An organizer for the United Mine Workers, Fannie Sellins was brutally gunned down in Brackenridge on the eve of a nationwide steel strike, on August 26, 1919. Her devotion to the workers' cause made her an important symbolic figure. Both she and . . . — — Map (db m58072) HM
Settling here in the 1770s, Cook became a prominent landholder, jurist, and politician. He was a member of the Provincial Congress in Philadelphia in 1776 and served at the State Constitutional Convention. Although a moderate during the Whiskey . . . — — Map (db m54927) HM
Three miles to the south, at Bushy Run, an army under Colonel Henry Bouquet defeated the Indians, August 5-6, 1763. This raised the siege of Fort Pitt and opened the gateway for settlement of the West. It is now a State Park. — — Map (db m47957) HM
Due to racial segregation into the mid-20th century, African Americans were excluded from many amusement parks and recreational facilities. Local Sunday School superintendents formed the Monongahela Valley Sunday School Assoc. and in 1945 purchased . . . — — Map (db m107239) HM
Located near this point, a stockaded log structure stood as a place of refuge for the region's earliest settlers. The Fort was originally built by Robert Barr, in 1768, and was utilized during Lord Dunmore's War of 1774, and throughout the many . . . — — Map (db m134221) HM
Near this site, Fort Elder was created in 1783 by Robert Elder. His cabin was a plain log structure, strongly built with heavy doors (known as a Block House) and situated near a spring. Ford Elder would often become a place of refuge when Indians . . . — — Map (db m134222) HM
Deep in a hillside at the west end of the park, the Salem #2 mine was designed to reach part of the Greensburg coal basin. A year after opening, it had sixty employees. Peak production occurred in 1942, when 98,000 tons of coal were mined.
In . . . — — Map (db m135723) HM
Colonel James Wilson erected a blockhouse near this point, which served as a refuge for the early settlers of Derry Township. It was equipped with heavy wooden doors, fortified window coverings, and rifle holes on every side. The blockhouse was . . . — — Map (db m134223) HM
On April 2, 1891, at the nearby Morewood Mines of the H.C. Frick Coke Company, sheriff's deputies killed seven strikers; two more died later. These were among some 16,000 workers striking for higher wages in the coke region. Thousands of mourners . . . — — Map (db m55591) HM
President, Continental Congress, 1787; member, 1785-87. First Governor of the Northwest Territory (lying between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers), 1787-1802. Earlier, he was Westmoreland County Court Justice after the county's formation in 1773, and . . . — — Map (db m48066) HM
Built and commanded by Colonel Christopher Truby, officer of the revolution, was located 150 yards to the south of this marker. A frontier Fort of Dunmore's War 1774, the Indian War, and the War of the Revolution, It was also known as Truby's . . . — — Map (db m55584) HM
Site of former county seat of Westmoreland County is just west of here. First county seat west of mountains, 1773. Citizens adopted a Declaration in support of the Revolution, 1775. Burned by the Indians in 1782. — — Map (db m55846) HM
Lincoln Highway hotels possessed a mystique lacked by the more basic tourist cabins. Doormen carried the visitors' bags, and dinner was served by a waiter rather than from a tin can at a campsite. Seven hotels were located in the City of Greensburg . . . — — Map (db m155795) HM
August 19, 1870 - Left Cincinnati to establish
foundation in Pennsylvania
Died - December 25, 1889
Thou art gone and left us in thy life of love,
thy image carved in sacrifice and zeal.
'Twill be for aye thy children's . . . — — Map (db m184763) HM
On this site in 1811 the original Greensburg Academy was erected. This private school for boys and girls, with its commanding view of downtown Greensburg, inspired the name of the surrounding hilltop community, Academy Hill. In 1850, a fire of . . . — — Map (db m184755) HM
Pioneers arrived 1755-1760 Settlement established 1769
158 acres called "Good Purpose" preempted for Lutheran Church in 1765.
Warrant Granted 1785
Patent Granted 1789
Log School House and Church built 1772 on site about 300 feet south of . . . — — Map (db m55595) HM
Founded in Altoona in 1870 by Mother Aloysia Lowe, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill made Greensburg their permanent home in 1882. The community initiated groundbreaking educational, healthcare, and social service programs by serving an . . . — — Map (db m184657) HM
Just northeast of here stood 1 of 5 gates of Greensburg-Pittsburgh Turnpike Road Company The turnpike, a section of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia road, was completed in 1817. Over it, passed goods in trade between east and west. — — Map (db m47959) HM
Site of toll house of the Stoyestown-Greensburg Turnpike Road Company The turnpike, a section of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh road, was completed in 1819 at a cost of about $6,000 a mile. State took over the turnpike in 1911. — — Map (db m47960) HM
Road versus Rail—The Lincoln Highway stretches from New York City to San Francisco. In Western Pennsylvania, the Highway converges with the Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line at one location: Greensburg.
