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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Blair County, Pennsylvania

 
Clickable Map of Blair County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Blair County, PA (99) Bedford County, PA (91) Cambria County, PA (86) Centre County, PA (177) Clearfield County, PA (65) Huntingdon County, PA (83)  BlairCounty(99) Blair County (99)  BedfordCounty(91) Bedford County (91)  CambriaCounty(86) Cambria County (86)  CentreCounty(177) Centre County (177)  ClearfieldCounty(65) Clearfield County (65)  HuntingdonCounty(83) Huntingdon County (83)
Hollidaysburg is the county seat for Blair County
Adjacent to Blair County, Pennsylvania
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      Centre County (177)  
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1Pennsylvania, Blair County, Allegheny Township — Blair Homestead
On Foot of Ten Road at Willowbridge Lane, on the right when traveling east on Foot of Ten Road.
Erected 1785 by Thomas Blair. Residence of his son, John Blair, for whom Blair County was named in 1846. John Blair was a member of the General Assembly and until his death, 1832, a leading citizen of the region.Map (db m52309) HM
2Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — "Bathhouse U"
On Juniata Gap Road east of Baker Lane, on the left when traveling east.
"Bathhouse U" became a popular nickname for the Altoona Undergraduate Center when it moved to Ivyside Park in 1948. The huge two-block-long dressing room - with its 4000 swimmers' locker baskets -- was remodeled into the AUC's "Main . . . Map (db m135611) HM
3Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Alleghany Furnace
On Crescent Road at Union Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 36), on the right when traveling west on Crescent Road.
Here in 1811, Andrew Henderson and Robert Allison built the second iron furnace in present Blair County. Elias Baker became three-fourths owner in 1836, and in 1844 (as he prepared to build his Greek Revival mansion nearby) he became full owner. The . . . Map (db m203099) HM
4Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Altoona
On Logan Boulevard, 0.2 miles north of Park Road (U.S. 220), on the left when traveling north.
Founded 1849 as a terminal for westward expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It soon became a major railroad center of the nation. Scene of the War Governors' Conference, 1867.Map (db m52337) HM
5Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Altoona Area High School Mountain Lion
On 6th Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 764) near 17th Street, on the right when traveling north.
This mountain lion has stood proudly on the campus of Altoona Area High School since May, 1972. Heinz Warneke, the sculptor of the Penn State University Nittany Lion, was hired by the AAHS Alumni Association to create a similar piece as a tribute . . . Map (db m53752) HM
6Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Altoona Volunteer Fire Department Bell — City of Altoona
On 13th Avenue at 12th Street, on the right when traveling west on 13th Avenue.
This bell was originally used by the Altoona Volunteer Fire Dept. at this site from 1870-1925. In 1925, the bell was placed on display by the Blair County Historical Society at Baker Mansion. It was returned to this site on Sept. . . . Map (db m176179) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Baker Mansion
On Union Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 36) at Mansion Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on Union Avenue.
This fine example of Greek Revival Architecture was the home of Elias Baker, a leading ironmaster of the region. Built in 1846, it is now the museum and home of the Blair County Historical Society. Located on the hill opposite this point.Map (db m52338) HM
8Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Baker Mansion
On Baker Boulevard at Mansion Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on Baker Boulevard.
Erected 1844-1847. Architect, Robert Cary Long, Jr. Residence of Elias Baker, Ironmaster, and his family, 1848 to 1914. Museum of the Blair County Historical Society since 1922. Entrance to mansion from street in rear.Map (db m52342) HM
9Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Blair County Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
On 11th Avenue west of 14th Street, on the right when traveling west.
To honor these citizens of Blair County who were awarded their nations highest honor the Congressional Medal of Honor J. Levi Roush - U.S.A. - Civil War John Hickman - U.S.N. - Civil War William P. MacLay - U.S.A. - Phillippine . . . Map (db m135604) WM
10Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Blair County Memorial Highway
On 40th Street at Chestnut Avenue, on the left when traveling west on 40th Street.
