, George J. Howe owned a grocery store. He roasted and ground coffee in the window and gave 1 free pound with a $10 grocery purchase. Later focusing on coffee roasting and delivery, the name "Here's Howe" came from the grocers . . . Map (db m171110) HM
8Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — "The Voice of Grove City"
Michael L. Troiano, best known as "The Voice of Grove City" for 26 years, was an announcer and station manager of WEDA-FM. Mike also owned and operated the Dairy Queen on West Main Street for 18 years, serving as a mentor to many local young . . . Map (db m171112) HM
9Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Beginnings of Radio in Grove City
Physics Professor H.W. Harmon installed radio equipment in 1913 at Grove City College. On April 26, 1920, the first radio telephone broadcast was beamed over its station WSAJ by President W.C. Ketler to the New Castle Rotary Club. It preceded . . . Map (db m171117) HM
10Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Brevet Brigadier General Norman J. Maxwell
In 1861 Norman J. Maxwell joined as a Private in Company E of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, known as the "Roundheads." Promoted through the ranks to Colonel, Maxwell was awarded Brevet Brigadier General of the U.S. Volunteers in 1865 . . . Map (db m171021) HM WM
11Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Charlie Ray1886 - 1935 — In Loving Memory of —
First Police Chief in Grove City 1918 to 1935Map (db m170952) HM
12Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Company M, 112th Infantry Regiment, in World War I
Company M of the [112th Infantry Regiment, PA] National Guard assembled at the State Armory, Erie Street, on July 15, 1917, for World War I duty. With 150 men, Company M served in France in 1918. The Argonne Forest battle resulted in the . . . Map (db m171158) HM WM
13Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Cunningham Memorial Park
In 1798, on a nearby site, the first gristmill in this area was built by Valentine and Margaret Cunningham. Later another gristmill was established here. Soon a community was established. The town, first known as Pine Grove, was incorporated as the . . . Map (db m56836) HM
14Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — DeFrance Drug Store History
George DeFrance opened DeFrance Drug Store near this site in 1898. This drug store was the first pharmacy to be awarded an Eastman Kodak and Whitman's Candy franchise west of the Alleghenies. Rodger B. Lindh purchased DeFrance in 1964 and . . . Map (db m171155) HM
15Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Dotty McGill School of Dance
Dotty opens Broad St. School of Dance 66 yrs ago in 1937; Credits: Who's Who in American Women; Mem./Past Pres. Dance Masters of America, Pa. Pres. Emeritus; Cecchetti Council of America; Judge-Miss America Pageants, Pre-Teen Pageant; Past Prin. . . . Map (db m171027) HM
16Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Founding of Grove City
In 1798 Valentine Cunningham, Grove City's founder, cleared a field by a winding creek and built a log cabin on what is now Liberty Street. His wife, Margaret, and their sons, Charles and James G., joined him. Valentine named the stream Wolf Creek . . . Map (db m170840) HM
17Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — French "75"
In service during the World War Presented by the Gen. Hugh Mercer Chapter D.A.R. May 30, 1930.Map (db m170817) WM
18Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Grove City College Original Campus
[Inset map showing the original college campus layout]Map (db m170836) HM
19Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Grove City National Boys and Girls Purebred Calf Club
C.G. Harshaw arranged for the Commercial Club to buy 250 acres of land near town, now Memorial Park, for the use of the Grove City National Boys and Girls Purebred Calf Club. The entire community picnicked at the first Cattle Show in 1920. The . . . Map (db m171116) HM
20Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Grove City Newspaper History
Grove City's centennial of the borough's incorporation was in 1983. The Allied News July 5 insert highlighted the paper's lineage of newsprint media. Its roots began in 1882 as the Pine Grove Telephone, later Grove City Telephone. The newspaper . . . Map (db m171039) HM
21Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — History of Burdicks Men’s Clothing Store
Burdicks first opened a newspaper business in the early 1920's, owned by Edward L. Burdick, Sr., and Edward L. Burdick, Jr. Later goods and services included a soda fountain, furniture, appliances, sporting goods, and bus service. In the . . . Map (db m171118) HM
22Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — History of Grove City
The sons of Valentine and Margaret, Charles and James G. "Squire" Cunningham, returned to Wolf Creek in 1834 to lay out the town of Pine Grove (some sources say 1844). On his way to Harrisburg to secure title to the town, "Squire" saw his first . . . Map (db m170953) HM
23Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — History of Grove City
James Hunter came to Pine Grove in 1858 and homesteaded 65 acres, the origin of Hunter Farm (at the end of Greenwood Drive). His son, James Wilkin Hunter, later increased the size to about 300 acres. Hunter Farm retailed milk for about 20 years . . . Map (db m170988) HM
24Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — History of Grove City
