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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Butler County, Pennsylvania

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Butler is the county seat for Butler County
Adjacent to Butler County, Pennsylvania
      Allegheny County (679)  
      Armstrong County (23)  
      Beaver County (219)  
      Clarion County (29)  
      Lawrence County (42)  
      Mercer County (96)  
      Venango County (69)  
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1 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Butler — Butler County
Formed March 12, 1800 from Allegheny County. Named for General Richard Butler, Revolutionary officer. A young George Washington had crossed this area, 1753. County seat was established at Butler in 1803, and the county was home of the Harmony . . . Map (db m42636) HM
2 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Butler — General Richard Butler
In memory of General Richard Butler Born in Ireland One of five brothers soldiers distinguished for bravery and devoted service Captain 2d. Pennsylvania Battalion 1776 Colonel 9th. Pennsylvania Regiment 1777 Major General United . . . Map (db m42637) HM
3 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Butler — Invention Of The Jeep
In September 1940 a team headed by Karl Probst delivered to the United States Army a prototype for the World War II jeep. This small, four-wheel drive vehicle was produced by the American Bantam Car Company, located one block east. Here, Bantam . . . Map (db m42638) HM
4 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Cabot — Influenza Epidemic Victims — The Black Cross —
Here are buried an unknown number of local victims of the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-1919—one of history’s worst epidemics in terms of deaths. In Butler County, the worst period was early October to early November 1918, with some 260 . . . Map (db m78854) HM
5 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Cranberry Township — 1806 Plains Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1806, Plains Presbyterian Church was the first church to form in Cranberry Township. The first services were held in groves and a tent. A log church was built in 1820 replaced by a brick church in 1839 with the present frame structure . . . Map (db m44425) HM
6 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Cranberry Township — Cranberry Township Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m160216) WM
7 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Cranberry Township — Crider's Corners
Crider's Corners, Cranberry Township's main intersection and business district, was located here at Old Perry Highway (now Dutilh Road) and Old Mars/Freedom Road. Site of Meeder's Market and Crider's Garage. From 1908 to 1931 Crider's Corners was a . . . Map (db m40574) HM
8 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Cranberry Township — Venango Path
A major Indian path between the Forks of the Ohio (now Pittsburgh) and the Seneca town of Venango (now Franklin) passed through here. On December 27, 1753, George Washington came this way with frontier scout Christopher Gist as they returned from . . . Map (db m160922) HM
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9 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Cranberry Township, Ogle — Ogle
Cranberry Township's first post office, Ogle, opened 1850 in the home of Thomas Robinson on old Perry Highway (now Dutilh Road) .09 mile south of here. The post office and Ogle placename later moved to this location where postal services alternated . . . Map (db m44378) HM
10 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Evans City — Evans City — Home to Night of the Living Dead
Evans City was the central filming location for the historic and influential 1968 film. Added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.Map (db m214363) HM
11 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Evans City — George Washington
Returning to Virginia from his historic visit at Fort Le Boeuf, Washington used the adjacent Venango Indian Trail. In this locality, on Dec. 27, 1753, he narrowly escaped death, being shot at by an Indian less than fifteen paces from him.Map (db m80462) HM
12 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Evans City — Major George Washington
On the flats of the east side of Connoquenessing Creek, one hundred rods east of this spot, Major George Washington, then a youth twenty-one years of age, narrowly escaped death, being shot at by a hostile Indian, less than fifteen steps distant, on . . . Map (db m42639) HM
13 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Fenelton — Reverend Richard C. Christy
Chaplain, 78th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-64. He was credited as Pennsylvania’s first Catholic Civil War chaplain and the only one serving a chiefly non-Catholic regiment. Despite the anti-Catholic prejudice of the era, he gained a . . . Map (db m42641) HM
14 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Ca. 1805 Log Cabin — In Memory of — Thomas R. Murray Sr. 1919-1972 —