To all Sons of Blair County who served this nation in time of war, this road of memory is gratefully dedicated for all time Dedicated Nov. 12, 1933 Rededicated Nov. 11, 1992Map (db m53757) WM
11Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Blair County War Mothers Memorial
On 40th Street at Chestnut Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 40th Street.
That the loving memory of Blair County's War Mothers may be forever perpetuated, this shaft is erected by a grateful peopleMap (db m53756) WM
12Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — City of Altoona — [7th Street Bridge]
On 7th Street at 7th Avenue (Route 764), on the right when traveling east on 7th Street.
Here stands foundation stones, a piece of the upper corner truss and the dedication plaque from the 7th Street Bridge that was constructed at this location from 1912 to 1913. This bridge served Altoona for 91 years and became part of many . . . Map (db m135588) HM
13Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Elm & Pine Buildings
Near Juniata Gap Road east of Baker Lane, on the left when traveling east.
The small Pine and Elm buildings are the only two buildings left from the Ivyside Amusement Park. The Elm Building also wins the prize as the most remodeled building on campus. Originally the shooting gallery for the Ivyside Park, the building held . . . Map (db m135614) HM
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14Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Endress War Memorial
On 40th Street near Broad Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Reported damaged.
[Plaque is missing]Map (db m53755) WM
15Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — First Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA
On 13th Street north of 11th Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
At this location March 16 1867 First P•R•R• Y•M•C•A• organized Second railroad Y•M•C•A• in U•S•A• Erected March 16 1951 75th anniversaryMap (db m135591) HM
16Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — First Sheetz, Inc. Convenience Restaurant — Est. June 10, 2004
On 17th Street at Pleasant Valley Boulevard (Business U.S. 220), on the right when traveling east on 17th Street.
In 1952, Bob Sheetz opened the doors to the first Sheetz convenience store, located on 5th Avenue in Altoona, Pa. For decades, he led the company with a pioneering spirit and a deep respect for employees and customers. Today, we mark . . . Map (db m176160) HM
17Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Harold L. Ickes — (1874-1952)
On West 6th Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 764) 0.2 miles north of 17th Street, on the right when traveling north.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Secretary of the Interior 1933-46. Builder of public works, ardent conservationist, fierce fighter for human rights, advocate of government as an agent for the public good. This is the site of his boyhood home.Map (db m52344) HM
18Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Isaac Charles Mishler — (1862-1944)
On 12th Avenue east of 13th Street, on the left when traveling east.
Lancaster native and Altoona businessman and promoter. Built and managed theaters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1906, he built the opulent Mishler Theater here for stage shows, musical performances, live theater, and vaudeville.Map (db m52345) HM
19Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Ivyside Park Swimming Pool
Near Juniata Gap Road east of Baker Lane, on the left when traveling east.
The Community Arts Center parking lot is located on the site of the former Ivyside Park Swimming Pool, once the world's largest concrete pool filled with three million gallons of water. The giant pool measured in at 650 feet long, 186 feet wide, and . . . Map (db m135616) HM
20Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Johnny Robertson
On 7th Avenue at 7th Street, on the right when traveling south on 7th Avenue.
. . . Map (db m181755) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Juniata's Tribute to Honor
On North 8th Avenue at North 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on North 8th Avenue.
Erected by citizens of Juniata in honor of the young men and the young women of this town, who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and with the American Red Cross in the Great War of 1917-1918. Stars indicate the names of those . . . Map (db m135617) WM
22Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Locomotive 790 Bell
On 11th Avenue west of 14th Street, on the left when traveling west.
This bell was made for Locomotive 790 Builders No. 3165 Locomotive 790 was built Juniata Shops, Altoona, PA. 12-18-1916Map (db m135592) HM
23Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Logan House
On 11th Avenue at 9th Street, on the left when traveling west on 11th Avenue.