The Montgomery Broom Factory opened in a house on Jackson Street in 1870 and later moved to Blair Street. In the 1920s the broom warehouse was destroyed by fire. When rebuilt, the inside wall was constructed with yellow bricks, which were removed . . . Map (db m171026) HM
25Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — History of Grove City
To create a site for a new post office in 1933, the McConkey House (pictures still on the wall) was moved across the bridge to its current location at 142 East Pine Street. The Post Office was dedicated during the Golden Jubilee, a 50-year . . . Map (db m171031) HM
26Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — J. Howard Pew1882 - 1971
Class of 1900 Trustee 1912 - 1971 President, Board of Trustees, 1931 - 1971 This statue of J. Howard Pew commemorates his wisdom, his integrity, and his commitment to the ideals of this nation. His values are deeply imbued in the fabric and . . . Map (db m170949) HM
27Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Joseph D. Monteleone
In grateful appreciation of Joseph D. Monteleone for his generous donation making the construction of this picnic shelter possible ————————————— Dedicated . . . Map (db m170809) HM
28Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Joseph Foster
Joseph Foster was projectionist at the Guthrie Theatre for 50 years (1933-1983). Joe worked for owners Martha Guthrie, J.G (Glenn) and H.M. (Bud) Carruthers, and William Demarsh. An avid outdoorsman, Joe was often seen driving his 1931 Chevrolet . . . Map (db m170990) HM
29Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — McBride & McBride, Attorneys
Milford L. McBride, Sr., and Milford L. McBride, Jr., attorneys at McBride & McBride, were active in community projects including the Board of Trustees of Grove City College. M.L. McBride, Sr.'s office was on the 2nd Floor of the old 1st . . . Map (db m171029) HM
30Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — McMullen Travel
McMullen Travel was founded by Bob & Donna McMullen in 1951. They started the business as a bus station, soda fountain and operated the local taxi service for many years. They were founders of the National Tour Association and Bob was president of . . . Map (db m171023) HM
31Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Montgomery Broom Factory
Brothers Milton and Nelson Montgomery began the Montgomery Broom Factory, located on Blair Street, in 1870. In 1934 Evert Swarts and his uncle Samuel Montgomery assumed ownership. It became known as the Montgomery-Swarts Broom Company. In 1946 the . . . Map (db m171162) HM
32Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Pine Grove Golf Course
John Deitrick designed and built Pine Grove Golf Course on his farm property in 1957. This provided folks in the Grove City area with a place to enjoy a game of golf. Len Chutz purchased the course in 1978 and continued development. It is . . . Map (db m171043) HM
33Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Pioneer Aviator Earl Saundt's Demise
At 1913's June Festival, pioneer aviator Earl Saundt (Earle Sandt) gave an exhibition flight. After his aeroplane clipped tall pine trees along Wolf Creek, he crashed into a freshly manured garden behind a home at 146 East Pine Street. He died . . . Map (db m171156) HM
34Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Police Chief Charles "Charlie" Ray
Police protection began in 1910 with one officer. Charles "Charlie" Ray, the first police chief, served from 1918 to 1935. Except for special occasions, he worked the streets himself. When needed, the Chief whistled down a car and jumped on the . . . Map (db m171164) HM
35Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Rolland E. English
. . . Map (db m170823) HM
36Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Site of First Building
To the right of this marker stood Recitation Hall, first building of Grove City College. It was built by the citizens of this community in 1879 under the leadership of Dr. Isaac C. Ketler, founder of the college. [Imprint of the . . . Map (db m170885) HM
37Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Slippery Rock & Grove City Railway
In June 1910, an ordinance was passed permitting a streetcar company to connect Grove City to Slippery Rock's line. A streetcar was displayed to encourage investment. After sections of the track were placed, the venture failed. During World . . . Map (db m171167) HM
38Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Ted Hines and Pine Instrument Company
Ted Hines founded Pine Instrument Company in 1962. The company designs and manufactures electronic controls and asphalt testing equipment. Its location in 2002 is 101 Industrial Drive. . . . Map (db m171033) HM
39Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — The Grove City Honor Roll
Rededicated in 2007 to all veterans who entered the service from Grove City and served during the following conflicts: World War I • World War II • Korean War Vietnam War • Lebanon • Grenada • Panama Gulf War • Afghanistan • Iraq [Armed . . . Map (db m170821) WM
40Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Veterans Honorary
These living gardens are dedicated to the honor of God and Country in tribute to the men and women of Grove City College who have Lived on this campus Looked many times from this view Learned in these halls and Left this very special . . . Map (db m170948) WM
41Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Veterans Memorial
In honor of all who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America from The Grove City AreaMap (db m170884) WM
42Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — War Memorial
Honor and glory to those who served in the wars of the United States The World War 1917 · 1919 1941 · 1945 The War of Independence 1775 · 1783 The War of 1812 1812 · 1815 The Mexican War 1846 · 1848 The Civil War 1861 · . . . Map (db m170815) WM
43Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — Wendell August
Wendell August, a coal mine owner in Brockway, hired blacksmiths to keep his work horses shod[.] Needing iron door latches for his new house, he had his blacksmiths create them for $4 rather than $60. Seeing the potential in hand-forged metalware, . . . Map (db m171028) HM
44Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Jamestown — Jamestown Community Veterans Memorial
Jamestown Community Veterans Memorial To all those of our community who have served our nation in peace and war. Freedom is not free. All gave some, some gave all. May God bless them all.Map (db m107692) WM
45Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Leesburg — Johnston Tavern
Kept by Arthur Johnston; licensed in 1827. Present building erected in 1831. Served travelers on the Pittsburgh-Mercer road, and stood conveniently near Springfield Furnace, in operation after 1837.Map (db m41596) HM
46Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Maysville — 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 m41599) HM
47Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Mercer — General Hugh Mercer
In memory of General Hugh Mercer. Born in Scotland, Colonel on General Forbes Expedition against Fort Duquesne 1758, Commander at Fort Pitt 1759, Colonel 3rd Virginia Regiment 1776, Brigadier General Continental Army 1776, killed in the Battle . . . Map (db m41593) HM
48Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Mercer — Mercer County
Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny County. The United States census reported 3228 residents in 1800. Named for General Hugh Mercer, Revolutionary hero killed at Battle of Princeton, 1777. Early iron and coal center. Mercer, the county seat, was . . . Map (db m41598) HM
49Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Mercer — The Mercer Soldiers Orphans School
In memory of The Mercer Soldiers Orphans School Mercer, Pennsylvania Opened in 1868 Closed in 1889 Maintained by the State of Pennsylvania for the purpose of providing a home and education for the children of her soldiers and sailors who . . . Map (db m41604) HM
50Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Pymatuning Township — Kidd's Mill Covered Bridge
Built in 1868, spanning the Shenango River. The only remaining bridge in Pennsylvania with an all-wooden truss design patented by Robert Smith of Tippecanoe City, Ohio. The last historic covered bridge in Mercer County, extending 120 feet in length . . . Map (db m22619) HM
51Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sandy Lake — Maurice K. Goddard1912-1995
Serving under five governors from 1955-1979 in a remarkable career as Secretary of the Department of Forests and Waters and the Department of Environmental Resources, "Doc" Goddard expanded the state park system, led efforts to professionalize state . . . Map (db m67116) HM
52Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sharon — Second Oakland Avenue Bridge
On this site, the second Oakland Avenue bridge was constructed in 1936. The bridge was a single span, open spandrel, reinforced concrete arch bridge with a span of 331 feet. It was an excellent example of this type of bridge and it was a good . . . Map (db m156839) HM
53Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sharpsville — Erie Extension Canal
Route of travel and trade, Pittsburgh to Great Lakes, 1840-1871. Important to the western Pennsylvania iron industry before the rise of the railroads. The only remaining canal lock still stands in Sharpsville.Map (db m50503) HM
54Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sharpsville — Erie Extension Canal
Route of travel and trade, Pittsburgh to Great Lakes, 1840-1871. Important to the western Pennsylvania iron industry before the rise of the railroads. Lock #10, a guard lock, represents the only remaining canal lock.Map (db m50504) HM
55Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sharpsville — 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 m41603) HM
56Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sharpsville — Sharpsville Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m114607) WM
57Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Sheakleyville — James Sheakley
Fourth Territorial Governor of Alaska, 1893-1897, James Sheakley (1829-1917), was born in Sheakleyville, which was named for his grandfather. Appointed by President Cleveland, he also served as United States Commissioner of Schools for Alaska, . . . Map (db m41595) HM
58Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Stoneboro — "Freedom Road"
In search of freedom, men and women brought from the South by the "Underground Railroad" settled near here about 1825 and later. After 1850, most of them went on to Canada. Their cemetery, still in use, lies a short distance above the road.Map (db m41592) HM
59Pennsylvania (Mercer County), Grove City — James G. Bell
James G. Bell managed the Guthrie and Lee Theaters (1950-1976). He was a member of the Grove City Chamber, the Safety Council, and an Elder of Tower Presbyterian Church. He served the American Field Service, area mental health organizations . . . Map (db m170955) HM
Apr. 17, 2021