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Historical Markers in Indiana County, Pennsylvania

 
Clickable Map of Indiana 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 Indiana County, PA (36) Armstrong County, PA (23) Cambria County, PA (86) Clearfield County, PA (65) Jefferson County, PA (72) Westmoreland County, PA (133)  IndianaCounty(36) Indiana County (36)  ArmstrongCounty(23) Armstrong County (23)  CambriaCounty(86) Cambria County (86)  ClearfieldCounty(65) Clearfield County (65)  JeffersonCounty(72) Jefferson County (72)  WestmorelandCounty(133) Westmoreland County (133)
Indiana is the county seat for Indiana County
Adjacent to Indiana County, Pennsylvania
      Armstrong County (23)  
      Cambria County (86)  
      Clearfield County (65)  
      Jefferson County (72)  
      Westmoreland County (133)  
 
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1Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Armagh — John B McCormick
On William Penn Highway (U.S. 22) 0.4 miles west of Indiana Street (Pennsylvania Route 56), on the right when traveling east. Reported missing.
Designed the first of the modern mixed-flow type of water turbine, thus making an important contribution to the American industry. Began his experiments in 1868on the water wheel of a sawmill at nearby Armagh. He died near Smicksburg in 1924.Map (db m74401) HM
2Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Blairsville Armory
On Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217) at North Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Walnut Street.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m49210) HM
3Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Blairsville Veterans Memorial
On Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217) near Campbell Street, on the left when traveling north.
In Memory of Our Veterans of All WarsMap (db m49205) HM
4Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Chester C. Davis and the Kidnapping of 1858The Blairsville Area Underground Railroad
On West Market Street just west of North Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217), on the right when traveling west.
On April 1, 1858, Blairsville Mayor Chester C. Davis was summoned to quell a mob of angry Blairsville citizens. The mob, a mixture of black and white men, had surrounded three slave catchers who were attempting to kidnap a former slave named . . . Map (db m211498) HM
5Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Dr. Edward Emerson & Dred ScottThe Blairsville Area Underground Railroad
On East Market Street just east of South Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217), on the right when traveling east.
Ethelred "Dred" Scott was born enslaved in Virginia in 1795. In 1830, Dred's owner, a planter named Peter Blow, sold Dred to an US Army surgeon named Dr. John Emerson. Dr. Emerson was the brother of Blairsville's first physician, Dr. Edward P. . . . Map (db m211496) HM
6Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Fugitive Slave Rescue
On W. Market Street at S. Liberty Street, on the right when traveling east on W. Market Street.
In April 1858 citizens of Blairsville rescued a fugitive slave, Newman from arrest by a US Marshall and Virginia slave hunters. Lewis Johnson, a local black abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, housed Newman. Indiana County was an . . . Map (db m90118) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — George Wilkinson and the Kidnapping of 1858The Blairsville Area Underground Railroad
On West Market Street just west of South Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217), on the left when traveling west.
On April 1, 1858, Blairsville Constable George Wilkinson was summoned to quell a mob of angry Blairsville citizens. The mob, a mixture of black and white men, had surrounded three slave catchers who were attempting to kidnap a former slave named . . . Map (db m211497) HM
8Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Samuel McCune SafehouseThe Blairsville Area Underground Railroad
On West Market Street just east of North Spring Street, on the right when traveling west.
According to Graff/Johnston family descendants, Lewis Johnston and John Graff used the basement of this structure to conceal freedom seeking enslaved men, women, and children. This building originally had a rear-facing courtyard which faced Sugar . . . Map (db m211499) HM
9Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — Site of Former Associate Reformed and United Presbyterian Churches
On Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217) at Campbell Street, on the right when traveling north on Walnut Street.
1st Church Erected - 1840 2nd Church Erected - 1878 3rd Church Erected - 1914Map (db m49203) HM
10Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — 340 — St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Rectory
On West Campbell Street just west of North Walnut Street (Pennsylvania Route 217), on the right when traveling west.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m206273) HM
11Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Blairsville — The Blairsville PRR DepotThe Blairsville Area Underground Railroad
On East Market Street, 0.1 miles east of North East Lane, on the left when traveling east.
On April 1, 1858, Blairsville's former physician Dr. Robert M. S. Jackson and his travelling companion Mr. Peter Lesley encountered a mob of Blairsville citizens attacking two slave catchers and a deputy US Marshal. The men had come to Blairsville . . . Map (db m211486) HM
12Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Cherry Tree — The Cherry Tree Monument
Near Maple Street (Pennsylvania Route 580) 0.1 miles east of Penn Street, on the right when traveling east.