. . . Map (db m244467) HM
15 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — George Washington Slept Here
[Top left painting caption reads] George Washington in his Virginia Regiment uniform. Painting by Charles Willson Peale On November 30, 1753, 21-year-old George Washington, a major in the Virginia Regiment, camped . . . Map (db m244472) HM
16 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Harmonist - Ziegler Barn — 1805
The Harmonist Society built the stone foundation of this barn in 1805, as part of a sheep shed for its growing flock. It served the Harmonists until they left Butler County in 1814. The barn was enlarged in the mid-1800's by David Ziegler, son of . . . Map (db m155437) HM
17 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Harmonist Cemetery
Burial place of Harmonist Society, 1805-15. Graves were not marked. The stone wall was built in 1869, after the Harmonists had returned from Indiana and settled at "Old Economy," in Beaver County.Map (db m40434) HM
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18 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Harmony
First home of Harmony Society, founded 1804, by George Rapp and German followers. In 1814 moved to New Harmony, Indiana, and settled at Economy in present Ambridge, Beaver County, in 1825.Map (db m40359) HM
19 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Harmony Mennonites
Church organized 1816 by Abraham Ziegler, purchaser of the Harmonist property. The Reverend John Boyer was the first pastor. Present stone church built 1825.Map (db m160950) HM
20 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Rapp's Seat Vineyard Hill
Harmony Society leader George Rapp could meditate at the isolated seat carved into the rock outcrop above, and watch over town activity. The Harmonists grew wine grapes on the treeless slope. Their hilltop music pavilion and the seat were reached by . . . Map (db m160502) HM
21 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Veterans Memorial
In honor of those who served this country in times of conflict and of peace [Armed Services Emblems]Map (db m244389) WM
22 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — Visitor Information Center
Inspiration of and supported generously by Thomas R. Murray Log house and support donated by P.W. Carothers Family Textor School Road log house dismantled, relocated and reconstructed by and with donation support of Harmony Museum . . . Map (db m244469) HM
23 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony — War Memorial — Reported missing
In remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives that we would be free [Armed Services Emblems]Map (db m244392) WM
24 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harrisville — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of this community who helped preserve the freedom of humanity for ages to comeMap (db m244370) WM
25 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Mars — USS Mars AFS-1 Ships Bell
Commissioned 21 December 1963 Decommissioned 1 February 1993 A combat stores ship manned by 430 officers and enlisted personnel First ship to use UH-460 Sea Knight helicopter for faster record setting replenishments of the US Naval . . . Map (db m79970) HM WM
26 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Mars, Adams Township — Mars
Named after the Star of Mars. Founded 1875Map (db m219820) HM
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27 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Prospect — George Edward Waddell — (1876-1914)
One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. With the Philadelphia Athletics "Rube" Waddell led the American League in strikeouts 6 straight years, topping 20 wins in each of his first 4 years. During his career he won 193 games. He was known . . . Map (db m40357) HM
28 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Amelia Roebling Knoch House — Circa 1880
Amelia married Herman Knoch, their son, William, & wife Eva, donated their farm for the school.Map (db m163501) HM
29 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — August & Martha Bernigau Property — 1835-1900
Bernigau's residence and cabinet shop were locate here, with the wareroom across the street. Dr. Moore's dentist office here in 1940s.Map (db m163502) HM
30 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Charles Pfeiffer House — 1883 — Hegenbotham Family 1901-2001 —
Pfieffer operated a feed store here. William Hegenbotham started his tin shop here in 1901.Map (db m163504) HM
31 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Christian Stuebgen Property, 1835 — Kohnfelder Family 1866-1907
This building was probably built by Frederick & Henry Schroth in 1907.Map (db m163506) HM
32 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Christian Stuebgen's Hotel Burned in 1866
Joseph Kohnfelder replaced it with a 2-story brick hotel. William Berger's clover farm store began here in 1919.Map (db m163505) HM
33 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Dr. E. Mershon Home & Office — 1880