At the famous railroad hotel on this site was held the Conference of Northern War Governors, September 24-26, 1862. Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania called the meeting which united forces behind Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.Map (db m52347) HM
24Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Logan Valley Mall Fire
Near Goods Lane at Plank Road (Business U.S. 220), on the right when traveling west.
This section of Logan Valley Mall, Altoona, Pa. Originally opened: November 3, 1965 Destroyed by fire: December 16, 1994 Reopened: May 23, 1996Map (db m135576) HM
25Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Memorial Projectile
On 11th Avenue near 12th Street, on the left when traveling west.
Erected in honor of the Soldiers and Sailors of the Spanish American War This projectile was fired from one of the guns of the fleet of the U.S. Navy at Santiago Cuba June. 23. 1898.Map (db m53751) HM WM
26Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Penn State Altoona
Near Juniata Gap Road east of Baker Lane, on the left when traveling east.
In commemoration of the many dedicated and devoted veterans and citizens of the Altoona community whose hard work, vision and spirit led to the growth of Penn State Altoona and its relocation from downtown Altoona to its present site at Ivyside Park . . . Map (db m135612) HM
27Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Pennsylvania Railroad Shops
On 9th Avenue at 13th Street, on the left when traveling north on 9th Avenue.
The PRR built its first repair facilities here in 1850 and opened its first track to Altoona during the same year. By 1925, Altoona was home to the nation's largest concentration of railroad shops, with 16,500 people employed in several locations.Map (db m20998) HM
28Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468
"You had to be a waiter - a good one - to work in the Dining Department. You worked 16 and 17 hours a day. Half the time we had to sleep in the dining car." - James Corbett, Dining Car Waiter For passengers, eating aboard a train was always an . . . Map (db m53730) HM
29Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577
"A lot of them put curtains in there and little rugs.... They had a pot-bellied stove and they were all good cooks." - Richard Jackson, Yardmaster On the road, freight crews climbed up into the cupola, inspecting the train ahead for signs of . . . Map (db m52606) HM
30Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136
"Freight was different. The railroad started doubling up on the trains something fierce - 160-car trains. It would take you a week to get to the other end of them." - Vince Farabaugh, Locomotive Engineer Yardmaster John Conlon remembers one . . . Map (db m52629) HM
31Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — PRR Express Refrigerator Car No. 2561
Near 9th Avenue south of 12th Street, on the right when traveling south.
"They'd say, 'Buzz, you're going to Harrisburg on a high class'.... You checked each other's watch." — Russ Marlett, Conductor A freight train that carried perishables, like fruit or meat, was called a "high . . . Map (db m135581) HM
32Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Railroad Shopmen's Strike of 1922
On Juniata Gap Road at East Wopsononock Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Juniata Gap Road.
Over 300,000 skilled tradesmen went on strike against United States railroads to defend gains by unions during World War One. The Pennsylvania Railroad shops in Altoona led the anti-union opposition. The bitter struggle led to the 1926 Railway Labor . . . Map (db m52867) HM
33Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Reflecting Pond
On Ivyside Park north of Juniata Gap Road, on the left when traveling east.
The Reflecting Pond originally served as the warming dam for the Ivyside Park Swimming Pool. The freshwater pool was fed by Spring Run and the cold spring water was warmed in the warming dam before entering the pool. The warming dam, originally 15 . . . Map (db m135615) HM
34Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Scale Test Weight Car
On 9th Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
One of the more unusual pieces of railroad equipment is the "scale test weight car" such as displayed here. Railroads charged their customers based upon the weight of goods shipped. After a car was loaded, the railroad moved the car to a railroad . . . Map (db m53750) HM
35Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
On 8th Avenue north of 15th Street, on the right when traveling north.
In memory of United States soldiers & sailors of all warsMap (db m135579) WM
36Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument — Fairview Cemetery
Near 18th Avenue at 8th Street, on the left when traveling south.