The train station at Greensburg, . . . — — Map (db m166714) HM
Formed on February 26, 1773 from Bedford County, it once comprised most of southwest Pennsylvania. First seat of English justice west of Alleghenies. Site of 1775 "Hanna's Town Resolves." Greensburg, the county seat, was incorporated in 1799. — — Map (db m47961) HM
This tablet marks the site of General Edward Braddock's sixteenth encampment named "Salt Lick Camp." Here Braddock's army camped July 3, 1755, after having marched six miles from Jacobs Cabin Camp. The circuitous route via Mount Pleasant was made to . . . — — Map (db m72366) HM
This tablet marks the most probable site of General Braddock's nineteenth camp. Here Braddock's army camped July 7, 1755, en route to capture Fort Du Quesne. The Turtle Creek defile with its deep and rugged ravines, and its steep and almost . . . — — Map (db m33544) HM
This tablet marks the site of General Edward Braddocks eighteenth encampment called Monacatootha Camp from an unhappy incident on the march. Monacatoohas son was shot by accident by Braddocks own men. General Braddock as soon as the army camped . . . — — Map (db m97380) HM
Erected about 1774 near this place
This stockade, enclosing a blockhouse and several buildings, was built by the pioneers of the Brush Creek community on the plantation of Christopher Walthour. It was the chief place of refuge and defense of the . . . — — Map (db m78437) HM
Built 1836 by John Irwin, Nephew of Colonel John Irwin, this brick structure served as an inn for stagecoach passengers on the Greensburg to Pittsburgh Pike at Tinker Run. In 1851 John Irwin laid out the original plan of lots for the town of Irwin . . . — — Map (db m58074) HM
Recognized site of early Presbyterian meetinghouse during the early 1770s. First log church was destroyed by fire in 1775.
In 1781 the Long Run Church was built on the site of the William Marshall Family Massacre. — — Map (db m109616) HM
The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast highway built in 1913. A group of visionary businessmen from the automotive industry, led by Henry B. Joy and Carl Fisher, formed the Lincoln Highway Association.
The Association successfully . . . — — Map (db m166861) HM
Col. Bouquets army left Ligonier on August 4th, 1763, and made twelve miles progress before stopping to camp along the road. On August 5th, Bouquet resumed his march and proceeded to within one mile of Bushy Run Station when Native Americans . . . — — Map (db m166863) HM WM
Four miles to the north, at Bushy Run, an army under Colonel Henry Bouquet defeated the Indians August 5-6, 1763. This raised the siege of Fort Pitt and opened the gateway for settlement of the West. It is now a State Park. — — Map (db m47958) HM
In the heart of the French and Indian War British emissaries attempted to persuade the Native Americans in the Ohio Valley to abandon their support of the French. In exchange, the British promised to leave the land west of the Allegheny Mountains . . . — — Map (db m67385) HM WM
Bushy Run Battlefield is the 1763 site of a battle between Native Americans and British forces under the command of Colonel Henry Bouquet. This battle stopped a Native American attempt to regain lands controlled by the British and allowed western . . . — — Map (db m67383) HM
"Come as a customer, leave as a friend."
The first building on this site was the Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1856 [top left photo]. From 1886 to 1952 a number of businesses occupied the building until it . . . — — Map (db m184558) HM
Born and raised in Latrobe, Mister Rogers was the creator, composer, host, and puppeteer of the award-winning TV program Mister Rogers Neighborhood (1968-2001). The program, produced at WQED in Pittsburgh, emphasized kindness, compassion, . . . — — Map (db m95411) HM
Latrobe grew into a community because of the railroad. A plan developed by Oliver W. Barnes and implemented in 1851 created a true community center that consisted of the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, a railroad hotel, wood and water yards and a . . . — — Map (db m184562) HM
The intent of the mural project was to depict a corner of Latrobe history as it played out in the vicinity of and within this significant building. At the time of the mural's inception, the possibility of a full reconstruction of the 1907 fabric . . . — — Map (db m184566) HM
Right Reverend Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.
Founder of the Benedictine Order in the United States,
Archabbot of St. Vincent,
First President of the American Cassinese Congregation,
Born at Thalmassing, Bavaria, January 14, 1809,
Died at . . . — — Map (db m80111) HM
Founded in 1846 by Boniface Wimmer on the site of a Catholic parish built in 1789, Saint Vincent Archabbey, College, and Seminary was the first institution in the US established by monks of the Order of Saint Benedict. The college was incorporated . . . — — Map (db m80109) HM
This bell marks the site of Latrobe's first high school.
