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Historical Markers and War Memorials in McKean County, Pennsylvania

Clickable Map of McKean County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> McKean County, PA (41) Cameron County, PA (11) Elk County, PA (15) Potter County, PA (31) Warren County, PA (35) Allegany County, NY (55) Cattaraugus County, NY (78)  McKeanCounty(41) McKean County (41)  CameronCounty(11) Cameron County (11)  ElkCounty(15) Elk County (15)  PotterCounty(31) Potter County (31)  WarrenCounty(35) Warren County (35)  AlleganyCountyNew York(55) Allegany County (55)  CattaraugusCounty(78) Cattaraugus County (78)
Smethport is the county seat for McKean County
Adjacent to McKean County, Pennsylvania
      Cameron County (11)  
      Elk County (15)  
      Potter County (31)  
      Warren County (35)  
      Allegany County, New York (55)  
      Cattaraugus County, New York (78)  
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1 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Annin — Saint Mary's Church
Parish organized 1847 at Sartwell in the "Irish Settlement," originally formed 1842-60. Log church built 1848; present one completed 1871. Resident pastor long served Roman Catholics throughout McKean and Potter counties, and this was the "mother . . . Map (db m59153) HM
2 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Bradford — Bradford Oil Refinery
One of the oldest refineries in continuous production in the United States was founded near here in 1881 by pioneer independent oilmen Robert Childs, Eli Loomis, and William Willis. The original refining capacity was 10 barrels a day. One-hundred . . . Map (db m59134) HM
3 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Bradford — Holley Motor Company
The acclaimed performance carburetor maker began here in 1899. The innovative carburetor on George and Earl Holley’s Motorette car gained the attention of Henry Ford. Soon specializing in this technology, they supplied Ford, and later the aircraft . . . Map (db m59135) HM
4 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Ceres — Ceres
One mile south of here the first permanent white settlement in present McKean County was made in 1798 by Francis King, agent and surveyor for the John Keating land company of Philadelphia.Map (db m65541) HM
5 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Coryville — Tidewater Pipe Company
Opposite here was station no.1 of the first pipe line to carry oil across the Alleghenies. Built by an early competitor of Standard Oil, it began May 28, 1879, to pump oil 109 miles to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.Map (db m59155) HM
6 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — Kane Law Enforcement Memorial
. . . Map (db m179135)
7 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — Kane Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial located in Kane, PAMap (db m179060) WM
8 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — Kane, a Star in the Forest
Welcome to Kane, Pennsylvania Nestled in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest, Kane is known as the Black Cherry Capital of the World for the exceptional veneer milled from local trees and crafted into fine furniture and cabinets. In . . . Map (db m179061) HM
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9 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — O.G. CrawfordHailed from Kane — Co-Founded Erie Insurance
OLIVER GROVER CLEVELAND CRAWFORD, known as "O.G." or "Ollie," was born Thomas and Anna Crawford on Christmas Day, December 25, 1884, in Williamsport, Pa. — nearly a year to the day after the death of Kane founder Thomas L. Kane. As a young . . . Map (db m138557) HM
10 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — Patrolman Steven M. Jerman Memorial Park
During the early morning hours of Saturday February 20th 1999 Patrolman Steuen M. Jerman of the Kane Police Department was fatally wounded at this location. During the exchange of gunfire the assailant was severely wounded. Patrolman Jerman . . . Map (db m163707) HM
11 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — Seneca Spring
The spring, 200 yards southwest of here, was a stopping place on the ancient Indian trail which crossed the Big Level on the way south. The trail was once the main route from Onondaga, the Iroquois capital, to the Ohio and the Carolinas.Map (db m59151) HM
12 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane — Thomas L. Kane
Commander of the Civil war "Bucktail Regiment" and founder of the borough of Kane. Breveted Major General in 1863. A friend of Brigham Young and staunch supporter of the Mormon pioneers. He died, 1883, and was buried at this chapel, built at his . . . Map (db m59154) HM
13 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Kane, Wetmore Township — Dr. Edward H. McCleery(1867-1962)
A medical doctor by profession, McCleery established a wolf park nearby to breed and care for lobo wolves, a subspecies of gray wolf. Subject to a 1920s elimination program, this wolf was saved from extinction through his efforts. The park served as . . . Map (db m96051) HM