Died For Their Country (South face) (Top Center Column) Capt. Henry Wayne • Capt. T. L. McGlathery • Capt. P. T. Keys (Left Column) Lieut. Geo. W. Burley • Lieut. P. Morris • J. Kelly • G. R. Everson • Jr. • G. M. Loudon • J. . . . Map (db m95886) WM
37Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Stars & Stripes Forever
Near 15th Avenue west of 14-1/2 Street, on the left when traveling west.
Stars & Stripes Forever Map (db m135609) WM
38Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Altoona Works
You are standing at the center of what was once the greatest railroad shop complex in the world - the Altoona Works of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Established in 1850 along with the town of Altoona, the railroad shops eventually sprawled across . . . Map (db m53725) HM
39Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Children of Pennsylvania's Fallen Warriors — Dedicated to
On Park Avenue, 0.3 miles south of Frankstown Road, on the right when traveling south.
[Title is text]Map (db m176208) WM
40Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Downtown Altoona Historic District
On 11th Avenue west of 14th Street, on the left when traveling west.
The Downtown Altoona Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m135607) HM
41Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Freedom Tree
On 6th Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 764) near 17th Street, on the right when traveling north.
With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to CW2 Sheldon Schultz and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m53754) WM
42Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Juniata Shops
Near 9th Avenue north of 12th Street, on the right when traveling south.
The Juniata Shops By 1889, the Pennsylvania Railroad had outgrown the capacity of the shop complex here at 12th street. Soon the facilities here would be complemented by new buildings in the nearby borough of Juniata, not yet a part of the . . . Map (db m135585) HM
43Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Master Mechanic
Built in 1882, this Master Mechanics Building housed then, as it does again today, stories of what made the Pennsylvania the most important railroad in America and a cornerstone of the industry. First-Rate Mechanics Each Pennsy operating . . . Map (db m52604) HM
44Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Posy Gang
"The Pennsy wanted to make the track areas and stations look good. They gave out prizes to different sections for beauty and upkeep." - Lou Johnston, Posy Gang member A Hint of Nature in a Mechanical World Among the hundreds of jobs on . . . Map (db m53728) HM
45Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — The Silver Chief — Rob Fisher 1978
On 11th Avenue west of 13th Street, on the left when traveling west.
The "Silver Chief" was created by sculptor Rob Fisher of Bellefonte, PA in 1978 and was given to the City of Altoona by the Downtown Altoona Progress Association. The figure is made of stainless steel and Fiberglass and is attached to an antique . . . Map (db m135608) HM
46Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Track Cars
Near 9th Avenue south of 12th Street, on the right when traveling south.
These two track cars were used for two different purposes. The Grey Brookville Locomotive, No. 2681, was built in 1941 and served at a clay quarry at Massilon, Ohio. It had a 60 HP Ford V-8 engine, it was retired in 1961. The Yellow Conrail car, No. . . . Map (db m135582) HM
47Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Union Veteran Legion No 17 — Altoona, Pa. July 1911. — Date of Charter August 20 1887. —
On 12th Street at 13th Avenue, on the left when traveling north on 12th Street.
U.V.L. Composed of Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, of the Union Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. during the War of the Rebellion who volunteered prior to the First of July 1863, for a term of three years, and were honorably discharged for . . . Map (db m176181) WM
48Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Veterans Mall
On 11th Avenue west of 14th Street, on the right when traveling west.
In honor of S/Sgt. Robert E. Laws C.M.H. Dedicated to the men and women who honorably served their country... World War I Veterans American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Disabled American Veterans Society of 28 Division . . . Map (db m135606) WM
49Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Veterans Memorial
On Chestnut Avenue at 9th Street, on the left when traveling east on Chestnut Avenue.
This memorial is dedicated to the Altoona service men & women who have paid the ultimate price for our country [Plaques with names listed under with specific wars mentioned from left to right:] World War I Korean War World . . . Map (db m135589) WM
50Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Veterans Memorial
On East Wopsononock Avenue at Juniata Gap Road, on the left when traveling north on East Wopsononock Avenue.
