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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Clickable Map of Blair 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> Blair County, PA (99) Bedford County, PA (91) Cambria County, PA (86) Centre County, PA (179) Clearfield County, PA (65) Huntingdon County, PA (82)  BlairCounty(99) Blair County (99)  BedfordCounty(91) Bedford County (91)  CambriaCounty(86) Cambria County (86)  CentreCounty(179) Centre County (179)  ClearfieldCounty(65) Clearfield County (65)  HuntingdonCounty(82) Huntingdon County (82)
Hollidaysburg is the county seat for Blair County
Altoona is in Blair County
      Blair County (99)  
      Bedford County (91)  
      Cambria County (86)  
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      Clearfield County (65)  
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1Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — "Bathhouse U"
"Bathhouse U" became a popular nickname for the Altoona Undergraduate Center when it moved to Ivyside Park in 1948. The huge two-block-long dressing room - with its 4000 swimmers' locker baskets -- was remodeled into the AUC's "Main . . . Map (db m135611) HM
2Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Alleghany Furnace
Here in 1811, Andrew Henderson and Robert Allison built the second iron furnace in present Blair County. Elias Baker became three-fourths owner in 1836, and in 1844 (as he prepared to build his Greek Revival mansion nearby) he became full owner. The . . . Map (db m203099) HM
3Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Altoona
Founded 1849 as a terminal for westward expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It soon became a major railroad center of the nation. Scene of the War Governors' Conference, 1867.Map (db m52337) HM
4Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Altoona Area High School Mountain Lion
This mountain lion has stood proudly on the campus of Altoona Area High School since May, 1972. Heinz Warneke, the sculptor of the Penn State University Nittany Lion, was hired by the AAHS Alumni Association to create a similar piece as a tribute . . . Map (db m53752) HM
5Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Altoona Volunteer Fire Department Bell — City of Altoona
This bell was originally used by the Altoona Volunteer Fire Dept. at this site from 1870-1925. In 1925, the bell was placed on display by the Blair County Historical Society at Baker Mansion. It was returned to this site on Sept. . . . Map (db m176179) HM
6Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Baker Mansion
This fine example of Greek Revival Architecture was the home of Elias Baker, a leading ironmaster of the region. Built in 1846, it is now the museum and home of the Blair County Historical Society. Located on the hill opposite this point.Map (db m52338) HM
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7Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Baker Mansion
Erected 1844-1847. Architect, Robert Cary Long, Jr. Residence of Elias Baker, Ironmaster, and his family, 1848 to 1914. Museum of the Blair County Historical Society since 1922. Entrance to mansion from street in rear.Map (db m52342) HM
8Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Blair County Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
To honor these citizens of Blair County who were awarded their nations highest honor the Congressional Medal of Honor J. Levi Roush - U.S.A. - Civil War John Hickman - U.S.N. - Civil War William P. MacLay - U.S.A. - Phillippine . . . Map (db m135604) WM
9Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Blair County Memorial Highway
To all Sons of Blair County who served this nation in time of war, this road of memory is gratefully dedicated for all time Dedicated Nov. 12, 1933 Rededicated Nov. 11, 1992Map (db m53757) WM
10Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Blair County War Mothers Memorial
That the loving memory of Blair County's War Mothers may be forever perpetuated, this shaft is erected by a grateful peopleMap (db m53756) WM
11Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — City of Altoona — [7th Street Bridge]
Here stands foundation stones, a piece of the upper corner truss and the dedication plaque from the 7th Street Bridge that was constructed at this location from 1912 to 1913. This bridge served Altoona for 91 years and became part of many . . . Map (db m135588) HM
12Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Elm & Pine Buildings
The small Pine and Elm buildings are the only two buildings left from the Ivyside Amusement Park. The Elm Building also wins the prize as the most remodeled building on campus. Originally the shooting gallery for the Ivyside Park, the building held . . . Map (db m135614) HM
13Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Endress War Memorial
[Plaque is missing]Map (db m53755) WM
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14Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — First Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA
At this location March 16 1867 First P•R•R• Y•M•C•A• organized Second railroad Y•M•C•A• in U•S•A• Erected March 16 1951 75th anniversaryMap (db m135591) HM
15Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — First Sheetz, Inc. Convenience Restaurant — Est. June 10, 2004
In 1952, Bob Sheetz opened the doors to the first Sheetz convenience store, located on 5th Avenue in Altoona, Pa. For decades, he led the company with a pioneering spirit and a deep respect for employees and customers. Today, we mark . . . Map (db m176160) HM
16Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Harold L. Ickes — (1874-1952)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Secretary of the Interior 1933-46. Builder of public works, ardent conservationist, fierce fighter for human rights, advocate of government as an agent for the public good. This is the site of his boyhood home.Map (db m52344) HM
17Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Isaac Charles Mishler — (1862-1944)
Lancaster native and Altoona businessman and promoter. Built and managed theaters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1906, he built the opulent Mishler Theater here for stage shows, musical performances, live theater, and vaudeville.Map (db m52345) HM
18Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Ivyside Park Swimming Pool
The Community Arts Center parking lot is located on the site of the former Ivyside Park Swimming Pool, once the world's largest concrete pool filled with three million gallons of water. The giant pool measured in at 650 feet long, 186 feet wide, and . . . Map (db m135616) HM
19Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Johnny Robertson
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20Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Juniata's Tribute to Honor
Erected by citizens of Juniata in honor of the young men and the young women of this town, who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and with the American Red Cross in the Great War of 1917-1918. Stars indicate the names of those . . . Map (db m135617) WM
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21Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Locomotive 790 Bell
This bell was made for Locomotive 790 Builders No. 3165 Locomotive 790 was built Juniata Shops, Altoona, PA. 12-18-1916Map (db m135592) HM
22Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Logan House
At the famous railroad hotel on this site was held the Conference of Northern War Governors, September 24-26, 1862. Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania called the meeting which united forces behind Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.Map (db m52347) HM
23Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Logan Valley Mall Fire
This section of Logan Valley Mall, Altoona, Pa. Originally opened: November 3, 1965 Destroyed by fire: December 16, 1994 Reopened: May 23, 1996Map (db m135576) HM
24Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Memorial Projectile
Erected in honor of the Soldiers and Sailors of the Spanish American War This projectile was fired from one of the guns of the fleet of the U.S. Navy at Santiago Cuba June. 23. 1898.Map (db m53751) HM WM
25Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Penn State Altoona
In commemoration of the many dedicated and devoted veterans and citizens of the Altoona community whose hard work, vision and spirit led to the growth of Penn State Altoona and its relocation from downtown Altoona to its present site at Ivyside Park . . . Map (db m135612) HM
26Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Pennsylvania Railroad Shops
The PRR built its first repair facilities here in 1850 and opened its first track to Altoona during the same year. By 1925, Altoona was home to the nation's largest concentration of railroad shops, with 16,500 people employed in several locations.Map (db m20998) HM
27Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468
"You had to be a waiter - a good one - to work in the Dining Department. You worked 16 and 17 hours a day. Half the time we had to sleep in the dining car." - James Corbett, Dining Car Waiter For passengers, eating aboard a train was always an . . . Map (db m53730) HM
28Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577
"A lot of them put curtains in there and little rugs.... They had a pot-bellied stove and they were all good cooks." - Richard Jackson, Yardmaster On the road, freight crews climbed up into the cupola, inspecting the train ahead for signs of . . . Map (db m52606) HM
29Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136
"Freight was different. The railroad started doubling up on the trains something fierce - 160-car trains. It would take you a week to get to the other end of them." - Vince Farabaugh, Locomotive Engineer Yardmaster John Conlon remembers one . . . Map (db m52629) HM
30Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — PRR Express Refrigerator Car No. 2561
"They'd say, 'Buzz, you're going to Harrisburg on a high class'.... You checked each other's watch." — Russ Marlett, Conductor A freight train that carried perishables, like fruit or meat, was called a "high . . . Map (db m135581) HM
31Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Railroad Shopmen's Strike of 1922
Over 300,000 skilled tradesmen went on strike against United States railroads to defend gains by unions during World War One. The Pennsylvania Railroad shops in Altoona led the anti-union opposition. The bitter struggle led to the 1926 Railway Labor . . . Map (db m52867) HM
32Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Reflecting Pond
The Reflecting Pond originally served as the warming dam for the Ivyside Park Swimming Pool. The freshwater pool was fed by Spring Run and the cold spring water was warmed in the warming dam before entering the pool. The warming dam, originally 15 . . . Map (db m135615) HM
33Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Scale Test Weight Car