Brothers, Dr. Edward & Dr. Homer Mershon practiced here. The home was in the Mershon Family from 1880 until 1978.Map (db m163507) HM
34 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Emil Schroth Barber Shop — Built in 1916
Emil Schroth, began barbering in Saxonburg in 1891. He built this building for his shop in 1916.Map (db m163508) HM
35 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Emilius Maurhoff Home — Circa 1860
As the Maurhoff Family store prospered, this house was built, attached to the store.Map (db m163509) HM
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36 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Ernst Muder House — Circa 1875 — Sollie Home 1936-93 —
Ernst & Caroline Muder built this house next to their Union Hotel, C-1875.Map (db m163510) HM
37 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Ferdinand Baehr House Built in 1832
Washington Roebling later wrote that, Baehr built a larger house than ours and painted it pink.Map (db m163511) HM
38 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Ferdinand Starke House — Circa 1835
One of the earliest houses, the log floor joists, wall studs, and roof rafters have been shaped by axe or adze.Map (db m163512) HM
39 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Frederick Bauman House — Circa 1865
Frederick Bauman, stonecutter, has his Saxonburg marble works next to his house. The Bauman Family lived here from 1865 until 1921.Map (db m163514) HM
40 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — German Evangelical Protestant Church — Built in 1837
Land donated by John Roebling in 1836 Bell & tower added in 1863 Clock added in 1919.Map (db m163515) HM
41 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Helmbold Family Home — Circa 1835
William Berger had a store here in 1910. George Aderhold lived here in the 1930s and started Saxonburg Ceramics in the backyard.Map (db m163516) HM
42 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Herting 1835-1860 — Muder 1860-1922
This was the second location of the Saxonburg Telephone Co. circa 1922-1960.Map (db m163517) HM
43 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Hotel Saxonburg — Circa 1835-1840
This building has been a hotel since 1835. Earlier names were: The Vogeley House, The Belvedere House, The Laube House, & The Central Hotel.Map (db m163518) HM
44 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — John & Carl Roebling House — Built in 1832.
Many of the newly arrived settlers stayed here until they could build their own houses.Map (db m163242) HM
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45 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — KDKA "Dog House" — 1937-1940
This little building housed a "Spider Coil" at the base of the KDKA 718 foot broadcasting tower at Saxonburg. It provided a smooth path for the 50,000 watt signal to the world.Map (db m57455) HM
46 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Kuntz 1835-1844 — Stuebgen 1877-1968
The east side of the house built in 1835. August Stuebgen opened his family meat store in the west addition in 1877.Map (db m163519) HM
47 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Muder Family — 1835-1917
Originally part of the J. Heinrich Muder farm, the Neubert family owned this building 1923-1949. Milton Neubert's meat market was here.Map (db m163520) HM
48 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — St. Lukes Lutheran Church
John Roebling donated this land to the church in 1860 The 1869 brick church was replaced in 1927 by this sanctuary.Map (db m163521) HM
49 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Starke Family House — Circa 1880
For 60 years, beginning in 1922, Aaron & Alberta Bachman lived here with their six daughters.Map (db m163523) HM
50 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Stuebgen House — Circa 1860 — Neubert Home 1924-1984 —
Christian Stuebgen's family lived here from 1860 until 1891. Ed Neubert's printing shop here 1924-1984.Map (db m163524) HM
51 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — The Roeblings
John A. Roebling, inventor of steel wire rope and designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, began business at Saxonburg, founded by him in 1832. His son, Washington A. Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge, was born here in 1837.Map (db m40575) HM
52 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Tolley 1835-1885 — Seipel House, C-1890 — Schroth's 1921-1985 —
Ollie Schroth moved his harness shop and ice cream business here in 1921. His son, Arnold, continued the business.Map (db m163526) HM
53 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Tolley House — Circa 1850 — Schoentag Store 1891-1950s —
The Tolley family lived here 1835-1885 The Schoentag family owned the property 1891-2001Map (db m163525) HM
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54 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — Vogeley House — 1838-1871 — Schroth 1877-1926 —
John George Vogeley house, circa 1850. William Schroth and family lived here from 1877 until 1926. Only the summer kitchen remains.Map (db m163527) HM