Dedicated to the men and women of Blair and Bedford Counties who have served their country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America [Additional plaque on another side of the memorial] This memorial is . . . Map (db m135610) WM
51Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
On 11th Avenue west of 14th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Two groups of veterans who had served in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and China merged into the American Veterans of Foreign Service on September 13 - 15, 1905, at the Eastside Theatre in Altoona. The new group was a forerunner of the V. F. W. . . . Map (db m135605) HM
52Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — William H. Prosser — Dedicated to the Memory of
On 12th Avenue north of 13th Street, on the left when traveling north.
Mayor of Altoona Charter Jaycee President Presented Oct. 28, 1980Map (db m176161) HM
53Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona — William Nesbit — 1822 - 1895
On 9th Avenue at 12th Street, on the left when traveling north on 9th Avenue.
William Nesbit lived with his wife Sarah and children on 10th Avenue in Altoona. He was president of the State Equal Rights League, which helped secure passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments. In his travels, he met leading black men of the . . . Map (db m181627) HM
54Pennsylvania, Blair County, Antis Township — Fort Roberdeau
On Skelp Road, 0.7 miles Old US 220 (Pennsylvania Route 865), on the right when traveling north.
The Revolutionary fort site can be seen a few miles from here. Built 1778 by Daniel Roberdeau to protect lead mines in Sinking Valley which supplied the Continental army.Map (db m52429) HM
55Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair Township — Fort Fetter
Near Patch Way Road.
This Comfort Inn stands on the site once occupied by Fort Fetter. Michael Fetter's barn was fortified and named Fort Fetter circa 1777. It served throughout the American Revolutionary War as a fortified structure for the defense of the local . . . Map (db m75206) HM
56Pennsylvania, Blair County, Frankstown Township — Frankstown
On U.S. 22 at Local Route 520, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 22.
The site, prior to 1748, of a Delaware-Shawnee village called Assunepachla. Here the trader, Frank Stevens, had a fur post as early as 1734. The Kittanning Path led through here.Map (db m52349) HM
57Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Adam Holliday
On Allegheny Street west of Wayne Street, on the right when traveling west.
Adam Holliday and his brother, William, in 1768, traveling west from Lancaster County, stopped on this spot, and Adam, driving a stake into the ground, remarked: "Whoever is alive one hundred years from now will see a tolerable sized town here . . . Map (db m135573) HM
58Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Blair County
On Allegheny Street at Union Street, on the right when traveling west on Allegheny Street.
Formed on February 26, 1846 from Bedford and Huntingdon counties. Named for the Honorable John Blair, a prominent citizen who died in 1832. Hollidaysburg, county seat, was incorporated 1836. City of Altoona, founded 1849, became a major railroad . . . Map (db m52348) HM
59Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Canal Basin
On Broad Street (U.S. 22) at South Juniata Street, on the right when traveling west on Broad Street.
Here at Hollidaysburg the 127-mile Juniata Division of the Pennsylvania Canal met the Allegheny Portage Railroad, which extended 36 miles west over the mountain to Johnstown. The Juniata Division was opened in 1832, the railroad in March 1834. . . . Map (db m52307) HM
60Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Civil War Memorial
On Allegheny Street at Union Street, on the right when traveling west on Allegheny Street.
Tribute of Blair County in honor of her sons who fought for the Union 1861 — 1865Map (db m135574) WM
61Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Daniel Hale Williams — (1856-1931)
On Blair Street (U.S. 22) at Wayne Street, on the right when traveling west on Blair Street.
Here was boyhood home of the Black physician who pioneered successful heart surgery, 1893. Founded Provident Hospital, Chicago, 1891. Chief surgeon at Freedmen's Hospital, Washington, DC, 1894-98. Charter member, College of Surgeons, 1913.Map (db m52308) HM
62Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — First High School
On Allegheny Street west of Wayne Street, on the left when traveling west.