14 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Ludlow — Camp ANF-31933-1946
The Civilian Conservation Corps established Camp ANF-3 near this location in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression. Enrollees lived here and worked on various conservation projects within the Allegheny National Forest. The camp later housed . . . Map (db m175126) HM
15 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Commerce to Collapse
As the tallest and longest bridge of its time, the Kinzua Viaduct embodied the spirit of the industrial revolution. Cargo and sightseers rumbled across the viaduct for 120 years until an F1 tornado toppled the viaduct in 2003. Today, a skywalk and . . . Map (db m104941) HM
16 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Forces of Nature
A DCNR inspection in 2002 deemed the viaduct unsafe and it was closed to all traffic. Restoration work was well underway when, on July 21, 2003, severe weather sent the crew scrambling for shelter. Just after 3:15 p.m., an F1 tornado hit Kinzua . . . Map (db m104938) HM
17 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Kinzua BridgeThe Life, Death and Renewal
An Engineering and Historical Marvel. The need to transport coal, oil and lumber across the Kinzua Valley inspired General Thomas Kane, president of the New York, Lake Erie and Western railroad and Coal Company, and Octave Chanute, chief . . . Map (db m104920) HM
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18 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Kinzua Viaduct
Originally begun in 1881 for the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad to ship coal, lumber, and oil, it was once the world’s highest and longest rail viaduct. Rebuilt in 1900 to carry heavier loads, it was in service until 1959. Kinzua Bridge . . . Map (db m51329) HM
19 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Nebo Lutheran Chapel and Cemetery
The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Nebo Church was in 1886 as the first Lutheran Congregational in the Mount Jewett area. The octagonal shaped church was built in 1887 and was patterned after Ersta Kyrka at Danviken, near Stockholm, Sweden. The name . . . Map (db m83706) HM
20 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Sites to See — Kinzua Bridge State Park —
Step ahead for an adventure back in time. Discover an area abounding with historical treasures, pioneer stories, natural beauty, and small-town charm. Tour the Longhouse National Scenic Byway, hike stunning four-season trails, or experience . . . Map (db m163694) HM
21 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Mount Jewett — Spanning History — Kinzua Bridge State Park —
When constructed in 1882, Kinzua Viaduct was the highest railroad bridge in the world. An engineering marvel built to access local coal, timber, and oil, the iron viaduct stood 301 feet high and spanned 2,053 feet. In 1900, workers rebuilt the . . . Map (db m163693) HM
22 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Allegheny Portage
The 23-mile crossing from Susquehanna West Branch to the Allegheny River followed Portage Creek to a "canoe place" near this point. From here Indians and pioneers continued on their way by boat down the Allegheny River.Map (db m59133) HM
23 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Port Allegany
Travel point since pioneer days, when travelers coming overland from the Susquehanna continued by water from "Canoe Place". The town grew as a center of lumber and tanning industry. Its descriptive present name came into use about 1840.Map (db m39887) HM
24 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Port Allegany
Travel point since pioneer days, when travelers coming overland from the Susquehanna continued by water from "Canoe Place." The town grew as a center of lumber and tanning industry. Its descriptive present name came into use about 1840Map (db m78699) HM
25 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Port Allegany
Side A Birthplace of Allegheny Modernism Lynn Hall, the premier example of Allegheny Modernism architecture, was built in 1934 by local self-taught architect Walter J. Hall. It is considered an early example of Organic Prairie . . . Map (db m199025) HM
26 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Port Allegany Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of all men and women of the Port Allegany school district who honorably served our country during peacetime, World War II, Korea Viet Nam, Grenada, Panama, The Gulf War and those fallen heroes who made the supreme . . . Map (db m163705) WM
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27 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Port Allegany World War Memorial
In grateful recognition of the heroism and sacrifice of all who gave themselves to the service of our country. 1917-1918 Map (db m163706) WM
