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Historical Markers in Potter County, Pennsylvania

 
Clickable Map of Potter 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 Potter County, PA (30) Cameron County, PA (10) Clinton County, PA (28) Lycoming County, PA (192) McKean County, PA (41) Tioga County, PA (41) Allegany County, NY (56) Steuben County, NY (100)  PotterCounty(30) Potter County (30)  CameronCounty(10) Cameron County (10)  ClintonCounty(28) Clinton County (28)  LycomingCounty(192) Lycoming County (192)  McKeanCounty(41) McKean County (41)  TiogaCounty(41) Tioga County (41)  AlleganyCountyNew York(56) Allegany County (56)  SteubenCounty(100) Steuben County (100)
Coudersport is the county seat for Potter County
Adjacent to Potter County, Pennsylvania
      Cameron County (10)  
      Clinton County (28)  
      Lycoming County (192)  
      McKean County (41)  
      Tioga County (41)  
      Allegany County, New York (56)  
      Steuben County, New York (100)  
 
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1Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — 4 — 78 Lost, No One Forgotten
On PA-872 S, on the left when traveling north.
In loving memory of those who perished and suffered from the Austin Dam tragedy. May those individuals rest in peace and smile down upon our tribute in their honor. Our mural represents William Nelson, who tried to warn of the possibility of a . . . Map (db m160745) HM
2Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — Austin Flood Disaster
On Rugaber Street (Pennsylvania Route 872) 1.6 miles north of Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 607), on the right when traveling south.
On September 30, 1911, the Bayless Pulp and Paper Company dam broke here. This concrete dam, built in 1909, was nearly 50 feet high; 534 feet long. Its failure sent torrents of water and debris down Freeman Run into Austin and Costello, causing . . . Map (db m39967) HM
3Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — Austin Flood Disaster
On Sept. 30, 1911, the Bayless Pulp and Paper Company dam broke here. This concrete dam, built in 1909, was nearly fifty feet high; 534 feet long. Its failure sent torrents of water and debris down Freeman Run into Austin and Costello, causing great . . . Map (db m148925) HM
4Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — 3 — Earthen Dam
Near Austin Dam Memorial Park Access Road, 0.4 miles Jones Run Road.
In 1900, Bayless Paper constructed paper mill in the Freeman Run Valley. There was a small earthen dam built up the river, and used that for the paper mill. But in 1909, the company realized that the occasional dry seasons require a bigger and more . . . Map (db m160744) HM
5Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — 2 — Earthen Dam Spillway
Near Austin Dam Memorial Park Access Road, 0.4 miles south of Jones Run Road.
These are the remains of the spillway from the Earthen Dam which was built in 1900 to sustain the Bayless Paper Mill. Although this dam burst due to heavy rains in 1942, the Bayless Mill operated until destroyed by fire in 1944.Map (db m160743) HM
6Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — History Of The Austin Dam And 1911 Flood
On PA-872 S, on the left when traveling north.
The Austin Dam was built in 1909 to harness water from Freeman Run to power Paper Mill, the town's largest industry. While the Bayless the citizens of Austin who worked at the many mill were grateful for their jobs, others questioned the . . . Map (db m160746) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — 5 — Ms. Cora Brooks
Near Pennsylvania Route 872, 1.1 miles north of Rubager Street, on the right when traveling south.
One of Austin's most colorful turn-of-the-century citizens, Cora (center) operated a local brothel on a hill adjacent the dam. Upon seeing the dam break, she began calling townsfolk including the operator. Her efforts are credited with saving . . . Map (db m160749) HM
8Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — 1 — The Austin Dam Broke
On PA-872 S, on the left when traveling north.
The Austin Dam broke Sept. 30, 1911 at least 78 lives were lost.Map (db m160742) HM
9Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — The Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill(1900-1944)
On Rugaber Street (Pennsylvania Route 872) 0.7 miles north of Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 607), on the right when traveling south.
In 1900 on this lot, George C. Bayless of Binghamton, NY. began construction of a large pulp and paper mill. Originally constructed for a daily capacity of 50-ton, in later years it had at times, an output of 70-ton of paper per day. By 1910 the . . . Map (db m65536) HM
10Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — 6 — The Bughouse
On PA-872 S, on the left when traveling north.
Originally used for quarantine of the sick, it was later used as a gambling den by the rowdier citizens of Austin.Map (db m160750) HM
11Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — The Goodyear Mill
On Garretson Road, 0.1 miles north of Foster Street, on the right when traveling north.
On this site a sawmill and millpond were constructed by O.S. Garretson and opened Sept. 20, 1886. By 1897 the mill was owned by Frank H. Goodyear and cut an average of 7,000,000 feet a month. A 200 hp boiler with steam lines that ran through the . . . Map (db m148924) HM
12Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — The Louis Nuschke Store1890-1970
On Rugaber Street (Pennsylvania Route 872) at Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 607), on the right when traveling south on Rugaber Street.
On this site a wood frame business was built by Louis Nuschke. A grand store for it's time, one could purchase anything from furniture, carpet, wall paper, hand painted china and jewelry as well as hardware items. When the dam broke in 1911 the . . . Map (db m83707) HM
13Pennsylvania, Potter County, Austin — Victims of Sept 30, 1911 Austin Flood
(see photo for names)Map (db m148927) HM
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14Pennsylvania, Potter County, Costello — The Costello Tannery(1880-1924)
On Costello Road (Pennsylvania Route 872) 0.2 miles west of Pennsylvania Route 3003, on the right when traveling north.
On this site once known as North Wharton, P.H. Costello and P.C. Costello of Oneida, New York, built what was then the worlds largest tannery. By December 1881 the tannery consumed 32,000 cord of bark annually for a yearly output of 6,000,000 of . . . Map (db m42876) HM
15Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — David Zeisberger
Near North Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 44) at East 2nd Street (U.S. 6).
Erected as a memorial to David Zeisberger, who encamped near this place on the night of October 8, 1767, when on his way from Bethlehem to the mouth of Tionesta Creek to visit the Indians on the Allegheny River. He was accompanied by two Delaware . . . Map (db m42918) HM
16Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — David Zeisberger
On Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) 0.1 miles west of Mill Street, on the right when traveling west.
Noted Moravian missionary camped near here October 8, 1767, en route from Bethlehem to found missions among the Delaware Indians to the West. He was the first white man to pass through the primeval forests of this region.Map (db m42919) HM
17Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — Headwaters CountryPennsylvania Wilds
On 2nd Street (U.S. 6) at East Street, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street.
High on the Allegheny Plateau, Potter County gives birth to three mighty rivers. Eleven miles northeast of Coudersport, on a hilltop near Raymond, their watersheds converge. Waters trickle from the hill's north side to form the Genesee River that . . . Map (db m142688) HM
18Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — Jersey Shore Pike
On Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) 0.4 miles east of Ice Mine Road (Pennsylvania Route 3006), on the right when traveling east.
Lymansville was the north terminus for the early pack trail and wagon road south to Jersey Shore. In 1834 a Turnpike toll road was completed between the two points. For many years it was a major trade route.Map (db m42874) HM
19Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — Lymansville
On Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) at Buffalo Street (Pennsylvania Route 872), on the right when traveling west on Grand Army of the Republic Highway.
The pioneer settlement in this region was made here in 1808 by Major Isaac Lyman, land agent and a Revolutionary officer. The first saw and grist mill, post office, and court were also located here.Map (db m42873) HM
20Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — Ole Bull's Colony
On Coudersport-Jersey Shore Highway (Pennsylvania Route 44) east of West Branch Road, on the right when traveling east.
The 11,144 acres of land within the tract acquired by the noted Norwegian violinist in 1852 were southeast of here. Here were village sites, New Norway, Oleona, New Bergen, Walhalla, and Ole Bull's Castle.Map (db m125157) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — Potter County
On 2nd Street (U.S. 6) 0.1 miles west of East Street, on the right when traveling west.
Formed March 26, 1804 from Lycoming County, and fully organized in 1835. Named for Revolutionary hero General James Potter. An early center of the lumbering and tanning industries. Coudersport, the county seat, was laid out in 1807; incorporated . . . Map (db m39966) HM
22Pennsylvania, Potter County, Coudersport — Road through the Wilderness • Historic Route 6Pennsylvania Wilds
On 2nd Street (U.S. 6) at East Street, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street.
In 1807, the Pennsylvania legislature commissioned a road across the wilderness of northern Pennsylvania to open up east-west travel. Nine years later, laborers completed the "road," though sections remained rough packhorse trail — like here . . . Map (db m142687) HM
23Pennsylvania, Potter County, Cross Fork — Ole Bornemann Bull1810 - 1880
Near Ole Bull Road (State Highway 144) 1.7 miles south of State Highway 44, on the right when traveling south.
The famous Norwegian violinist located a colony of fellow Norwegians near this site in September of 1852. From this vantage point, Ole Bull started to build his castle. This large wooden cabin was never completed. All that remains is the foundation . . . Map (db m125095) HM
24Pennsylvania, Potter County, Galeton — Built From The Forest
On Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) 0.1 miles west of Bridge Street, on the right when traveling east.
Galeton's Early Days In 1879, only a few hundred people lived in this area, surrounded by forested wilds. Then William McClure Gale came to town, and launched an industry that quickly transformed the region. On the land before you (now John J. . . . Map (db m122458) HM
25Pennsylvania, Potter County, Galeton — Historic Galeton
On Grand Army of the Republic Highway (U.S. 6) 0.1 miles west of Bridge Street, on the right when traveling east.
Dynamic Community In the early 1900s, a thriving lumber industry had transformed Galeton into the biggest city in Potter County. More than 30 trains stopped in Galeton each day, carrying people and goods across America. Shops, hotels, . . . Map (db m122456) HM
26Pennsylvania, Potter County, Genesee — Pennsylvania
On Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 449) 0 miles south of Genesee Street (Pennsylvania Route 1010), in the median.
Founded 1681 by William Penn as a Quaker Commonwealth. Birthplace of THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.Map (db m42921) HM
27Pennsylvania, Potter County, Harrison Valley — David Zeisberger
On East Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 49) west of Andrews Hill Road, on the right when traveling west.
Noted Moravian missionary, passed through here in October 1767, en route from Bethlehem to found missions among the Delaware Indians to the West. He was the first white man to travel through the primeval forests of this region.Map (db m42917) HM
28Pennsylvania, Potter County, Raymond — Allegheny River
On Pennsylvania Route 49, 0.6 miles west of Barnett Road, on the right when traveling west.
Here is the head stream of this historic river, pathway of Indians, and white traders and settlers for over 200 years. It unites with the Monongahela, 352 miles away at Pittsburgh, forming the Ohio.Map (db m42914) HM
29Pennsylvania, Potter County, Raymond — David Zeisberger
On Pennsylvania Route 49, 0.1 miles west of Smith Road, on the right when traveling west.
Noted Moravian missionary, passed through here in Octber 1767, en route from Bethlehem to found missions among the Delaware Indians to the West. He was the first white man to travel through the primeval forests of this region.Map (db m42916) HM
30Pennsylvania, Potter County, Ulysses — CCC Chestnut Cabin
Map (db m170725) HM
 
 
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Jan. 30, 2023