Historic Hollidaysburg 1877 First High SchoolMap (db m135570) HM
63Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Jaycee Memorial Park
On North Juniata Street north of Allegheny Street, on the left when traveling north.
Dedicated to those who have given their lives in the service of their country [Additional plaque on the grounds of the park] "All gave some — Some gave all" Dedicated to the memory of all who proudly served . . . Map (db m135575) WM
64Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — John Blair — 1766-1832
Near Union Street just north of Allegheny Street, on the left when traveling north.
To honor the memory of John Blair 1766-1832 Pioneer farmer, merchant and public servant advocate of good roads, promoter of the Pennsylvania Canal and Allegheny Portage Railroad foremost citizen of his time in what is now Blair County and when . . . Map (db m162042) HM
65Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — Pioneer Family
Near Union Street just north of Allegheny Street, on the left when traveling north.
This pioneer family, created for the bicentennial, 1976, represents the basic fundamentals of our American life — courage — faith in God — education — love of family and liberty. These qualities in our American pioneers won . . . Map (db m162043) HM
66Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg — The William Krelitz Building
On Allegheny Street west of Wayne Street, on the right when traveling west.
Given to the Borough of Hollidaysburg by Rosalin Krelitz, Judy Krelitz, Janis Krelitz Mirbach & Leona Krelitz Freshman, January 1, 1983 to memorialize a man's love of his family and pride in his community. [bas relief bust] William . . . Map (db m192573) HM
67Pennsylvania, Blair County, Juniata Township — Gallitzin Spring
On Old Route 22, on the left when traveling east.
The spring opposite here was a favorite stopping place of Prince Gallitzin, famous missionary and founder of the Loretto Settlement. He was often known as Father Smith.Map (db m52473) HM
68Pennsylvania, Blair County, Juniata Township — Gallitzin Spring
On Old Route 22, on the left when traveling west.
The spring opposite here was a favorite stopping place of Prince Gallitzin, noted prince-priest and missionary who founded the settlement at Loretto in 1792. He was also known as Father Smith. Buried at Loretto, site of his chapel.Map (db m52474) HM
69Pennsylvania, Blair County, Juniata Township — Portage Railroad
On Old Route 22 at Healy Road, on the left when traveling west on Old Route 22.
Here was Number 6 of the ten inclined planes used to carry canal boats by rail, Hollidaysburg to Johnstown. This unique engineering feat was completed in 1834. The length of the road was 36 miles long.Map (db m52475) HM
70Pennsylvania, Blair County, Juniata Township — Portage Railroad
On Old Route 22, on the right when traveling east.
Here was Number 6 of the ten inclined planes used to carry canal boats by rail, Hollidaysburg to Johnstown. This unique engineering feat was completed in 1834. The road was 36 miles long.Map (db m52476) HM
71Pennsylvania, Blair County, Juniata Township — The Old Portage Rail Road Monument
Near Old Route 22.
(side 1) This Monument Was erected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Old Portage Rail Road March 18, 1834 A scale model of one of the inclined planes is in the Blair County Historical Museum, Altoona, . . . Map (db m52478) HM
72Pennsylvania, Blair County, Juniata Township — Why a Skewed Arch Bridge?
On U.S. 22, in the median.
From 1834 to 1854 the Portage Railroad passed beneath the Skew Arch Bridge. The original hand hewn stone bridge was built at right angles to the railroad. A right angle turn was arduous for a wagon to negotiate; therefore to make the crossing . . . Map (db m60761) HM
73Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — Horseshoe Curve — National Historic Engineering Landmark
On Veterans Memorial Highway, on the right when traveling west.