The building also housed elementary classes and later
the district administration offices.
The step stones on the left, once the steps that led
to the front door, are flanked by . . . — — Map (db m184574) HM
Which served as the first Catholic Parish Church of western Pennsylvania. The property was bought by the Reverend Theodore Brouwers, O.F.M. First pastor of the congregation, April 16, 1790. — — Map (db m80113) HM
This Convent and Academy is the oldest institution of the Sisters of Mercy who came from Ireland in 1843. From here many Sisters have gone to various parts of the United States as nurses and teachers. — — Map (db m48070) HM
In 1904 in Latrobe, the first documented Banana Split was created by apprentice pharmacist David Strickler-sold here at the former Tassell Pharmacy. Bananas became widely available to Americans in the late 1800s. Strickler capitalized on this by . . . — — Map (db m68062) HM
A residence and farm, a stagecoach stop, a tavern, an office building and a museum!
In 1812, Scotch-Irish immigrant Alexander Johnston (who lived to be almost 100 yrs.) began erecting this landmark structure. The stone for the building and . . . — — Map (db m167362) HM
Dedicated to those who served and are serving
in the United States Armed Forces
Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you
wherever . . . — — Map (db m184575) WM
Near the western end of Latrobe was the log house of this antifederalist Congressman, who lived modestly alongside his constituents. A shaper of public opinion in western Pennsylvania, he sympathized with the Whiskey Rebellion but, as tempers . . . — — Map (db m48082) HM
At the head of the hollow to the south was last home of General Saint Clair. He served in the Revolutionary army, in the Continental Congress, and was first Governor of the Northwest Territory. His grave is at Greensburg. — — Map (db m48067) HM
This cement marker is one of 3,000 markers that were erected along the Lincoln Highway from New York City to San Francisco, approximately one per mile.
On September 1, 1928, cement posts with bronze medallions bearing President Lincoln's profile . . . — — Map (db m49264) HM
French and Indian troops defeated a party of 100 Virginians under the command of Captain Thomas Bullet near here on May 22, 1759. Bullet and his troops were taking provisions from Bedford to Fort Ligonier when they were attacked. They suffered over . . . — — Map (db m68064) HM
Built by order of General Forbes. Was located 200 yards west of this marker. The road leads south-westward to 12 mile encampment. Eminent service was rendered here by Colonel Henry Bouquet and Colonel John Armstrong and in . . . — — Map (db m48072) HM
Built here 1758 as a base of Forbes expedition. Under Colonel James Burd withstood French and Indian attack, October 22, 1758. Only small fort in West not taken in Pontiac's War, 1763, it made possible Bouquet's rescue of Fort Pitt. — — Map (db m48073) HM
The first English fort west of the Alleghany Mountains was built five hundred feet south-east of this spot, in 1758 by order of General John Forbes, and named in honor of Lord John Ligonier.
Here General Forbes with the aid of Colonels George . . . — — Map (db m48076) HM
This monument marks the site of Fort Ligonier. It was built in 1758 during the French and Indian War by Colonel Henry Bouquet and named by his Commander General John Forbes, in honor of Sir John Ligonier, Commander in-chief of the British Armies. . . . — — Map (db m61086) HM
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, seen by 30,000 in Ligonier on September 26, 1958, climaxed his visit with a public address on this site. He sealed into the Century Chain the open Bicentennial Link, using as ax from the forts artifacts. The . . . — — Map (db m61087) HM
In 1895, people from Pittsburgh could find refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city in Ligonier. At this time, Mr. Wiliam J. Potts, Ligonier's first Mayor, built a Victorian residence on this site for his wife Jessamine. It was the first home . . . — — Map (db m49265) HM
In 1938 The Rollo Coaster opens to a crowd of 18,000. Standing 27' tall and 900' long, the unique out-and-back ride was constructed on a hillside. The wood for the ride was cut on park property, utilizing a sawmill built next to the construction . . . — — Map (db m76913) HM
The longest-operating amusement park in Pennsylvania and among the oldest in the nation. In 1878, Thomas Mellon leased land along his Ligonier Valley Railroad hoping to increase passenger traffic by opening a picnic ground. Amusement rides began to . . . — — Map (db m60066) HM
[on depot] Idlewild Park was a regular stop on the Ligonier Valley Railroad, which connected with the P.R.R.'s main line at Latrobe from 1878 to 1952. This was the depot. It had a waiting room, ticket agent room, freight express room. "Ripley" . . . — — Map (db m77025) HM
One of the builders of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road whose benefactions and civic leadership advanced immeasurably the welfare of this community
Incorporated April 13, 1853 the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Company operated continuous passenger . . . — — Map (db m131980) HM
William F. Johnston, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1848-1852, was born near here, 1808. This house, built by his father, 1815, was his boyhood home. Known as Kingston House, it has been cited as a fine example of colonial style. — — Map (db m48077) HM
Dedicated April 6, 1957
Better Wildlife Management
On November 3, 1955, the Game Commission purchased this property from the Ligonier Valley Railroad Company, which was incorporated on April 13, . . . — — Map (db m49213) HM
The train crash that occurred on Friday, July 5, 1912 was described in the Ligonier Echo as "A frightful and most terrible wreck. The worst ever known in the history of Westmoreland County railroading, happened about 3:30 p.m. on the Wilpen branch . . . — — Map (db m131966) HM
This beautiful carousel was built by the talented craftsmen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Co., who carved the solid wood horses and the intricate crown.