28 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Port Allegany — Port Allegany, PA"Canoe Place"
Junction of Tioga and Shamokin War Trails. Indians coming over the great divide camped here and made new canoes. Again embarking westward down The Allegewe No white man was allowed on these trails till about 1750. An Important Rafting Center . . . Map (db m83705) HM
29 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Rixford — Rixford World War I Memorial
Rixford Service Roll In honor of those who served in the World War 1914-1918 Lowell L. Andrus Lee Frank Baker Kenneth Burdic George Burdic Bertram P. Brown Lawrence C. Cotton Lawrence N. Goodell Ray W. Hunt Robert E. . . . Map (db m87408) WM
30 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — "The Bucktails"
At the call of Colonel Thomas L. Kane, 100 Civil War volunteers assembled here on April 24, 1861, to go to Harrisburg. Tails of buck deer, worn as distinctive insignia, provided the name of the famed 42d Regiment, of which they were the core.Map (db m39884) HM
31 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — 1861: Birth of Civil War Bucktail RegimentPennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region — Great Events in Smethport History —
The day following the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumtner on April 12, 1861, Philadelphian Thomas Leiper Kane contacted Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin and offered to head to McKean and Elk Counties and raise a company of skilled fighting . . . Map (db m163704) HM
32 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — 4 Courthouses on Smethport's "Public Square"Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region
1881: Third Courthouse for McKean County. Famed Buffalo architect Milton Earl Beebe was hired to design the magnificent 3rd McKean County Courthouse. It was completed in 1881 at a cost of $80,000. Beebe had considerable experience and fame, . . . Map (db m163700) HM
33 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — American Legion Veterans Memorial
In memory and dedication to all veterans and their families who have served and will serve in the future with honer.Map (db m163702) WM
34 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — Great Events in Smethport HistoryWilliam Halsey Wood's Architectural Triumph — 1892: Saint Luke's Church, Smethport, PA —
One of the few remaining Pristine Examples of the Architect's Genius Short-lived but Brilliant Architect Hired by Smethport's Henry Hamlin William Halsey Wood had already become nationally famous when he was contacted by Henry Hamlin to . . . Map (db m185054) HM
35 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — Great Events in Smethport HistoryEAST-WEST ROAD (now US Route 6) & Smethport's famous, giant ASTOR HOUSE HOTEL — Located 707 and 713 W. Main Street —
Greek Revival 1831-1868 Smethport & the great East-West Road Authorized by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1809, the construction of the East-West Road opened up settlement across northern Pennsylvania. Mud-rutted roads and corduroy log . . . Map (db m185056) HM
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36 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — McKean County
Formed March 26, 1804 out of Lycoming County. Named for Governor Thomas McKean. Smethport, the county seat, was incorporated 1853; here the "Bucktails," famed Civil War regiment, assembled in 1861. Oil, gas and lumber spurred the county's early . . . Map (db m39885) HM
37 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — McKean County Civil War Monument
They gave their lives that their country might live. To the defenders of their country of the county of McKean, this monument is affectionately dedicated.Map (db m163703) WM
38 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — Smethport
County seat for McKean County since 1807, when land agent Francis King surveyed town lots. The first cabin was built in 1811 by Arnold Hunter; but permanent settlement was delayed until 1822. First courthouse built in 1827.Map (db m59132) HM
39 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — Smethport Veterans Memorial
In grateful tribute to those who died in the service of their country and to all who honorably served.Map (db m163701) WM
40 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Smethport — Welcome to Smethport, PennsylvaniaMansion District Walking Tour
1 McKean County Courthouse and Bucktail Civil War Monument 2 St. Luke's Episcopal Church 3 John Forrest Mansion 620 West Main Street 4 Byron Delano Hamlin Mansion 619 West Main Street 5 Charles Sartwell Mansion 708 West Main . . . Map (db m163699) HM
41 Pennsylvania, McKean County, Turtlepoint — Mt. Equity Plantation
Governor Thomas McKean, for whom the county was named, purchased here, in 1805, a 299-acre tract. Its name derived from the fact that the purchase was made in part to give Pennsylvania equity of power in lands settled by Connecticut.Map (db m59142) HM
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Apr. 19, 2024