Designed and built under the direction [of] Pennsylvania Railroad chief engineer and, later, company president, J. Edgar Thomson. Horseshoe Curve opened February 15, 1854. It was 366 meters across and 1310 meters long with a 1.8 percent grade. . . . Map (db m52488) HM
74Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — Horseshoe Curve
On Veterans Memorial Highway, on the right when traveling west.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks 1854 - 2004 The first railroad to cross the Allegheny Mountains between Harrisburg and Pittsburgn, with a maximum grade of 1.87%, was engineered by J. Edgar . . . Map (db m52526) HM
75Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — Leap-The-Dips Roller Coaster
Near Park Avenue.
Built here in 1902 by E. Joy Morris of Philadelphia, it was among some 250 side-friction figure eight roller coasters in North America. It became the last known ride of this type and the world's oldest known operating roller coaster. A National . . . Map (db m52346) HM
76Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — Over the Hill — How railroads surmounted the spine of the Alleghenies — between Altoona and Johnstown —
Near Veterans Memorial Highway.
This was the original (1850-54) PRR main line. After Horseshoe Curve was opened, this became the Hollidaysburg Branch (now Conrail's Cove Secondary Track). From 1850 to 1854, the original PRR main line extended through what is now Altoona to a . . . Map (db m52528) HM
77Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — The GP9
Near Glenwhite Road / Burgoon Road.
Inscription of photo at top of marker GP9 #7048, momentarily off-duty, cools its wheels at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania engine terminal.

Caption of next photo Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 #7048 replaced the K4 locomotive as a trackside . . . Map (db m55659) HM
78Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — Trackside Buildings
Near Glenwhite Road / Burgoon Road.
This 1870s view of Horseshoe Curve looks north past the rubble-strewn trackside area where you are standing, to show a coal hopper and a track along the hillside. These are evidence of coal mining activity along Kittanning Run. The shanty in the . . . Map (db m55541) HM
79Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township — Watching The Curve
Near Glenwhite Road / Burgoon Road.
Caption of drawing at top left The GE P42DC produced by General Electric Transportation Systems.

Caption of drawing at top right Norfolk Southern SD40-Es usually come up in pairs. And often on both ends of long freight trains . . . Map (db m55540) HM
80Pennsylvania, Blair County, Martinsburg — The Yellow Corner
Near East Allegheny Street (Pennsylvania Route 164) at South Market Street.
Martinsburg's first merchantile store was built with logs on this site in the year 1815 by merchants Samuel Myers and William Entriken. The deteriorating 1850 brick building that was later built on this site was replaced with the present structure . . . Map (db m121101) HM
81Pennsylvania, Blair County, Roaring Spring — Honor Roll
On Poplar Street east of Cemetery Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
. . . Map (db m135654) WM
82Pennsylvania, Blair County, Snyder Township — Walter L. Maine Circus Train Wreck — Memorial Day — Tuesday, May 30, 1893 —
On Vanscoyoc Hollow Road, 0.3 miles north of South Eagle Valley Road, on the left when traveling north.
On this ground occured one of the greatest circus train wrecks in the history of the world. At about 4:30 a.m., the Walter L. Main Great Circus Train ran out of control as it descended the Tyrone Mountain, shot out over the curve and wrecked . . . Map (db m134783) HM
83Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township — The Dick Schoolhouse
On Dick Schoolhouse Road south of Bloomfield Road (Pennsylvania Route 867), on the right when traveling south.
The Dick Schoolhouse built in the period 1830 - 32 by early settlers in Morrisons Cove as a subscription schoolMap (db m135655) HM
84Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — "The Big Spring"
On Washington Avenue (Old U.S. 220) at West 10th Street, on the right when traveling south on Washington Avenue.
Near this spring for many years resided Thachnectorus "The Spreading Oak" alias Captain John Logan (1718-1820) Eldest son of Shikellemus, Vice-Gerent of the Iroquois Federation in Pennsylvania and a staunch and tried friend . . . Map (db m134807) HM
85Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Civil War
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453).