The first year these horses galloped to the sound of laughing children, this merry-go-round . . . — — Map (db m76911) HM
Pleasure driving along the Lincoln Highway has long been a popular pastime. Motorists sought and continue to seek scenic beauty and amusements, such as Idlewild Park.
For most of its history, the Lincoln Highway was lined with attractions, . . . — — Map (db m167244) HM
This cast iron sign originally stood beside the Ligonier Valley Railroad tracks that passed through Idlewild. Several more can be found along the route of the park's narrow gauge train the "Loyalhanna Ltd." — — Map (db m77024) HM
The rise and fall of the railroad corresponded to the continuing increase of roads, like the Lincoln Highway. Railroads were needed for transportation because roads were virtually impassable. But once new paving techniques made road surfaces . . . — — Map (db m49218) HM
As the Lincoln Highway prospered, many towns saw the introduction of automobile dealerships onto Main Street. In 1920, A.J. McColly purchased this site, tore down two frame houses, along with a blacksmith shop, and erected this building for his . . . — — Map (db m167245) HM
Named in honor of General Arthur Saint Clair.
The source of this hollow is a large spring two miles south, where General Saint Clair, in a log cabin, spent his last days.
A Major General in the American Revolution.
President of the . . . — — Map (db m48068) HM
As you look before you in the distance to the building behind Holy Trinity Church, you are taking a look into the past of the Ligonier Valley Railroad. The structure was built in 1920 as the Roundhouse and Repair Shop for trains which operated . . . — — Map (db m131982) HM
Noted biochemist, born in Monessen. Recipient, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1972, for his pioneering study into the structure of the enzyme called "ribonuclease." A laboratory chief, National Institutes of Health, 1950-1982; he taught at Johns Hopkins . . . — — Map (db m44984) HM
World War II - KIA
Beck Nick T
Boyer Harry E
Caville William C
Cekola Carl George
Cipriani Edward R
Desack Andrew Jr . . . — — Map (db m201331) WM
Bryce Brothers Glass Company
Employment was always available in the glass plants. The Bryce Brothers Glass
Company manufactured fine crystals and glass products in Mt. Pleasant from 1896
to 1965. The art of making hand blown glass was a . . . — — Map (db m204243) HM
Air Force Bombing Run Europe 1943
Henry W. B. Mechling
Born - 14 October 1852 in Mount Pleasant, PA
Died - 10 April 1926 in Washington, DC
Entered Military Service at Pittsburgh, PA
August 4, 1875
Discharged at Fort Meade, Dakota . . . — — Map (db m204251) HM WM
Mt. Pleasant Institute Building
Although primarily known for
its industrial history, Mt. Pleasant
was a center for the arts for
many years starting around the
turn of the 20th Century. Music
and theatre were major components
of the . . . — — Map (db m204244) HM
Navy Carrier launched airstrike Battle Of Midway 1942
Marine Corps raising the flag Battle of Iwo Jima 1945
Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue
Distinguished Service Cross
Medal of Honor
Air Force Cross
Distinguished . . . — — Map (db m204250) WM
Gen. Edw. Braddock, equipped to attack Ft. Duquesne, cut a 12 ft. road north through the western wilderness. On July 2nd, seven days before their defeat, his troops rested midday at springs nearby then marched a few miles NW from this point to . . . — — Map (db m20944) HM
Coast Guard Cutter on patrol North Atlantic 1943
Merchant Marine Convoy Duty Arctic Ocean 1942
American Military Dead
American Revolution 1777 - '83 4,435
War of 1812 1812- '15 2,260
Indian Wars 1817 - '98 10,001
Mexican War . . . — — Map (db m204252) WM