Built in 1756 as defense from Indian attacks. Named for Benjamin Franklin, who ordered construction. It was of limited use; abandoned in 1757. The Fort stood a short distance above present highway. — — Map (db m86744) HM
On North Hoffman Boulevard (Pennsylvania Route 61 & 54).
Widespread job loss in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region in the late 19th century led many Ashland “boys” to seek employment elsewhere. Strong attachment to the miners’ former hometown prompted formation of the A.B.A. c. 1900. Until 1976, the A.B.A. . . . — — Map (db m212747) HM
This is a reproduction in bronze of Whistlers famous painting. It honors all mothers past and present and is the only one of its kind in the country. Erected by the Ashland Boys Association and dedicated on Sept 4, 1938. Designer: Emil Siebern, . . . — — Map (db m93187) HM
On East Water Street (US 209) at 1st Street on East Water Street (US 209).
Labor leader, worker advocate. In October 1900 she led a march of 2,000 women from McAdoo to Coaldale to aid a six - week strike called in September by the United Mine Workers of America for higher wages, recognition, and a grievance process. Many . . . — — Map (db m86795) HM
Mammoth Operation The No. 8 first opened in 1845. During its peak in the first half of the 1900’s, the colliery grew to a workforce of near 3,000 men. The mine consisted of 8 horizontal levels, the lowest being more that 1,200 feet below the . . . — — Map (db m86797) HM
On Gold Star Highway (Pennsylvania Route 924) 1.2 miles south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
Critical to the Pa. anthracite industry, this inclined plane railroad transported coal from the Mahanoy Valley up the Broad Mountain to Frackville. Opened in 1862 as part of the Reading Railroad system, improvements in the early 20th century . . . — — Map (db m31481) HM
On Mahanoy Street north of Oak Street, on the right when traveling north.
Frackville American Legion
gratefully dedicates this
monument to honor all the
men and women who
faithfully and proudly serve
sacrificing all to protect
our country's freedom
Our Auxiliary will
always support our . . . — — Map (db m101120) WM
On East Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 25) 0.1 miles east of Division Street, on the right when traveling east.
Along this ridge, between Deep and Pine Creeks, ran the Tulpehocken Path. It connected Shickellamy's capital of Shamokin, now Sunbury, with the Tulpehocken Valley. Travelled by Indian ambassadors and Christian missionaries. — — Map (db m68418) HM
Near Hawk Mountain Road (County Road 2018) 2 miles east of Summer Valley Road (State Route 895).
Before the turn of the century, much industrial activity took place here. Excavation of sand for building purposes and for glassware went on for many years. Originally the sand was carted to Drehersville by way of the rough route over which you have . . . — — Map (db m161405) HM
At Mahantango Gap, seen to the south, was the Double Eagle, a stopping place on the Indian path that ran from Shamokin (Sunbury) at the Forks of the Susquehanna to Weiser's on the Tulpehocken Valley, and on to Philadelphia. — — Map (db m89739) HM
On Vulcan Hill Road (Pennsylvania Route 54) 1 miles west of Interstate 81, on the right when traveling west. Reported missing.
The first cable television system in Pennsylvania, believed to be the first in the United States, was established June 1948 in Mahanoy City by John Walson. This community antenna (CATV) system, operated by Mr. Walson's Service Electric Company, . . . — — Map (db m67444) HM
On West Centre Sreet (Pennsylvania Route 54) 0 miles west of North Locust Street, on the right when traveling west.
Violin prodigy who performed with John Philip Sousa and later became a film director and composer. He pioneered the use of original music for films, and his film “One Night of Love” won best musical score and sound recording Oscars in . . . — — Map (db m67365) HM
First furnace to use only anthracite for fuel, 1836. Built by Dr. F.W. Geissenhainer, who patented the method in 1833. Process in use continuously by the Pottsville or Pioneer Furnace, 1839 and after. — — Map (db m86754) HM
On First Street at Clamtown Road (Pennsylvania Route 443), on the right when traveling south on First Street.
West Penn Township opened her first free schools in 1871. This was 1 of 17 owned by the West Penn Twp. School District until 1966. It was then purchased by the West Penn Youth Corp. It was used as a church and Sunday school until the early 1900's . . . — — Map (db m128314) HM
On Maple Street west of Mifflin Street, on the right when traveling west.
The novelist, born in Pine Grove, wrote about American frontier life. His books include "The Town" and "The Waters of Kronos." A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, Richter lived and worked in this house, 1950-1968. — — Map (db m68399) HM
This M60A3 Main Battle Tank (MBT) is a fully tracked, armored, combat vehicle operated by a crew of four consisting of a driver, gunner, loader, and a tank commander. The vehicle is powered by a 750 horsepower V-12 air cooled compression ignition . . . — — Map (db m86712) WM
On other side of the creek, where the old road runs, the Tulpehocken Path entered the "Gaps of the Swatara." In 1743 Conrad Weiser, John Bartram, and Lewis Evans passed here for Onondaga with peace messages from Virginia to the Six Nations. — — Map (db m86709) HM
On Pike Street at Pine Street, on the right when traveling east on Pike Street.