Civil War 1861 — 1865 US Dedicated to those who preserved the UnionMap (db m134791) WM
86Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — First Building
On Pennsylvania Avenue at East 10th Street, on the right when traveling north on Pennsylvania Avenue.
On this site was erected the first building in Tyrone and occupied by Jacob Burley in the year 1850Map (db m134808) HM
87Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Fred Waring — (1900-1984)
On 11th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453) at Pennsylvania Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 11th Street.
World-renowned choral arranger and band leader, Waring was born and raised in Tyrone. In 1919, while attending Penn State, he started “Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians,” a popular musical group that entertained for seven decades on . . . Map (db m52425) HM
88Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Korean War
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453).
Korean War 1950 - 1953 Remembering those who served in the Korean WarMap (db m134799) WM
89Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Nearby Was the Birthplace of Fred Waring
On Lincoln Avenue south of West Cottage Street, on the right when traveling south.
A descendant of William G. Waring, who was among the first to settle in Tyrone. His heritage and those experiences he enjoyed here as a "Boy Scout" provided him with the vision, talent, and professionalism which established him as a renowned musical . . . Map (db m134784) HM
90Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Site of the Former Historic City Hotel
On West 10th Street west of Pennsylvania Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Situated on the site of the former historic City Hotel, this park was made possible through a generous gift from Charles Philip Judge to his beloved "adopted hometown", Tyrone. The City Hotel Courtyard will serve as a memorial to the . . . Map (db m134809) HM
91Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Tyrone Division of the Pennsylvania System World War I Memorial
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453).
Dedicated in honor of those employes of Tyrone Division of the Pennsylvania Division who fought in the World War, those who fought and lived and those who fought and died, those who gave much and those who gave all Ammerman, Clarence . . . Map (db m159843) WM
92Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Veterans Memorial
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453).
"All gave some — Some gave all" Dedicated to the memory of all who proudly served and protected their countryMap (db m134790) WM
93Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Veterans Memorial
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453), on the right when traveling north.
Dedicated to the men and women of the Tyrone area who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America during war and peaceMap (db m134803) WM
94Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Vietnam — 1964 - 1973
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) at West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453), on the right when traveling north on Lincoln Avenue.
A memorial to those men from Tyrone who gave full devotion to duty for country Leonard Bradford • Charles Caffarelli • Robert Watson • Donald W. Welch • Roger O. WoodringMap (db m134785) WM
95Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — Vietnam
On Lincoln Avenue (U.S. 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453), on the right when traveling north.
Vietnam In honor of all who servedMap (db m134800) WM
96Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — War on Terror
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) north of West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453).
War on Terror Kosovo Iraq Afghanistan We solute those in uniform who guard against terrorMap (db m134802) WM
97Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — World War I Memorial — 1917 - 1918
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) at West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453), on the right when traveling north on Lincoln Avenue.
Dedicated to the boys of Tyrone and vicinity who gave full measure of devotion to their country that civilization might endure Edward M. Beightol • John H. Bennett • Paul W. Borrows • George Briggs • Francis Diehl • . . . Map (db m134788) WM
98Pennsylvania, Blair County, Tyrone — World War II Memorial
On Lincoln Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 453) at West 14th Street (Pennsylvania Route 453), on the right when traveling north on Lincoln Avenue.
1941 - 1945 Dedicated to the memory of those from Tyrone and Vicinity who gave the last full measure of devotion during the Second World War [Names not listed]Map (db m134786) WM
99Pennsylvania, Blair County, Woodbury Township — Juniata Iron
On Piney Creek Road (Pennsylvania Route 866) 0.3 miles north of Royer Road, on the right when traveling south.
Along the streams of this region are ruins of many charcoal iron furnaces and forges built between 1790 and 1850 that produced some of the highest quality iron in the nation. The reign of Juniata Iron ended with the rise of coal and coke . . . Map (db m95168) HM
 
 
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Feb. 7, 2023