One of the more unusual pieces of railroad equipment is the "scale test weight car" such as displayed here. Railroads charged their customers based upon the weight of goods shipped. After a car was loaded, the railroad moved the car to a railroad . . . Map (db m53750) HM
34Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
In memory of United States soldiers & sailors of all warsMap (db m135579) WM
35Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument — Fairview Cemetery
Died For Their Country (South face) (Top Center Column) Capt. Henry Wayne • Capt. T. L. McGlathery • Capt. P. T. Keys (Left Column) Lieut. Geo. W. Burley • Lieut. P. Morris • J. Kelly • G. R. Everson • Jr. • G. M. Loudon • J. . . . Map (db m95886) WM
36Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Stars & Stripes Forever
Stars & Stripes Forever Map (db m135609) WM
37Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Altoona Works
You are standing at the center of what was once the greatest railroad shop complex in the world - the Altoona Works of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Established in 1850 along with the town of Altoona, the railroad shops eventually sprawled across . . . Map (db m53725) HM
38Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Children of Pennsylvania's Fallen Warriors — Dedicated to
[Title is text]Map (db m176208) WM
39Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Downtown Altoona Historic District
The Downtown Altoona Historic District has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m135607) HM
40Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Freedom Tree
With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to CW2 Sheldon Schultz and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m53754) WM
41Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Juniata Shops
The Juniata Shops By 1889, the Pennsylvania Railroad had outgrown the capacity of the shop complex here at 12th street. Soon the facilities here would be complemented by new buildings in the nearby borough of Juniata, not yet a part of the . . . Map (db m135585) HM
42Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Master Mechanic
Built in 1882, this Master Mechanics Building housed then, as it does again today, stories of what made the Pennsylvania the most important railroad in America and a cornerstone of the industry. First-Rate Mechanics Each Pennsy operating . . . Map (db m52604) HM
43Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Posy Gang
"The Pennsy wanted to make the track areas and stations look good. They gave out prizes to different sections for beauty and upkeep." - Lou Johnston, Posy Gang member A Hint of Nature in a Mechanical World Among the hundreds of jobs on . . . Map (db m53728) HM
44Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — The Silver Chief — Rob Fisher 1978
The "Silver Chief" was created by sculptor Rob Fisher of Bellefonte, PA in 1978 and was given to the City of Altoona by the Downtown Altoona Progress Association. The figure is made of stainless steel and Fiberglass and is attached to an antique . . . Map (db m135608) HM
45Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Track Cars
These two track cars were used for two different purposes. The Grey Brookville Locomotive, No. 2681, was built in 1941 and served at a clay quarry at Massilon, Ohio. It had a 60 HP Ford V-8 engine, it was retired in 1961. The Yellow Conrail car, No. . . . Map (db m135582) HM
46Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Union Veteran Legion No 17 — Altoona, Pa. July 1911. — Date of Charter August 20 1887. —
U.V.L. Composed of Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, of the Union Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. during the War of the Rebellion who volunteered prior to the First of July 1863, for a term of three years, and were honorably discharged for . . . Map (db m176181) WM
47Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Veterans Mall
In honor of S/Sgt. Robert E. Laws C.M.H. Dedicated to the men and women who honorably served their country... World War I Veterans American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Disabled American Veterans Society of 28 Division . . . Map (db m135606) WM
48Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the Altoona service men & women who have paid the ultimate price for our country [Plaques with names listed under with specific wars mentioned from left to right:] World War I Korean War World . . . Map (db m135589) WM
49Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Blair and Bedford Counties who have served their country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America [Additional plaque on another side of the memorial] This memorial is . . . Map (db m135610) WM
50Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Two groups of veterans who had served in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and China merged into the American Veterans of Foreign Service on September 13 - 15, 1905, at the Eastside Theatre in Altoona. The new group was a forerunner of the V. F. W. . . . Map (db m135605) HM
51Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — William H. Prosser — Dedicated to the Memory of
Mayor of Altoona Charter Jaycee President Presented Oct. 28, 1980Map (db m176161) HM
52Pennsylvania (Blair County), Altoona — William Nesbit — 1822 - 1895
William Nesbit lived with his wife Sarah and children on 10th Avenue in Altoona. He was president of the State Equal Rights League, which helped secure passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments. In his travels, he met leading black men of the . . . Map (db m181627) HM
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Dec. 9, 2022