The 108-mile canal from Philadelphia linked this region's anthracite coal fields with industrial markets along the U.S. east coast. In 1828 the Schuylkill Navigation Company completed the canal to Port Carbon, which was its northern terminus until . . . — — Map (db m68564) HM
To honor all veterans of Port Carbon who served their country in The Civil War, The Spanish American War, World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm. Many God Bless You. — — Map (db m86760) WM
On Centre Street (U.S. 209) south of Union Street, on the left when traveling south.
This building once occupied the site on the corner of Union and South Centre Streets in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. This building was once one of Pottsville's first public buildings and housed some of Pottsville's first businesses such as a . . . — — Map (db m186383) HM
On Centre Street (U.S. 209) at Union Street, on the left when traveling south on Centre Street.
The adjacent plaques are architectural cornice elements salvaged from the former building located at 314 South Centre Street, Pottsville, PA. This building site was originally a small cigar store in 1891 destroyed by fire in the late 1800's. . . . — — Map (db m186381) HM
On Mahantongo Street east of South 9th Street, on the right when traveling east.
Anthracite pioneer. He developed slope method for mining below water table, 1835. His Pottsville Furnace was the first successful smelter of anthracite iron, 1839-40. His home, built 1830-35, was first of the mansions to line Mahantongo St. — — Map (db m68485) HM
On Pottsville-Minersville Highway (U.S. 209) at Bunting Street (U.S. 209), on the left when traveling north on Pottsville-Minersville Highway.
This monument is to honor the Anthracite Miners of Schuylkill County - past, present, and future, and to commemorate in a very special way the many men and boys who lost their lives in the mines.
The Miners' Statue was placed here by the . . . — — Map (db m186631) HM
On Weigland Boulevard (U.S. 209) 0.8 miles north of Anderson Street.
This anthracite coal transportation facility helped fuel America's Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. It was vital to the shipment of up to one-half million tons of coal annually along the Schuylkill Canal to Philadelphia and throughout the . . . — — Map (db m68669) HM
On Centre Street south of Laurel Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
Birthplace: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
November 16, 1939
Graduate: Pottsville High School
Class of 1957
United States Military Academy
Class of 1961
1966 - 1967 and 1971 - 1972
Special Assistant to the . . . — — Map (db m190845) HM
On Mahantongo Street west of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west.
Jack Schneider was our city engineer from 1976 until his passing in 2008. The results of his tireless efforts can be seen throughout the city of Pottsville, but his dedication to the community didn't end at City Hall.
His attention to detail . . . — — Map (db m186508) HM
This was the home, from 1916 to 1928, of one of America's best known novelists and short-story writers. Born at Pottsville in 1905, he used this anthracite region as a setting for several of his major works. O'Hara died at Princeton, N.J., in 1970. — — Map (db m68422) HM
On Mahantongo Street at 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west on Mahantongo Street.
You are standing on the site where once stood the home of Walter Scott Sheafer, the famed civil and mining engineer, real estate and insurance businessman. He was one of the developers of the Mahanoy and Shenandoah coal fields. Mr. Sheafer was . . . — — Map (db m186503) HM
On Sanderson Street west of North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west.
On June 21, 1877, six "Molly Maguires," an alleged secret society of Irish mine-workers, were hanged here. Pinkerton detective James McParlan’s testimony led to convictions for violent crimes against the coal industry, yet the facts of the labor, . . . — — Map (db m68518) HM
On North Centre Street south of West Laurel Boulevard.
The legendary team played as a member of the National Football League here, 1925-28. In 1925 the Maroons compiled a record widely viewed as the league's best. They climaxed their season by defeating Notre Dame in a well publicized pro vs. college . . . — — Map (db m68544) HM
On West Laurel Boulevard at North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling east on West Laurel Boulevard.
Formed March 1, 1811 out of Northampton and Berks counties. Parts of Columbia and Luzerne counties added 1818. The name honors the Schuylkill River. County seat, Pottsville, was made a borough in 1828; city in 1911. A center of the anthracite coal . . . — — Map (db m68490) HM
On Centre Street (U.S. 209) south of Union Street, on the right when traveling south.
Daniel Lindenmuth, from an important Schuylkill County family of German heritage, built this extraordinary house in 1828-29. A paper trail of evidence indicates that this structure is the oldest Gothic Revival house in America. The fine . . . — — Map (db m186385) HM
America’s Oldest Brewery founded by David G. Yuengling.
Operated continuously on this site by the Yuengling Family since 1831.
Entered on the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places.
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Historical . . . — — Map (db m67557) HM
On East Grand Avenue (U.S. 209) at Terry Street, on the right when traveling west on East Grand Avenue.
Born in Reinerton, Les Brown enjoyed a 70-year career in American popular music, conducting his famous "Band of Renown" and helping launch the career of Doris Day with the number one hit Sentimental Journey; long-time bandleader for Bob Hope and . . . — — Map (db m10517) HM
On 3rd Street south of Carroll Street, on the right when traveling south.