Historical importance began with the Indians as a way-station, known as Canoe Place, where water transportation ended and a woodland trail led westward to the Alleghenies. This event probably brought the first white man, a Frenchman, to this area. . . . Map (db m65076) HM
13Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Clymer — Dr. Robert Mitchell(1786-1863)
On Franklin Street (Pennsylvania Route 286) 0 miles east of 2nd Street (Pennsylvania Route 403), on the right when traveling east.
Outspoken opponent of slavery, Mitchell was widely known as an abolitionist. In September 1845, he harbored five fugitives from slavery on his property here. Following a raid by bounty hunters, two men escaped; three were returned to slavery. . . . Map (db m40569) HM
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14Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Home — Edward Abbey
On Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway (U.S. 119) 0.3 miles south of Washington Church Road, on the right when traveling north.
Author and defender of wilderness, most famous for his two books Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang. Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, in 1927, Abbey grew up in and around the village of Home. Although he moved to the western United States in . . . Map (db m49204) HM
15Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — Absalom (Albert) Hazlett(1837-1860)
On South 6th Street Extension (Pennsylvania Route 954) 0.1 miles north of Lucerne Road, on the right when traveling south.
A staunch abolitionist, Hazlett became a lieutenant in John Brown’s provisional army and participated in the raid on Harper’s Ferry Arsenal in 1859. He was captured, tried, convicted, and hanged for his involvement following the failed Harper’s . . . Map (db m40562) HM
16Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — Indiana County
On Philadelphia Street (Pennsylvania Route 954) 0.1 miles west of North 8th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Formed March 30, 1803 from Westmoreland and Lycoming counties, and once densely forested. Its name memorializes the first inhabitants. County seat, Indiana, was laid out 1805 on land given by George Clymer, signer of the Declaration of . . . Map (db m40564) HM
17Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — James Maitland Stewart(1908-1997)
On Philadelphia Street (Pennsylvania Route 954) at North 9th Street, on the right when traveling west on Philadelphia Street.
Legendary American actor, born and raised in this town. During his long career from 1932-1991, Jimmy Stewart achieved fame on stage, screen, and TV. He won an Academy Award for his role in "The Philadelphia Story." Other films included "Mr. Smith . . . Map (db m40565) HM
18Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — James S. Nance, Jr.(1942-1992)
Near Philadelphia Street (Pennsylvania Route 286/954) at North 8th Street.
Jim Nance was an accomplished athlete from Indiana county. He excelled in football and wrestling at Indiana High School and Syracuse University. He was the first African American two-time heavyweight wrestling champion in high school and the NCAA. . . . Map (db m154843) HM
19Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — Memorial Park
On Wayne Avenue at Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Wayne Avenue.
This site, one of the oldest and most historic in Indiana County, was initially surveyed in 1774 as part of the larger tract known as “Colforgie”. Conrad Rice, an early owner and inhabitant of the tract, deeded the park’s two acres to . . . Map (db m78062) HM
20Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — Moorhead's Fort
On Philadelphia Street at Heritage Run Road, on the right when traveling east on Philadelphia Street.
About 1781, Fergus Morehead, pioneer settler, built a fort near the buildings about 200 yards south, to protect his family and neighbors from hostile Indians. It was the first permanent settlement in this vicinity.Map (db m40567) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — Rural Electrification
On Airport Road (Pennsylvania Route 1006) 0.2 miles east of Pennsylvania Route 286, on the left when traveling east.
In 1936 seventy-five percent of Pennsylvania farms had no electric service. During the next five years, with Federal support, 14 consumer-owned cooperatives were formed in this State. Southwest Central Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, serving . . . Map (db m40568) HM
22Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — The Catawba and Kittanning Native American TrailsCrossing Point of Two Ancient Pathways
On Pratt Dr., on the right when traveling south.
The Catawba and Kittanning early Native American paths intersected near this location. The Catawba served as a major north south trail while the Kittanning ran east and west. Both offered Native Americans and early Europeans a path- way to a . . . Map (db m89218) HM
23Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — The Rescue of Anthony Hollingsworth
Near Philadelphia Street (Pennsylvania Route 286) at North Sixth Street.
On June 26, 1845, this 12 year-old fugitive slave was captured by slave hunters. Armed residents surrounded the hotel where he was held and demanded his release, defying federal law. Judge Thomas White freed him in the old courthouse on this site.Map (db m40559) HM
24Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — Walk of Fame
On Philadelphia Street west of North Taylor Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Founded in 2017, the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival Inc.’s "Walk of Fame” recognizes significant accomplishments made by residents from the northern Appalachian region in the fields of human rights, education, the environment, the arts, and . . . Map (db m202042) HM
25Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Indiana — William H. Sylvis
Near Locust Street at Pratt Drive.