55 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — William A. Smith
Known as “Uncle Billy” Smith. In 1859, he drilled the world's first successful oil well with tools that he made in his blacksmith shop near Tarentum. The well, 69½ feet deep, was drilled near Titusville for Colonel Edwin Drake. . . . Map (db m42642) HM
56 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Saxonburg — William Schroth Harnessmaker — Circa 1880
William Schroth started his harnessmaking in the barn behind his house, nextdoor. In the 1880s he built this building.Map (db m163530) HM
57 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Alumni Veterans Memorial
In gratitude to the alumni of Slippery Rock University who served their country so valiantly. This memorial is a tribute to those ROCK alumni who answered the call of duty.Map (db m220084) HM
58 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Hickory Corner Schoolhouse — 1891-1963
The McCandless Schoolhouse project was originally envisioned by Dr. G.C. McCandless as a memorial to his late wife, Dr. Pauline McCandless. In 1988 the building was moved to the campus of Slippery Rock University from its original location in . . . Map (db m220083) HM
59 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Korean War Memorial
In Honor of Those Who Served Veterans of Korean War 1950-55Map (db m220082) WM
60 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Old Stone House — Pioneer Wayside Inn
Built in 1822 and reconstructed in 1963 Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum CommissionMap (db m42640) HM
61 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Paul and Carolyn Carruth Rizza Hall
Built in 1900 and used as the Slippery Rock Normal School's Model School and as Slippery Rock High School, Paul and Carolyn Carruth Rizza Hall was restored to its original architectural splendor as the result of a generous donation by Mrs. Ethel . . . Map (db m220085) HM
62 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Slippery Rock Honor Roll
This Memorial is erected to honor the men and women who served their country 1941 • World War II • 1945 Donald H. Blyth • George I. Brown • C. Lacy Christley Carl O. Hallberg • Vasily Katske • J. Calvin McCoy • Fred . . . Map (db m220079) WM
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63 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — Vietnam War Memorial
In Honor of Those Who Served Veterans of Vietnam War 1961-75Map (db m220081) WM
64 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Slippery Rock — War Memorial
In Honor of Those Who Served American Revolution 1775-1783 War of 1812 1812[-1815] Mexican War [1846-]1848 Civil War 1861-1865 Spanish American War 1898 World War I 1914-19[18] World War II 1941-1945 Lebanon 1982 • Grenada . . . Map (db m220080) WM
65 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — Charles & Henrietta Goehring House — 1892 — Historic Structure - Zelienople —
[Title is text]Map (db m244811) HM
66 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — Gottlieb Zeigler • Garman Murray [Building] — 1912 • 1954 — Historic Structure - Zelienople —
[Title is text]Map (db m244816) HM
67 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — Leonard Oesterling House — 1850 — Historic Structure - Zelienople —
[Title is text]Map (db m244814) HM
68 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — Oesterling & Hallstein Families — 1837 — Historic Structure - Zelienople —
[Title is text]Map (db m244812) HM
69 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — The Buhl House 1805
Built by Christian and Fredericka Goehring Buhl of Bavaria, Germany, this house is Zelienople's oldest structure. Their descendants held leadership roles in law, politics, philanthropy, and commerce. They founded Boggs & Buhl Department Store in . . . Map (db m220356) HM
70 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — The Passavant House 1808
Philippe Passavant and his new bride Zelie built this home in 1808. She was the daughter of Dettmar Basse of Germany, who built the Bassenheim Castle, just west of town. Their son Rev. William Passavant founded many benevolent institutions during . . . Map (db m220326) HM
71 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — To The Glory of God
And In Loving Memory of Eliza Walter Passavant 1823 1906 A Devoted Mother "Given to Hospitality" Self-Denying in Service "An Help Meet For" Her Husband William Alfred Passavant, D.D. 1821 1894 The Founder of the Orphan Home . . . Map (db m116167) HM
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72 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — William Allen House & Butcher Shop — 1841 — Historic Structure - Zelienople —
[Title is text]Map (db m244809) HM
73 Pennsylvania, Butler County, Zelienople — Zelienople
Founded by Baron Dettmar Basse in 1802. Named for his daughter Zelie. On the hill overlooking the town, he built Bassenheim, a palatial wooden "castle," which burned in 1842.Map (db m40361) HM
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May. 18, 2024