Born: St. Clair, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1889
Graduate: Mercersburg Academy, Pennsylvania, 1909
Hahnemann Medical College, Pennsylvania, 1913
Assistant Physician to Presidents Harding and Coolidge
and Physician to President Hoover . . . — — Map (db m190828) HM
On East Centre Street at North Union Street, on the right when traveling east on East Centre Street.
In May 1902, 150,000 mineworkers struck for six months for higher wages, union recognition, shorter hours, and other demands. A July 30th riot of 5,000 strikers in Shenandoah led to its occupation by the PA National Guard and influenced President . . . — — Map (db m67358) HM
A center for Lithuanian settlement since the late 1800s, Schuylkill County's population has the greatest concentration of Lithuanian ancestry in the US. The coal industry drew many of these immigrants. The local Knights of Lithuania, among the . . . — — Map (db m86764) HM
On East Wahington Street at Ringtown Blvd (PA 924 on East Wahington Street.
Their coal oil lamps dimly lighted the dismal tunnels while silhouetting their blackened faces that portrayed their exhausting labors and dedication to their families from sunrise to sunset. Only God knew their fate. As you walk this brick pathway . . . — — Map (db m86761) HM
On South Chestnut Street at West Oak Street, on the right when traveling south on South Chestnut Street.
Founded by Ukrainian immigrants in 1884, St. Michael's was the first church of the Greek Catholic Rite in America. Present church edifice, of the Byzantine style, was erected in 1983. — — Map (db m67336) HM
On North Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 924) at East Centre Street (Pennsylvania Route 54), on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
Trombonist Tommy Dorsey (1905-56) & saxophonist Jimmy Dorsey (1904-57) were key figures of the "big band" era. Born within three miles of here, both grew up and began their musical careers in Shenandoah. Until 1935 the brothers performed together. . . . — — Map (db m31503) HM
On Schoolhouse Road, 0.2 miles north of Pennsylvania Route 924.
On August 27, 1963 rescuers used a new technique to drill a borehole that successfully freed two coal miners trapped for nearly 2 weeks by a shaft cave-in 320 feet below ground. One miner was lost and the incident gained national attention and . . . — — Map (db m87542) HM
On Claude Lord Boulevard (Pennsylvania Route 67) 0.3 miles north of West Russell Street (Pennsylvania Route 621).
Pioneering labor organizer and leader of the Workingmen’s Benevolent Association (WBA) of Schuylkill County, a union of anthracite mineworkers. Formed nearby in 1868, WBA had 20,000 members in 22 districts; secured state mine safety laws and the . . . — — Map (db m68682) HM
On West Broad Street (U.S. 209) at North Nescopec Street, on the right when traveling west on West Broad Street.
The Anthracite Bank of Tamaqua was built by William Donaldson in 1850 as the town’s first bank. In 1865 it became the First National Bank and moved across the street. During the 1880’s the building served as the home of Col. Henry L. Cake who let . . . — — Map (db m86750) HM
On East Broad Street (U.S. 209) at North Greenwood Street, on the right when traveling west on East Broad Street.
First home in Tamaqua: built in 1801 by founder Burkhardt Moser: still stands in the rear of 307 East Broad St. Moser settled here in 1799 and built a sawmill nearby. He was the first to discover coal in the area in 1817.
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania — — Map (db m128312) HM
On Market Street at Mauch Chunk Street, on the right when traveling north on Market Street.
The Little Schuylkill Hotel was built in 1827 as the first hotel in Tamaqua by the Little Schuylkill Navigation Railroad and Coal Company who first laid out parks for the town. This is the first stone building erected in Tamaqua. The company planned . . . — — Map (db m195795) HM
On West Broad Street (U.S. 209) at Center Street (Pennsylvania Route 309) on West Broad Street.
The first railroad in the nation to haul anthracite coal by steam locomotive was built in 1829. It connected the rich coal mines of the Tamaqua area with the Schuylkill Canal at Port Clinton. The 21-mile line opened in 1831 and is still in operation . . . — — Map (db m86747) HM
The cemetery was incorporated in 1865 and contains the graves of many of Tamaqua’s most prominent citizens. The focal point of the cemetery is its Soldier’s Circle and Civil War Monument, dedicated in 1870. Tamaqua, Pennsylvania — — Map (db m86753) HM
This large imposing building was built in 1897 as the Jno. F. McGinty Brewery, famous for their Lager Beer, XXX Porter Brown Stout and wholesale Liquors. It had a capacity of 15,000 barrels per year initially. By 1903 its capacity was increased to . . . — — Map (db m86794) HM
On West Broad Street (US 209) at South Lehigh Street on West Broad Street (US 209).
During the early morning hours of July 6, 1875, police officer Benjamin F. Yost was murdered on this corner as he climbed a ladder to extinguish the street lamp. Alleged members of the Molly Maguires were convicted of the murder and were hanged June . . . — — Map (db m86752) HM