American labor pioneer. Born in Indiana County, 1828. Founder, National Union of Iron Molders, 1859. President, National Labor Union, 1868-1869. Sylvis strove for unity among working men and women regardless of race or nationality. He died, "labor's . . . Map (db m40561) HM
26Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Marion Center — Linton Park(1826-1906)
On North Manor Street, 0.1 miles north of Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 403), on the right when traveling north.
Born and raised in Marion Center, Park is recognized as one of the most significant American folk painters. His realistic depictions of rural life, most notably “The Flax Scutching Bee” (1847), provide invaluable documentation of 19th . . . Map (db m49201) HM
27Pennsylvania, Indiana County, New Florence — Grace Lutheran Church Bell
This Bell Called The Faithful To Worship At Grace Lutheran Church Lockport, PA 1907 - 1960 Dedicated To: John Gehring Whose Perseverance And Dedication Saw This Project To CompletionMap (db m184621) HM
28Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Plumville — John S. Fisher
On Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 85/210) at Pennsylvania Route 210, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.
Governor of Pennsylvania, 1927-1931, was born on a farm, 1 mile northeast of here, in 1867. He supported an extensive State building program, revised the State fiscal system, and promoted the conservation of natural resources. Died in 1940.Map (db m49199) HM
29Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Rossiter — Millstone
On East Creek Road (Pennsylvania Route 1038) at Church Road, on the right when traveling east on East Creek Road.
First gristmill on the Little Mahoning Creek used for grinding grain in the early 1800's was owned and operated by St. Clair Hurd. 1933 - W.P.A. set millstone on present site. June 9, 1993 - restored by Rex Hurd and Carl Kendra. . . . Map (db m132491) HM
30Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Rossiter — Rossiter Strike Injunction
On West Side Street at Central Street (Pennsylvania Route 336), on the right when traveling west on West Side Street.
On April 1, 1927, 200,000 bituminous coal miners nationwide struck to protest wage reductions. In November, strikers in Rossiter were prohibited from assembling, marching, and hymn singing by a sweeping injunction issued by Indiana County Judge . . . Map (db m49200) HM
31Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Saltsburg — Saltsburg
On Washington Street (Pennsylvania Route 286) at West Penn Trail, on the right when traveling east on Washington Street.
First salt well in the vicinity was drilled, 1813-14. By the 1830's this area had become a leading United States salt producer. Important to its shipment was the Pennsylvania Canal's Western Division. The canal crossed here, 1829-1864, and was the . . . Map (db m49208) HM
32Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Saltsburg — Saltsburg Canal Park
On Washington Street (Pennsylvania Route 286) at West Penn Trail, on the right when traveling west on Washington Street.
Site of Pennsylvania main line canal 1829-1864 In Saltsburg were two boatyards, warehouses, lift lock number 8 and A turning basin. Salt was shipped from wells nearby. Passengers traveled on packet boats. One of these was owned and operated by . . . Map (db m49211) HM
33Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Saltsburg — The Rivers' Edge
Near Water Street, 0.1 miles south of Washington Street.
On June 7, 1997, this park was dedicated to the memory of William I. Maxwell. His love for and commitment to the Saltsburg community, combined with his love for the river, make the Rivers' Edge park a fitting tribute that the community and its . . . Map (db m49206) HM
34Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Smicksburg — Fort Mahoning
Near Hemlock Acres Road, 2.2 miles north of Pennsylvania Route 954.
This is a small re-creation of an 18th century log fort or blockhouse typical of this area. The building was erected in Smicksburg by Amish craftsmen using local logs and authentic saddle-notch construction and then moved to this site. Log buildings . . . Map (db m49198) HM
35Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Smicksburg — M.A. Stear Store
Near Kittanning Street (Pennsylvania Route 954) at Clarion Street.
While the exact date of construction of this building is uncertain, it dated from at least 1870 and was one of the most important commercial buildings in Smicksburg. While M. A. Stear is listed as the owner in 1871, the building served a succession . . . Map (db m163534) HM
36Pennsylvania, Indiana County, Smicksburg — Riethmiller's Store
On Pennsylvania Route 954 at Mill Street, on the right when traveling east on State Route 954.
The store located on this corner was built by John A. Campbell in 1910. By the 1930's the store was owned by George and Sara Riethmiller. Like many other small town stores, it sold a little bit of everything from ice cream and fabric to gasoline. . . . Map (db m79986) HM
 
 
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Feb. 6, 2023